Useful Information

Table of Contents

  1. Time Zone
  2. Tax and Tipping
  3. Current
  4. Traveler's Check
  5. Business Hours
  6. Electricity
  7. Hospital Information
  8. The Weather
  9. Useful Websites

Time Zone

Time zone in Korea follows a single standard time of UTC+09:00, which is 9 hours of Greenwich Mean Time.

Tax and Tipping


Value-added tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to meals and other services and is added into the bill.


Tipping is not a traditional custom in Korea. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist restaurants and hotels. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.


The Korean local currency is the Won. Major foreign currencies that can be exchanged at banks, hotels, and the airport include the US Dollar, Japanese Yen, Euro, and UK Sterling. Most hotels, restaurants, and shops accept major international credit cards including Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card, and JBC. Foreign-issued ATM cards may have limited use.

50,000 won (oman won) 10,000 won (man won) 5,000 won (ocheon won) 1,000 won (cheon won)
500 won (obeak won) 100 won (beak won) 50 won (osip won) 10 won (sip won)

Traveler's Checks

Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take Traveler’s check in US Dollars. The exchange of foreign currencies may be made at Jeju International Airport. [Banking hours: 9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM, From Monday to Friday]

Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.


The electricity supply commonly used in Korea is the 200-volt 60Hz system. Because most newly built hotels and houses have the 220-volt wiring installed, you are advised to check your electronic equipment beforehand.

Hospital Information

There are some hospitals where some English is spoken. International clinics at large general hospitals like Jeju National University Hospital and Cheju Halla General Hospital are recommended.

Jeju National University Hospital
Cheju Halla General Hospital
Seogwipo Medical Center

The weather

Generally, it’s nice, but the daily temperature range is big in the fall. 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.

Useful Websites