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Investment Consulting Center <One-day Secretary Service> The ICC provides“One-day Secretary Service”to support foreign investors and their families and assist them with successful settling in Korea. One of our settlement consultants at ICC accompanies you for a day and provides secretarial assistance with matters that are difficult to handle due to cultural differences or language difficulties. This service is provided free of charge, and serves to facilitate the establishment of foreign invested companies and their settlement in Korea.

OUTLINE - Applicants: Individual foreign investors, foreign-invested companies’employees and their family members, and potential investors who have completed FDI notification. - Aim of service: To assist applicants in establishing a foreign-invested company and to help them adapt to life in Korea. - Available area: Seoul Metropolitan Region - Application: Booking by phone - Required documents: A name card and FDI notification certificate (applicable to potential investors) - Fee: Free of charge (However, processing fees and transportation fare should be borne by the applicant) - Availability: Monday to Friday, 9:00-18:00 (lunch time: 12:00-13:00) - Languages: English and Japanese

Assistances Establishment of a foreign-invested company

FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) notification Permits, approvals and reports by business Renting/finding a house Applying for a credit card

Settlement

Visa

Opening a bank account Business registration Shopping Subscribing to a mobile phone service Applying for/renewing a driver’ s license

Education (Foreign school, Korean-language education, etc.)

Registration of a corporation Renting/ finding an office Bank work Visiting a hospital Work related to public agencies Childbirth and child rearing

TEL: 82-2-3497-1055 (Japanese), 1056 (English) FAX: 82-2-3497-1611 Address: Investment Consulting Center, 2F, Invest Korea Plaza, 7, Heolleung-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul


Quick Reference Exchange Rates (Basic) Nation

Currency

United States Japan China European Union

USD JPY100 CNY EUR

(Nov. 2015)

Korean Won (₩) 1,142.00 937.06 179.23 1,242.15

Business Hours •Banks Monday-Friday 09:00-16:00 •Post offices (Financial service) Monday-Friday 09:00-16:30

Useful Phone Numbers •Ambulance

119

•Emergency Medical Information Center 1339

•Fire Department 119 •Dasan Call Center (Seoul) 120(+9) •Police 112 •BBB Korea (Free interpretation service) 1588-5644 (In Korea) 82-2-818-1500 (From overseas) •Korea Travel Hotline 82-2-1330 •Lost & Found Center 82-2-2299-1282 •Invest KOREA 82-2-3497-1055, 1056

Telephone Codes International Access Codes •olleh KT •LG U+ •SK Telink •Sejong Telecom

001 002 00700 00365

Metric Conversions Temperature

City / Province Seoul Busan Daegu Incheon Gwangju Daejeon Ulsan Gyeonggi-do Gangwon-do Sejong Chungcheongbuk-do Chungcheongnam-do Jeollabuk-do Jeollanam-do Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongsangnam-do Jeju-do

Area Code 02 051 053 032 062 042 052 031 033 044 043 041 063 061 054 055 064

Distance

Weight

Volume

Area

℃ = (℉ - 32) ÷ 1.8 ℉ = (℃ 1.8) + 32 1inch = 2.54cm 1cm = 0.3937inch 1m = 3.2808ft = 1.0936yd 1ft = 0.3048m 1km = 0.6213miles 1mile = 1.6093km 1kg = 2.2046lb 1lb = 0.4535kg 1g = 0.0353oz 1oz = 28.3495g 1L = 02642 US gallons 1US gallon = 3.7854L 1L = 0.22 imperial gallons 1imperial gallons = 4.55L 1m2 = 10.764ft2 = 1.1958yd2 1py = 3.3058m2 = 35.5836ft2 1a = 100m2 = 1076.4ft2 1ft2 = 0.0929m2 = 0.1111yd2 1acre = 43560ft2 = 4840yd2


Korean Key Phrases •Hello •Excuse •Please •Thank you •How much? •Sorry •Yes/No

[ [ [ [ [ [ [

annyeong haseyo] sillye hamnida] butak hamnida] gamsa hamnida] eolmayeyo?] mian hamnida] ye/aniyo]

[ youngeoreul hal jul aneun uisaga isseumnigga?] •Is there a pharmacy nearby? [ geuncheoe yakgugi isseumnigga?]

Shopping •What is this? [ igeoseun mueotimnigga?] •How much is it? [ eolmaeyo?] •I’ll take this one [ igeoseuro hagesseumnida]

When you need help

Food

•Help! [ dowa juseyo] •Please lend me your phone [ jeonhwa-reul billyeo jusipsio]

•Please give me some water [ muljom juseyo] •That was delicious [ aju masisseosseumnida] •Please make it mild [ maepjianke haejuseyo] •What do you call this in Korean? [ igeoseul han-gungmallo mworago hamnigga?]

Expressing yourself •I don’t know [ jeoneun jal moreugesseumnida] •Really? [ jeongmarimnigga?] •Do you speak English? [ yeongeo hal jul asimnigga?]

Greetings •I’m pleased to meet you [ cheom boepgesseumnida] •My name is ( ) [ je ireumun ( ) imnida] •You are welcome [ cheonmaneyo] •Goodbye (to person going) [ annyeonghi gaseyo] •Goodbye (to person staying) [ annyeonghi gyeseyo]

Apologies, asking again •My apologies [ joesong hamnida] •Could you explain that again? [ dasi hanbeon seolmyeonghae jusipsiyo]

Disease / Injury •Is there a doctor who speaks English?

Transportation •How long does it take to get to ( )? [ ( ) ggaji sigani eolmana geollimnigga?] •Where is the bus stop? [ bus jeongnyujangi eodi imnigga?] •Please take me to ( ) (to taxi driver) [ ( ) ggaji butak hamnida]

Time •Excuse me, but what time is it? [ mian hajiman, jigeum myeossi imnigga?]

Leisure / Touring •Where is a/the ( )? [ ( ) neun eodie isseumnigga?] •Would you take my/our picture? [ sajinjom jjigeo jusigesseumnigga?] ※ Seoul Metropolitan City has an international taxi cab system that provides free interpretation service to enhance foreigners’ taxi-riding experience. Reservation Center 1644-2255 www.inttaxi.co.kr


CONTENTS 2016 Guide to Living in KOREA

About Korea •Quick Facts about Korea •Public Holidays in Korea •Interesting Facts about Korea

VISA •General Information •Corporate Investment Visa (D-8) •Dependent Family Visa (F-3) •Foreign Housekeepers of Foreign Investors and Professional Specialists (F-1) •Granting of Sojourn Status (Foreigners Born in Korea, etc.) •Alien Registration •Extension of Period of Stay •Permission of Activities Beyond the Current Status of Sojourn •Information on the Issuance of the Immigration Priority Card •Reentry Permit •Naturalization •Departure

Quarantine •Purpose of Quarantine •Quarantine Declaration •Quarantine of Travelers •Information on Animal and Plant Quarantine

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Housing and Accommodation •Types of Housing and Accommodation in Korea •Moving •Taking Care of Utility Bills and Making Arrangements to Have Mail Forwarded •Garbage Disposal and Recycling

Education

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•Foreign Schools •Libraries & Bookstores

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Transportation

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•Using a Transportation Card •Types of Public Transportation •Driving (Getting a Driver’ s License) •Purchasing and Registering a Vehicle •Auto Insurance •Car Rental •Tips for Driving in Korea

Broadcasting/Telecommunication •TV Networks •Subscribing to Fixed-Line Telephone and Internet Service •Mobile Phone Service •Postal Services

News Outlets •Foreign Language Media Service

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85 86 87 88 92

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Medical Services

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•Medical Care System in Korea •International Healthcare Centers •National Health Insurance •Emergency •Pharmacies

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Financial Services •Financial Institutions •Banks •Bank Card •Various Tax Payment Obligations

Shopping •Department Stores •Superstores •Traditional Markets •Convenience Stores •TV Home Shopping •Internet Shopping

