Rich natural beauty combined with a unique historical and cultural heritage makes Korea a delightful place of discovery for international travelers. Despite the nation's rapid modernization, Koreans still adhere to their traditional values, such as the age-old Confucian respect for their elders.
The Korean Peninsula extends northeastern part of the Asian continent. The Peninsula shares its northern border with China and Russia. To its east is the East Sea, beyond which neighboring Japan lies. In addition to the mainland peninsula, Korea includes some 3,000 islands.
Seoul is the capital of Korea. The word 'Seoul' means capital in traditional Korean. Seoul is a city in which the Han River flows through, from east to west, and is surrounded by great mountains, and the city contains history and tradition, as well as the latest IT technology, making it a kind of a city which is quite rare anywhere on the globe.
|INVITATION LETTER||Upon request, Organizing Committee will be pleased to provide an official letter to those who need it for Visa application to visit Korea. The Letter is not a commitment on the part of the organizer to provide any financial support. The official invitation letter, to be used for application of visa, will be issued ONLY to those who have completed the registration payment. The official invitation letter, to be used for application of visa, will be issued ONLY to those who have completed the registration payment.|
|NOTARIZED INVITATION LETTER||The notarized invitation letter will be available to ONLY those who have completed on-line registration with a full payment. USD 100 will be charged for the notary and air courier (EMS). If you are not sure whether you need a notarized letter of invitation for visa issuance, please check with the Korean Embassy in your country.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Go to Website
Korea Visa Portal Go to Website
|CURRENCY EXCHANGE||The unit of Korean currency is the Won (￦). One US dollar is equivalent to about
￦1,300 as of August 3, 2023.
(Go and check currency exchange to www.xe.com/currencyconverter)
|Time Zone||The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time +9 hours.
(Go and check current times to https://www.worldtimeserver.com/)
|BUSINESS HOURS||Government office hours are from 09:00 to 18:00, although from November through February they close at 17:00. Most private businesses open at anywhere from 08:30 to 10:00 and close in the evening. Banking business hours, however, are from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays.|
|CLIMATE||Korea has a mild climate with four distinctive seasons.
In spring and autumn, the weather is mostly sunny and pleasant with the average daytime temperature between 15 and 18℃, making the seasons perfect for outdoor activities or travels.
|1330 KOREA TRAVEL PHONE||For English assistance or travel information, just dial 1330, and a bilingual operator will offer you detailed tourism information.|
|ELECTRICAL SYSTEM||The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz, and the outlet has two round holes. If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you may ask to borrow or purchase one from your hotel's front desk. You can also find them at the airport, retail stores, major duty-free shops, and even convenience stores.|
|TAX & TIPPING||Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants.
Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive.Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.
|CREDIT CARDS||There will be no problem in using your credit card in Korea where American Express, Diners Club, Visa, Master Card, and JCB are widely accepted.|
|FOR TRAVEL INFORMATION||Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO) help your stay in Korea more enjoyable. For travel information, visit (https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/). There is everything about Korea, things to do, festivals and events and much more.