Basic Info - Korea Tourism Organization

Considering the Gregorian calendar (the sun calendar) is official in Korea, there are a few holidays that are based on the lunar calendar. During the official holidays, offices and banks are closed but palaces, museums, most restaurants, department stores, and amusement facilities are open.

Along with the New Year (January 1) and Christmas (December 25), first day of lunar calendar (Seollal), Buddha’s birthday (May 14), and Korean Thanksgiving Day (Chuseok) are amongst the most important holidays. Other important dates are Korean Independence Day (March 1), Children’s Day (May 5), Korean National Day (August 15) Hanguel Alphabet Day (October 9).

Working Hours

Weekdays: 09:00 – 16:00
(Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed)

Government Offices and Organizations
Weekdays: 09:00 – 18:00
(Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed)

Post Offices
Weekdays: 09:00 – 18:00
(Public Holidays: Closed)

Diplomatic Missions
Working Hours may vary from country to country.

Department Stores
Weekdays: 10:30 – 20:00 (Fri-Sun: Extended to 20:30)

Typically, department stores are closed one day a month (usually Mondays). However, it may vary depending on the store’s policy.

Korea's official currency is the won. There are exchange offices at Incheon or Gimpo international airports. Besides, exchange booths, banks, and exchange service centers are authorized units to buy ‘won’.

Traveler's checks are valid in Korea. They can be exchanged for cash at banks or exchange booths. A number of stores still accept the checks, credit cards and debit cards have become more preferred means of payment.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and other credit cards are widely used by major hotels, department stores, large restaurants and stores. However it is advised to control the availability before making purchases as some stores may not be subject to this service.

The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts / 60 Hertz. The outlet has two round holes. If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you can borrow one from your hotel's front desk for free of charge or for a minimal fee as deposit.


Emergency Call
Police Department Tel: 112
Fire Department Tel: 119
Medical Emergencies Tel: 1339

Tourism Info
Korea Travel Hotline Tel: 1330
Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Diplomatic Missions in Korea
Website: (Korean, English)