Culture •Museums and Galleries •Movie Theaters •Performance Halls •Communities •Foreign Villages in Seoul •Leisure Sports

Useful Information •Learning Korean •Everyday Etiquette in Korea •Manners and Etiquette for Special Occasions •Useful Korean Expressions •Metropolitan Cities and Provinces & UNESCO World Heritages in Korea

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115 116 116 117 119 119 119

121 122 124 124 126 129 129

135 136 138 141 143 147

Directory

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Appendix

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•KOTRA-Organization & Activities •Index

192 198


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About Korea

•Quick Facts about Korea •Public Holidays in Korea •Interesting Facts about Korea


About Korea Quick Facts about Korea National Flag : Taegeukgi

National Flower : Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon)

Located at the eastern end of the Asian

Korea is divided into one special city

continent, the country is widely referred to

(teukbyeolsi), six metropolitan cities

as Korea but its official name is the Republic

(gwangyeoksi), eight provinces (do), one

of Korea. Because the Korean peninsula is

special autonomous city (teukbyeol Jachisi)

divided into North Korea and South Korea,

and one special autonomous province

the Republic of Korea is also called South

(teukbyeol Jachido). These are further

Korea. The country comprises of the

subdivided into a variety of smaller entities,

southern half of the peninsula and around

such as cities (si), counties (gun), districts

3,000 islands. Geographically, Korea is

(gu), towns (eup), townships (myeon),

classified as Northeast Asia along with its

neighborhoods (dong) and villages (ri).

neighbors China and Japan. Administrative districts: Seoul Metropolitan

Country Name

Republic of Korea

Climate

Continental climate with four distinct seasons

Seoul (designated as the Capital

nation’ s capital in the

Time Zone

GMT + 9 hours

Joseon Dynasty in 1394) Total Area Population Official Language Religion

100,188.1 km2 (109 th largest in the world)

Form of Government

50,617,045 (Sep., 2015)

GDP

(26 th largest in the world) Korean

National Currency

Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, etc.

Main Industries

*Source: Statistics Korea, International Monetary Fund (Last updated Nov. 2015)

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Democratic republic US$ 1.4351 trillion (2015 IMF statistics, ranked 11th in the world) Won (KRW) / ₩ Semiconductors, automobiles, shipbuilding, flat panel display, petroleum products, etc.


Government, Busan Metropolitan City, Daegu

Metropolitan

City,

Self-Governing Province

Incheon

Metropolitan City, Gwangju Metropolitan City, Daejeon Metropolitan City, Ulsan Metropolitan City, Gyeonggi-do Province,

Public Holidays in Korea

Gangwon-do Province, Sejong Metropolitan

There are a total of 15 days of public

Autonomous City, Chungcheongbuk-do

holidays in Korea. However, with the

Province, Chungcheongnam-do Province,

introduction of the substitute holiday

Jeollabuk-do Province, Jeollanam-do

system in 2013, the average number of

Province, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province,

annual public holidays is expected to

Gyeongsangnam-do Province, Jeju Special

increase by 1.1 days.

Public Holiday New Year’s Day

Date January 1

Note -

Lunar New Year’s Day (Seollal)

January 1 (Lunar New Year’s Day)

Seollal was abolished during the Japanese colonial rule, but was reinstated as a public holiday and became a three-day holiday in 1989. People eat tteokguk (rice cake soup) and bow (sebae) to the elders.

Independence Movement Day (Samiljeol)

March 1

Celebrates the nation-wide independence movement on Mar. 1, 1919.

Buddha’s Birthday

April 8 (lunar calendar)

The biggest celebration day for Buddhists.

Children’s Day

May 5

-

Memorial Day

June 6

Honors the soldiers and patriots who died defending the nation.

Liberation Day (Gwangbokjeol)

August 15

Celebrates Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. It is also the only national holiday celebrated by both North and South Korea.

Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)

August 15 (lunar calendar)

Chuseok is one of the year's most important traditional holidays. Chuseok is often referred to as Korean Thanksgiving Day. People eat songpyeon (half moon-shaped rice cake), do seongmyo (visiting ancestral graves and making a formal bow of gratitude) and perform charye (an ancestral ritual service).

National Foundation Day (Gaecheonjeol)

October 3

Celebrates the foundation of Dangun Joseon, the first kingdom on the Korean peninsula.

Hangul Day

October 9

Celebrates the creation of Hangul, the Korean alphabet. Hangul Day was reinstated as a public holiday in 2012.

Christmas

December 25

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Other Memorial Days (Not Public Holidays) • Arbor Day

April 5

• Labor Day

May 1

• Parents' Day

May 8

• Teacher's Day

May 15

• Constitution Day

July 17 International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in

※Substitute Holiday Policy for Seollal,

2001. In 2009, Korea’s status as an aid

Chuseok, and Children’ s Day (impleme-

donor nation was officially recognized by the

nted Nov. 5, 2013)

UN, and Korea remains the only aid

- If Seollal (lunar new year’ s day) holidays or

recipient-turned-donor nation in the world.

Chuseok holidays coincide with other public holidays or if Children’s Day falls on Saturday or other public holidays, then the

A Country Where Many Different Religions Peacefully Coexist

immediately following non-holiday day is

Korea has many different religions, and is

designated as a substitute holiday.

religiously tolerant. Buddhism, Christianity

Example: The 2015 Chuseok holidays (Sep.

and Catholicism are the main religions, and

26 - 28) included a Sunday, so Sep. 29 was

there are many other religions such as

designated as a substitute holiday.

Islamic, Won Buddhism, Confucianism and Shamanism. The fact that Korea celebrates national holidays that represent different

Interesting Facts about Korea

religions, such as Buddha’s Birthday (Buddhism),

Gaecheonjeol

(mythical

founding of the nation) and Christmas Korea is the World’s Only Aid Recipient-Turned-Donor Nation

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(Christianity and Catholicism) reflects Korea’ s religious diversity. Foreigners who come

Korea received development aid worth US$

from a country in which the majority of its

33 billion over 55 years from 1945 to 1999

people believe in a certain religion are often

to recover from Japanese colonial rule

surprised to see churches, Buddhist temples

(1910-1945) and the Korean War (1950-

and other places of worship all in one

1953)

economic

neighborhood. However, because roughly

development. However, in 1987, Korea

and

to

achieve

40 percent of the population is non-religious,

started giving aid, and became an active

it is best to avoid religious topics when

donor nation by establishing the Korea

having conversations with Koreans.

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The Only Divided Country Left in the World Following the armistice agreement in July 1953, Korea was separated into North Korea and South Korea along the 38th parallel. Korea still remains separated, and became the only divided country left in the world after the reunification of Germany and Vietnam.

Tips Tours of Panmunjeom, the 3rd Tunnel, and the DMZ Panmunjeom is the only place of conversation for North and South Koreas within the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and symbolizes the history of the divided Koreas. The DMZ is one of the last Cold War remnants of the world and the 3rd Tunnel was built by North Korea to infiltrate the South. â&#x20AC;˘Foreigners with a passport may take tours through private tourist agencies designated by the UN. - Panmunjom Travel Center 82-2-771-5593~5 www.koreadmztour.com - DMZ Tour Korea 82-2-706-4851~2 www.dmztourkorea.com - International Cultural Service Club

- Korean Tour

82-2-777-6647

- Joongang Express Tour

82-2-755-0073

82-2-2266-3350

http://tourdmz.com

www.jsatour.com

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Tips Tours of the DMZ that offer a glimpse into North Korea ◆ Course A (approx. 3 hours) Depart from Imjingak → The 3rd Tunnel (DMZ Theater) → Dora Observatory → Dorasan Station → Tongilchon Village Souvenir Outlet → Tongilchon Village Museum → Return to Imjingak ◆ Course B (approx. 3.5 hours) Depart from Imjingak → Tomb of Heo Jun → Haemaruchon Village → The 3rd Tunnel (DMZ Theater) → Dora Observatory → Return to Imjingak ※ The course is subject to change.

