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Traveller's Essentials

Climate & Weather

  • Korea has four distinct seasons: Spring, Summer (wet), Fall and Winter (dry). Especially, May, the season for The IRPA 15 , is the best time to visit Korea. You may enjoy the beautiful Korean fall including clear blue skies and mild weather. During the month of May, the temperature in Seoul average 19℃(66.2℉). For more information, please visit Korea Meteorological Administration (http://www.kma.go.kr/eng/index.jsp).

Currency & Foreign Exchange

  • The Korean currency consists of a ten thousand, five thousand, and one thousand won note. At the front of bills are the great men in Korean history. The official currency is the Won (KRW). Banknotes are issued in the following denominations: KRW 1,000, KRW 5,000, KRW 10,000 and KRW 50,000; and coins in sue are: KRW 10, KRW 50, KRW 100 and KRW 500. Buses and vending machines may only accept 1,000 won bills and coins. (At the time of this printing, exchange rates are: USD 1.00 = KRW 1,080 – Feb 2018)

Exchange Money

  • - Tour City (City airport 2F)
    - Address : 22, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu
    - Operating Hours : 06:00~19:00

    * All Banks in COEX are available.

Time Difference

  • Korean time is nine hours ahead of Universal Coordinated Time/Greenwich Mean Time (UCT/GMT +9hours).


  • 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. Always check the power supply before using your equipment.


  • Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. Service charges are added to the bill but tipping is not expected. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless extra services are provided.


  • T-money is a transportation card as well as a device used to pay for taxi fares and, in some cases, transactions at convenience stores. T-money card is rechargeable at any of the T-money vendors or Ticket Vending and Card Reload Devices inside most subway stations.