About Korea

Giving its unique geographical characteristic, the Korean Peninsula is surrounded by the sea. Located in Northeast Asia, Korea faces Japan to the east and China to the west. With an area of 100,431 km² and a population of approximately 51.75 million, the Republic of Korea observes time using Korea Standard Time (KST, UTC/GMT+9).


Renowned for its unique culture, rich history, and modern cities, Korea offers many famous tourist attractions that captivate visitors from all around the world. Korea's largest cities, including Seoul, are full of modern architecture and cultural facilities, having a unique charm that harmonizes with natural scenery.


Moreover, Korea serves as a global hub for Hallyu culture, with its popular Korean dramas, music, and movies captivating audiences worldwide. The cultural phenomenon of K-POP, epitomized by groups like BTS and BLACKPINK, highlights Korea's significant cultural influence on the global stage.


Boasting its breathtaking natural landscapes, from majestic mountains like Mt. Jiri and Mt. Halla to picturesque coastlines along the South Sea, it is the best place for tourists who enjoy nature. Visitors can revel in the beauty of Korea's natural wonders, explore historical sites in Gyeongju, relax on pristine beaches in Jeju, or marvel at the scenery of Mt. Seorak.


Transportation

  • Airport Guide (Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station)

The distance from Incheon International Airport (Terminal 1) to Seoul Station is approximately 60 kilometers. It takes 43 minutes by Airport Railroad Express (AREX) and approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes by car. All means of public transportation accept cash, credit card, and transportation card (T-Money, NAMANE Card, etc.) that you can purchase at the airport.

ⓛ Airport Railroad Express (AREX)

AREX website: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese

⓶ Airport Limousine Bus

Airport Limousine Buses have 14 routes that travel between Incheon International Airport and various areas throughout Seoul. You can hop on an Airport Limousine Bus and get to a destination within Seoul on a single ride. Bus tickets can be purchased at the ticket office outside Gate No. 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 or 13 on the first floor of Terminal 1 or at the bus terminal in the Terminal 2 Transit Center (B1 floor). You can pay with either cash or credit card at the ticket office.

Airport Limousine Bus website: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese / Airport Limousine Bus routes and timetable: Korean only

⓷ Taxi

There are standard taxis, premium deluxe taxis, international taxis with foreign language services, and large deluxe taxis (limousine taxis, jumbo taxis) that are 7- to 11-seater minivans (including the driver). Standard taxis and deluxe taxis can be found at the taxi platform outside the waiting area of Incheon International Airport Terminals 1 and 2. To take an international taxi, you need to make a reservation in advance. Accepted payment methods include cash, credit cards, and transportation cards.


Website: Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese

Explore Korea

VISA

  • Foreigners entering the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and visa prior to arrival
  • Passport expiration date must be over 6 months from the date of departure
  • Nationals of visa waiver or visa-free countries may enter the Republic of Korea under the premise that they visit for tourism purposes only
  • Visitors that are required a visa must apply for one based on the purpose of visitation
  • Entrants with a visa waiver must apply for K-ETA and receive approval 72-hours prior to departure


       VISA Navigator


Currency

  • Korean Won (KRW/ ₩) is the official currency of the Republic of Korea
  • Exchange rate : 1 USD = 1385 KRW (Exchange rate is subject to change)
  • To check the exchange rate with currency other than US Dollars  Click Here
  • Bank business hours : 9 AM ~ 4 PM ( Monday - Friday /  Closed on weekends & public holidays )
  • Entering Korea with foreign or domestic currencies exceeding $10,000 is prohibited
  • Checks exceeding over $10,000 must be declared to Custom’s upon arrival

Credit Card

Credit card payment is widely used and accepted at most businesses in korea, including major hotels, department stores, and general establishments. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and other credit cards can be used; however check the service availability before making purchases as some stores may not provide this service.


Electricity

The standard voltage in Republic of Korea is 220 volts and 60 Hertz.

Bringing in portable batteries over 160Wh is prohibited (purchasing within the Republic of Korea is permissible)


Emergency Contacts


Climate

The weather is mostly sunny and pleasant with the average daytime temperature between 17.7 and 26.2℃, making the seasons perfect for outdoor activities or travels. Average precipitation in the September amounts to 141.5 mm. It's a refreshing and a cool breeze blowing day with the end of the rainy season in summer.


Time difference

GMT+9

Korea National Tourism Organization

  For knowing about Gwacheon & Seoul, Click Here

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