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LANGUAGE  
The official language of Korea is Korean, but English is spoken at most hotels, restaurants, shops and in all the main tourist sites. All public transportation signs and information are also printed in English.
WEATHER  
The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons; spring, summer, fall, and winter. Seoul in early June is in the beginning of summer and the average temperature is 21.9℃ (71.42°F). Participants are recommended to carry their umbrellas in case.
CURRENCY and EXCHANGE  
The unit of currency is the Korean Won (Indicated as ₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Bank notes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000. Foreign bank notes and traveler's checks can be converted into Korean Won at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. International credit cards, such as Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB are widely accepted at major hotels, department stores and restaurants. US$1 is equivalent to approximately ₩1,070 as of January 2014.
ELECTRICITY  
Outlets for 220 220 Volt/60 Hz are dominant in Korea. In order to convert the power into 110 volts please contact the hotel housekeeping and current transformer will be available.
TIME ZONE  
Korean time is 9hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time(GMT+9) World Time Converter
BUSINESS HOURS  
Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.
TAX and TIPPING  
Value-added tax is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since it will be included in the bill.
EM ERGENCY CALL  
1339 : Medical Emergency
119 : Emergencies for Fire / Rescue & Hospital Services
112 : Police
129 : First Aid Patients
USEFUL WEBSITES  
Korea Tourism Organization
Gateway to Korea
Seoul Convention Bureau
Seoul Metropolitan Government
Visit Seoul
Korea Immigration Service
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Incheon International Airport