South Korea (ROK) –Seoul Infoguide by Sojong Partners
As South Korea is geographically situated in a temperate climate zone at medium latitude, it has four distinct seasons.
In general, spring is from March to May and the weather in spring is warm and dry. However, the daily temperature range varies greatly during spring season with occasional spring colds in early spring. The mean temperature in Seoul during March ranges from around 17°C/62.6°F in the daytime to -2°C/28.4°F in the morning/at night with 20% chance of rain.
You may wish to bring umbrellas, caps, sunglasses and also bring some clothes that work well with layering due to a wide difference between day and night temperatures.
Incheon International Airport to The InterContinental Seoul COEX
The transportation available at the airports are:
- Korean Airline Limousine Bus (tickets purchase at designated counters) KRW 16,000 each way
- Taxi – approximately KRW 70,000 each way (Including expressway usage fee)
The trip from the airport to the hotel is about 70 kilometers. Travel by Korean Airline Limousine Bus usually takes approximately 90~120 minutes from the airport to the hotel. If you take a taxi, it will take around 80~100 minutes depending upon traffic and route.
The currency in South Korea is the Korean won (KRW). All other major currencies may be exchanged at the hotel front desk* and/or at local banking institutions.
*Currencies exchangeable at the hotel front desk (USD, AUD, CAD, CHF, CNY, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, SGD)
All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops & restaurants. ATMs are also available as well. Currency exchanges are normally conducted at a local bank, or at the hotel front desk or other currency exchange kiosks located at malls.
USD 1 is equivalent to approximately KRW 1,090.
VAT (Value-Added Tax)
10% VAT is generally included in the purchase price of various goods and services.
Korea Standard Time (KST) used in South Korea is 9 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The local time in South Korea is UTC + 9.
The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz, and the outlet has two round holes. If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you may ask to borrow one from your hotel's front desk. You can also find them at the airport, retail stores and major duty-free shops.
Korean is the national language. While English is not commonly used, it is taught in national schools.
Central emergency number 119
Places to Visit in Seoul
Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) is Korea’s most representative royal palace, showcasing the beautiful architectural traditions of Korea. The palace served as housing for the king as well as a spacious plaza for dealing with public affairs. It also presents a beautiful harmony with nature, including gardens and ponds which make a great backdrop for pictures to take home.
Namsangol Hanok Village is a specially organized tourist destination recreating the traditional appearance of a Korean village from the past. The place displays residential houses, pavilions, a common area, promenade and more architectural structures altogether so that visitors can enjoy a quick travel back in time as well as a leisurely walk through this calm and soothing atmosphere. In addition, the village offers many programs featuring traditional games and performances as well as hands-on experiences where visitors can learn Korea’s folk culture.
N Seoul Tower is an all-time favorite tourist attraction and has become a symbol of Seoul. Its view becomes even more spectacular when seen after sunset, as it sits atop Namsan (South Mountain), offering a panoramic view of the city. The tower not only has the best view in town but is also equipped with various subsidiary facilities where visitors can shop and dine, suited for a unique trip both day and night.
Bongeunsa (Bongeun Temple), located in the center of the Gangnam area, Bongeunsa has more than 1,200 years of history. This historic temple houses with extensive records of Korea’s Buddhist culture, but visitors of all backgrounds and religions come to enjoy the view and serenity within the bustling city.
Things to Eat
Here are some local specialities that you must try during your visit to Korea:
· Galbi jjim – braised short ribs glazed with soy sauce. Carrots, ginkgo nuts, chestnuts, shitake mushroom and egg garnish are sprinkled on top of the dish.
· Bulgogi - thin slices of beef marinated in a sweet soy sauce mix before grilling. In the past, Bulgogi was a high-class meal, only being served in the royal court and yangban (noble) households.
· Naengmyeon - cold buckwheat noodles which used to be enjoyed over a warm ondol floor (subfloor heating system) during the freezing winter. The broth was made with the brine of dongchimi (radish water kimchi) scooped out of a large jar half-buried in the ground during the winter.
· Japchae – boiled glass noodles mixed with stir-fried vegetables and meat. It has long been perceived as a luxurious and elegant dish, and was always served on birthdays, weddings and 60th birthday celebrations.
· Tteok (Rice cake) - a dish made by steaming, frying, or boiling rice powder or other grain powder after it has been sprinkled with water. It is served at ceremonies and holidays without fail.
· Hangwa (Korean cookies) - traditional Korean cookies. There are many varieties depending on the ingredients or recipes.
Pre & Post Meeting Tours*
Mr. Purun Kim Tel: 82-2-6447-1124