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Hospital

There are some hospitals where some English is spoken. International clinics at large general hospitals like Jeju National University Hospital and Cheju Halla General Hospital are recommended.

Jeju National University Hospital
  • Jeju National University Hospital Aran 13gil 15(Ara-1Dong) Jeju-si, Jeju Self-Governing Province, Korea, 63241
  • Website: http://en.jejunuh.co.kr/index.do
  • International Clinic Tel: +82-64-717-1654 (English) / + 82-64-717-1935 (Chinese)
  • Clinic Hours:
    Please refrain from visiting after 9 p.m. for stability and sound sleep of patients.
    • General Ward 11:30~13:30 / 17:00~20:00
    • Internal/Surgical Intensive Care Unit 09:00~09:30 / 19:00~19:30
    • Infant Intensive Care Unit 09:00~09:30 / 19:00~19:30
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
  • Cheju Halla General Hospital 65, Jeju-si Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Korea, 63127
  • Website: https://www.hallahosp.co.kr/han/en/
  • International Clinic Tel: + 82-64-740- 5000
Seogwipo Medical Center

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.

Currency

The Korean local currency is the Won. Major foreign currencies that can be exchanged at banks, hotels, and the airport include the US Dollar, Japanese Yen, Euro, and UK Sterling. Most hotels, restaurants, and shops accept major international credit cards including Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card, and JBC. Foreign-issued ATM cards may have limited use.

Country under Visa Waiver Agreements
Old
Bills
10,000 won (man won) 5,000 won (ocheon won) 1,000 won (cheon won)
10,000 won (man won) 5,000 won (ocheon won) 1,000 won (cheon won)
New
Bills
1,000 won (cheon won) 5,000 won (ocheon won) 10,000 won (man won) 50,000 wod (oman won)
1,000 won (chon won) 5,000 won (ochon won) 10,000 won (man won) 50,000 won (oman won)
Coins 500 won (obaek won) 100 won (baek won) 50 won (osip won) 10 won (sip won)
500 won (obaek won) 100 won (baek won) 50 won (osip won) 10 won (sip won)

Traveler’s Checks

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.
The exchange of foreign currencies may be made at Jeju International Airport. The exchange services are also provided at ICC Jeju. [Banking hours: 9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM, From Monday to Friday]

Electricity

The electricity supply commonly used in Korea is the 200-volt 60Hz system. Because most newly built hotels and houses have the 220-volt wiring
installed, you are advised to check your electronic equipment beforehand.

Telephone

Telephone
Step 1 Determine what time it is in Korea before you call (9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time).
Step 2 Dial 001, the international access code.
Step 3 Dial 82, the country code of Korea.
Step 4 Dial the area code of the city you wish to call with 0 removed. [Jeju: 64, Daejeon: 42, Busan: 51, Seoul: 2].
Step 5 Dial the remaining digits.
  • 001 (International Access Code) + Country Code + Area Code + Remaining Digits
    Ex) Calling Secretariat of the IMID 2016, please refer to the following steps; [Tel: +82-42-472-7460]
Telephone
Emergency Phone number
1339: Medical Emergency
119: Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
112: Police
129: First Aid Services

Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.

Weather during the 3rd COSPAR

Generally, it’s nice, but the daily temperature range is big in the fall. It can be warm or a bit hot in the daytime, but a little cold at night. So, it is good to prepared by bringing a light jacket.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Language

Hangeul (한글), Korea’s official alphabet, was first invented by King Sejong during the Joseon Dynasty. Originally called Hunminjeongeum (훈민정음), the language was conceived in 1443, and further promulgated by the King in 1446. At the time of its inception, the language consisted of 17 consonants and 11 vowels however, since then, 3 of the originally established consonants and 1 vowel have fallen into disuse bringing the total number of characters to 24. Syllables are formed by the selective combination of vowels and consonants to create words.


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