Time Zone

UTC/GMT+9 hours, referred to locally as KST (Korea Standard Time).

The official language of Korea is Korean, but English is spoken at most hotels, restaurants, shops and in all the main tourist sites. All public transportation signs and information are also printed in English.


The standard electricity supply is 220-volt AC at 60 Hz. Two types of round, two-pin sockets are used: Type C “Europlug” and Type F “Schuko.”

Bills & Money Exchange

The standard unit of currency in Korea is the Korean Won(KRW). Currency exchange can be done at the airport as well as the most banks by presenting your passport. As of May 15, 2020, the exchange rate is approximately USD 1 to KRW 1,230.

Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.

Telephone / Mobile

To make an international call from Korea, first dial International Phone Call Carriers (001, 002, 005, 008, 00365, 00700), then Country code + Area Code + Phone Number. You can also purchase a prepaid SIM Card that can be used in Korea. Mobile rental services are available at the airport or at major hotels.

ATM (Automated Teller Machines)

Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get a cash advance in Korean Won at ATMs installed at airports, major hotels, department stores and tourist attractions.


Although tipping is not customary, about 10% tip may be welcomed for service.

Local Transportation

City bus is the most common means of transportation in Busan which are classified to two different colors: blue and red. The basic fare is KRW 1,300 for the blue buses, and KRW 1,800 for the red bus. The Busan Subway is efficient, clean, safe, and very easy to use. The basic fare for most zones is KRW 1,400. Taxies are also plentiful and relatively inexpensive in Busan. Regular taxi fares begin at KRW 3,300 and increase by increments of KRW 100 based on the time and distance traveled.

Useful Websites

Korea Tourism Organization http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto
Busan Tourism Organization https://bto.or.kr/eng/Main.do
Gateway to Korea http://www.korea.net
Korea Immigration Service http://www.immigration.go.kr/immigration_eng/index.do
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.mofa.go.kr/eng/index.do
Incheon International Airport https://www.airport.kr/ap/en/index.do
Gimpo International Airport http://www.airport.co.kr/gimpoeng/index.do
Gimhae International airport https://www.airport.co.kr/gimhaeeng/main.do
Visit Busan https://www.visitbusan.net/en/index.do
Busan City Tour http://citytourbusan.com/en2/00main/main.php