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Money and costs

Currency
Won (₩)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 27, 2017 10:43AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
₩100,000
  • Dorm bed: ₩20,000
  • Street food: ₩1000–5000
  • Hiking: free
  • Entry to National Museum of Korea: free
  • Subway ticket: ₩1300
Midrange
₩100,000–300,000
  • Hanok guesthouse: ₩70,000
  • Entry to Gyeongbokgung (Palace of Shining Happiness): ₩3000
  • Barbecued pork meal: ₩40,000
  • Theatre ticket: ₩40,000
Top end (more than)
₩300,000
  • High-end hotel: ₩200,000
  • Royal Korean banquet: ₩80,000
  • Scrub and massage at a jjimjil-bang (luxury sauna): ₩60,000
  • DMZ tour: ₩100,000

ATMs with a ‘Global’ sign work with internationally issued cards; very few are open 24 hours. Credit cards are widely accepted, except in the countryside.

Tipping

  • When to Tip Generally not expected.

  • Restaurants No need to tip; only top-end hotel restaurants will add a service charge.

  • Guides Not expected; a small gift will be appreciated, though.

  • Taxis No need to tip; fares are metered or agreed before you get in.

  • Hotels Only in the most luxurious do you need to tip bellboys etc, and only if service is good.