The Korean Won (KRW or ₩) is the official currency used in South Korea. Money exchange services are readily available at the airport, major shopping centres and banks. Generally, banks in South Korea operate 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays. With the exception of Standard Chartered Bank and EVERRICH Bank opening from 09:30 to 16:30.
Electricity and Voltage
In South Korea, the standard electrical voltage is 220V 60H where Type C and Type B power outlets are used. Therefore, a universal travel adapter is needed to fit the corresponding electrical socket. If you do not have one, you may borrow from your hotel front desk or purchase them at the airport, retail stores and convenience stores.
International calls can be made directly from hotel rooms with IDD phones. First, you have to dial any of these international call company numbers (001, 002, 008, 00345, 00700, 00388), then the country code and lastly enter the area code and phone number.
Local Prepaid Sim cards are readily sold at CU and 7-Eleven convenience stores in Incheon International Airport and certain branch stores in Seoul and Busan. Alternatively, a purchase can be made in advance via the Korea SIM Card official Website : www.krsim.net.
WIFI can be easily found across Korea in public places such as the airports, train stations and bus terminals.
Maps, Apps & City GuidesDownload the VisitKorea Moblie App (by Korea Tourism Organisation) to have ready-access information about South Korea at your fingertips! Ranging from places of interests, upcoming events, food guides to booking of transportation services, the all-in-one mobile app provides users with highlights and happenings in Korea that you will not want to miss. You can also visit the VisitKorea Website here. (http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.jsp)
Travelling around South Korea is fairly easy with myriad modes of transport being available. From Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul, you can take the Airport Railroad Express (AREX), Seoul Metropolitan Subway, Airport buses, Buses and Taxis.
Airport Railroad Express (AREX)
Taking the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) will allow you to avoid traffic on the roads and reach your destination at a specific time. Two types of trains are operated – the Express Train and All Stop Train. The Express Train travels directly from Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to Seoul Station without making any stops along the way. An express train pass must be purchased from the station to take this train. On the other hand, to take the all stop train, you will need to use a transportation card instead. For more information, visit https://www.arex.or.kr/main.do
There are two types of airport buses – deluxe and standard. Deluxe buses travel on shortened routes whilst the latter make more stops. You can purchase your bus tickets at the Airport Bus Ticket Booths outside the 1F Arrivals Hall of each terminal.
The most favoured mean of transportation by both Koreans and international visitors as it provide great convenience. Currently, the subways are available in five of the following major cities: Seoul Metropolitan Area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. For easy reference, the nine lines of Seoul Metropolitan Area subway system are colour-coded with more branching throughout the city. Seoul Metro operation hours are from 5:30am to approximately 1am daily. For Seoul Metro Map, click here. (http://www.seoulmetro.co.kr/kr/cyberStation.do)
There are more than 400 bus routes that run in and around Seoul. In Seoul, the different bus types are classified accordingly to colours.
- Blue buses travel on longer distances through Seoul
- Green buses run shorter distances and carry travellers between transfer points
- Yellow buses operate on a closed circuit within a district of Seoul
Taxis ply the island round the clock, bringing you wherever you want, anytime you want. It is important to take note that the base fare will vary by region. Rates would also depend on the class of the taxi, time of the day and length of the journey.
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