The unit of Korean currency is the Won (￦). Coin denominations are ￦10, ￦50, ￦100 and ￦500.
Banknotes are ￦1,000, ￦5,000, ￦10,000 and ￦50,000. The exchange rate is approximately US$1 to ￦1,195 as of January 2017.
- Currency exchange:
Foreign banknotes and traveler's check can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money changers.
- Credit cards:
Diners Club, Visa, American Express and MasterCard are widely accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.
- Traveler's check:
Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take Traveler's check in US Dollars.
- Banking hours:
Monday to Friday 09: 00 -16: 00
Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoonal climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, su mmer, fall, and winter.The annual average temperature of Jeju Island reaches 11.7 ℃. The annual precipitation of Jeju for the last 30 years is reported to be 2,044 mm for the island as a whole, and 1,560 mm for the coastal areas.
Participants can enjoy many local foods in Jeju such as Galchiguk (Hairtail fish soup), Kkwong-toryeom (Sliced pheasant meat boiled lightly with vegetables) and Kkwong-memilguksu (Buckwheat noodles with pheasant meat), Jarihoe (raw damselfish) and Jarimulhoe (raw damselfish in chilled -broth), Okdom-gui (Broiled sea bream), Saengseonhoe (Raw fish), Seonggeguk (Sea urchin soup), Jeonbokjuk (Rice porridge with abalone), Momguk (Gulfweed soup), Bingddeok (Bing rice cake), Haemul-ttukbaegi (Seafood hot pot), Obunjagi Kettle Rice, Black Pig Bulgogi Dish, Samgyetang (Chicken broth with spices and ginseng)and Hanchimulhoe(sliced raw fish).
Government office hours are usually from 9:00am to 6:00pm on weekdays and closed on weekends.
Banks are open from 9:00am to 4:30pm on weekdays and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Major stores including department stores are openeveryday from 10:30am to 8:00pm including Sunday.
In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most co mmon. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before using.
Internet service is offered in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Korea. PC rooms and internet cafes are also great places to get internet service and easy to find throughout the country.
For international calls, dial the international dialing code (001, 002, or 008), country code, area code and individual number. Domestic and international phone cards are available for sale at most convenient stores, hotels and the airport.
International SOS Korea provides a 24-hour Emergency Service for participants.
- Police: 112
- Fire Department / Rescue & Hospital Services: 119
- Medical Emergencies: 1339
Upon request, foreign tourists may receive nearly 10 percent VAT refunds for purchases at Duty Free shopping outlets. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Visitors can receive a refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase. To receive this refund, present refund receipts with the purchased goods at the customs desk at the Incheon International Airport.
The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time +9 hours.
||Korean alphabet (Hangeul)
||Good Morning / afternoon / evening
|I am sorry
|How much is it?
|Please take me to the Ramada Hotel.
||Ramada hotel rogajooseyo.
||라마다 호텔로 가주세요.