Safety & Security
Korea and Seoul are unique in the degree to which people enjoy the freedom to walk safely on the streets at all times. The crime rate in Seoul, especially in regard to foreign tourists, is one of the lowest in the world.
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.
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Climate and Apparel
Seoul, situated in a temperate zone, has four distinct seasons. Sunny days and clear skies are expected, and light clothing is recommended. The average temperature range in November is between 7 degrees to 10 degrees Celsius. In the evenings, a light jacket would be advisable. A hat and comfortable shoes are recommended for some tours. Detail
The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time +9 hours.
Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.
Tip & Tax
Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive. Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.
In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before use.
112 : Police
119 : Emergencies for Fire / Rescue & Hospital Services
129 : First Aid Patients
1330 : Travel Information Center
1339 : Medical Emergency
For those arriving from outside Korea, COVID self-isolation will not be required for those who are fully vaccinated (either in Korea or oversea) and show no sign of symptoms. However, they should have negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate within 3 days or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result within 1 days for boarding. They need to enter related information and obtain a QR code by visiting the website. They are also required to have an additional test (PCR) within 1 days after arrival at airport or near the place of stay.
(This guideline is released on August 1, 2022. The condition and procedure may change.)
Please visit the useful websites below to travel to Korea.
• Ministry of Health and Welfare
• Korea Travel Safety Guidelines
• Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) System