Official Language

The official language of the conference is English and will be used for all presentations and printed materials.

Time Difference / Business Hours

Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9). Business hours for banks are generally from 09:30 to 16:30 on weekdays only. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. ATMs are widely available. Major department stores are open from 10:30 to 19:30, including Sundays, but smaller shops tend to open earlier and close later every day.

Climate

Korea’s weather is characterized by 4 distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. In November, the cold period of the year, the average temperature of Seoul is about 7oC (44oF).

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Money & Currency

The unit of Korean currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, 50, 100 and 500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000. The exchange rate is approximately US $1 to KR ₩1,200. Foreign banknotes and traveler's check can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized moneychangers. 

Bills

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50,000 won
(oman won)

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10,000 won
(man won)

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5,000 won
(ocheon won)

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1,000 won
(cheon won)

Coins

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500 won
(obaek won)

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100 won
(baek won)

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50 won
(osip won)

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10 won
(sip won)


Traveler’s Checks and Credit Cards

Traveler's check:
Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take Traveler's check in US Dollars. 
Credit cards:
Diners Club, Visa, American Express and MasterCard are widely accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Tax

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 meals and other services and is added into the bill.

Tipping

Tipping is not a traditional custom in Korea. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist restaurants and hotels. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.

Electricity

In Korea, electrical outlets are operated at 220 volt only. Overseas delegates bringing laptop computers and other electrical appliances are advised to check whether a transformer is required.

Conference Attire

Attire during the duration of the conference is business casual.

Cellular Phones, Pagers and Watch Alarms

As a courtesy to our speakers and other attendees, please turn off any cellular phones, pagers and watch alarms during sessions.

Cameras and Video Tape Recording

Cameras and video tape recorders are strictly prohibited in the sessions, poster presentations and the exhibit area. Film or video will be confiscated.

Helpful Numbers 

1) Crime Reporting & Police 112
Hours of Operation: 08:00~23:00 (Monday through Friday) / 9:00~18:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

2) Fire and Medical Service 119
Linked to Korea Travel Phone 1330, it provides foreign tourist with emergency rescue service.

3) Medical Referral Service 1339
A 24-hour emergency rescue service for foreigners, it provides patients with direct means for getting to a hospital anywhere in Korea. All transportation fees are free.

4) Seoul Call Center 02-120
Offers all basic information concerning Seoul city, including tourism information, restaurants, transportation, Korean language schools, foreign language schools and any other information on daily living in the city.

5) Hospital
There are many hospitals that provide limited English service. International clinics at large general hospitals like Severance Hospital, Asan Medical Center or Samsung Medical Center are recommended.
① Severance Hospital:
Address: 134, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
International Clinic Tel: (02)361-6540
Website: www.severance.or.kr/en/index.asp
② Asan Medical Center
Address: 388-1, Pungnap-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
International Clinic Tel: (02)3010-5001
Website: http://www.amc.seoul.kr/eng/
③ Samsung Medical Center:
Address: 50, Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Tel: (02)3410-2114
International Clinic Tel: (02)3410-0200
Website: http://www.samsunghospital.com/global/en/main/main.do

6) Lost Property +82-2-2299-1282(Korean speakers only)
In the event of misplaced or lost property, contact the Lost and Found Center of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Bureau.
Address: 102, Hongik-dong, Seongdong-gu

Passport and Visa

All visitors to the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and visa. Visitors with roundtrip tickets from countries who have a special agreement with Korea may be exempt from the visa requirement, and can stay in Korea visa-free for periods up to 30 days, or 90 days, depending on the type of agreement between two countries. When uncertain as to the requirement for entry visa to Korea, please contact the Korean embassy or a consulate as early as possible. If you are in need of an individual invitation, please contact to the secretariat. However, this invitation implies no obligation for visa. 


For more information, please visit the website of Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
(http://www.mofat.go.kr/index.jsp)