Summary: KOREA -- COUNTRY QUICKFACTS
Location: Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.
Area: 98,480 sq km
Population: 48,598,175 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Seoul (10,276,968) by the end of 2003.
Time: 14 hours ahead of Toronto and New York, and 17 hours ahead of Vancouver and Los Angeles
Language: Korean, English widely taught in junior high and high school
Ethnic Groups: Homogeneous (except for about 20,000 Chinese)
Religion: No affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianist 1%, other 1%
Currency: Won (KRW)
Weather: Seoul/July High 29 Low 21
Electricity: 110/220V AC 60 Hz. Government policy is to phase out the 110 volt supply and many hotels now have a 220
Business Hours: 0900 - 1800 Mon-Fri, 0900-1300 Sat.
Banks: 0930-1600 Mon-Fri, 0930-1330 Sat.
Shops: 1030-1930 Mon-Fri.
Tipping: Not customary. Most hotels and other tourist facilities add a 10% service charge to bills. Taxi drivers are not tipped
unless they help with the luggage.
Driving: International driving licence is required.
Passport/Visa: Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months is required. Visa not required for a stay of maximum of 1 month.