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Welcome to Korea Where Is Korea? Visas American passport holders can travel in Korea without a visa for a period of 30 days Canadian passport holders can travel in Korea without a visa for a period of 180 days

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American passport holders can travel in Korea without a visa for a period of 30 days

Canadian passport holders can travel in Korea without a visa for a period of 180 days

Mexican passport holders can travel in Korea without a visa for a period of 90 days

Health Regulations

NOvaccinations are required.

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Winter (December – mid March)

Winter can be bitterly cold during this time due to the influx of cold Siberian air. Heavy snow in the northern and eastern parts of Korea makes favorable skiing conditions.

Spring (Late March – May)

Spring is warm. Various flowers, including picturesque cherry blossoms and azaleas, cover the nation's mountains and fields during this time.

Summer (June – early September)

Summer is a hot and humid time of year.

Autumn (mid September – November)

Autumn produces mild weather and is the best time of year to visit Korea. During this time of year, the country is awash with the brilliant reds and golds of the changing leaves.

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Currency Exchange


Korean Won

Exchange Rate:

1 US Dollar is worth approximately 1160 Korean Won

Other Methods of Payment:

Credit Cards & Travelers Checks are widely accepted

ATM machines are available

Exchanging Money:

Banks & Airport Kiosks are recommended for changing money.

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Getting to Korea

Korea is accessible by air and by sea.

By Air: There are 6 international airports in Korea: Incheon (Seoul), with flights from around the world; and Gimhae, Jeju, Daegu, Cheongju and Yangyang International Airports, with flights from around Asia.

Gimpo International Airport in Seoul became a domestic airport in 2001 with the opening of Incheon International Airport.

By Sea: There are 4 major seaports in Korea: Busan International Ferry Terminal, Incheon International Ferry Terminal, Sokcho International Ferry Terminal and Pyeongtaek International Ferry Terminal

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Airline Partners

Korea is serviced directly from the United States by the following international carriers:






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Incheon International Airport

Incheon International Airport is Korea's premier airport offering world-class facilities that are convenient, safe and economical for travelers to Korea.

In 2001, Incheon International Airport accommodated over 300 flights and 50,000 passengers per day.

The airport also offers fantastic leisure, shopping, and accommodation amenities, making it a multi-purpose complex.

Departure Tax

Incheon International Airport charges a 17,000 Won Departure Tax (which is equivalent to about $15 USD).

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Airport Transportation

KAL Limo Bus (12,000 Won)

Car Rental

Local Buses (ranges from 3,000 to 12,000 Won)

Taxi (to Downtown is about 65 minutes;

approximately 45,000 won regular fare; $70,000 won deluxe fare)

Ferry (connecting Incheon International Airport with Incheon City)

Train (coming in 2005)

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In-Country Transportation

Korea Rail Domestic Railroad

Domestic Flights

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Places To Visit In Korea

Mt. Geumgangsan (North Korea)





Jejudo Island

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The Capital City

Nearly 10 million people live here

Cosmopolitan city with many hotels, attractions and dining options

English is widely spoken

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Seoul’s Major Attractions


Gyeongbokgung Palace

Insadong Shopping Area

Changdeokgung Palace


Dongdaemun East Gate

Deoksugung Palace

Lotte World

Han River Cruises

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Seoul City Tour Bus


Bus Departs Every 30 Minutes

Round Trip Tour Lasts About Two Hours

Passengers Can Hop On and Off

Tours Are Narrated in English, Chinese and Japanese

Costs start at 12,000 Won

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Jejudo Island


Home of the 2004 Pacific Asia Travel Association International Conference

Located 60 Miles off the Southern Coast of Korea

The Culture is Very Distinct From the Rest of the Country

The Island has Many Waterfalls, Mountains and even an Inactive Volcano

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Jejudo Island Attractions


Udo Maritime Park

Mt. Hallasan National Park

Jeongbang Waterfall

Sunrise Peak

Manjanggul Lava Cave

Jungmun Daepo Coast

Yongduam Rock

Teddy Bear Museum

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Gyeongju is called “The Museum Without Walls”

The City is on the UNESCO Registry as one of the top ten places of historical significance in the world.

Most of the buildings here date back to the Silla Dynasty (57B.C. - 935A.D.)

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Gyeongju Attractions


Bulguksa Temple

Daereungwon Burial Grounds

Seokguram Grotto

Cheomsongdae Observatory

The Gyeongju National Museum

Poseokjong Watercourse

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Busan is the Second-Largest City in Korea

The city is famous for its numerous beaches.

Busan has the nation’s largest port.

The seafood is DELICIOUS here.

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Busan Attractions


Jagalchi Market

Taejongdae Resort

Beomoesa Temple

Nakdonggang Estuary

Haeundae Beach

Busan Yachting Center

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Demilitarized Zone/Panmunjeom

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Mt. Geumgangsan

North Korea’s Mt. Geumgangsan

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Korean Food

These aren’t bananas, they’re chili peppers.

Korea has a distinct cuisine, rich with vegetables, soy beans and soups.

Kimchi is Korea’s most popular dish, served at every meal.

Cooking schools are plentiful in Korea.

Kimchi—Korea’s Favorite Dish

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Major Shopping Areas


Dongdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market

Myeongdong Street

Itaewon Street

Traditional Markets—(Gyeongdong Medicine Market)

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What to Buy


Mother of Pearl Lacquer ware




Folding Fans

Paper crafts



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Korea’s Major Festivals

Jindo Yongdeung Festival

Gangjin Ceramic Festival

Lotus Lantern Festival

Full Moon Festival

Snow Festival

Boryeong Mud Festival

Busan Jagalchi Festival

Andong Mask Dance Festival

Bullfighting Festival

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Korea’s Cultural Activities

Korea House


Jongmyo Jerye

Jongdeong Theatre

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Royal Wedding Ceremony Re-enactment

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Special Interest Tours

Taekwondo Programs

Cooking School Programs

Temple Stay Programs


Korean Drama Location Tour

Natural Healing Tours

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Visitor Assistance

Goodwill Guides

Tourist Information Center

1330 Travel Phone

Within North America

Korea National Tourism Organization

Los Angeles

New York





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Convention Centers

▷ Total Space: 2,593,048 ft2

(To be opened in 2005)

- 27 conference rooms

*convention hall

(2,000 persons)

- 5 exhibition halls



▷ Total Space:4,679,907 ft2

- 54 conference rooms

*convention hall

(6,500 persons)

- 4 exhibition halls


▷ Total Space: 936,468 ft2

- 7 conference rooms

* convention hall

(4,200 persons)

- 2 exhibition halls


▷Total Space: 998,479 ft2

- 23 conference rooms

*convention hall

(2,800 persons)

- 4 exhibition halls


▷ Total Space: 668,714 ft2

- 11 conference rooms

*convention hall

(4,300 persons)

- 1 exhibition hall