Local Information

Local Information

Getting to Korea

Incheon Airport is the largest airport in Korea and serves as the main gateway hub for travelers visiting Korea. Korea’s top airport is none other than Incheon International Airport. The airport consists of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Visit the Incheon Airport website.

Gimpo International Airport located in Seoul handles cargo in addition to providing international and domestic flights. Available international flights include East Asian regions. Visit the Gimpo Airport website.

From Incheon Airport to Seoul

There are several different ways to travel from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul. The most popular ways include taking the Airport Railroad Express (AREX), Seoul Metropolitan Subway, airport limousine buses, and taxis. Visit the Seoul Subway Map.

Climate

Seoul weather in May is in midst of spring. Temperature is expected to range from 13℃ to 23℃. Various flowers bloom in the mild and warm spring weather; azaleas, forsythias, and fragrant Magnolia. People enjoy going on a picnic to mountains and parks which are painted in bright colors. It is warm and dry. Relative humidity is 30 – 46%.

Electricity

In Korea, outlets for 220 volts 60 Herz are dominant. Always check the power supply here, before using your equipment.

Currency and Credit Cards

The unit of Korean currency is the Won. Foreign currency and traveler’s checks can be exchanged into Korean Won at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. Credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and JCB, are accepted at major hotels, department stores, and large restaurants. The exchange rate is subject to fluctuation.

Tax and Tipping

Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods at a standard rate of 10%. In major tourist spots, a 10% VAT plus a 10% service charge is added to the bills.

Language

The Korean language, like Hungarian, Turkish, Mongolian and Finnish, is classified into the Ural-Altaic language group. Hangeul (the Korean alphabet) is composed of 10 simple vowels and 14 consonants. A group of scholars under the patronage of King Sejong the Great developed this systematic rendition of spoken sound in 1443.