PARTICIPANTS’ GUIDE

About Seoul

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.

For more information, please refer to the website below.
Visit Seoul: english.visitseoul.net

Travel Tips

  • Time Zone

    GMT + 9 (Korea Standard Time KST or Japanese Standard Time JST)

  • Electricity

    220v, 60hz throughout the country (same type used in France, Germany, Austria)

  • Currency

    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).

  • Temperatures

    Average Temperature 12°C (53°F) in October

  • Dial Code

    Country Code: 82 / Area Code: Seoul 02 (when dialing from overseas remove the zero)

  • Tipping

    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.

Medical Services

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.

Useful Numbers

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.