Living in Korea

  • Time Difference
  • When Indicating Korea Time: Present Time (GMT+9) / No daylight savings time
  • Electricity and Voltage
  • The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts. The outlet has two round holes and is the same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries. If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you can buy in electronic store and big supermarket.
  • Currency Exchange
  • US $1 is about 1200 won (The exchange rate may change). You can get the current exchange rate from internet. The unit of Korean currency is the ‘won’. Coin denominations are 10 won, 50 won, 100 won, 500 won. Bank notes are 1,000 won, 5,000 won, 10,000 won, 50,000won. Foreign bank notes and traveler’s checks can be converted into Korean won at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money changers.
  • Weather

The Republic of Korea, located on the eastern edge of the Asian continent, has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and are influenced primarily by the Siberian air mass. Summers are hot and humid due to the maritime Pacific High. The transition seasons, spring and fall, are sunny and generally dry.

The variation of the annual mean temperature ranges from 10 degrees to 16 degrees Celsius. August is the hottest month, with the mean temperature ranging from 25 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month with the mean temperature ranging from -10 degrees to 5 degrees Celsiu. Annual precipitation is about 1,500mm in the southern regions and about 1,300mm in the central regions. More than half of the total rainfall is concentrated in the summer season, while the winter precipitation is less than 10% of the total precipitation. The prevailing winds are the southwesterly in summer and northwesterly in winter. The winds are stronger in winter particularly from December to February. The land-sea breeze becomes prominent with weakened monsoonal winds in the transitory months, September and October. The relative humidity is the highest in July at 80% to 90% nationwide and the lowest in January and April at 30% to 50%. It has a moderate value of about 70% in September and October. The monsoon front approaches the Korean peninsula from the south in late June, migrating gradually to the north. Significant rainfall occurs when a stationary front lies over the Korean peninsula. The rainfall period over Korea, referred to as Changma, continues for a month. A short period of rainfall comes again in early September when the monsoon front retreats back from the north. More information on the Korean weather can be found at http://www.kma.go.kr/.

 

  • Useful Website Links

Tourism

Transportation

Accommodation

Food

Shopping

Emergency Contact

Official Korea Tourism Organization

National Tax Services

Korea Meteorological Administration-WEATHER