◉ Instructions 1. Using the tourist shuttle bus from Imjingak Pavilion (must carry passport) •Buy ticket from the DMZ ticket office at Imjinkgak Pavilion → Board the tourist shuttle bus → DMZ tour → Return to Imjingak ※ Using a chartered bus - Groups of 30 people or more may take tours in the chartered bus they are travelling in.

2. Using the DMZ Peace Train - Departs from Seoul Station (must carry passport) •DMZ Peace Train package (round-trip train fare+DMZ tour fee) ※ For train reservation and price inquiries: Vist the Korail website or call the Seoul Station Tourist Center

82-2-3149-3333

www.letskorail.com

www.letskorail.com

◉ Note - Please carry your ID document (passport for foreigners) as entrance is not allowed without an ID - Closed every Monday and public holidays that fall on weekdays / closed on the days of Seollal and Chuseok http://tour.paju.go.kr ▶ Minbuk Tourist Office, Paju City Hall Imjingak tourist information center

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82-31-940-8523 82-31-953-4744


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VISA

•General Information •Corporate Investment Visa (D-8) •Dependent Family Visa (F-3) • Foreign Housekeepers of Foreign Investors and Professional Specialists (F-1) •Granting of Sojourn Status (Foreigners Born in Korea, etc.) •Alien Registration •Extension of Period of Stay •Permission of Activities Beyond the Current Status of Sojourn •Information on the Issuance of the Immigration Priority Card •Reentry Permit •Naturalization •Departure


VISA General Information 1. What is a Visa? A visa is a basic requirement to obtain entry permission, and as a rule a foreigner who wishes to enter the Republic of Korea must

•Those who enter Korea for international

carry a valid visa. A visa is considered a

goodwill travel or in the interest of Korea

consul’s recommendation for a foreigner’s

and who have been permitted to enter the

entry. Therefore, even if one carries a valid

country by Presidential Decree.

visa, entry may be denied if one fails to satisfy

•Those who leave the country with an

the requirements of immigration inspection at

issued refugee travel certificate and who

the airport. Foreigners who fall under the

reenter the country before expiry of the

following categories, however, may enter the

certificate.

country without a visa.

2. Visa Issuance Procedure •Those who are granted a reentry permit or are exempted from a reentry permit may enter the country before the expiry of such permit and exemption. •Nationals of a country that has signed a visa waiver agreement with the Republic of Korea, and who are hence exempted from acquiring a visa. ※ For details on entry without a visa, go to

www.hikorea.go.kr or the Korea

Visa Portal

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www.visa.go.kr

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A foreign applicant for a visa should confirm his/her eligibility for staying in

- Two or more entries into Korea within the period of validity.

Korea according to the purpose of his/her

- Period of validity:

entry into the country, and should submit

• For Diplomat (A-1)/Conventions/Agreements

an application along with the corresponding documents to an overseas Korean consular office.

(A-3) visas, 3 years from the issuance date. • For visas issued under the multiple visa issuance agreement, for the agreed period.

3. Types of Visa

• For visas issued in consideration of reciprocity, other national interests, etc. for the period that has been separately

Single Entry Visa

determined by the Minister of Justice.

- One time entry into Korea within the period of validity. - Period of validity: 3 months from the issuance date

• Location of Visa Application and Issuance: Korean Embassy or Consulate • Documents

Required

for

Visa

Application: Passport, visa application, Multiple Entry Visa

other documents depending on the type of visa

A-1

Diplomat

E-1

University professor

A-2

Government official

E-2

Foreign language instructor

A-3

Treaty

E-3

Research

B-1

Visa exempted

E-4

Technical transfer

B-2

Tourist / Transit

E-5

Professional employment

C-1

Short-term news coverage

E-6

Arts & Performances

C-3

Short-term general (tourist)

E-7

Special occupation

C-4

Short-term employment

E-9

Non-professional employment

D-1

Culture / Arts

E-10

Vessel crew

D-2

Student

F-1

Family visitation

D-3

Industrial training

F-2

Long-term resident

D-4

General training

F-3

Dependent family

D-5

General news coverage / Journalism

F-4

Overseas Korean

D-6

Religious affairs

F-5

Permanent residence

F-6

Foreign spouse Others / Miscellaneous

D-7

Employee of foreign-invested company / Supervisor

D-8

Corporate investment

G-1

D-9

International trade and management

H-1

Working holiday

D-10

Job seeking

H-2

Working visit

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※ For information on the documents

•To change or add a workplace within the

required for the respective purposes of

scope of their sojourn status, foreigners

stay, go to

www.hikorea.go.kr.

must obtain relevant permission in

Additional or fewer documents may be

advance. However, persons appointed by

required as deemed necessary for

presidential decree possessing specialized

review.

knowledge, skills, and/or function may report within 15 days from date of

4. Stay Permit

changing or adding their place of employment.

Classified under short-term, long-term, and

•Visa types under which employment is

permanent residency, according to the

permitted are as follows: Short-term

length of stay. Long-term stay and

employment (C-4), university professor (E-

permanent residency (F-5) visa holders

1),

should register as aliens or declare their

instructor (E-2), research (E-3), technology

local address within 90 days of entering

transfer (E-4), professional employment

Korea.

(E-5), arts & performances (E-6), special

foreign

language/conversation

occupation (E-7), non-professional •Short-term stay: 90 days or less

employment (E-9), vessel crew (E-10),

•Long-term stay: 91 days or longer

working holiday (H-1), working visit (H-2)

•Eligibility for permanent residency (F-5)

※ Long-term resident (F-2), foreign spouse

status: There is no limit to the length of

(F-6), permanent resident (F-5) visa

stay.

holders: No restrictions apply to employment activities

5. Foreigners’ Employment and Scope of Permitted Activities

※ Overseas Korean (F-4) visa holders may not engage in simple labor. (However, employment

•Foreigners may stay in Korea within the

in

manufacturing

is

permitted.)

scope of their sojourn status and period. Unless permitted by law, foreigners are forbidden from participating in political activities. •To seek employment in Korea, foreigners

Corporate Investment Visa (D-8) 1. Eligible Applicants

are required to hold a visa that permits

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employment and should work at the

A D-8 visa is required for indispensable

designated workplace only.

professional specialists who intend to

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engage in the management, administrative

the objectives and policies of a company

affairs, production or technological fields

or its departments, who have the

of foreign-invested companies under the

authority to plan, command, and

Foreign Investment Promotion Act

supervise, who have the authority to

(excluding those to be hired locally).

employ and dismiss employees and to recommend such employment and

Indispensable professional specialists are

dismissal, and who decide on/

defined as follows:

supervise/control employees

the

works

engaged

in

of

other

Executives: Those who are primary

supervisory/ specialist/administrative

managers of an organization, who have

jobs or have discretionary power over

extensive decision-making rights, and

daily routine works (excluding front-line

who, as the top officers of a company,

supervisors whose junior staffers under

are commanded and supervised only

their control are not specialist service

by the Board of Directors and the

suppliers, as well as those who are

shareholders. (Executives should not

directly engaged in service supply).

directly perform the work of supplying services or engage in service-related

Specialists: Those who are essential

work of the organization.)

for research, design, technology and management with the relevant companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Senior Managers: Those who are

s services, and who have highly

responsible for devising and executing

advanced

special

or

exclusive

experience and knowledge.

Those

who

engage

in

general

administrative affairs or specialists and service providers who can be hired locally are not considered indispensable professional specialists.

