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Climate

The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons : spring, summer, fall, and winter. The Jeju island, off the southern coast of Korea, is the warmest place in the country. Warm marine climate of Jeju generally remains above 15℃ the entire year. The average temperature of the island is about 23℃ in September.

Currency & Exchange

The unit of currency in Korea is the Korean Won (KRW). Various notes and coins are used. Notes occur in 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 won denominations, besides coins occur in 10, 50, 100, and 500 won denominations. As of March 2015, the exchange rate is approximately KRW 1,110 to USD 1. The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations. Also, credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Master Card and JCB, etc. are widely accepted.

Time Difference

Korean Standard Time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9).

Tax & Tipping

A Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. At hotels, a 10% VAT is applied to rooms, meals as well as other services and is added to the bill. Also, tipping is not a customary practice in Korea. A 10% service charge is added to your bill at all tourist hotels and 3-10% at some major restaurants.

Business Hours

  • Banks
    - Weekdays : 09:00 -16:00
    - Weekends and National Holidays : Closed
  • Government Offices
    - Weekdays : 09:00 -18:00
    - Weekends and National Holidays : Closed

Electricity

The Korean standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC at 60Hz. Most hotels may provide converters for 110 and 220 volts. It is advised that you check with the hotel beforehand.

BBB (Before Babel Brigade) : Volunteer Interpretation Service

Whenever and wherever you encounter communication problems with Koreans, please call 1588-5644 and press a number for your preferred language among nineteen languages. Your call will be connected to a BBB volunteer’s mobile phone through an automated switchboard, and you will soon receive interpretation service. For more information, please refer to BBB Korea official webpage (www.bbbkorea.org).

Emergency Call

Dial 112 for the police and 119 for the fire department or medical emergency. However, most operators speak only Korean, so that, a hotel staff or hotel manager may help you.

Useful Links

 Public Office
Logo Name / Web site
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Republic of Korea
http://www.mofat.go.kr
Korea Customs Service Korea Customs Service
http://english.customs.go.kr
JEJU Weather Information Service JEJU Weather Information Service
http://jeju.kma.go.kr
Visit Korea Visit Korea
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
http://english.jeju.go.kr/?sso=ok