Time Zone Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9) and does not have daylight savings time.
International Call International dialing code in Seoul, Korea is +82-2(Area code). Please omit (0) when dialing from overseas.
Emergency Phone Number
- 1339Medical Emergency
- 129First Aid Services
- 119Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
Tax 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 meals and other services and is added into the bill.
Tipping Tipping is not a traditional custom in Korea. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist restaurants and hotels. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.
Currency The Korean local currency is the Won. Major foreign currencies that can be exchanged at banks, hotels, and the airport include the US Dollar, Japanese Yen, Euro, and UK Sterling. Most hotels, restaurants, and shops accept major international credit cards including Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card, and JBC. Foreign-issued ATM cards may have limited use.
Electricity The electricity supply commonly used in Korea is the 200-volt 60Hz system. Because most newly built hotels and houses have the 220-volt wiring installed, you are advised to check your electronic equipment beforehand.