|Country Name||Republic of Korea (South Korea)|
|Capital City||Seoul (population: 10.2 million as of 2016)|
|Size||1,012km from north to south and 165km from east to west|
|Language||Korean (writing system: Hangeul)|
|Country Dialing Code||+82|
|Population||51 million (July 2015)|
|Time Zone||GMT +9 (Korean Standard Time KST)|
The Korean peninsula sretches southward from the center of the Northeastern coast of Asia, encompassing a land area of approximately 220,000 Km² with some 3,400 islands dotting its coastline. Korea is currently the only nation in the world that is still divided into two different political entities. South Korea has a population of 51.77 million, of which about 10 million live in the capital, Seoul. Over their 5,000-year history, Koreans have achieved an indigenous culture, and their unique cultural properties can be found throughout the peninsula. Koreans have put a high value on learning, and have earned a reputation for diligence and dedication.
Gyeongju was the capital city of Silla for 992 years. The history of Gyeongju, once called Seorabeol, is also the history of the thousand-year-old Silla Kingdom.
Gyeongju embraces Buddhism, science, and vibrant ancient culture that blossomed by the artistry of the Silla people, and the great spirits of Hwarangdo that enabled the unification of the three kingdoms. Thus, Gyeongju is a UNESCO-designated city which should be preserved by the public. The evergreen spirit of Silla has been alive here for nearly a thousand years.
With a thousand years of the evergreen spirit of Silla, Gyeongju is truly a museum without a roof.
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[Currency] The unit of Korean the 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 KRW 1,111 as of July 2019.
[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 rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.
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.
Four distinct seasons in Korea:
- Spring (March ~ May),
- Summer (June ~ August),
- Autumn (September ~ November),
- Winter (December ~ February).
The temperature in Busan in November ranges approximately between 10-20 ℃ degrees.
- 119 : Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
- 112 : Police
- 02-1339 : Emergency Medical Information Center
In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers.
Please check the power supply before use.
- Korea Tourism Organization: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr
- Gateway to Korea: http://www.korea.net
- Seoul Tourism Organization: http://www.miceseoul.com
- Seoul Metropolitan Government: http://www.visitseoul.net
- Korea Immigration Service: http://www.immigration.go.kr
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: http://www.mofat.go.kr