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South Korea

South Korea South Korea

Population: 50.801.405 people
Region: Eastern Asia (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Seoul
Country Code: KR

Money in South Korea

Currencie(s): South Korean won

  • 1 South Korean won = 0.0008 €
  • 1 South Korean won = 0.0009 $
  • 1 South Korean won = 0.0007 £

Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the UK to South Korea and want to buy some South Korean won here, you will pay less for it in South Korea, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your GBP will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

Looking for advice about exchanging South Korean won? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

Tipping: Not customary in Korean culture, and tipping is not expected in the general service industry. Some people even regard tipping as an inappropriate behavior. High-end hotels and restaurants often include a service charge of between 10% to 15% in the bill.

Corruption: South Korea has a corruption score of 43/100.
If your itinerary runs through South Korea, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, South Korea scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.

South Korea is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.87 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in South Korea

Language(s): Korean

Food & Drinks in South Korea

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 5 National dishes: Kimchi, Bulgogi, Bibimbap, Galbi & Budaejjigae

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in South Korea is 19.

Religion in South Korea

South Korea contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 43% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are no affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianist 1%, other 1%

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in South Korea

Age of Consent: 13 years.
At the age of 13, an individual is considered mature enough in South Korea to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in South Korea.

South Korea scores a -4/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in South Korea are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

National Sports in South Korea

While travelling through South Korea you'll be experiencing a foreign culture, rather than looking in from the outside as a temporary visitor. You'll discover new places, come in contact with new religions, explore intriguing destinations and experience culinary delights. You'll be immersed in a totally new culture .. and one aspect we shouldn't forget about is sports!

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Taekwondo is South Korea their national sport.

Other practical tips for South Korea

Timezone: UTC+09:00
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in South Korea – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 220 V (60 Hz), Plug F
When travelling to South Korea, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 220 V (60 Hz), Plug F. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between -3 and -2°C (26.6 and 28.4°F)

Fly to South Korea

Planning a trip to South Korea? Here is a list of 5 large airports you can fly to.

List of cities in South Korea