While You Are In South Korea
by Delia Toh
Health and Safety
Tap water is chlorinated in South Korea in safe amounts, but may cause stomachaches if directly consumed. Bottled water or bringing along thermal flasks to boil water is strongly recommended.
Crime rate in South Korea is low, but it is still advisable to safeguard valuables as a precaution against pickpockets.
Due to political tension with North Korea, be sure to carry identification documents with you at all times and ensure next-of-kin contact information on your passport is up-to-date and accurate.
Possessing health and travel insurance is also highly encouraged.
Domestic flights can be taken with Hansung airlines and Jeju Air
If you wish to get around by bus, Seoul alone has 400 bus routes reaching up to the peripheral areas of the city, including the Seoul city tour bus. Between cities,
Another mode of transport is by train: firstly, for travelers continuing to or from Japan, the special railway routes are available with a 30% discount on both KTX services and Japanese trains. The railway system in South Korea is centralised. The National operator Korail and high-velocity KTX express train connect various large cities around South Korea. Subways and taxis will also be available throughout the country.
When to go
The climate in Korea is temperate: in the winter, temperatures range from -7oC-1oC, hence be sure to prepare thermal wear and an outer winter coat if you're visiting Korea in December or January. If you are more comfortable with weather that is similar to Singapore's, visit Korea in the summer (22oC-30oC) where precipitation is also the heaviest. It can also be very humid in the summer.
Electricity supplied to the mains in South Korea is 110V / 220 V. 60 Hz. Common socket types are C and F, F being more likely to be found in offices and hotels.
Most importantly, you will want help to be readily available in case of as emergency. The following are emergency hotlines:
Fire & Emergency 119/129
Report a spy 113
International Call Access Codes 001 or 002 or 008
International Operator 0077 South Korea: About