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2. Visa Application

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Applicant: The relevant person

If the applicant has received a visa issuance

Location of Application: Korean

certificate or a visa issuance certificate no.,

Embassy or Consulate

he/she needs only to submit a passport, a

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visa issuance application, and a visa

Applicant: The relevant person

issuance certificate (or visa issuance

Place of Application: The competent

certificate no.).

immigration office of the applicant’s location, or the Investment Consulting

3. Application for Visa Issuance Certificate Applicant: The relevant person or the inviter Place of Application: The competent immigration office or its liaison office in the location where the inviter has

Center of Invest KOREA 82-2-3497-1055, 1056

5. Documents Required for Visa Application (or Visa Issuance Certificate or Stay Eligibility Change Application)

his/her address More or less documents may be The applicant needs to obtain a visa issuance certificate or a visa issuance

required for review. - Passport (a copy of passport when

certificate number, and then apply for a

applying for visa issuance certificate)

visa at the relevant Korean Embassy or

- Visa issuance application or visa

Consulate.

issuance certificate application - A copy of the business license certificate

4. Application for Change in Stay Eligibility

- Transcript of the corporate register - HQ’s transfer order (the dispatch period should be specified)

Foreign investors who travel to Korea with a C-3-4 (Short Term General) visa or no visa (limited to countries with a visa waiver agreement with Korea) and who do not

- A copy of the foreign invested company registration certificate - Foreign exchange declaration certificate (if foreign currencies are hand carried)

have the time or resources to acquire the

- Tax payment certificate

D-8 visa can apply after their arrival before

- Income statement

they engage in business activities. Note

- Office rental agreement

that the Investment Consulting Center at

- Residential rental agreement

Invest KOREA can handle the procedures

- One color photo (3.5 × 4.5cm)

within a day.

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Additional Documents Required (For Initial Investments) - Record of operating funds (specification of the

Dependent Family Visa (F-3)

use of investment funds, bank note and copy

1. Eligible Applicants

of bank note, goods purchase receipt, etc.) - Documents

proving

remittance

of

investment funds (permission to carry out

The spouse of a person eligible for corporate

foreign currency issued by the customs

investment (D-8), and his/her children under

office or bank of the applicant’s country,

20 years of age who have no spouse.

remittance certificate, original copy of foreign currency purchase certificate)

2. Visa Application

- Document verifying the business’s operating record (import/export notification

Applicant: The relevant person

certificate, B/L, domestic goods purchase

Place of Application: Korean Embassy

certificate, original copy of export/import

or Consulate

certificate) - A photo of the workplace, office space and signboard

If the applicant has received a visa issuance certificate or a visa issuance certificate no., he/she needs to submit only a passport, a

Investment in Korea from China

issuance certificate (or visa issuance

- Letter of intent to invest in Korea and

certificate no.).

relevant plan (documents submitted to a foreign exchange bank in China) - Chinese bank’ s foreign currency purchase certificate (documentary evidence of Chinese foreign exchange office’s approval of foreign currency purchase)

Indispensable Professional Specialists - Invitation statement - License - Diploma certificate - Certificate of career

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visa issuance application, and a visa

- A copy of resident ID

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3. Visa Issuance Certificate Application Applicant: The relevant person or the inviter Place of Application: The competent

5. Documents Required for Visa Issuance Application (or Visa Issuance Certificate, Stay Eligibility Change Application)

immigration office or its liaison office in the location of the inviter

More or less documents may be required for review.

The applicant needs to receive a visa issuance certificate or a visa issuance no., and to apply for a visa with the relevant Korean Embassy or Consulate.

- Passport (a copy of passport when applying for visa issuance certificate) - Visa issuance application or visa issuance certificate application - Family relationship certificate (marriage

4. Application for Change in Stay Eligibility

certificate, family register or birth certificate) - Inviter’s employment certificate or tax

Applicant: The relevant person

payment certificate

Place of Application: The competent

- One color photo (3.5 × 4.5cm)

immigration office of the applicant’ s

- Processing fee (the amount differs

location or the Investment Consulting

depending on the period of stay)

Center of Invest KOREA

If the applicant has entered Korea without a visa or is on a short-term visa due to inevitable reasons such as household work arrangements, he/she may apply for

Foreign Housekeepers of Foreign Investors and Professional Specialists (F-1)

a change in stay eligibility. Note that the Investment Consulting Center of KOTRA

1. Eligible Applicants

can handle the procedures within a day. Housework assistants who have been employed by the inviting investor or indispensable professional specialist for at least one year in an overseas country as of the application date.

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copy of bankbook, etc.) - Housework

assistant

employment

agreement - Personal reference certificate - Diploma or other documents proving the invitee’ s educational status - A document proving that the invitee has worked as the inviter’ s housework assistant for one year or longer - A copy of the inviter’ s foreigner registration certificate

2. Applying for a Visa

In the case of investors investing under US$ 500,000 (inviters)

Place of Application: Korean Embassy or Consulate

3. Required Documents

- Local employees’income tax withholding certificates or income certificates

In the case of executives of foreign invested companies

The head of the Korean consulate may

- Employment certificate

request additional documents if they are deemed necessary for the review of the purpose of entry, intent of invitation, the qualification of the inviter and the invitee, etc.

- Passport

Granting of Sojourn Status (Foreigners Born in Korea, etc.)

- Visa issuance application - Fee

Eligible Applicants: Foreigners born in

- One color ID photo

Korea, etc.

- Copy of foreign-invested company

Application Period: Within 90 days

registration certificate - Documents proving the employer’s

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(foreigners born in Korea) or 30 days (others)

income qualifications (local employee’s

Place of Application: The competent

income tax withholding certificate, income

immigration office having jurisdiction over

certificate, certificate of salary payment,

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※ Failure to apply for eligibility for stay

Place of Application: The competent

within the said 90 days will incur a fine

immigration office having jurisdiction

due to violation of the Immigration Act.

over the applicant’s address or the

Method of Application: The relevant

Investment Consulting Center of

person or his/her proxy should apply to

KOTRA.

the competent immigration office of his/her location or the Investment Consulting Center of KOTRA.

2. Documents Required for Alien Registration

Required Documents - Passport

Required Documents

- Application form

- Application form

- Certificate of birth

- Passport

- A copy of the foreigner registration card

- One color photo (3.5 × 4.5cm)

of the applicant’s father or mother - Processing fee

- Processing fee (exempt for corporate investment (D-8) visa holders)

※ Corporate Investment (D-8)

Alien Registration

- A copy of the foreign invested corporation registration certificate

1. Eligible Applicants and Time for Alien Registration

- A copy of business registration certificate

Eligible Applicants - Foreigners who wish to stay for more than 90 days in Korea after entering the country - Foreigners who wish to stay in Korea for more than 90 days after they are born in the country and are granted eligibility for stay Registration Time - Within 90 days of entering the country - In the case of foreigners who are granted eligibility for stay or approved for a change in eligibility for stay, the time for such approval (immediate)

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※ Dependent Family (F-3) - A copy of the alien registration card of the

4. Returning the Alien Registration Card

accompanying person (the spouse or parents)

Reasons for Return - When a registered alien dies or fully leaves

3. Reissuance of Alien Registration Card

Korea - When the registered foreigner gives up his/her foreign nationality and acquires

Reasons for Reissuance - If an alien registration card is lost or missing - If an alien registration card is worn out or unusable - If there is insufficient space to add more details - If the details (name, gender, date of birth and nationality) have changed

Korean nationality - When the registered foreigner is exempt from alien registration When to Return - When the foreigner leaves the country permanently - For those who have become Korean citizens, within 30 days of completing the resident process

Time for Application: within 14 days of

※A fine will be incurred if the alien

the occurrence of the reason for

registration card is not returned within the

reissuance

above time frame.

Place of Application: the competent immigration office of the applicant’s location or the Investment Consulting

5. Report of Change in Alien Registration Matters

Center of Invest KOREA Required Documents

change in alien registration matters due to

- Application form

the following reasons to the competent

- Document stating reason for re-issuance

immigration office within 14 days of the

application (where lost)

occurrence of such reasons. Otherwise,

- Old alien registration card

he/she will incur a fine for violating Article 35

- One color photo (3.5 × 4.5cm)

of the Immigration Act.

- Processing fee (exempt for corporate investment (D-8) visa holders)

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Reasons for Reporting a Change in Alien Registration Details - Change of name, gender, date of birth and/or nationality - Change of passport no., issuance date, and/or validity period

Method of Application - The relevant person or his/her proxy needs to apply to the competent immigration office or the Investment Consulting Center of Invest KOREA and submit the required documents.

