The Republic of Korea occupies the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, acting on 1100 kilometers from the Asian mainland.
From the West the Peninsula is washed by the Yellow sea, the East Japan sea and to the South the Korea Strait and the East China sea. The total land area is 274 square kilometers 99. The landscape is mostly mountainous, plains occupy only 30 % of the territory. Off the coast of about 3000 Islands, mostly small and uninhabited. The largest island — Jeju.
Population: 49 million
Currency: South Korean won
Most of the country lies in the temperate zone, which clearly felt the seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short and warm, mostly Sunny days falls on the period from March to may. The summers are hot and humid, the temperature can reach +35°C. monsoon Season (“carma”) usually begins in late June and lasts until mid or end of July. August — hot and humid. Autumn in late September brings continental winds and clear, dry weather, making it the most pleasant time of the year. Winter is cold (down to -10°C) and dry, with periodic rainfall in the form of snow or rain.
The best time to visit is between late April to October.
The national currency is the Won. In circulation are banknotes of 10,000, 5000, 1000, and 500 won coins in 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 won (coins are in denominations of 5 and 1 won at the present time practically not used).
In the go Bank cheques face value of 100 thousand won or more, however, when calculating them on the reverse side, you need your passport number, address, and phone number in Korea, so if you have no residence permit, calculation checks virtually impossible.
Dollars in many stores in the market and can be traded on a par with the local currency, however in Department stores and large shops do not accept dollars. The difference between the official and the market dollar exchange rate is insignificant.
Money can be exchanged at banks and large hotels.
Almost everywhere accept credit cards VISA, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and JCB.
When entering Korea
Korea has a system of “red” and “green corridors”.
“Green corridor” is intended for persons transporting the goods in respect of which are not subject to customs duties and taxes. If You are in doubt whether to declare You or not, it is recommended to choose the “red channel” to avoid possible misunderstandings.
Goods to declare, they should be packaged so that if necessary they could present to the customs official.
Upon departure from Korea
Customs duties and taxes are payable in respect of goods whose value does not exceed $ 400.
In addition, the person may additionally be exported without payment of customs duties the following goods within the specified restrictions:
1 litre of alcoholic beverages
2 oz perfume set (
Of 56.6 grams)
250 grams of tobacco products
The export of alcoholic beverages is permitted by persons over the age of 20, cigarettes – persons over the age of 19.
The Declaration is subject to the amount of exported foreign or Korean currency exceeding $ 10,000.
When you move the Souvenirs that were purchased in Korea, you should know that in respect to materials of animal and vegetable origin may apply any restrictions and prohibitions. Such goods are recommended to provide the customs officer for inspection.
If the person exports from Korea with expensive items (computers, video and cameras) with the intention of subsequent return of the importation of goods, such goods must be declared. One possible evidence of ownership of the goods imported back may be a receipt for the goods.
Goods subject to mandatory Declaration when exporting them from Korea:
animals, plants protected by the Convention on international trade species of wild fauna and flora threatened of extinction (CITES), and their derivatives
Korean and foreign currencies, the cost of which exceeds $ 10 000
firearms and ammunition
objects of cultural and historical heritage
The export of these goods is carried out on the basis of permission.
1 January New year
movable date in January or February – Sol, the new year in the far East calendar
March 1, Day of the independence Movement (in memory of the demonstrations of 1919)
April 5 arbor Day
May 5 children’s Day
movable date in may or June – the birthday of Buddha
June 6 memorial Day (honoring the memory of the fallen in the wars)
July 17 Constitution Day (1948)
August 15, Liberation Day (from Japan, 1945)
movable date in August or September – it’s thanksgiving (celebration of admiring the Moon)
October 3 Foundation Day of the state (Foundation of Korea by Dangun, 2333 BC)
25 December Christmas