Korea and Ganuneung are unique in the degree to which people enjoy the freedom to walk safely on the streets at all times. The crime rate in Korea, especially in regard to foreign tourists, is one of the lowest in the world.
The South Korean unit of currency is the won (￦), with ￦10/50/100/500 coins. Notes come in denominations of ￦1,000/5,000/10,000/50,000. The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations.
※ As of July 2018 → 1 USD = 1,110 KRW
Korea, situated in a temperate zone, has four distinct seasons. Sunny days and clear skies are expected, and light clothing is recommended. The average temperature range in November is between 10 degrees to 12 degrees Celsius. In the evenings, a light jacket would be advisable. A hat and comfortable shoes are recommended for some tours.
Major international credit cards are commonly accepted at most hotels, department stores, restaurants, and shops. Restaurants and shops generally display signs indicating what cards they accept.
The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time +9 hours.
For international calls, dial the international dialing code (001, 002, or 008), country code, area code and individual number. Domestic and international phone cards are available for sale at most convenient stores, hotels and the airport.
Banks are generally open between 09:00 and 16:00 on weekdays. All banks are closed on Saturday, Sundays, and public holidays. Government office hours are usually from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays. Department stores are open between 10:30 and 20:00. Smaller shops have extended opening hours from 09:00 to late in the evening.
In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before using.
Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. 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.
Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.
Int'l SOS Korea provides 24-hour emergency service for participants, for a fee, acting as a link between the patient and the Korean hospitals. For medical emergencies dial 1339.