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Korea is 9 hours ahead of GMT (standard time)
Government office hours are usually from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most shops are open from 10:00 to 22:00 through the entire week.
The voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hz.
Foreign exchange and banking
The monetary unit is the Won (KRW, denoted by ￦). Korean monetary units are 10, 50, 100, and 500 coins, and 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 notes. The exchange rate is approximately KRW 1,100 /1 US$ (as of December 2014). All major credit cards such as American Express, Visa and Master Card are accepted for payment of hotel bills.
Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. A 10% service charge is added to your bill at all tourist hotels and so tipping is not expected. It is not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.
ATM (Automated Teller Machines)
Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get a cash advance in Korean won from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) installed at airports, major hotels, department stores, subway stations, major tourist attractions and most convenience stores.
Mobile Phone (roaming)
CDMA cellular systems are widely used in Korea. SK Telecom and KTF are providing a SIM card roaming service to allow you to use your GSM subscription in Korea. At the International Airport, you can rent a special CDMA cellular phone which accepts your SIM card. Please check the links below for more details.
Emergency & Useful Phone Numbers
For local calls within the same area or city, just dial the telephone number. For another area or city, please dial the 'area code' before the telephone number. (E.g. For calls from Seoul to Jeju, please dial the area code for Jeju (064) before the telephone number)
However, the area code should be dialed when using a mobile phone.
For international calls, first dial the international access code (001,002, or 008), the country code, area code and the recipient's number.
A Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. At hotels, a 10% VAT is applied to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.