With some common sense, South Korea is generally very safe.

  • Drivers routinely jump red lights late at night, so take care on pedestrian crossings even if they are protected by lights.
  • Drivers almost never stop for pedestrian crossings that are not protected by traffic lights.
  • Motorcyclists often drive along pavements and pedestrian crossings.
  • In Seoul, you might see police in full riot gear streaming out of blue police buses with their windows covered in protective wire. Student, trade-union, anti-American, environmental, ferry disaster and other protests occasionally turn violent. Keep well out of the way of any confrontations that may occur.

Government Travel Advice

The following government websites offer travel advisories and information on current hotspots:

  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (www.smarttraveller.gov.au)
  • Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs (www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca)
  • New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (www.safetravel.govt.nz)
  • UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)
  • US Department of State (www.travel.state.gov)