Seoul Quick Facts

Time Zone

Seoul is located within the Korea Time Zone (UTC+09:00).

Electricity

Seoul uses 220V wattage. A voltage converter is recommended.

Language

Korean is the official language of South Korea.

Currency

The legal tender in Seoul is the Korean won (KRW).  For the latest exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com.

ATMS

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMS) are found throughout Seoul and can be found throughout the city and at both international airports.

Area Code

Seoul’s area code is + 82 2

Climate

Seoul has a warm, tropical climate affected by an annual monsoon season, with a rainy season from late June to late July.  The average temperatures in June range from 16° – 25°C (62°-78°F).

Tipping

Tipping is not required or expected in Korea. Most major hotels add a compulsory 10% service charge to the bill. Taxi drivers appreciate if you tell them to “keep the change”.

Emergencies

Fire, Emergency and Ambulance Telephone: 119

Medical Emergency Telephone: 1339

Police Emergency Telephone: 112

Taxes

All visitors residing outside Seoul are entitled to a value-added tax (VAT) refund.  Minimum purchase of 30,000 won.  For more information, please visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/SH_EN_7_1_4.jsp.