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Time Zone

Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9)


Currency

The unit of Korean currency is the Won (占).

Coin denominations are 占10, 占50, 占100 and 占500.

Banknotes are 占1,000, 占5,000 , 占10,000 and 占50,000.


Credit cards

 Diners Club, Visa, American Express and MasterCard are widely accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.


Traveler's check

 Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take Traveler's check in US Dollars.


Business Hours

 Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.


Tipping

 Tipping is not a traditional custom in Korea. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist restaurants and hotels. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.


Electricity and Voltage

 The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts. The outlet has two round holes and is the same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries. If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you can borrow one from your hotel셲 front desk. If you want to buy one in Korea, you can do so at a duty-free shop, convenience shop at Incheon International Airport, or Yongsan Electronics Shopping Town.


Emergency Call

112: Police

119: Emergencies for Fire / Rescue & Hospital Services

129: First Aid Patients

1330: Travel Information Center

1339: Medical Emergency