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 a dynamic city that never sleeps, home to new inventions being developed daily and fast-changing fashion, food, and lifestyle trends. It is also the center of hallyu (Korean wave), attracting millions of K-pop fans from all over the world. The city’s convenient public transportation options include a well-organized subway system connecting Seoul to Gyeonggi-do Province and the outskirts of Gangwon-do Province, and the high-speed communication networks are very attractive features among tourists.

Useful Information

General Facts

Population 51,146,669 (as of 27 May 2018 based on the latest United Nations estimates)
Size 30.3 km from north to south and 36.78 from east to west
Temperatures Avg. +17c to +28c (August - September)
Time Zone The Korean Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours ahead of Central European Time (CET).
Electricity The standard electricity supply is 220-volts AC/60 cycles.
Dialing Code
Area Code Seoul 02 (when dialing from overseas remove the zero)
Religion 25% Buddhist, 25% Christian
Language Korean

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

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.

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