Travel Information

  • Currency and Banking

    Currency and Banking

    The official unit of the Korean currency is the Won (KRW). The exchange rate of 1 USD is equivalent to approximately KRW 1,037 (as of 28 April, 2013). Currency exchanges are available at banks, airports and major hotels. ATM services are available at most hotels for participants and conference sites. Tipping is not expected in most restaurants and hotels.

  • Credit Cards

    Credit Cards

    Most large stores, hotels and restaurants in Seoul accept major international credit cards. However, it is advisable to carry some cash since smaller establishments and stores may not accept credit cards.

  • Electricity


    The power supply is mainly 220V/60 Hz. Two inline holed sockets (two round-pinned plugs) are used. Adaptors and converters may be needed for participants from countries which use 110V or other different types of plugs.

  • Emergency Numbers

    Emergency Numbers

    Fire / Medical Emergencies: 119
    Police: 112
    Dasan Call Center: 120 (Seoul City Information: Tourism, Transportation, etc.)
    Translation Services: 1588-5644

  • International Phone Calls

    Local & International
    Phone Calls

    Korea’s country code for international inbound calls is 82, and the area code for Seoul is 02. For international outbound calls from Korea, 001, 002 or 00700 should be dialed first followed by the appropriate country code.

  • Local Time

    Local Time

    Standard time zone: GMT +9 hours

    * For more information on travel information, visit the official travel guide, Seoul City Tourism (