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About Korea

host country, korea

Host Country, Korea

The Republic of Korea (herein after Korea) is a country visited by more than ten million international travelers every year. The Korean peninsula is located in North-East Asia. It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides, making it a unique geographical location. With Seoul as its capital city, the landsite is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Korea's total land area is 100,033 square km, neighboring Japan to the east, China to the west, and sharing a northern border with Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). To know more about Korea, please click here.

Host City, Seoul

Host City, Seoul

Seoul, the designated World Design Capital for 2010 and the UNESCO City of Design, is the capital of Korea where contemporary lifestyle meets long-standing history. Home to 10 million national and foreign residents, Seoul is a proud epicenter of the Korean Wave and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Whatever you would expect, Seoul is beyond your imagination. To know more about Seoul, please click here.

Flight Schedule

Korea has eight cities throughout the nation that has international airport; Incheon, Gimpo, Yangyang, Jeju, Muan, Daegu, Cheongju, Gimhae. The Incheon International Airport is the main gateway to Korea connecting 54 countries and 195 cities around the world. The main airlines are Korean Air(SkyTeam) and Asiana Airlines(A Star Alliance Member). For more information please refer below.

Weather

Weather of Korea

Korea has all four clearly distinguished seasons. In August and September, Seoul experiences an average 21ºC(69.8ºF) per day with a high of 26ºC(78.8ºF) and a low of 16ºC(60.8ºF).

Food

Food of Korea

Hansik refers to traditional Korean food, centered around rice, served alongside a bowl of soup and a variety of side dishes. Most foods use meat and vegetables as the main ingredients, and are soaked in a brine or water rather than fried in oil. Various fermented and preserved food, such as kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage), jeotgal (matured seafood with salt) and doenjang (fermented soy bean paste) are notable for their specific flavor and high nutritional value.

Currency

  • Currency
  • The currency in Korea is Korean Won(KRW). Foreign currency and travelers’ check can be exchanged at the banks and hotels reception desk.

    Notes KRW 1,000 KRW 5,000 KRW 10,000 KRW 50,000
    Coins KRW 10 KRW 50 KRW 100 KRW 500

Business Hours

Banks
  • Weekdays : 09:00 - 16:00
  • Weekends and National Holidays : Closed
Post Offices
  • Weekdays : 09:00 - 18:00
  • Public Holidays : Closed
Department Stores
  • 10:30 - 20:00
  • Randomly one day per month department stores are closed to the public. Closing day varies according to each stores.

Electricity and Voltage

  • Electricity and Voltage
  • The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts (and 60 Hertz, or cycles), and the outlet has two round holes. Multi-voltage travel adapter can be borrowed at hotel's front desk (some hotels may request a minimal fee as deposit, covering for possible loss). If you would like to purchase one in Korea, you can find them at the airport or any of the retail stores, major duty-free shops, convenience stores.

Public Transportation

1) Seoul Subway

Subways serve as a convenient means, probably the most favored public transportation by both Koreans and visitors from aboard. Seoul Metropolitan Areas rank the top in terms of its size and number where it centers the city from Line 1 to 9 and additional lines branching out into the metropolitan area.

- Seoul Subway Map
※ For more details please visit Seoul Metro.
- Seoul Subway Fares (as of August 10, 2016)
Basic Fare for 10 km Transportation payment equipped card
(T-money)
Cash
Adults (age 19 and older) KRW 1,250 KRW 1,350
Teens (age 13-18) KRW 720 KRW 1,350
Children (age 7-12) KRW 450 KRW 450
※ The Airport Railroad Line and Sinbundang Line charge higher fares.
※ 10 - 40 km : 100 won for every 5 km
※ After 50 km : 100 won for every 8 km
※ Tmoney card users receive a 100 won discount off the adult fare per ride.
- Purchasing Transportation Cards

[ Photo : Ticket vending, refund and card recharge machine ]

In order to use subways, the first step to take is purchasing a right card depending on your needs. Passengers can either buy a Single Journey Ticket or get rechargeable cards like T-money, Cashbee or M-Pass for multiple uses.

2) Seoul City Buses

Buses in Seoul are classified by color to designate the type of bus: blue buses travel on major roads and run for relatively long distances through Seoul; green buses travel shorter distances and carry travelers between transfer points such as subway stations and longer bus routes; red buses are express buses that travel from Seoul to suburban areas; yellow buses operate on a closed circuit within a district of Seoul.

- Seoul City Bus Fare (as of August 10, 2016)
Basic Fare Age 19 and Older Age 13-18 Age 6-12
Multiple Journey
Transportation Cards
(T-Money)
KRW 1,200 KRW 720 KRW 450
Single Journey
Transportation Cards
KRW 1,300 KRW 1,300 KRW 450
Reduced admission fee
for early morning
(First Bus - 06:30)
KRW 960 KRW 580 KRW 360

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