- Change of corporate investment (D-8) or

- The applicant should be staying in Korea

trade management (D-9) visa holdersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

on the day of application. (Application

organization or group (including change

from overseas by the applicant or a

of name)

proxy is not permitted.)

Deadline for Report - Within 14 days of occurrence of the cause for report Required Documents

More or less documents may be required for review. - Passport - Alien registration card

- Passport and alien registration card

- Application form

- Report form

- A copy of the foreign invested

- Documents proving the changes

corporation registration certificate (issued by KOTRA or a foreign exchange bank) - Transfer order on which the dispatch

Extension of Period of Stay

period is specified (may be replaced with a transfer order submitted for report of change in eligibility of stay if the

A foreigner who wishes to outstay the

document specifies the dispatch period)

permitted stay period in Korea must obtain

- Individual income tax payment certificate

approval for such an extension of the stay

documents: B-class withholding tax

period.

receipt or certificate of tax payment - A copy of the business registration

Period of Application: from two months before expiry of the stay period to the expiry date â&#x20AC;ť Applications for extension after the expiry date will be fined.

certificate - A transcript of the corporate registration certificate - Corporate tax payment certificate - Income statement - Processing fee (exempted for corporate investment (D-8) visa holders)

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Screening Criteria for Extending Period of Stay

- Activities beond the current status of sojourn will be restricted if the activities

- Validity of continued corporate investment

involve longer working hours or higher pay

- Foreigners that fit into the criteria listed

than the main workplace.

below will be limited from staying for an extended period for an extended period: â&#x2013;ś Foreigners â&#x2013;ś Foreigner

hired in Korea

employed by a foreign invested

- Permission will not be granted to foreigners whose status of sojourn is considered unsound (e.g., multiple jobs are held) and/or damages national interest.

company with no tax payment record for a

- Foreigners seeking to receive training from

certain period since its business

experts about Korean traditional culture or

registration

art and foreigners seeking to take a Korean

â&#x2013;ś Foreign

employee who is not an essential

specialist

language course at a university-affiliated language institute are not required to obtain permission during their visa period.

Permission of Activities Beyond the Current Status of Sojourn

Application Period A foreigner intending to engage in an activity beyond his/her current status of sojourn should receive permission from the jurisdictional immigration office in advance.

Foreigners who wish to engage in activities beyond the scope of their current sojourn

How to Apply for Permission to

status must receive permission to do so in

Engage in Activities Beyond the

advance. Should such activities become full-

Current Status of Sojourn

time and the main purpose of their sojourn,

A foreigner or his/her proxy can make an

however, they must receive permission to

application by preparing and submitting the

change his/her sojourn status.

required documents to the local immigration office. However, corporate investment (D-8)

Basic Rules for Granting Permission to

visa holders seeking to engage in activities

Engage in Activities Beyond the

permitted under the intracompany transfer

Current Status of Sojourn

(D-7) visa and CEOs and other professional

- Single-entry visa holders whose period of

specialists intending to give lectures at

stay is 90 days or less are not permitted to

universities may receive permission through

engage in activites beyond their current

KOTRA.

status of sojourn.

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Example of cases where a foreigner

- When a corporate investment (D-8) visa

should obtain permission to engage

holder wishes to engage in activities

in activities beyond the current

permitted under the intracompany

status of sojourn

transfer (D-7) visa. - When a professional specialist (e.g. CEO

- When a student holding a study abroad (D-2) visa intends to engage in part-time

of foreign invested company) intends to give lectures at universities

employment (S-3) while continuing his/her study

Tips Working Holidays in Korea Working Holiday Visa: The working holiday visa is intended for young people aged between 18 and 30, with the aim to foster “mutual cultural exchange” among young people from countries under working holiday agreements. Working holiday visa holders can generally stay up to 12 months in the country/region they visit. Korea currently has a working holiday agreement with 20 countries and regions, and a Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) agreement with one country. Young people from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, the Netherlands Italy, Israel (soon to be in effect), Belgium (soon to be in effect), Chile (soon to be in effect), the U.K. (YMS), and the U.S. (WEST) may stay in Korea with a working holiday visa (H-1). The working holiday visa may be issued only once for each country, and grants the visa holder the right to language training and tourism like the student visa and tourist visa, while also legally allowing him/her to obtain short-term employment. Working holiday visas cannot be extended, but may be converted to another type of visa if the visa holder meets the conversion requirements. Each visa type has different requirements, therefore persons interested in obtaining information about sojourn status (visa) conversion are advised to contact the Ministry of Justice’s call center (dial 1345). *Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Working Holiday Info Center Office No. 726 Yongbieocheonga, Saemunan-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul http://whic.kr/main/ 82-1899-1995

82-2-735-1995

Hours of operation 09:00-18:00 (closed Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays) •The Info Center provides information through a multi-language website (English, Japanese, Chinese (Taiwanese), German, French) for foreigners participating in the Working Holiday program in Korea. Diplomatic offices such as R.O.K. embassies/consulates located in member countries provide free booklets on working holiday programs in Korea published by the Info Center, and also host information sessions on working holiday in Korea.

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Information on the Issuance of the Immigration Priority Card 1. What is the “Immigration Priority Card”? Through a commission from the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, Invest KOREA issues the Immigration Priority Card to foreign investors who contribute to the Korean economy in order to expedite their airport immigration process. People who possess the Immigration Priority Card can use the fast track immigration lane reserved for investors (or diplomats). The new Immigration Priority Card issued from February 2014 and onwards allows cardholders to use an exclusive security checkpoint, making the immigration procedure shorter.

2. Eligible Applicants • Employees of overseas parent companies of foreign invested firms whose notified amount of FDI to Korea exceeds the following: Industry

Minimum FDI (Notification basis)

Manufacturing Industry

US$ 15 million

Finance & Insurance Industries

US$ 50 million

Tourism Industry

US$ 10 million

Logistics & Distribution Industries

US$ 5 million

R&D, Businesses Involving Advanced Technology

US$ 2 million

• Employees of foreign economic organizations in Korea • Investment observation delegations invited by related central and/or local government agencies ※ The number of cards issued for each business establishment may be limited depending on the total number of applicants.

3. Summary of Changes - More effective and systematic card issuance and arrangement of related regulations to facilitate foreign investors’ immigration process (using the Ministry of Justice’s computerized database management system) - New card issued starting from Feb. 2014. - The old card (Investor Express Card) remains effective through its period of validity.

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4. About the New Card (Before Change): Investor Express Card

Name of Card

(After Change): Immigration Priority Card

Card Design

Benefits

- Fast-track immigration lane - Incheon Airport CIP Lounge (expired)

- Fast-track immigration lane - Exclusive security checkpoint (new benefit)

- Employees of the parent company of the Asia HQ of a foreign-invested company in Korea (The minimum FDI amount on notification basis should be met.) - Members of a foreign economic organization in Korea - Members of an investment delegation invited by the central government and/or local government. * Card issuance is limited to five people per company/organization

Identical to left side column

Period of Validity

2 years (from the date of issuance) * 6 months for investment delegation members

Identical to left side column

No. of Accompanying Persons Eligible for Benefits

2 people, in addition to the cardholder

Identical to left side column

Eligibility for Issuance

5. How to Apply

belongs to the subject company, organization, etc. to which a card has

Submit application form and required documents to KOTRA on the 1st-10th of each month.

been issued) - A copy of the foreign-invested company registration certificate (In the case of a foreign economic

5-1. Required Documents

organizations, a certified copy of corporation registration, and in the case of

- An application form

an investment delegations, a letter of

- A copy of employment certificate (or any

invitation)

document proving that the applicant

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6. Application and Inquiries

- A copy of passport, 2 photos (3cm x 4cm) - 1 JPG image file

Investment Consulting Center, Saerom

※ Application can be made via email by

Seong, Assistant Manager

attaching the application form and the Investment Consulting Center, Office No.

other documents in PDF file format.

