South Korea Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: South Korea

Where is it?: South Korea is in eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula.

Why do people go here?: South Korea has the best of both worlds. With a modern big city like Seoul and the peacefulness of quiet village life, South Korea has everything for a traveler.

What are the main entry points?: The only way to get to South Korea is by air. Most fly into Seoul. There are a number of ferries and boats with service to China.

Currency used: Won

Country Code for Phones: 82

Area codes for Major Cities: Seoul 2

Religion: No affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianist 1%, other 1%

Population: 49 million

Ethnic Groups: Homogenous Korean

Government: Presidential Republic

Languages: Korean, English

Travel Information

Major Cities: Seoul, Taegu, Inchon

Attractions: Seoraksan National Park, Gyeongju

Accomodation: South Korea Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: South Korea Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Dadohae Haesang National Park

Health Issues: No Health Risks

Tips for Visiting

When to go: There are two descent times to visit South Korea. First, from April to the end of May is a good time to visit, as well as September to November. At other times of the year, it’s either very hot or freezing cold.

Common Phrases: Hello/ Good morning=Ahn-nyong-ha-se-yo; Do you speak English?=Yong-o-rul hahl-jool a-se-yo?; Thank you=Kamsa-ham-nee-da, Ko-mahp-ssum-nee-da; How much is it?= Ol-ma-im-nee-kka?; It is too expensive=Neomu Bisayo; Help me= Dowa-juseyo, Butak-hamnida

Specific Events/Holidays: Seollal: January/February, Buddha’s Birthday: April/ May, Korean Thanksgiving: September/October

Getting Around: Unlike most of Asia (except Japan), buses and trains are ontime and service most of the country.

Good to know: South Korea has the fourth biggest economy in the entire Asia.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into South Korea is the Incheon International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the South Korea travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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