South Korea

Despite remaining firmly off the popular tourist trail, South Korea is a dream destination – an intriguing, welcoming nation which seamlessly combines the conveniences of modernity with a deep reverence for their remarkable 5000-year-old cultural heritage. The nation’s capital of Seoul, for example, is packed with massive shopping malls alongside traditional markets, while state-of-the-art skyscrapers stand adjacent to the remains of ancient royal palaces. Travellers looking to escape this vibrant megatropolis will find that the tranquillity of nature is easily accessible due to the country’s exceptional transport system which will whisk you away to far-flung wilderness areas where you can explore magnificent mountainous areas enclosed by densely forested national parks and dotted with peaceful villages surrounded by picturesque rice paddies. While South Korea’s cities provide enough adventure to fill any itinerary, it is beyond these urban expanses that its real natural beauty unfolds in all its of startling variety.

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Travel Information

Electricity

Electrical sockets in South Korea are one of two electrical socket types:  Type C (CEE 7/16 Europlug) and Type F (CEE 7/4 Schuko). If your appliance’s…

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Banking

CurrencyThe curency of South Korea is the Won (KRW; symbol ₩). Notes are in denominations of ₩50,000, 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000. Chon means ‘one thousand’….

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Cuisine

Though tap water in South Korea is safe to drink, tourists often avoid it due to taste. Bottled water is available, as is powdered or tinned milk. Korean…

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Climate

South Korea’s weather can be extreme – the summer can be as hot as 45°C with humidity in the high 70s. Nights in November can drop suddenly and be sub-zero…

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Transport

National airlines Asiana Air and Korean Air run frequent services around the country. International flights primarily leave from Incheon International…

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Dress

Lightweight cottons and linens are recommended during summer, with light to medium weights in spring and autumn. Medium to heavyweight clothing is advised…

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations and that the medication has…

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Visa

U.S. citizens do not require a visa for stays under 90 days. Non U.S. citizens should consult with your local embassy.

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Regions

Busan

Located in South Korea’s southern peninsula, this thriving port city has an immediate cosmopolitan appeal, offers an eclectic mix of sights, sounds and tastes for travellers,…

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Jeju

Known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, the province of Jeju is located off the south coast of South Korea. It is accessible both by air…

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Seoul

The architectural aesthetic of South Korea’s capital city reflects an enticing blend of old and new. State-of-the-art skyscrapers, glistening office blocks and vast modern shopping centres…

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