Miscellaneous Information

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  • Currency
  • The unit of Korean currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500.
    Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000 and ₩10,000. The exchange rate is approximately US$1 to ₩1,334 as of January 2009.
  • Currency exchange:
    Foreign banknotes and traveler's check can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money changers.
    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.
    Banking hours:
    Monday to Friday 09: 30 -16: 00
  • Weather
  • Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoonal climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The annual average temperature and rainfall in December for 5 years of Jeju are as follows.
  • Average Temperature (℃) Average Rainfall (mm)
    December, 2008 8.4 28.2
    December, 2007 9.6 92.7
    December, 2006 9.0 62.0
    December, 2005 6.0 78.9
    December, 2004 9.5 55.4
  • Local food
  • Participants can enjoy many local foods in Jeju such as Galchiguk (Hairtail fish soup), Kkwong-toryeom (Sliced pheasant meat boiled lightly with vegetables) and Kkwong-memil guksu (Buckwheat noodles with pheasant meat), Jarihoe (raw damselfish) and Jarimulhoe (raw damselfish in chilled -broth), Okdom-gui (Broiled sea bream), Saengseonhoe (Raw fish), Seonggeguk (Sea urchin soup), Jeonbokjuk (Rice porridge with abalone), Momguk (Gulfweed soup), Bingddeok (Bing rice cake), Haemul-ttukbaegi (Seafood hot pot), Obunjagi Kettle Rice, Black Pig Bulgogi Dish, Samgyetang (Chicken broth with spices and ginseng)and Hanchimulhoe(sliced raw fish).
  • Business hours
  • Government office hours are usually from 9:00am to 6:00pm on weekdays and closed on weekends.
    Banks are open from 9:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Major stores including department stores are open everyday from 10:30am to 8:00pm including Sunday.
  • Electricity
  • In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before using.
  • Internet
  • Internet service is offered in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Korea. PC rooms and internet cafes are also great places to get internet service and easy to find throughout the country.
  • Useful website
  • Incheon International Airport
    Gimpo Airport
    Jeju Province
    Tourist Information
  • Telephone call
  • 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.
  • Emergency call
  • International SOS Korea provides a 24-hour Emergency Service for participants.
    - Police: 112
    - Fire Department / Rescue & Hospital Services: 119
    - Medical Emergencies: 1339
  • Tax
  • Upon request, only foreign tourists can receive nearly 10 percent VAT refunds for purchases at Duty Free shopping outlets. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Visitors can receive a refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase. To receive this refund, present refund receipts with the purchased goods at the customs desk at the Incheon International Airport.
  • Time zone
  • The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time +9 hours.
  • Korean expressions
  • English Korean alphabet (Hangeul) Korean
    Good Morning / afternoon / evening Annyeong-haseyo. 안녕하세요?
    Thank you Gamsa-hamnida. 감사합니다.
    I am sorry Mian-hamnida. 미안합니다.
    How much is it? Eolma-imnikka. 얼마입니까?
    Please take me to the Ramada Hotel. Ramada hotel ro ga jooseyo. 라마다 호텔로 가주세요