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 Mexican passport holders can travel in Korea without a visa for a period of 90 days Health Regulations NOvaccinations are required.
Climate 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.
Currency Exchange Currency: 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.
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
Airline Partners Korea is serviced directly from the United States by the following international carriers: www.flyasiana.com www.koreanair.com www.nwa.com www.singaporeair.com www.ual.com
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).
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)
In-Country Transportation Korea Rail Domestic Railroad Domestic Flights
Places To Visit In Korea Mt. Geumgangsan (North Korea) DMZ/Panmunjeom Seoul Gyeongju Busan Jejudo Island
Seoul Seoul The Capital City Nearly 10 million people live here Cosmopolitan city with many hotels, attractions and dining options English is widely spoken
Seoul’s Major Attractions Seoul Gyeongbokgung Palace Insadong Shopping Area Changdeokgung Palace Myeongdong Dongdaemun East Gate Deoksugung Palace Lotte World Han River Cruises
Seoul City Tour Bus Seoul 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
Jejudo Island Jejudo 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
Jejudo Island Attractions Jejudo Udo Maritime Park Mt. Hallasan National Park Jeongbang Waterfall Sunrise Peak Manjanggul Lava Cave Jungmun Daepo Coast Yongduam Rock Teddy Bear Museum
Gyeongju Gyeongju 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.)
Gyeongju Attractions Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple Daereungwon Burial Grounds Seokguram Grotto Cheomsongdae Observatory The Gyeongju National Museum Poseokjong Watercourse
Busan Busan 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.
Busan Attractions Busan Jagalchi Market Taejongdae Resort Beomoesa Temple Nakdonggang Estuary Haeundae Beach Busan Yachting Center
DMZ/Panmunjeom Demilitarized Zone/Panmunjeom
Mt. Geumgangsan North Korea’s Mt. Geumgangsan
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
Major Shopping Areas Insadong Dongdaemun Market Namdaemun Market Myeongdong Street Itaewon Street Traditional Markets—(Gyeongdong Medicine Market)
What to Buy Ceramics Mother of Pearl Lacquer ware Hanbok Kimchi Ginseng Folding Fans Paper crafts Dolls Woodcrafts
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
Korea’s Cultural Activities Korea House NANTA Jongmyo Jerye Jongdeong Theatre Changing of the Guard Ceremony Royal Wedding Ceremony Re-enactment
Special Interest Tours Taekwondo Programs Cooking School Programs Temple Stay Programs Birdwatching Korean Drama Location Tour Natural Healing Tours
Visitor Assistance Goodwill Guides Tourist Information Center 1330 Travel Phone Within North America Korea National Tourism Organization Los Angeles New York Chicago Toronto 800/TOUR-KOREA www.tour2korea.com
Convention Centers ▷ Total Space: 2,593,048 ft2 (To be opened in 2005) - 27 conference rooms *convention hall (2,000 persons) - 5 exhibition halls KINTEX(Goyang) COEX(Seoul) ▷ Total Space:4,679,907 ft2 - 54 conference rooms *convention hall (6,500 persons) - 4 exhibition halls EXCO(Daegu) ▷ Total Space: 936,468 ft2 - 7 conference rooms * convention hall (4,200 persons) - 2 exhibition halls BEXCO(Busan) ▷Total Space: 998,479 ft2 - 23 conference rooms *convention hall (2,800 persons) - 4 exhibition halls ICC JEJU(Jeju) ▷ Total Space: 668,714 ft2 - 11 conference rooms *convention hall (4,300 persons) - 1 exhibition hall