Weather during the ISAPA 2017
The weather in June, when the ISAPA 2017 is scheduled, is generally nice, but the daily temperature range is fairly big. It can be warm or a bit hot in the daytime, but a little cold at night. So, it is good to prepared by bringing a light jacket. The average maximum temperature is a warm 26°C (79°F) with low heat & humidity.
Standard Time in Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9). Business hours for banks are generally from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays only. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
ATMs are widely available. Major department stores are open from 10:30 to 19:30, including Sundays, but smaller shops tend to open earlier and close later every day.
Visas & Customs
Foreign nationals entering Korea are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa.
However, many permitted visa-free entry for a limited time under certain conditions.
Please click here for more details on Korea Visas Click.
Currency / Credit card
The unit of currency in Korea is the South Korean Won(KRW). Korean currency consists of 10, 50, 100 and 500 won coins, and 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 won bills.
The exchange rate as of 02 January 2017 is USD 1.00=KRW 1,207. Foreign currency may be exchanged at banks during normal business days as well as at the airport and hotels. Exchange rates are set daily by each bank. Credit Cards, e. g. VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club, are all widely accepted.
Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation standpoint.
The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: Spring, summer, fall and winter.
Electricity and Voltage
The power supply in Korea is 220 volts AC at 60Hz. Overseas delegates bringing laptop computers and other electrical appliances are advised to check whether a transformer is required.
Korea is known as a shoppers' paradise, offering a great variety of items at reasonable prices. Tourists may purchase many necessities and souvenir items at any of the hundreds of shops in department stores and shopping arcades in Seoul as well as major cities throughout the country.
Popular shopping items include jewelry, ginseng, silk, antique chests, ceramics, lacquerware, brassware, embroidery and many more unique Korean products.
Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. Service charges are added to the bill but tipping is not expected. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless extra services are provided.
VAT (Value-added tax)
Value-added tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is usually included in the retail price. At tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to meals and other services and is added to the bill.
Emergency Telephone Service
1330 Travel Phone offers emergency interpretation services.When you need English assistance or travel information, just dial 1330, and a bilingual operator will offer you detailed information on tourist sites, transportation, restaurants, etc. If you want information about areas outside of Seoul, enter the area code of that region before pressing 1330.
Emergency Telephone Service
Korean tourism and other information can be found on the following websites.