Climate & Weather

The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Autumn lasts from September to November, and produces mild weather and clear blue skies. It is known as the best season for visiting Korea. Since the temperature varies from 11 to 19 ℃, it is recommended to bring a jacket, sweater and scarf.

Currency & Currency Exchange

Korea’s official monetary unit is the Korean won (KRW). The Korean Currency consists of notes and coins; KRW 1,000, KRW 5,000, KRW 10,000 and 50,000 notes and KRW10, KRW50, KRW100, and KRW500 coins. You can exchange foreign currencies into Korean won at a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized currency exchange. Credit cards such as Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Diners Club are widely accepted. The exchange rate of USD to Korean won is about KRW 1,157 as of December, 2010.

Business Hours

Banks, post offices, and public offices are generally open from 09:30 to 17:00 on weekdays but are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most of the shops are open from 10:00 to 22:00 through the entire week.

Phone Calls

For international calls, dial the international dialing code (001, 002, or 008), country code, area code, and the individual number. Domestic and international phone cards are available for sale at most convenient stores, hotels, and airports. Cell-phone Rental Services are available at Incheon International Airport. This service must be ordered in advance.


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.

Tax & Tipping

Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. Generally, a 10% service charge is added to the bill at hotels.

Time Zone

The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time + 9 hours.

Insurance and Liability

The Organizing Committee will not be responsible for medical expenses, accidents or losses or unexpected damage to property belonging to congress participants, either during or as a result of the congress or during all tours and events. Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own insurance for the health and accidents, lost luggage, and trip cancellation.


Dial 112 for the police, 119 for the fire department, or 1339 for medical emergencies. You can simply dial 1330, a travel information phone service. A friendly multilingual operator (English, Japanese, and Chinese) is available to assist with any information you need 24 hours a day.