Telephone



Public phone on coin system
Public phone on coin system

It accepts 10-won, 50-won, 100-won coins

How to use coin telephone
  • Coin : Insert coin and dial the telephone number.
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Public card phone
Public card phone

Keep the card away from magnets and be careful not to damage it.

How to use coin telephone
  • General card : Insert the card and dial the telephone number.
  • General credit card :‘Emergency’ button - 00720 - credit card# pin number-telephone number to call#(At present, BC card is the only one available to make international calls.)
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Public phone for combined use
Public phone for combined use

With this phone you can make local calls, long-distance calls, and international calls.

How to use coin telephone
  • Coin : Insert coin and dial the telephone number.
  • IC Card : Insert the card and dial the telephone number.
  • General credit card : When making a call using a credit card
    Insert card - remove the card - dial the telephone number
    When making a call without card as a card subscriber
    ‘Emergency’ button - 00720 - credit card # pin number - dial the telephone number#
    (At present, BC card is the only one available to make international calls.)
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IC card public phone
IC card public phone

With this phone you can make local calls, long-distance calls and international calls.
[It does not accept general telephone cards (magnetic).] How to use coin telephone
  • IC Card : Insert the card and dial the telephone number.
  • General credit card : When making a call using a credit card
    Insert card - remove the card - dial the telephone number
    When making a call without card as a card subscriber
    ‘Emergency’ button - 00720 - credit card # pin number - dial the telephone number#
    (At present, BC card is the only one available to make international calls.)
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Telephone Roaming

If your are a foreign visitor and would like to get mobile phone roaming service, visit the roaming center on the ground floor at Incheon Airport, where several telecommunication companies are operating roaming centers. For roaming service, you can automatically roam using one’s own mobile phone or rental roaming by renting a phone with a local number. Automatic roaming is more convenient but expensive. However, for some countries and phones, the service is not available.



General Information +82-32-741-0114
KT Plaza +82-32-752-1142~2
Dacom Lounge +82-2-6220-0228
KTF Lounge +82-32-743-1143
SKT Mobile phone roaming center +82-32-743-4036
KTF Mobile phone roaming center +82-32-743-4072
LGT mobile phone roaming center +82-32-743-4019

Denomination



Denomination


  • For the bus and vending machines, only 1000-won bills and coins can be used.
  • Homepage of the Bank of Korea: homepage


ATM



ATM
Foreign issued ATM cards may have limited use at ATMs in different countries. Please refer to your bank for more information.
* “HanNet” ATM: Most foreign cards (VISA/PLUS, MASTER/CIRRUS, DINERS, JCB, AMEX) are accepted 24 hours a day. You may find these ATMs in Seoul Subway Line stations. Sometimes, convenience stores like LG25, Mini Stop, and Buy the Way may also offer ATMs as well. Hotels, bus terminals, highway rest areas and shopping malls are some other places to look for “HanNet” ATMs.
* Some bank branches may be equipped with Global ATMs that allow the use of foreign cards. Most ATMs are available between 8:00am.~10:00pm.


Credit Cards



Credit Cards
Most restaurants, hotels, and shops accept credit cards. You may not be able use credit cards at small businesses and in rural areas. You may also want to check whether your credit card is accepted or not by looking at the signs on the door. Visa and Master Card are the most commonly accepted credit cards.


VAT

Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10%. This tax is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.



Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. So, it is not necessary to leave a tip since it will be included in the bill.

Time Difference

When Indicating Korean Time : Present Time (GMT+9) / No daylight savings time

Time Difference
City Time
Rio de Janeiro, S`ao Paulo *13 *16 *19 *22 1 4 7 11
New York, Montreal, Bogota, Toronto *11 *14 *17 *20 *23 2 5 8
Chicago, Houston *10 *13 *16 *19 *22 1 4 7
Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco,
Los Angeles
*8 *11 *14 *17 *20 *23 2 5
Sydney, Melbourne 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23
Seoul, Tokyo 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22
Taipei, Manila, Hong Kong, Kulala Lumpur,
Singapore
*24 3 6 9 12 15 18 21
Bangkok, Jakarta *23 2 5 8 11 14 17 20
New Delhi, Calcutta *22 1 4 7 10 13 16 19
Teheran, Kuwait, Jeddah *19 *22 1 4 7 10 13 16
Hamburg, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam *17 *20 *23 2 5 8 11 14
London, Madrid *16 *19 *22 1 4 7 10 13

*Previous day

Business Hours

Business Hours
Business Weekdays Saturdays Sundays / Holidays
Banks 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed Closed
Government Offices
and Organizations
9 am - 6 pm Closed Closed
Post Offices 9 am - 6 pm 9 am - 1 pm Closed
Department Stores 10:30 am - 8 pm 10:30 am - 8 pm 10:30 am - 8 pm

Typically one day per month (usually a Monday) department stores are closed to the public. However, closings will vary from store to store.

