The centre of Korea, Seoul offers everything to delight its visitors. From cutting edge technology and trend-setting culture to remarkable history and traditions, from shopping centers to beautiful natural landscapes, Seoul’s attractions harmoniously come together to engage all five senses.
Seoul is an ancient city where history and traditions live on, and meet the modern to create unusual scenery.
The city abounds with superb destinations that offer novel experiences as well as leisure.
GMT + 9 (Korea Standard Time KST or Japanese Standard Time JST)
220v, 60hz throughout the country (same type used in France, Germany, Austria)
Korea’s official monetary unit is the South Korean Won (KRW or ₩).
The currency consists of notes and coins: 1 USD = 1,129 KRW (as of May 2017).
Average Temperature 12°C (53°F) in October
Country Code: 82 / Area Code: Seoul 02 (when dialing from overseas remove the zero)
Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. Service charges are added to the bill but tipping is not expected. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless extra services are provided.
Safe and Security
Seoul is a remarkably safe city. The crime rate is very low compared to other major cities around the world. For emergencies call 112 (local police), 119 (fire department), 120 (Seoul’s call center) or 1330 (a nationwide call center of the Korea Tourism Organization that can connect you to emergency services).
Cellular Phone Rental
Mobile phones can be rented from major telecom companies such as LG, SK, and KT in the arrivals lobby at the Incheon and Gimpo International Airports. To rent a phone, you will need to provide your passport and a credit card. Your rental phone must be returned to the same counter from which it was rented. Phones are also available for rental at most major hotels. Each carrier charges approximately 3,000 won/day in addition to the 100 won/10 seconds charge for outgoing calls. Incoming calls do not incur any charges for the recipient. Mobile data charges can vary, but are usually around 5,000 won per day. Both 3G and 4G are available in all but the most remote areas of the country.
In Seoul, there are many modern hospitals equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Korea is known for its high-quality medical services without long waiting periods in the event of an emergency or sickness. Many major hospitals offer multilingual interpretation services. Contact your hotel or call 120, 1330 (general information) or 1339 (medical line) for more information.
Seoul Global Center +82-2-2075-4180 (overseas) or 02-2075-4180 (in Korea)
Monday to Friday from 9-6 pm – Call to ask any questions about visiting or living in Seoul.
Korea Tourism Organization Information Line +82-2-1330 or 1330
24 hours a day – Tourism information and translation services.
IVCO 2017 Host: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) 825 Daewangpangyo-ro, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea 13449 www.koica.go.kr
IVCO 2017 Secretariat: International Exchange Promotion Association (INEPA) Business Number: 208-82-06093 | President of the Secretariat: Byung-kil HAN
Address: 3rd Floor, Korean Council on Foreign Relations, 33
Nambusunhwan-ro 294-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea 06759 | Tel: 82-31-8017-2688 / 82-2-3462-9266
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