Located in East Asia, South Korea is a seasonal country with a lot to offer. The country boasts some of the most advanced technology in the world and rich culture, history and heritage, a perfect blend between old and new. Is also home to stunning landscapes, great nightlife and entertainment and delicious food.
Why Visit South Korea
HISTORY & HERITAGE
South Korea has a rich history and heritage, dating back over a thousand years. Is home to 11 UNESCO World Heritage like the Gyeongbokgung Palace, showcasing its culture, history and traditions, which the country carries proudly.
South Korea offers miles of beautiful coastline, over 22 national parks with breathtaking mountain chains, volcanoes and tea plantation. The best part: all the scenery will offer a beautiful and different look each season!
Korea is rapidly becoming a foodie paradise, and they are very proud of it! Its delicious food hasn’t changed much since the imperial times, featuring a lot of rice, with its most popular dishes being kimchi and Bibimbap and japchae. The street food is a must try!
Koreans love to party, and Seoul could have one of the biggest nightlife scenes in Asia. There is a party to be had almost every night. They also love karaoke, and you will find many clubs opened 24/7 just for it!
South Korea is a pioneer in technology. Its modern architecture is recognized worldwide, creating an interesting contrast between its ancient architecture and its modern skyscrapers, offering exciting cities to visit and explore. But they are not just limited to architecture, they also have a reputation as the country with the fastest internet in the world, incredible gadgets and technology advances in all different kind of technology products, being the birthplace of companies like Hyundai, LG and Samsung.
What to expect
Korean is the official language in Korea. They are other languages and dialects spoken throughout the country like chinese, japanese and variations of Korean. English is not common overall, however English speakers can be found in Seoul or in the main tourist areas.
In South Korea the standard voltage is 220V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The South Korean won is the official currency in South Korea. Other foreign currencies like euros and dollars might be accepted in some tourist areas, but is rare. You could exchange you money at the airport, banks or exchange houses. Credit cards are widely accepted. ATM’s are widely available. 1 USD equals 1205.88 wons (as of 2020).
South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold with average temperatures of 21°F (-6.1°C), while summers have an average of 80.1°F (26.7°C). Please be aware temperatures will change a bit depending on the altitude and the latitude of the area.
South Korea is a very safe country to visit. Crime rates are very low. It is perfectly safe to walk around, even at night time. Still, use common sense like anywhere else just in case.
Holders of passports issued by the following 44 jurisdictions do not require a visa to enter South Korea:
Canada (180 days)
Australia, Barbados, Dominica, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kuwait, Macau, Mexico, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and NEvis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Taiwan, UK, US, Venezuela (90 days)
Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, United States, Guyana, Guatemala, Grenada, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Venezuela, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, Argentina, Haiti, Antigua & Barbuda, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Cyprus, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, Vatican City, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary, Guam, Fiji, Nauru (30), Palau, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Mauritius), Seychelles, Swaziland, Botswana, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain , Liberia, Lesotho, Israel, Tunisia (30 days)
Citizens of every other country will be required to get a visa in advance through the embassy.
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