203, IKP Building, KOTRA, 7 Heolleung-ro,

5-2. Application Period

Seocho-gu, Seoul 82-2-3497-1625

The application form and documents are

82-2-3497-1611

accepted on the 1 st-10th of each month→

saerom1215@kotra.or.kr

The card is issued on the 25 of the same th

month

※ The above information is subject to change according to the Ministry of

- Applications submitted after the 10 of th

Justice.

each month shall be forwarded to Woori Bank on the following month, and the card will be issued on the 25th.

Reentry Permit

- After the card is issued, a KOTRA employee will collect the card from Woori Bank and mail it to the applicant by mail (delivery will take 2-3 days).

Eligibility for Reentry Permit - A registered foreigner who has left Korea for more than one year within the stay period and intends to reenter the country

5-3. Card Issuance Process

must acquire a reentry permit. - If a foreigner exempted from alien registration has left the country for more than one year and intends to reenter the country, he/she must obtain a reentry permit.

A reentry permit is not needed under the following circumstances - A registered foreigner who has left the country for less than one year within the permitted stay period and who intends to reenter the country. - Nationals of Surinam, the Netherlands,

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Norway,

Denmark,

Luxemburg,

Belgium,

Germany,

How to Apply

Sweden,

- The relevant person or his/her proxy

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France,

(must present relevant personal ID or

Finland and Chile with an intra-company

power of attorney) needs to apply to the

transfer visa (D-7), corporate investment

competent immigration office or its

visa (D-8), or trade management visa (D-

liaison office and submit the required

9) do not need to obtain a reentry permit within the period of stay. - A reentry permit is not required of permanent resident (F-5) visa holders

documents. - Online application: Hi Korea Electronic Civil Services www.hikorea.go.kr

who wish to reenter Korea within 2 years of leaving, provided that their visa status is maintained.

Instructions - A reentry permit is exempted within the

- A reentry permit is not required of

validity period of the passport, so if the

Overseas Koreans (F-4) visa holders

passport expires after leaving the country,

within their period of sojourn.

the relevant person must get his/her passport reissued or have its validity

Required Documents

period extended before reentering the

- Passport

country. In this case, the relevant person

- Alien registration card

must, within 14 days of entering the

- Application form

country, report a change in the

- Processing fee (exempt for corporate

registration details (a change in the

investment (D-8) visa holders)

passport) to the competent immigration office or its liaison office. - Even if nationals of countries under the reentry permit exemption system who are exempt from the need to obtain a reentry permit within one year or hold a stay eligibility that requires registration, if they, as holders of a single visa, have temporarily left the country without alien registration and reenter the country, this visa will be invalid. Thus, they must undergo alien registration before leaving the country.

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Naturalization

2. Granting of Naturalization

Foreigners who have never obtained Korean

Conditions for granting naturalization are

nationality may receive naturalization

stipulated in the Nationality Act of Korea. The

permission from the Minister of Justice to

demand for naturalization has increased

stay in Korea.

recently due to the enhancement of Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international image, increase in the number of

1. Types of Naturalization

international marriages, and increase in foreign workers. Also, with the 10th amendment of the

General Naturalization - Foreigners who have resided in Korea for five years or longer. Simplified Naturalization

Nationality Act promulgated in 2010, the legal status of multiple nationality holders has been stipulated, naturalized foreigners and multiple citizenship holders are required to declare not

A foreigner who has resided in Korea for at

to exercise foreign citizenship in Korea, and

least three consecutive years and satisfies

the nationality selection order system, forceful

one of the following conditions:

loss of nationality system, and special

- A person whose father or mother was a

naturalization system for foreigner with

national of the Republic of Korea - A person who was born in the Republic of

outstanding talent have been newly introduced.

Korea and whose father or mother was

Under the Nationality Act of Korea, foreigners

born in the Republic of Korea

can naturalize to Korea by obtaining the

- A person who was adopted by a national of the Republic of Korea and was an adult,

approval of the Minister of Justice, but the following conditions should be met:

under the Civil Act of the Republic of Korea, at the time of adoption Special Naturalization - Children of citizens who have restored their Korean nationality - Adopted minors

Article 5 of the Nationality Act General Naturalization A foreigner shall meet each of the following requirements in order to obtain permission for naturalization:

- Children of naturalized citizens, with no restrictions on age or marital status - Foreigners who were involved in Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s independence movement or with other meritorious deeds in Korea, foreigners with outstanding talent, etc.

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- He/she is to sustain a domicile in the Republic of Korea for at least five consecutive years - He/she is to be an adult under the Civil Act of the Republic of Korea


- His/her conduct is to be orderly - He/she is to be able to support himself/herself, relying on his/her own assets, ability or family he/she lives with - He/she is to have basic knowledge as a national of the Republic of Korea, such as

Korean

language

skills

and

understanding of Korean customs.

may be held in custody. In special cases, one may be deported from the country.

Foreigners who have never obtained

Foreigners who are departing after their

Korean nationality, have no family

permitted sojourn period can only depart by

relationship whatsoever with a Korean

going through a certain process designated

national, and have had a domicile address

by the immigration office. For foreigners

in Korea for more than 5 consecutive

permanently departing, they must return their

years are eligible to apply for general

alien registration card during the departure

naturalization.

inspection. Failure to return the card may

â&#x20AC;ť For more information on domestic

result in a fine. Foreigners who are denied

residence requirements, place of

departure may face restrictions in residence

application, and the conditions for

or scope of permitted activities. Those who

simple and special naturalization, etc.

have stayed in Korea past their permitted

and to download documents required

period of sojourn may face deportation or

for application for naturalization, refer to

criminal punishment. A foreigner who

www.hikorea.go.kr (Immigration/Stay>

receives a ban on departure may file an

Nationalization/ Naturalization).

appeal to the Ministry of Justice within 10 days of receiving the notification of the ban.

Departure Tips Any foreigner possessing an official passport

Electronic Civil Petition

can freely depart from Korea. But in order to

The Ministry of Justice provides online immigration services to enhance the convenience of foreigners. - For the list of civil services available, visit www.hikorea.go.kr - Information service is provided from 9 am to 10 pm in 20 languages, including Korean - Inquiries: Immigration Contact Center 82-1345 / 82-2-6908-1345~6

prevent illegal departure, all departing individuals must go through a verification process by the immigration office. If the immigration office identifies a fake passport holder or those who are investigated for criminal allegations, the person in question

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Quarantine

•Purpose of Quarantine •Quarantine Declaration •Quarantine of Travelers •Information on Animal and Plant Quarantine


Quarantine Purpose of Quarantine

travelers, animals and plants. - Travelers should check whether their

The advent of new infectious diseases like SARS,

destination country requires a quarantine

MERS and avian flu and the reemergence of old

certificate.

ones are posing a threat to global health. Also, the continuous increase in trade volume and

Quarantine of Travelers

cross-border travel is adding to the risk of transmission of infectious diseases to other

1. Vaccination

countries. To prevent infectious diseases from

Check with each countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vaccination

spreading into or out of the country, Korea has in

requirements for yellow fever, cholera,

place quarantine procedures and preventative

malaria and other major infectious diseases.

measures for passengers and cargo on board vessels, aircrafts, trains and automobiles.

1-1. Vaccination and Certificates - Incheon Airport National Quarantine Station (2106C) is located at the center of the terminal, next to the Millenium Hall in Area 5 on the 2nd floor. Vaccinations and certificates are available here. - Open weekdays (Mon.-Fri. 09:00-18:00); phone reservations are available.

