South Korea is a country located in Eastern Asia. South Korea has only one border country: North Korea. The official language of South Korea is Korean. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Korean.
In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, South Korea was ranked 37th out of 100 countries in 2021.
The national currency in South Korea is South Korean won (KRW). The won (₩) is subdivided into 100 jeon.
With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 1440.27 KRW and 1 USD is worth 1330.76 KRW.
Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.
Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in South Korea is 258.96 Mbps and mobile is 277.9 Mbs.The global average is 179.65 Mbps and 125.35 Mbps respectively.
ATM Density South Korea has more ATMs than most other countries.259.46 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.
SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in South Korea, a passport or ID is required as identification.
There are 2 socket types used in South Korea. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.
The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).
In the year 2024, South Korea will celebrate 15 national public holidays. The next one Independence Movement Day will take place on March 1.
|January 1, 2024
|New Year’s Day새해
|February 9, 2024Moving holiday
|Lunar New Year설날
|February 10, 2024Moving holiday
|Lunar New Year설날
|February 12, 2024Moving holiday
|Lunar New Year설날
|March 1, 2024
|Independence Movement Day3·1절
|May 6, 2024Moving holiday
|May 15, 2024Moving holiday
|Buddha’s Birthday부처님 오신 날
|June 6, 2024
|August 15, 2024
|September 16, 2024Moving holiday
|September 17, 2024Moving holiday
|September 18, 2024Moving holiday
|October 3, 2024
|National Foundation Day개천절
|October 9, 2024
|December 25, 2024
What hotel chains are present in South Korea?
There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Daegu and Jeju-do.
The Hilton hotel chain operates in South Korea.
The IHG hotel chain operates in South Korea.
What fast food chains are present in South Korea?
The McDonald’s chain operates in South Korea.
The KFC chain does not operate in South Korea.
The Burger King chain operates in South Korea.
What is the weather like in Seoul?
Weather data for Seoul (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com
Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.
Subway Systems The subway system is available in 9 cities.
Emergency phones in South Korea
Smoking & Alcohol
Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.
Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legal in certain circumstances
Minors under 19 years of age (based on year of birth) are not given tax exemption for liquor and cigarettes.
- 1 bottle of liquor (up to 1L and US$400)
- 200 cigarettes