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Travel Guide: Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea #travel

Changdeokgung Palace

Seoul, South Korea

Map of Changdeokgung Palace

More info about Seoul

Coronavirus in Seoul

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Seoul

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in South Korea. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to South Korea.

Money in Seoul

Currencie(s): South Korean won

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

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 out of 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 Seoul

Language(s): Korean

Food & Drinks in Seoul

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 Seoul is 19.

Religion in Seoul

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%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Seoul

Age of Consent: 13 years.

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'.

National Sports in Seoul

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 Seoul

Timezone: UTC+09:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 220 V (60 Hz), Plug F

Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between -3 and -1°C (26.6 and 30.2°F)

Fly to Seoul, South Korea

List of interesting places in Seoul