Useful Information

Climate & Weather

Korea enjoys four distinctive seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. Spring in Korea is generally cozy with average temperature of 8 Celsius degrees and 46 Fahrenheit in March.

Time Zone

Korea Standard Time (KST) is nine hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9).


The official language of the Republic of Korea is Korean. In business communication, English is common.


Standard electricity supply is 220 volts at 60hz (with two round holes). Some hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220 volts.

Business Hours

Government office hours are from 09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday. Shops, restaurants and shopping malls are generally open from 10:00 to 22:00. Banks are open from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays only.

Currency & Exchange

The South Korean won is the official currency (KRW). There are four bill nominations of 1 000, 5 000, 10 000,
and 50 000 won, and coins are with a value of 10, 50, 100, 500 won. Foreign currencies are conveniently
exchangeable at airports, major hotels, bank branches and exchange rate booths. exchange rate,
1,196.50 KRW = 1 USD.

Credit / Debit Cards

Major credit cards including Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card, JCB and Union Pay are broadly
accepted in most shops, hotels, department stores and restaurants. Credit card surcharges for uses in overseas may
be incurred.

Tax & Tipping

Tipping is not required in Korea. Generally, 10% Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied in the total payable. Some upscale
restaurants and hotel facilities may charge another 10% services charges, which should be included in the bill.
Foreigners may take a benefit of reclaiming VATs at the airport or on premises purchased. Purchased goods must
be taken out of the country within three months from the purchase date to be eligible for a tax refund.
Foreigners can receive a refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase of KRW 30,000.


The Organizing Committee will not be responsible for medical expenses, accidents or losses to property belongings
and participants. Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own insurance for the health, accident, lost luggage,
and trip cancelation prior to departure.

Useful Numbers

• Police: 112
• Fire & emergency medical service: 119
• Travel hotline & Complaint center: 1330


Smoking is prohibited in public places. It is permitted only in designated areas.