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Korea is a delightful destination for international travelers. Visitors will discover its rich natural beauty combined with a unique cultural and historical heritage. After a rapid modernization in recent decades, Koreans still maintain their traditional values such as hospitality and the time-honored Confucian respect for the elderly.

Traveling in Korea is enjoyable all year round thanks to its distinct four seasons and the beautiful changes of nature. In spring (March to May), mountains and fields are in bloom with cherry blossoms, forsythias, azaleas, magnolias and lilacs. In summer (June to early September), luxuriant forests, bright green fields and the cobalt blue sea draw people outdoors. In autumn (September to November), cool temperatures and a clear sky make it the most pleasant time of the year in Korea. The mountains all over the country are covered in red and yellow blazing autumn foliage. In winter (December to February), mountain slopes become the place for skiing and snow festivals. Winter in Korea is another delightful season of great amusement.

More than 400 local festivals throughout the year represent colorful facets of the Korean culture. Events that have great appeal to tourists include the Icheon-Gwangju-Yeoju Ceramic Exposition and the sea-splitting Jindo Yeongdeungje Festival. Korea takes pride in many world-renowned cultural assets which UNESCO has designated on its World Cultural Heritage List. They are Changdeokgung royal palace, Hwaseong fortress, Seokguram stone buddha grotto, Bulguksa temple, the Tripitaka Koreana wood block printing plates at Haeinsa temple, Jongmyo shrine in Seoul, the Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa dolmen sites, and the Gyeongju remains of Silla Dynasty. For more detailed information on culture, sightseeing, accommodation, food, shopping, and etc. please visit to Tour2Korea.


Seoul has been the capital city of Korea for more than 600 years since Joseon Dynasty and the city bears important meaning as the heart of Korea's politics, economics, society and culture. There are a number of invaluable cultural assets in Seoul, a region encompassing cultural features of the northern and southern areas of the Peninsula. Seoul has gained international recognition by successfully holding the '86 Asian Games, the '88 Olympics Games, and the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Among its numerous skyscrapers and glass towers, Seoul presents a number of beautiful palaces and ancient gates in various parts of its downtown core. Tradition and modernity, and nature and humans coexist in this city.


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  1. 1. Passport & Visa
    Any foreign visitors wishing to enter Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa. But visitors from 99 countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements, or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest. Please refer to the following website and contact the Republic of Korean Embassy in your country to receive further information on visa regulations.
  2. 2. Weather
    The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons; spring, summer, fall, and winter. Seoul in late May is in the spring and the average temperature is 17.4°C(63.32°F) Participants are recommended to carry their umbrellas in case.
  3. 3. Currency & Banking
    The unit of currency is the Korean Won (Indicated as ₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Bank notes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, and ₩10,000. Foreign bank notes and traveler's checks can be converted into Korean Won at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. International credit cards, such as Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB are widely accepted at major hotels, department stores and restaurants.
  4. 4. Electricity
    Outlets for 220 Volts/60Hz are dominant in Korea. In order to convert the power into 110 volts please contact the hotel housekeeping and current transformer will be available.
  5. 5. Time Difference
    Korean time is 9hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time(GMT+9)
  6. 6. Tax & Tipping
    Value-added tax is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since it will be included in the bill.