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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 USD1 to KRW1,155 as of October, 2011.


VAT 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.


Emergency Dial 119 for the fire department and medical assistance, and 112 for the police.


Tipping Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since it will be included in the bill.


Emergency In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before use.

Telephone Calls

Telephone Calls A local call costs ₩70 for three minutes. For international calls, first dial the international dialing code (001, 002 or 008), then the country code, followed by the area code, and then the phone number. You can rent a cell phone at the airport.


Insurance The Organizing Committee will take no liability for personal injuries sustained by, or for loss or damage to property belonging to congress participants, either during or as a result of the congress. It is, therefore, advised that participants arrange their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.

Time Difference

Time Difference Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9).

Useful Websites

Useful Websites • Korea National Tourism Organization (KTO):http://www.tour2korea.com
• Korea Photo operated by the KTO: http://www.etourkorea.com
• Cultural Properties Administration:http://english.cha.go.kr
• Korean Information Service: http://www.korea.net
• Information about Seoul: http://english.seoul.go.kr
• Information about Korea: http://www.tour2korea.com