Korea and Changwon are unique in the degree to which people enjoy the freedom to walk safely on the streets at all times. The crime rate in Korea, especially in regard to foreign tourists, is one of the lowest in the world.
Korea’s official monetary unit is the won.(symbol: ₩; code: KRW) The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations. For more information about the won, please visit
Major international credit cards are commonly accepted at most hotels, department stores, restaurants, and shops. Restaurants and shops generally display signs indicating what cards they accept.
The time zone is GMT +9 hours.
Banks are generally open between 09:00 and 16:00 on weekdays. All banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Government office hours are usually from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays. Department stores are open between 10:30 and 20:00. Smaller shops have extended opening hours from 09:00 to late in the evening.
In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before using.
Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive.
Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and 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.
International SOS Korea provides 24-hour emergency service for participants, for a fee, acting as a link between patient and the Korean hospitals.
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