Electricity

Electricity
Korea uses both 110 and 220 volt systems. Since only 220 volt wiring is installed in most of the new hotels, it is important to check beforehand. Most recently built houses are wired with 220 volt outlets. The electricity rate is different for households and industrial sites. If you have any problems or inconvenience regarding electricity, you can call the local administrate office or 123 for electricity.

Emergency Call

PEmergency Call
Emergency Rescue Service 119
Emergency Police Service 112
Emergency Medical Consultation 1339
Korea Hospital Association (02) 718-7521
Korea Coast Guard 1588-0333
Gangwon Provincial Fire Headquarters (033) 249-5111
Ministry of Culture & Tourism (02) 3704-9114
Gangwon Provincial Government (033) 254-2011
KOREAN Air 1588-2001
ASIANA Airlines 1588-8000

Manners that should be kept in Korea

Do not stick a spoon in your bowl at the dinner table.
  • In Korea, people place their chopsticks and spoon beside their bowls or dishes at the dinner table.
  • Only when performing religious services, a spoon is stuck in a rice bowl.


Do not point at others with your index finger.
  • Foreigners are used to pointing their fingers to get someone’s attention, but it is considered very ill-mannered behavior in Korea.


Do not blow your nose in a public place.
  • Blowing your nose in front of others while eating is considered ill mannered. Koreans think that blowing your nose while sitting in front of others is bad manners.


Do not say the name of someone older than you.
  • To cultivate reliable and helpful relationships with each other, foreigners often ask others to call them by their name in a business or social setting. This, however, is considered bad manners to Koreans if you are not familiar with them. Koreans usually do not call elders by their name.
  • It is common to use an individual’s official title, followed by family name.
Manners that should be kept in korea
When giving and taking something from someone older than you, use both hands.
  • Foreigners usually use only one hand when giving or taking something from an elder, but it is considered bad manners among Koreans.
  • The reason for this custom is to show respect toward others. It should be kept when the other person is older than you.
When giving and taking something from someone older than you, use both hands.
  • Do not write someone’s name in red pen.
  • In Korea, red is only used to write the names of the dead. So, please be careful about this.

Clothing



What to Wear: Gangwon-do belongs to the temperate zone, which is characterized by four distinct seasons. The average annual temperature in Seoul is 12.9 C. However, it has a wide annual temperature range, with the highest temperature in summer reaching 36.1 C, and the lowest temperature in winter falling to -13.7; therefore finding suitable clothes for the weather is important for a trip to Gangwon-do. For current weather conditions, check out.



Spring
Spring

The fresh spring air blows in early to our seaside city. At the end of March or April the early forsythias and azaleas begin popping up, quickly followed by an eruption of spring blossoms. Pack light clothing along with a few sweaters for good measure.


Summer
Summer

During the summer, Gangwon-do falls under the influence of the high-pressure air masses that develop over the Northern Pacific Ocean, and the weather turns hot and humid, with the mean temperature from June to September reaching 20 C. During mid-summer, the temperature often hovers above 30 C. Also About 70 percent of the annual rainfall occurs from June to September, and we have monsoon season usually in July or August. It is best to pack shorts, cotton tee shirts, and thin cotton pants, and bring waterproof clothing and an umbrella if you are visiting Gangwon-do in July or August.


Autume
Autumn

Autumn in Gangwon-do is cool with summer-like weather often stretching into the end of September. By October, the air turns crisper in the mornings and the leaves start to change colors, but are dry. The evenings are a bit cooler so it's best to pack a light jacket and sweater along with some light shirts.


Winter
Winter

During the winter months, the mean temperature is lower than in other regions located on the same latitude, due to the expansion of high-pressure air masses formed over inland Siberia. These strong northwesterly winds bring dry, cold air into Korea. Notably, the winter climate follows a predictable cycle of three cold days followed by four warm ones due to the rise and fall of the high-pressure air masses. To stay warm, thick clothing is always a good idea.