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Fast Facts about Korea
Time Zone: GMT+9 (no daylight saving time)
Four distinct seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter
Currency: South Korean Won (KRW)
US$1= KRW1,315 / €1= KRW1,427 as of April 3, 2023
Population: 51.5 millions (2023)
Official Language: Hangul (Korean language)
GDP per capita US $ 34,997 (World Bank, 2021)
World’s No.10th and Asia’s 4th largest economy
16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 16 UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity
Business Hours
Government office hours are from 09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday. Shops, restaurants, and shopping malls are generally open from 09:00 till 22:00. Banks are open from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays only.
Credit Card
Major credit cards including Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card, and JCB are broadly accepted in most shops, hotels, department stores, and restaurants. Credit card surcharges for uses in overseas may be incurred.
Electricity & Power Plug
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. Always check the power supply before using your equipment.