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About Korea




Host Country, Korea
The Republic of Korea (herein after Korea) is a country visited by more than ten million international travelers every year. The Korean peninsula is located in North-East Asia. It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides, making it a unique geographical location. With Seoul as its capital city, the landsite is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Korea's total land area is 100,033 square km, neighboring Japan to the east, China to the west, and sharing a northern border with Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). To know more about Korea, please click here.





Host City, Seoul
Seoul, the designated World Design Capital for 2010 and the UNESCO City of Design, is the capital of Korea where contemporary lifestyle meets long-standing history. Home to 10 million national and foreign residents, Seoul is a proud epicenter of the Korean Wave and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Whatever you would expect, Seoul is beyond your imagination. To know more about Seoul, please click here.



Weather


Korea has all four clearly distinguished seasons. In August and September, Seoul experiences an average 21ºC(69.8ºF) per day with a high of 26ºC(78.8ºF) and a low of 16ºC(60.8ºF).



Food


Hansik refers to traditional Korean food, centered around rice, served alongside a bowl of soup and a variety of side dishes. Most foods use meat and vegetables as the main ingredients, and are soaked in a brine or water rather than fried in oil. Various fermented and preserved food, such as kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage), jeotgal (matured seafood with salt) and doenjang (fermented soy bean paste) are notable for their specific flavor and high nutritional value.



Currency
The currency in Korea is the Korean Won (KRW). Foreign currency and travelers’ check can be exchanged at bank and hotels. Most shops accept all major credit cards.

Notes KRW 1,000 / KRW 5,000 / KRW 10,000 / KRW 50,000

Coins KRW 10 / KRW 50 / KRW 100 / KRW 500




Electricity and Voltage
The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts (and 60 Hertz, or cycles), and the outlet has two round holes. Multi-voltage travel adapter can be borrowed at hotel's front desk (some hotels may request a minimal fee as deposit, covering for possible loss). If you would like to purchase one in Korea, you can find them at the airport or any of the retail stores, major duty-free shops, convenience stores.




Business Hours
Banks
  - Weekdays: 09:00 – 16:00
  - Weekends and National Holidays: Closed

Post Offices
  - Weekdays: 09:00 – 18:00
  - Saturdays: 09:00 – 13:00
  - Sundays & National Holidays: Closed

Department Stores
  - 10:30 – 20:00
  * Typically one day a month (usually a Monday) department stores are closed to the public.
    However, closings will vary according to each store.



Useful Phone Number
Number Information Language Service
1330 24 hour Korea Travel Hotline
Various tourism information inquiries and complaints
English, Chinese, Japanese
120 Seoul Dasan Call Center
Various inquiries regarding Seoul
English, Chinese, Japanese,
Vietnamese, Mongolian
119 National Rescue Service
Request for help with fire, natural disasters and emergency situation
 
112 Korea National Police Agency  
1345 Korea Immigration Service 20 Languages
1588-5644 BBB Korea (Before Babel Bridge)
24-hour interpretation service
19 Languages

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