The Republic of Korea (herein after Korea) is a country visited by more than ten million international travelers every year. 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). To know more about Korea, please click here.
Host City, Seoul
Seoul, the designated World Design Capital for 2010 and the UNESCO City of Design, is the capital of Korea where contemporary lifestyle meets long-standing history. Home to 10 million national and foreign residents, Seoul is a proud epicenter of the Korean Wave and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Whatever you would expect, Seoul is beyond your imagination. To know more about Seoul, please click here.
Korea has eight cities throughout the nation that has international airport; Incheon, Gimpo, Yangyang, Jeju, Muan, Daegu, Cheongju, Gimhae. The Incheon International Airport is the main gateway to Korea connecting 54 countries and 195 cities around the world. The main airlines are Korean Air(SkyTeam) and Asiana Airlines(A Star Alliance Member). For more information please refer below.
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.
In August and September, when the 30th East Asian Insurance Congress (EAIC) will be held, Seoul experiences an average 21ºC(69.8ºF) per day with a high of 26ºC(78.8ºF) and a low of 16ºC(60.8ºF).
Hansik refers to traditional Korean food, centered around rice, served alongside a bowl of soup and a variety of side dishes. Most foods use meat and vegetables as the main ingredients, and are soaked in a brine or water rather than fried in oil. Various fermented and preserved food, such as kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage), jeotgal (matured seafood with salt) and doenjang (fermented soy bean paste) are notable for their specific flavor and high nutritional value.
The currency in Korea is the Korean Won (KRW). Foreign currency and travelers’ check can be exchanged at bank and hotels. Most shops accept all major credit cards.
Weekdays: 09:00 – 16:00
Weekends and National Holidays: Closed
Weekdays: 09:00 – 18:00
Public Holidays: Closed
10:30 – 20:00
* Randomly one day per month department stores are closed to the public. Closing day varies according to each stores.
Electricity and Voltage
The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts (and 60 Hertz, or cycles), and the outlet has two round holes. Multi-voltage travel adapter can be borrowed at hotel's front desk (some hotels may request a minimal fee as deposit, covering for possible loss). If you would like to purchase one in Korea, you can find them at the airport or any of the retail stores, major duty-free shops, convenience stores.