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With low crime rates, the streets of Korea are quite safe, and theft or assault is hardly seen or heard of. Additionally, in order to guide and assist tourists, "Tourist Police" can also be found in major tourist areas.
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In May average temperature is from 17 to 18 degrees (63°F). Warm days and cool nights, so a light coat is useful. For detailed information, please visit the official website of Korea Metrological Administration.
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The Local Organizing Committee (LCC) 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.
Mobile Phone (Roaming)
CDMA cellular systems are widely used in Korea. SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ provide a SIM card roaming service to allow you to use your GSM subscription in Korea. At Incheon International Airport, you can rent a special CDMA cellular phone which accepts your SIM card.
Please check out the links below for more details.
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Currency & Foreign Exchange
Currency in Korea is South Korean Won (KRW) and there are four bill nominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000. As of 17 October2023, 1 US Dollar is equivalent to 1,353.99 South Korea Won. Foreign currencies are conveniently exchangeable at airports, major hotels, bank branches and foreign exchange booths. For the latest exchange rate, please visit Currency Converter.
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Credit Cards
Major credit cards like VISA, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club are widely accepted, but some small shops, restaurants and traditional markets only accept cash. For cash withdrawal or exchange, banks and ATMs are easy to find throughout Korea.
Tipping & Taxes
Tipping is not a Korean custom. A 10% service charge is added to your bill at all tourist hotels and tips are not expected. It is not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides extra service. Visitors can receive a refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase of KRW 30,000. Tax refunds for non-residents and foreigners:
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Standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC at 60Hz (with 2 round holes). Some hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220 volts. Participants are advised to check with the hotel beforehand or bring an adapter.
Internet Access
As a leading nation in information technology, Korea provides one of the best internet connections worldwide. Take privilege of the world’s fastest internet speed through Wi-Fi for your convenience during your time in Korea.
- At Coex: Choose "COEX Free Wi-Fi Zone" on your mobile device.
- At Starfield Coex Mall: Choose "Public Wi-Fi Free" on your mobile device.
Business Hours (at Starfield Coex Mall)
Bank Woori Bank - Operating Hours: 09:00-16:00 (weekdays only)
- Location: Trade Tower (B1F)
Shinhan Bank - Operating Hours: 09:00-16:00 (weekdays only)
- Location: Near South Gate 2 (1F)
KB Kookmin Bank - Operating Hours: 09:00-16:00 (weekdays only)
- Location: Near West Gate (1F)
Post Office Korea Post - Operating Hours: 09:00-18:00 (weekdays only)
- Location: Near Megabox theater (B1F)
Shopping Center Starfield Coex Mall - Operating Hours: 10:30-22:00
* Some store hours may vary
Lotte Duty Free - Operating Hours: 09:30-21:00
Hyundai Department Store - Operating hours: 10:30-20:00 (weekdays)10:30-20:30 (weekends)
Pharmacy PharmEX - Operating Hours: 10:00-22:00 (weekdays only)
- Location: Near Megabox theater (B1F)
Convenience Stores GS25, CU, Seven Eleven etc. - Operating Hours: 24 hours
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