About Seoul

FACTS AND FIGURES

 

Time zone


+ 09:00 hours GMT/UTC

 

Language

The official language of Seoul is Korean

 

Currency

Seoul’s currency is the Won

 

Communications

Seoul’s country telephone code is +82

 

Emergency Numbers

 

Tipping

Visa

In order to check whether you are allowed to enter Korea without visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact a Korean embassy or consular office in your country or visit the following websites to confirm.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
www.mofa.go.kr (Korean, English)

Korea Immigration Service
www.immigration.go.kr (Korean, English)

Hi Korea
www.hikorea.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

World Travel Guide
www.worldtravelguide.net

PLACES OF INTEREST

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces translates in English as ‘Palace of Shining Happiness’ and is one of the most popular attractions in Seoul.

N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower located on Mt. Namsan. The tower which offers unparalleled panoramic views, has been a symbol of Seoul since it first opened to the public in 1980. Visitors can enjoy its cultural space with various performances, movies, exhibitions as well as upscale restaurants and bars.

COEX Mall

COEX Mall is a well-known underground shopping mall in Korea that houses many brand stores. A movie theatre, aquarium, duty-free shops, casino, and department stores are delightfully connected to the underground mall, making it possible to enjoy shopping and cultural experiences without leaving the building. Famous restaurants and trendy dessert cafés, along with character pop-up stores and kid’s cafés located in the mall provide a fun day for all generations.

Lotte World

Lotte World is known to be one of the world’s largest indoor amusement parks, Lotte World features both indoor and outdoor facilities, referred to as the Adventure Park and the Magic Island respectively. More than anything, the largest draw of this amusement park lies in the fact that it is located in Seoul, easily accessible via public transportation.

GETTING AROUND THE CITY

Subway

Seoul has an extensive network of public transportation and taxis. Consistently voted as one of the best in the world for its ease of use, cleanliness, and frequency of service, the Seoul subway system is one of the most efficient ways to travel around the city. Trains run non-stop from approximately 0530 until midnight. All subway lines are colour-coded and stations display signs in Korean, English, and Chinese. To ride the subway, you must use a single or multiple journey pass. Single-journey passes can be purchased in the subway stations, and require exact fare to your destination plus a 500-won refundable deposit. Multiple journey passes called Tmoney can be purchased at most convenience stores. Transfers between subway lines are free, and Tmoney users can transfer for free between bus and subway lines. For more info go to visitseoul.net

Buses

Seoul’s public bus system is a well-developed, cheap, and convenient form of transportation. All buses are colour-coded, however, due to the lack of English signs and information at bus stops, Seoul’s buses can be more difficult to use for first time travellers to Korea. Major stops are usually announced in English and Korean.

TMoney Mpass

The TMoney Mpass is a transit card specifically designed for international visitors that require the use of public transportation multiple times a day. The card can be used up to 20 times a day for most subways and public buses. Just like regular TMoney cards, the Mpass can also be charged with additional funds to use at convenience stores, taxis, and more. With this card, you can use all subway lines in Seoul and Seoul metropolitan area, excluding Sinbundang Line and Airport Railroad Express Train, and all Seoul city buses, excluding Red buses.

Taxis

Taxis in Seoul are an inexpensive and useful means of transportation. Abundant and inexpensive, it’s easy to flag one down on the streets, or find one of the many taxi stands located around major tourist destinations. All taxis use a meter, with slightly different base rates for regular, international, deluxe, and jumbo cabs. Most taxis accept cash, credit cards, and Tmoney for payment. Rates depend on the class of taxi, length of journey, and time of day.