Republic of Korea, means South Korea (대한민국, 大韓民國 Daehan Minguk) is a country in East Asia. South Korea occupies the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, with North Korea to the north, China cross the sea to the west and Japan short ferry ride to the southeast. Despite initially being economically outdone by its northern rival, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth starting in the 1960s. As one of the East Asian Tigers, South Korea has been recognized as an industrialized, developed economy with some of the world's leading high technology corporations such as Samsung and LG.
South Korea is a very homogeneous country, with nearly all the native residents identifying themselves as ethnically Korean and speaking only Korean language. The largest resident minority are the Chinese, numbering around 20,000-30,000. However, there was a number of foreign laborers from China, Mongolia, Bangladesh etc…
South Korean households and hotels use the same dual round sockets for their electrical outlets as are found in most of Continental Europe. Voltage rating of 220V at 60Hz
Currency is the won (W), which comes in W10, W50, W100 and W500 coins. Notes come in denominations of W1000, W5000, W10,000 and the recently released W50,000 note. Go to www.keb.co.kr for current exchange rates.
Korean ATMs are a little strange. If you have a foreign credit card, you need to find an ATM with a ‘Global’ sign or the logo of your credit card company. NICE ATMs often accept foreign cards. Most Global ATMs have basic instructions in English and operate in units of W10,000. ATMs can be found outside banks and post offices and inside deluxe hotels, subway stations and department stores.
Most of hotels, shops and restaurants in cities and tourist areas are accepted foreign credit cards payments. Be prepared to have some cash in (Won) with you especially if you are travelling to the countryside area.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
Spring is a good time of year to visit Korea. The temperatures are warm and there's not too much rain. However there will be some days hazy as there is some dust blow from China towards to Korea.
Summer starts with a dreary rainy season (장마철,jangma-cheol) in June and turns into a steambath in July-August, with extreme humidity and the temperature heading as high as 35°C.
Not a good season to travel.
Fall, starting in September, is perhaps the best time to visit Korea. Sunny, dry and still warm days are best to travel in Korea especially to the countryside.
Winter is a good time to go skiing or hot-spring hopping, and enjoy the Korean invention of ondol (floor heating) helps defrost any parts that froze outside. However, January and February can be freezing cold due to Siberian winds from the north.
Please check weather forecast before your departure.
BBQ - "Korean barbecue" is probably the most popular Korean dish for Westerners, consist of seafood, meat ( beef, chicken, pork etc…) and serves with other side dishes in Korean style. Others like Noodles, rice or seafood are served in different restaurants. Koreans use chopsticks with a twist: alone among the peoples of Asia, they prefer chopsticks of metal. Typically, restaurants have stainless steel chopsticks, but fine silver ones are also available.
Most of the visitors can visit South Korea without visa. However there are some nationalities may required to have visa before arrival, please check at your close Embassy before traveling. Passport or travel documents required for at least 6 months validity.
All of outlets with a "Tax Free Shopping" or a "Tax Refund Shopping" sign, you can obtain a voucher and get a large percentage of your taxes refunded. When you leave Korea, go to customs and have it stamped then go to the "Global Refund Korea" or "Korea Tax Refund" counters near the duty-free shops. However refund will takes almost 3 months to have it back.
Bargaining is common at outdoor markets and applies to everything they may have to offer. However stating a monetary amount would be a mistake. Normally what you would say is sage juseyo (싸게 주세요). That means "cheaper.”
Korea is a land of strict Confucian hierarchy and etiquette. As a visitor you will not be expected to know every nuance, but making an effort will certainly be appreciated.
As a rule, tipping is not compulsory in Korea and not practiced by locals, however others like bellboy, hotel staffs, taxi drivers and bars will accept the gratuities offered by customer. If you are taking tours, guides & drivers would expects to have tips around USD5.00 per day for their service.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind. Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within South Korea are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( For travellers from Hongkong )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register.