Useful Information

Time Difference

Local time in Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time(GMT+9). Business hours for banks are generally from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays only. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. ATMs are widely available. Major department stores are open from 10:30 to 19:30, including Sundays, but smaller shops tend to open earlier and close later every day.


Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: Spring, summer, fall and winter. For the period of November 10th – 12th, the average temperature for Seoul, Korea in the recent years was 12℃ Please bring a warm jacket.


The power supply in Korea is 220 volts. Overseas delegates bringing laptop computers and other electrical appliances are advised to check whether a transformer is required.


South Korea is known as a shoppers' paradise, offering a great variety of items at reasonable prices. Tourists may purchase many necessities and souvenir items at any of the hundreds of shops in department stores and shopping arcades in Seoul as well as major cities throughout the country. Popular shopping items include jewelry, ginseng, silk, antique chests, ceramics, lacquerware, brassware, embroidery and many more unique Korean products.


Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. Service charges are added to the bill but tipping is not expected. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless extra services are provided.

Emergency Telephone Service

1330 Travel Phone offers emergency interpretation services.
When you need English assistance or travel information, just dial 1330, and a bilingual operator will offer you detailed information on tourist sites, transportation, restaurants, etc. If you want information about areas outside of Seoul, enter the area code of that region before pressing 1330. Useful Sites.

Important and useful numbers to know

Fire/Medical Emergencies : 119
Police 112, 313-0845, 731-6231 : (Auto Call Loc. Trace)
Asia Emergency Association : 790-7561
Incheon Airport : 1577-2600
Gimpo International Airport Information : 660-2483
KORAIL English Service Center (KTX,ITX) : 1599-7777

Taxi Types

Deluxe : 02-3431-5100

International : 1644-2255

Jumbo : 02-888-2000

Tourist Complaint Center : 02-735-0101

Useful Sites

Korean tourism and other information can be found on the following websites.

the Republic of Korea Official :

Korea Tourism Organization:

Visit Seoul :

Seoul City tour bus :

Seoul Metropolitan Government :

Korea AIirports Corporation :