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Geographical features and a brief introduction

The Korean Peninsula is located in Northeast Asia and boasts a unique geographical location as it is surrounded by the sea on three sides. With Seoul as its capital, the peninsula is approximately 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Korea has a land area of 100,363 km and currently has a population of about 51,000,000 people. Korea, which is visited by about 10 million foreign tourists every year, is a country rich in tourism resources formed through a long history. Traditional and modern cultures coexist, allowing tourists to experience a variety of environments. As each region has a distinct identity, visitors can enjoy a variety of cultures, natural environments, and food.

Climate

Korea is geographically located in the mid-latitude temperate climatic
zone, so it is a country in which the four seasons of spring, summer,
autumn, and winter appear clearly.

October, when UCLG is held, is the best season to visit Korea, where
visitors can experience the beautiful autumn leaves and the clear,
cool weather of the cobalt sky.


The average temperature is 14 degrees and the average precipitation is
52.3 mm, so it is recommended to wear light clothes as it is warm with
little rain.

However, since there is a temperature difference between days and nights,
it can be chilly at night, so bringing a jacket is recommended.

Time difference

Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time,
and Seoul is 7 hours ahead of Barcelona, Spain.

Culture

  • Official language KOREAN

    ⓒPhotographer (IR Studio)-Korea Tourism Organization

  • Traditional clothing Hanbok

    ⓒPhotographer (Pham Tuyen)-Korea Tourism Organization

  • Traditional food Korean food

    ⓒPhotographer (Frame Studio)-Korea Tourism Organization

  • Traditional music Jongmyo Jeryeak, Pansori

    ⓒPhotographer (IR Studio)-Korea Tourism Organization

  • Traditional architecture Hanok

    ⓒPhotographer (Kim Jiho)-Korea Tourism Organization

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Korean currency and credit cards

  • The official currency unit of Korea is the Korean won, which consists of bills and coins.
  • Visitors who need to exchange foreign currency can visit a bank, which are generally open from 9 AM to 4 PM on weekdays.
  • There are banks located at Incheon International Airport, so visitors can easily exchange money if necessary.
  • Most stores, restaurants, and taxis in Korea mainly use credit card payments.
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, UnionPay and other credit cards are accepted.
  • However, some stores may not accept cards, so it is necessary to check whether cards are accepted before making a purchase.

Tipping culture and taxes

It is not customary to tip in Korea, give tips only if you are satisfied with the service.
A 10% value added tax (VAT) is generally levied on purchases made in restaurants, hotels, and shops.

Standard voltage

The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts and 60 Hz, which is the standard used in many countries such as France, Germany, Austria, Greece, and Turkey. Sockets have two round holes. If visitors don't have a multi-voltage travel adapter, it is possible to request a rental or purchase at some hotel front desks, and they can also be found at airports, retail stores, major duty-free shops, and even convenience stores.

Emergency (Available 24 hours)

Please call us in case of emergency.

  • Police Station (Crime Report): +82-112
  • Fire Department (Fire · Rescue · First Aid · Disaster Report Emergency Medical · Hospital Information): +82-119
  • Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (reporting infectious diseases and providing disease information): +82-1339

Useful websites

Entry to Korea

Testing on arrival and Q-Code

On arrival in South Korea, you need to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate and submit a questionnaire on your health condition. The South Korean government encourages all arrivals to log this information in the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system prior to travel. Paper-based alternatives can be used instead but may result in a slower arrivals process.
The negative COVID-19 test certificate is required for all foreign nationals arriving in South Korea (with some exceptions -All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative COVID test certificate (with some exceptions - see ‘Exemptions’ below). Travellers must carry with them a paper copy of their certificate and can also upload their certificate via the Q-Code system. PCR tests (RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, SDA, and NEAR DNA amplification-based tests are also valid) must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. A supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT, generally known inside the UK as a lateral flow test) issued by a hospital or clinic within the 24 hours prior to departure will also be accepted. Please note that self-administered tests (including remote supervised tests conducted through a virtual/tele appointment) are not accepted.

Exemptions from pre-departure COVID-19 tests

Children aged five and under are not required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test or provide a negative PCR test certificate on arrival in South Korea. They do, however, still need to take a test on arrival

KOREA TRAVEL SAFETY GUIDELINES

1. Personal quarantine

  • Outdoor mask mandate adjusted starting May 2. Masks must be worn inside the facilities at all times, but wearing a mask in outdoor spaces will not be required and
    therefore, individuals may choose to wear a mask or not based on personal preference
  • We recommend washing your hands frequently with soap and water and covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve when coughing.
  • Thermal imaging cameras for temperature measurement will be installed at all entrances to the venue.
  • Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be provided inside the DCC.

2. Disinfection of the venue

  • In principle, ventilation will be carried out at least twice a day and disinfection at least once a day.
  • DCC will continue to disinfect the entire venue in compliance with these government guidelines.

Please visit the website below for the latest status of COVID-19 in Korea for more information

Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention