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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘annyeong haseyo ’
( an-nyeong ha-se-yo )
Korean
Plug combo cf
Electricity
220V/60hz
Sep-Nov
Best time to go
Autumn

Money and costs

Currency
Won (₩)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated November 19, 2018 12:17PM 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 jjimjilbang (luxury sauna): ₩60,000
  • DMZ tour: ₩100,000

Visas

Many visitors don’t need a visa, but if your country is not on the permit-on-arrival list, you will need one.

Get the latest visa advice for South Korea from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
KOR
Busan
Go Apr–Oct
Mar – May
17106251
0.6
0.03
Jun – Aug
19165550
1.23
0.05
Sep – Nov
19146657
0.83
0.03
Dec – Feb
422822
0.43
0.02
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Seoul
Go Sep–Nov
Mar – May
1766343
0.23
0.01
Jun – Aug
29218469
0.3
0.01
Sep – Nov
19106549
0.0
0.0
Dec – Feb
3-43721
0.13
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to South Korea

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to South Korea

The best price found from United States to South Korea is on November 22nd, 2018, travelling with Alaska Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

DCA
Washington Ronald Reagan
from $416.00
ICN
Seoul Incheon Int'l

Getting around South Korea

Transport in South Korea is reasonably priced, quick and efficient.

Air There are dozens of local airports and reasonable fares to several destinations, such as Jeju-do, thanks to competition from budget airlines.

Bus Cheaper and slower than trains but serving every corner of the country.

Car Not recommended for first-time visitors. You must be over 21 and have an international driving permit.

Ferry Connecting the mainland to hundreds of islands.

Train Excellent but not comprehensive network with clean, comfortable and punctual trains. It's worth looking into a KR Pass even for something as straightforward as a return Seoul–Busan train.

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Koreans adore children and make them the centre of attention, so travelling with your offspring here is highly recommended. Expect the locals to be particularly helpful and intrigued. Check out www.travelwithyourkids.com for general advice and a first-hand report on Seoul...

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Working and volunteering

Although a few other opportunities are available for work (particularly for those with Korean-language skills), the biggest demand is for English teachers.Native English teachers on a one-year contract can expect to earn around 2 million or more a month, with a...

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