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 October 28, 2022, the exchange rate is approximately USD 1 to KRW 1425.

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 Jeju which are classified to three different colors: Green, blue, and red. The basic fare is KRW 1,200 for green and blue buses, and KRW 2,000~3000 for the red bus. 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
Jeju Tourism Organization https://ijto.or.kr/english/
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
Jeju International Airport https://www.airport.co.kr/jejueng/index.do
Visit Jeju https://www.visitjeju.net/en
Jeju City Tour https://jejucitybus.com/en/