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Time Difference

When Indicating Korea Time: Present Time (GMT+9) / No daylight savings time

Electricity

The standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC/60 cycles. Most hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220 volts. Participants are recommended to check with the hotel beforehand.

Autumn Weather

The coming of autumn in late September brings continental winds and clear, dry weather, making these months perhaps the most pleasant time of year. October's vivid gold and vibrant red create a colorful panorama.

Language

The Korean language, like Hungarian, Turkish, Mongolian and Finnish, is classified into the UralAltaic language group. Hangeul(한글), the Korean alphabet is composed of 10 simple vowels and 14 consonants. A group of scholars under the patronage of King Sejong the Great developed this systematic rendition of spoken sound in 1443. It is widely acclaimed by linguists as an ingenious invention. In 2009, the town of BauBau, in Sulawesi, Indonesia adopted Hangeul as their official written language.

Currency & Exchange

  • 10,000 won (man won)
  • 5,000 won (ocheon won)
  • 1,000 won (cheon won)
  • 50,000 won (oman won)

Tip & Tax

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. Foreign tourists can receive nearly 10 % VAT refunds for purchases at Duty Free shops. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Visitors can receive a refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase of KRW 50,000 (around USD 43). To receive this refund, present receipts with the purchased goods at the customs clearance desk at Incheon International Airport when departing.

Food

Seoul’s food does wonders in attracting people to the city. Whatever you have, wherever you are, the food will never fail to satisfy you. From fine dining to casual street food, you will find traditional Korean food, a variety of western cuisine, and fusion cuisine served all throughout the city at restaurants that make you feel at home.

Emergency Phone Numbers

  • -1339: Medical Emergency
  • -119: Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
  • -112: Police
  • -129: First Aid Services

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