KCR 2017

Useful Information

Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Major stores are open every day from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm including Sundays.
Currency

Climate

Four distinct seasons in Korea: spring (March ~ May), summer (June ~ August), autumn (September ~ November), winter (December ~ February) The temperature in Seoul in October approximately between 10-20 ℃ degrees.
Currency

Currency

The unit of the Korean currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩ 10, ₩ 50, ₩ 100 and ₩ 500. Banknotes are ₩ 1,000, ₩ 5,000, ₩ 10,000 and ₩ 50,000. The exchange rate is approximately US$1 to KR ₩ 1,150 as of February 2017.
Electricity

Electricity

In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before use.
Emergency

Emergency

119: Emergencies for fire, rescue & hospital services
112: Police
1339: Medical emergency
129: First aid services
Insurance

Insurance

The Organizing Committee will take no responsibility for personal injuries sustained by or loss or damage to property belonging to congress participants, either during or as a result of the congress. It is therefore advised that participants arrange their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.
Insurance

Passport and Visa

A valid passport and Korean Visa are needed for all visitors to the Republic Korea.
Exemption: Visitors with round-trip tickets from countries that have a special agreement with Korea can stay in Korea up to 30 days or 90 days depending on the type of agreement between the two countries.
For more information: http://www.mofat.go.kr
Time Difference

Time Difference

Korean Standard Time: UTC/GMT +9 hours
(Daylight saving time is not applied in Korea.)
Current time in Korea: http://www.worldtimeserver.com
Tipping

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since they will be included in the bill.
VAT

VAT

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.
Useful Websites

Websites

- Gateway to Korea: http://www.korea.net
- Korea Immigration Service: http://www.immigration.go.kr
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: http://www.mofat.go.kr
- Korea Tourism Organization: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr
-Visit Seoul: http://english.visitseoul.net/
- Incheon International Airport: http://www.airport.kr

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