Quarantine Declaration Quarantine Guide - At the quarantine office, quarantine certificates are issued for overseas

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1-2 . Vaccination Fee & Certificate Issuance Fee - Yellow Fever: 28,600 won, Cholera: 25,300 won (2 visits required), Certificate issuance: 1,000 won


Incheon International Airport Animal Quarantine Office

1-3. Websites and Contact Information

- Inside the airport’s CIQ, near baggage claim carousel number 5, 8, 15, 19

- Quarantine for Travelers: http://travelinfo.cdc.go.kr/travelinfo - Incheon Airport National Quarantine

Quarantine Conditions for Imported Companion Animals

Station (Reservation for vaccination): 82-32-740-2703 - Quarantine Help Desk: 82-32-740-2700, 2706

Information on Animal and Plant Quarantine

Required documents: Animal quarantine certificate issued by the exporting country’s authorities

1-2. Information Required on the Animal Quarantine Certificate •Microchip implant number: Importers of animals bearing microchips that are not

1. Import Quarantine

ISO11784/11785 compliant should prepare the appropriate microchip reader.

1-1. Animal Quarantine (Dogs, Cats and Other Traveling Pets)

•Test result on neutralizing antibody test to rabies (within 24 months from the sampling date, result should be 0.5IU/ml or higher), test

Persons entering with companion

date, name of testing laboratory

animals must go through animal

※ Animals younger than 90 days and

quarantine at the CIQ at Incheon

animals from a rabies free country

International Airport (by the Luggage

do not require a test result on

Claim)

neutralizing antibody test to rabies.

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•Certification of no history of Hendra virus

※ This is in accordance with OIE (World

and Nipah virus infection (for Malaysian

Organization

cats and dogs and Australian cats)

recommendations and is subject to

•Date of birth, quarantine certificate issuance number, government stamp of approval by exporting country, signature of veterinarian, etc.

for

Animal

Health)

change depending on animal disease outbreaks in the originating country. ※ Quarantined animals that pass the inspection test will be released on the day

※ Check for precise details at the time of

of quarantine, but the quarantine period will

entry as the above information is subject

be extended for animals that do not pass

to change.

the inspection, and the animal’s caretaker shall pay any additional costs incurred.

■ Quarantine Procedure

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1-3. Quarantine of Livestock Products and Plants •If a traveler is in possession of any plants (fruits, flowers, etc.) or livestock products (sausages, dried meat, processed meat, dairy products, or egg products), he / she must be inspected at a quarantine station. •Most fruits, fruit vegetables, root vegetables with soil attached, meat, ham, sausages, dried meat, etc. are restricted.

■ Quarantine Procedure

2. Export Quarantine 2-1. Animal Quarantine •If the destination country requests an animal quarantine certificate from Korea, the animal owner must receive quarantine from the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency and carry the animal quarantine certificate when leaving the country with the companion animal. - Export quarantine applicants must check the quarantine requirements of the destination country through the country’s animal quarantine agency, embassy in Korea, etc. •As the import of certain types of the companion animals is banned in some countries, applicants must check the relevant information in advance.

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•Quarantine

Service

at

Incheon

International Airport

- Animals shipped by cargo: 82-32-740-2678

- Animal and plant quarantine center (Inside entrance 7 on the 3rd floor of the airport terminal)

2-2. Quarantine of Livestock Products and Plants

•Required Documents - Certificate of rabies vaccination, physical

•If the destination country requires a

examination report and other documents

livestock products and plants quarantine

required by the destination country

certificate from Korea, the owner must

•Business Hours

receive quarantine from the Animal and

- Weekdays: 09:00-18:00

Plant Quarantine Agency and carry the

- Outside of business hours:

animal quarantine certificate when leaving

82-32-740-2660, 2661, 2671

the country with the livestock products and plants.

■ Quarantine Procedure

- Export quarantine applicants must check the quarantine requirements of the destination country through the country’s quarantine agency, embassy in Korea, etc. •As the import of certain types of livestock products and plants is banned in some countries, applicants must check the relevant information in advance.

•Contact Information - Hand-carried livestock products and plants:

82-32-740-2660, 2661

- Hand-carried plants:

82-32-740-2077

- Livestock products shipped by express cargo: •Contact Information - Animal export quarantine: 82-32-740-2660, 2661 - Quarantine for an extended period: 82-32-752-1271, 1272

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82-32-740-2673

- Plants shipped by cargo: 82-32-740-2074 - Livestock products shipped by express cargo:

82-32-740-2627


- Plants shipped by mail: 82-32-740-2088

3. Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency Information on animal diseases, plant pests and diseases, import and export of animals and plants and quarantine service for overseas travelers. - Plants shipped by express cargo:

www.qia.go.kr

82-32-740-2073 - Livestock products shipped by mail: 82-32-740-2683

â&#x2013; Contact Information Office

TEL

Address

(Animals) QIA Head Office

175, Aanyang-ro, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do

82-31-467-1994 (Plants) 82-31-250-9179

Incheon

(Animals)

International

Government agency bldg, 47, 424 beon-gil,

Airport Regional

Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon

Office Yeongnam Regional Office Jungbu Regional Office Seoul Regional Office

(Plants) 82-32-740-2077

8, Jungang-daero 30beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan

82-51-600-6250

129, Juan-ro, Nam-gu, Incheon

82-32-722-8237

46, Deungchon-ro 39ga-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul

82-2-2650-0617

Honam

3F Hongin bldg, 96, Munhwa-ro,

Regional Office

Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do

Jeju Regional Office

82-32-740-2660

4F Jeju Regional Government Complex, 59, Cheongsa-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

82-63-460-9430

82-64-728-5350

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Housing and Accommodation

•Types of Housing and Accommodation in Korea •Moving •Taking Care of Utility Bills and Making Arrangements to Have Mail Forwarded •Garbage Disposal and Recycling


Housing and Accommodation Types of Housing and Accommodation in Korea 1. Single Family Houses Like its name implies, single family houses are houses that are built for a single household on housing sites. In urban downtown areas, it is hard to come across single family houses. Itaewon, Ichon-dong and Pyeongchang-dong are some of the neighborhoods where many foreigners live in

convenience facilities like supermarkets, fitness

single family houses.

centers, barbershops and hair salons. Most apartment complexes are also often conveniently located near schools, afterschool academies and public transportation. Recently-constructed apartment units tend to come with a refrigerator and built-in wardrobes, but furniture and appliances need to be separately purchased in most cases.

3. Officetels 2. Apartments An officetel is a combination of the words The most popular type of housing in Korea, apartments often have within the complex basic

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“office”and“hotel” . It refers to buildings that are built for both


square meter, and tend to be offered for monthly rent-style rental rather than for sale or jeonse rental (paying a lump-sum deposit).

4. Studio Apartments Studio apartments are similar to officetels but only smaller in size. Also, the rent is more affordable than officetels so there are accommodation and business and they

many studio apartments near universities.

are usually equipped with a small kitchenette. The design resembles a hotel room, hence its name. Officetels are popular among lawyers, accountants, and tax

accountants

because

of

their

convenience as everything from business to living can be done in one building. These buildings, which offer units that combine the features of an office facility and a residential facility, are mostly located near a subway station and other public

5. Hanok

transportation. The disadvantage, however, is the neighborhood, which is usually crowded

Korea’s traditional residential building is

with offices and thronged with human traffic;

called a ‘hanok’; its design and structure

hence rather noisy and brightly lit with neon

allows its human residents to live in

lights all night long. Most officetel units are

harmony with nature. The hanok’s nature-

one-room or two-room units, more

friendliness can be seen in every aspect,

expensive than regular apartments per

from its interior structure to construction

Tips

In Korea, the official unit for measuring an area is m2. However, ‘pyeong’, a traditional Korean unit of measurement, is still widely used. One pyeong measures approximately 3.3 m2. Real estate prices vary depending on the type of housing, size, location, and other factors. In Seoul, apartment prices, jeonse (lump-sum deposit) prices and monthly rent in Gangnam-gu, Seocho-gu, Songpa-gu, and Yongsan-gu are higher compared to other districts in the city. •Real estate consulting for foreigners: INTRUFRIEND

82-2-793-2021

www.intrufriend.com

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you find one that you like, have your agent draft a rental agreement. Once you have signed the agreement, you pay the agent the brokerage fee and move in on the date agreed upon under the agreement.

