Useful Information

1. About Seoul

Seoul has been the capital of Korea for about 600 years, since the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Seoul is now a bustling metropolis of over 10 million people. It is the political, economic hub in the Republic of Korea.

The Han River runs through the heart of the city. The river divides the city in two; the northern part of the city is a focal point for culture and history, while the southern part is well known for its business district.

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2. Currency & Tipping

The official unit of the Korean currency is the Won (KRW). The exchange rate of 1 USD is equivalent to approximately KRW 1,180 (as of June 10, 2019). Currency exchange services are available at banks, airports and major hotels. Tipping is not expected in most restaurants and hotels.

3. Climate

The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring (warm), summer (hot), fall (cool), and winter (cold). It is summer season during the Forum (August 28-30) and the average temperature is expected to be around 29ºC.

4. Electricity Supply

Electricity is mainly supplied at 220V/60 Hz. Sockets with two round holes (two round-pinned plugs) are used.
Adapters and converters may be needed for participants from countries which use 110V or other types of plugs.

5. Local Time

Korea is in the Korean Standard Time (KST) Zone: GMT +9 hours

6. Local & International Phone Calls

The country code of Korea for international inbound calls is 82, and the area code for Seoul is 02.

To make international calls to the Seoul area, please dial 82 2 + phone number.
To make calls to the Seoul area from other areas in Korea and from mobile phones using Korean service providers, please dial 02 + phone number.

For international outbound calls from Korea, 001, 002 or 00700 should be dialed first followed by the appropriate country code.

7. Useful Telephone Numbers

Emergency Police +82-112
Fire and Ambulance +82-119