General Information

About Korea

The Republic of Korea (herein after Korea) is a country visited by more than ten million international travelers every year. With its long history in culture and tradition, the country has a lot to offer to travelers. Continue reading to learn general information about Korea before visiting.

The Korean peninsula is located in Northeast 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).

About Seoul

Seoul is the capital of the Republic of Korea, and the largest city center in the developed world.
Nearly 10 million call Seoul home, representing 20% of the entire population of Korea

Useful Information (http://miceseoul.com/about-seoul/useful-info.html)

Seoul is a fast-moving modern metropolis and one of the largest cities in the world. Home to over 10 million citizens, it is a friendly city that is easy to get around. Here are some tips to make your trip to Seoul more convenient and comfortable.

General Facts

Population Seoul 10,282,821(2016 est.) Seoul city government
South Korea 49,115,196 (July 2015 est.) CIA The World Factbook
(About one-fifth of South Korea’s population in Seoul)
Size 30.3 km from north to south and 36.78 from east to west
Temperatures +22C to +30C (August), -7C to +1C (January)
Time Zone GMT + 9
(Korea Standard Time KST or Japanese Standard Time JST)
Electricity 220v, 60 hz throughout the country (same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey)
Dialing Code
Area Code Seoul 02 (when dialing from overseas remove the zero)
Religion 25% Buddhist, 25% Christian
Language Korean (English, Japanese and Chinese are also spoken)

General Business Hours

Government Offices 9am to 6pm (Mon to Fri), Closed on weekends
Banks 9am to 4pm (Mon to Fri), Closed on weekends
Restaurants & Retail Stores Generally open 11am to around 9pm (in some cases, open until 2 to 3am)

Exchanging Money

You can exchange foreign currencies into Korean won at a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized currency exchange.

Banks 9am to 4pm (Mon to Fri), Closed on weekends
Exchange Service Centers 9:30am-10pm (every day)
Authorized Currency Exchanges Hotel Business hours or 24 hours in hotels

Time Difference

The standard time zone of Korea is 9 hours ahead of GMT.


The standard electricity supply is 220-volts AC/60 cycles. The outlet is the same type used in continental Europe and many other countries.

Cell Phones

For mobile phone service, the CDMA system is used in Korea. If you want to use your GSM cellular phone, you should check with your local wireless service provider prior to arriving in Korea. Alternatively, cell-phone rental services are available at the Incheon International Airport.
Making online-reservations is possible at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AKEN157.jsp

Emergency Phone Numbers

Seoul Global Center
+82-2-2075-4180 (overseas) or 02-2075-4180 (in Korea)
Monday to Friday from 9-6 pm - Call to ask any questions about visiting or living in Seoul.

Korea Tourism Organization Information Line
+82 2 1330 or 1330
24 hours a day - Tourism information and translation services.

Seoul’s Dasan 120 Call Center
+82 2 120 or 120, 9am to 10pm daily

Seoul MICE Help Desk