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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.

Currency

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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: Click)

Time Zone

The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time +9 hours.

Business Hours

Banks are generally open between 09:00 and 16:00 on weekdays. All banks are closed on Saturday, Sundays, and public holidays. Government office hours are usually from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays. Department stores are open between 10:30 and 20:00. Smaller shops have extended opening hours from 09:00 to late in the evening.

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.

Emergency Call

Int'l SOS Korea provides 24-hour emergency service for participants, for a fee, acting as a link between the patient and the Korean hospitals. For medical emergencies dial 1339.

  • 119 : Emergencies for fire/rescue & hospital services
  • 112 : Police
  • 129 : First Aid

Electricity

In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before use.

Useful Websites

  • Korea National Tourism Organization (KTO): http://www.tour2korea.com
  • Korea Photo operated by the KTO: http://www.etourkorea.com
  • Cultural Properties Administration: http://english.cha.go.kr
  • Korean Information Service: http://www.korea.net
  • Information about Seoul: http://english.seoul.go.kr
  • Information about Korea: http://www.tour2korea.com