South Korea

Key tips & information
for living in and visiting South Korea

Official Languages



Korean Republic won (₩) (KRW)
Currency available prior to arriving in country? Yes.


South Korea experiences cold winters and hot summers. Rainfall is heaviest during the summer. The monsoon rains fall end June to end July.
Click here to see the weather forecast for South Korea.

Time Zone

GMT +9 (doesn’t operate Daylight Saving Time)

South Korea Calling Code



Health & Safety

In An Emergency

  • British Embassy Seoul
  • Police Department: +82-2-112
  • Fire Department: +82-2-119
  • Medical Emergencies: +82-2-1339
  • Click here for medical facilities for International travellers

South Korea Facts

  • Capital City: Seoul
  • National Animal: Siberian tiger
  • National Bird: Oriental magpie
  • National Flower: Hibiscus syriacus
  • Traditional Dress: Hanbok


Tourist Information

Visit Korea & TripAdvisor South Korea

Tourist Visa

If you have a British Citizen passport you can enter South Korea as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa. Click here for details.
For other nationalities, click here.

DongDaeMoon is a 24 hour shopping centre with restaurants, street food and so many clothes shops, selling both cheap and expensive items.
It is nice to walk along Han River which is illuminated at night or go on a boat trip.

Jeong, Seoul
  • Visit the volcanic island of Jeju
  • Gyeonghoeru Pavilion at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
  • A popular dish is bulgogi (barbequed beef). You can have it with vegetables, rice/soup.
  • Spicy food is also popular – try the street food Tteok-bokki (stir fried rice cake)

Click here for events and festivals in South Korea


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