General Information

ABOUT KOREA

1) Religion

There is no state religion in Korea, and various religions co-exist peacefully. A quiet room for prayer will be available for the use of delegate.

2) Climate

Korea has four distinct seasons: spring (March-May), summer (June-August), fall (September-November), and winter (December-February).
During the winter, South Korea is indeed a land of extremes and nowhere is this more apparent than in the sudden drop of temperature that winter brings. From summer highs of 30°C the temperatures in winter can plummet to as low as -20°C on occasion in the northern regions, although it can be significantly milder along the southern coast and on the holiday island of Jeju in the far south.
Falling between December and March, the long winter is freezing cold but relatively dry, and certainly charming. Crisp, white snow can be expected creating romantic views you can enjoy without the madding crowds of spring.

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3) Language

Korean is the official language of Republic of Korea.

4) Currency

The won (KRW) is the official currency of Korea. Banknotes are denominated in 1,000 won, 5,000 won, 10,000 won, and 50,000 won, and coins in 10 won, 50 won, 100 won, and 500 won. The major currencies as well as traveler’s checks drawn on major banks can be easily converted into Korean won at the airport or local banks.

As of 12th August 2021, the exchange rate is as follow: USD1 = 1,161.40 KRW. (Source: Korea Exchange Bank)

Foreign credit cards with VISA, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB are accepted in most places. They can also be used for cash advances at local ATMs.
For more detailed information, please visit the KEB exchange rate site at

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5) Time Zone

Korea’s time zone is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. “GMT + 9:00” (Standard Time).

Travel Information

1) Traveler’s Insurance

Each participant is encouraged to buy international traveler’s insurance covering the entire duration of their stay in Korea. The host organization will not be responsible for personal accidents or damage to the private property of participants. It is highly advisable for participants to make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance in advance of attending the conference.

2) Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and close on weekend.

3) Electrical Plug and Outlet

The supply voltage in Korea is 220 volts. If you would like to use 110 volts, please bring your adaptor yourself or borrow from Hotel.

4) Internet

WIFI is available in the forum places. All recommended hotels include free WIFI access for guests.

5) Country and City Dialing Codes
  • International country code for Korea: +82
  • Regional area code for Seoul: 02
6) Emergency Calls
  • Fire, Emergency and Ambulance : 119
  • Police : 112
  • Immigration Contact Center : 1345
    • - 09:00-22:00: Korean, Chinese, English
    • - 09:00-18:00: Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Mongolian, Indonesian/Malay, French, Bengali, Urdu, Russian, Nepali, Khmer, Burmese, German, Spanish, Filipino, Arabic, Sinhala
7) Tourist Information
  • Tourism and Translation Service : 1330
    • - 24 hours : Korean, Chinese, English, Japanese
    • - 08:00-19:00 Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian/Malay, Russian

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