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Map of Korea

The Korean Peninsula is located in North-East Asia. It is bordered by the Amnok River (Yalu River) to the northwest, separating Korea from China, and the Duman River (Tumen River) to the northeast which separates Korea from both China and Russia.

Language

Korean (Hangeul)

Weather

Four Distinct Seasons
Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoonal climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. In October, it’s autumn that the temperature in Seoul ranges between 8°C/46°F and 13°C/55°F. Weather forecasts can be found at www.weather.com

Currency

Korea’s official currency is the WON (W).
The Korean currency consists of a ten thousand, fifty thousand, and one thousand won note, and five hundred, one hundred, fifty and ten won coins.

Electricity

Electricity: ii.1 Main electrical current is 220 volts AC, 60 Hz. You may find plugs with two round sockets (220 volts), and usage of two line sockets (110 volts) is also possible.

Business Hour
Banks
Weekdays: 09:00 – 16:00
Weekends and National Holidays: Closed
Government Offices and Organizations
Weekdays: 09:00 – 18:00
Weekends and National Holidays: Closed
Post Offices
Weekdays: 09:00 – 18:00
Saturdays: 09:00 – 13:00
Sundays & National Holidays: Closed
Foreign Diplomatic Missions
Weekdays: Hours vary
Weekends and National Holidays: Closed
Department Stores
10:30 – 20:00
* Typically one day a month (usually a Monday) department stores are closed to the public. However, closings will vary according to each store.
Soon chun hyang university hospital Seoul
Weekdays: 08:30 – 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 12:00
Helpful Numbers
1330 Travel Hotline
The 1330 tt call center is a 24-hour travel hotline operated by the KTO.
02-729-9497 Tourist Information Center
The Tourist Information Center (TIC) located at the KTO Headquarters offers a wide range of                services from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, all year round.
112 Police
119 Fire & Ambulance
00794 International Call Assistance
The international call service center provides comprehensive information on making international calls.
114 Local telephone number guide – Local area code + 114
In order to obtain the contact and location information of a business, dial an area code followed by “114” and say the name of the business.
1588-5644 Translation Assistance
The BBB Korea offers translation services over the phone.
02-3140-1700 SOS Medical Assistance
The International SOS Korea offers medical and healthcare services.
1339 Emergency Medical Information Center
At Emergency Medical Information Center, trained medical personnel (doctors, nurses and  paramedics) are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 12 locations nationwide.
02-735-0101 Tourist Complaint Center
The Tourist Complaint Center deals with complaints and inquiries from local and foreign travelers, and provides consultation to relevant agencies.
Useful Web-Site
1. The Official Website of Seoul Metropolitan
http://english.seoul.go.kr/
2. Korea 4 Expats – About Korea
http://www.korea4expats.com/