About Seoul, Korea
The Korean peninsula is located in North-East Asia. It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides, making it a unique geographical location. With Seoul as its capital city, the landsite is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Korea’s total land area is 100,033 square km, neighboring Japan to the east, China to the west, and sharing a northern border with Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).
2-hour drive from Incheon International Airport to and from Kyung Hee University.
The weather forecast during the conference week in Seoul is as follows:
Korea local time is GMT/UCT + 9 hours
Korean (Hangeul) is the official language of Korea. Although many Koreans speak English fluently.
Korea is a country where all the world’s major religions, Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism and Islam, peacefully coexist with shamanism. Given the great diversity of religious expression, the role of religion in South Korea’s social development has been complex; and some traditions are best understood as important cultural properties rather than as rites of worship.
Banks operate from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. ATMs are found in banks and subway stations. However, most ATMs in the subway stations do not display English language on the screen. Foreign Currency and Traveler’s Cheques can be exchanged at banks.
Appearance should always be clean and neat. For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses. Overly casual or sloppy attire is not appreciated.
Currency & Credit Cards
The currency used in Korea is the South Korean won.
Foreign credit cards can be used in Korea, and in fact, are sometimes preferred by many Korean merchants. Nevertheless, Korean credit cards are often required for on-line payments, etc. Also, Payments of your foreign credit card must be made in your own country.
Tax and Tipping
Don’t tip; it’s often considered degrading (the service charge is generally included in the bill), but, do give a slight bow and say thank you. Hotel porters, however, customarily receive a bit of change, as do taxi drivers- but only if they assist with the luggage.
The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts (and 60 Hertz, or cycles), and the outlet has two round holes, which is the same type used in France, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries. If you would like to buy one in Korea, you can do so at any of the retail stores, major duty-free shops, Yongsan Electronics Market, convenience stores or even stationery stores.
If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, you are kindly advised to bring sufficient medication for the total length of your stay. Also, do ensure that you bring along a medical certificate that sanctions the use of relevant prescribed medicines since certain substances are prohibited. Lastly, do ensure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for healthcare, in case of an emergency.
The fastest way to get downtown is by the Express Train on the AREX Line. The nonstop ride from Incheon International Airport Station to Seoul Station is just 43 minutes. Seoul Station is a huge transportation hub providing convenient access to different areas of Seoul and beyond.
The airport limousine buses are a cost-effective way to go from Incheon International Airport to almost all parts of Seoul including Gangnam, Myeong-dong and Yeouido. Equipped with comfortable reclining seats and spacious leg room, these buses are especially popular among passengers getting off of a long flight. It takes a bit more than an hour from the airport to downtown Seoul, depending on traffic.
Taxis are expensive in comparison to taking a train or airport limousine bus to the heart of Seoul. However, this is the most convenient mode of transportation and do note that passengers must pay the Incheon Bridge tollgate fee. Still, as most taxis are now equipped with a portable GPS navigation device, passengers can reach their destination easily and safely.
Passengers are only permitted to bring certain items, such as liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, creams and drinks past the security checkpoint if they are in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less. All the containers must be carried in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag.
Exemptions are made for medications, baby food and special dietary requirements. Other items considered dangerous, such as aerosols, potential weapons and flammable materials, are also not permitted past this point. You should check the customs regulations of your destination country before departure too.
Security and Emergency Numbers
Police Department Tel: 112
Fire Department Tel: 119
Medical Emergencies Tel: 1339
1330 Korea Travel Hotline
The 1330 Korea Travel Hotline, operated by the Korea Tourism Organization, is a one-stop helpline available as a public service for both local and international travelers.
Tourist Police Officers (24/7): 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)