Brokerage Fee In Korea, a licensed real estate agent, serving as the go-between for a purchase or rental agreement on a residential or commercial property, charges a brokerage fee based on the value of the transaction. Although there is some difference depending on the region, the difference is generally materials. Another feature of a hanok worth

quite negligible. Using the rate table for the City

noting is that it has a unique structure that

of Seoul below, you can fairly accurately

cools down the living space in the summer

estimate the brokerage fee you will be paying.

and warms it up in the winter. There are many recent examples of renovated hanoks that incorporate the convenience of modern housing while preserving the traditional aspects of hanok.

Tips for Renting an Apartment/ Officetel Unit Rental agreements are signed in Korea through the intermediary of a real estate agent. A safer way than entering into a rental agreement directly with the landlord is to use the service of a real estate agent. However,

Note

this involves a cost in the form of a brokerage fee (see the brokerage fee rate

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Residential property transaction-related information provided below is subject to change

table below). Ask a licensed real estate

with subsequent amendment of provincial or

agent in the neighborhood of your choice to

municipal ordinances following an amendment

show you apartments that fit your criteria. If

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Real Estate Brokerage Fee Schedule (applied from 2015) - Residential Properties Type of Transaction

Value of Transaction

Maximum Rate

Upper Limit

Less than 50 million won

0.6%

250,000 won

0.5%

800,000 won

0.4%

-

0.5%

new

50 million won or more, but less than 200 million won 200 million won or more, but less than 600 million won

Sale/ Exchange

600 million won or more, but less than 900 million won 900 million won or more Less than 50 million won 50 million won or more, but less than 100 million won Rental etc.

100 million won or more, but

(transactions other than sale or exchange)

less than 300 million won 600 million won or more, but less than 900 million won 900 million won or more

Rate set by the real estate

-

agent, not exceeding 0.9% 0.5%

200,000 won

0.4%

300,000 won

0.3%

-

0.4%

new

Rate set by the real estate agent, not exceeding 0.8%

-

Nonresidential Properties (land, commercial properties, officetels, etc.) Type of Transaction Sale/ exchange, rental, etc.

Maximum Brokerage Fee Rate Rate set by the real estate agent, not exceeding 0.9%

Determination of Transaction Value

Determination of Brokerage Fee Amount negotiated between the real estate agent and the customer below the maximum rate set by the former which should not exceed 0.9%.

Same as residential properties

※ Maximum brokerage fee = Transaction

won or more in transaction value,’and

value × Maximum brokerage fee rate

‘Sale, exchange or rental of properties

(The amount may not exceed the upper

other than residential properties’)

limit specified)

below the respective maximum rate

※ Real estate agents are required to set the maximum brokerage rate for each

under the law, and specify it in the above rate table.

of the three categories of transaction

※ The above real estate brokerage fee

‘Residential ( property sale/exchange

schedule was established by the

600 million won or more in transaction

Business Affairs of Licensed Real

value,’ ‘ Residential rental 300 million

Estate Agents and Report of Real

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Estate Transactions Act and the City of

•Somerset Palalce

Seoul’s ordinance on residential property

82-2-6730-8888

brokerage fees, etc.

www.somersetpalaceseoul.com [Eng] •Vabien

6. Residences

82-2-6399-0078 www.vabienseoul.com [Eng/Jap]

7. Hotels

Serviced residences are quite similar to officetels, but are fully-furnished and equipped. Each unit comes with an equipped kitchen, a washing machine and

For international visitors visiting Korea for a

basic furnishings. Shared amenities like the

short-term stay or needing assistance from

sauna, swimming pool and fitness center are

staff

available to residents, along with hotel-style

accommodation option is a hotel with

services. Costlier than living in an officetel,

foreign language service and a full set of

residences are, nevertheless, cheaper than

amenities. But, staying at a hotel is the

staying at a hotel; hence, quite popular as a

priciest option as well. For long-term guests,

long-term accommodation choice for

most hotels offer a discount. Ask your hotel

international visitors.

about long-term guest discounts.

speaking

English,

the

•Han Suites 82-2-2280-8000

Moving

www.hansuites.com [Eng] •Oakwood Premier

1. Moving within Korea

82-2-3466-7000 www.oakwoodseoul.com [Eng]

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Do It-Yourself Moving

best


Do-it-yourself moving is definitely a cheaper way of moving than paying a

Household Goods Moving and Storage Service

professional mover, and is ideal if you do

Moving and storage services come in

not have too much to move. The price for

handy when you need to store your

the rental of a moving van or truck varies

household goods due to a temporary

depending on the time, distance, the size

reassignment out of the town, overseas

of the vehicle and the rental company. If

business trip for a lengthy period,

you need no help with loading and

remodeling project or hiatus between two

unloading, rent your vehicle from a rent-a-

residences. The moving and storage

car company, rather than a moving

service costs twice the moving service, as

company, as it is most often slightly

the move takes place twice (from your

cheaper.

home to the storage, and from the storage to your home). The storage fee can be a

Door-to-Door Moving Service

daily or a monthly fee. For short-term

A door-to-door mover takes charge of the

storage, it is best to have the fee charged

entire process of a move, from packing

on a daily basis.

and transportation to unpacking. As the rate varies depending on the amount of

2. International Moving

household goods, it is best to ask for an estimate beforehand. Also, in most cases,

International moving takes time and

you need to make a reservation with a

organization. It is therefore best to choose

mover at least 15-30 days before the

a mover early and plan the process well

moving date. It is certainly a costlier way of

ahead of your planned relocation date.

moving than doing the move yourself.

The general procedure of international

Nowadays, many movers offer not only

moving is as follows:

unpacking, but also cleaning service. Arrangement for a Home Visit and Estimate Movers send their staff to your home to see the amount of household goods to be moved and provide an estimate. If the estimate seems reasonable, you notify the mover and give them the go-ahead.

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Packing and Inventory

Transportation and Cargo Loading

After sorting your household goods by type

The packed goods are then transported,

and packing them, the movers write up an

unless there is a special request from the

inventory list containing serial numbers and

customer, to a seaport or to an airport for

hand it over to you. When checking the

customs clearance. After the export permit is

inventory, make sure to see if you have

issued, the cargo is shipped to the

items that require extra-packaging, in a

destination according to the itinerary by plane

wooden crate for instance.

or ship, and the related documents are sent to the moving companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s branch at the port

Cargo Insurance

of destination. In this regard, it is advised to

When the packing part is completed, you

make inquires or requests before the cargo is

need to make sure that you are covered by

loaded.

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a cargo insurance which compensates you for any loss, theft or damage to your goods while in transit to the destination.

Taking Care of Utility Bills and Making Arrangements to Have Mail Forwarded Since there is usually a time lag of one month before you are billed, you will have to arrange with the next tenant or the landlord so that you can pay your portion of the bill the next month.

The telephone and internet services can be Before moving out of a house, you need to

transferred to your new residence. The post

pay the final utility bills. On the day of the

office forwards your mail to your new

move or the day before, call up the gas,

address for three months.

electricity and water companies to report the

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amount of consumption you see on the

For the phone numbers of utility companies

meter, and they will tell you the total amount

and other public service organizations, check

of money you owe.

the directory.

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Garbage Disposal and Recycling 1. Paper Paper waste should not be soiled or wet, and should be separated from plastic, aluminum or metal.

Newspapers Books, paper sheets, paper shopping bags, etc. Milk packages, beverage packages, paper cups

Newspapers should not be wet and must be piled flat into a pile about 30cm thick and tied with a string. - Should be free of laminated advertising flyers and other types of plastics and should not be soiled. - Laminated book or magazine covers and metal or plastic notebook springs are not recycled or re-used. After emptying beverage packages, they must be rinsed with water and crushed. They may be placed inside a bag or nested inside another packages in piles of 5-6, or be flattened, and dried. All tapes and metal pins should be removed from boxes,

Boxes

and they must be flattened and piled into a form easy to pick up.

2. Plastic

Containers should be completely emptied of content, and any lids Containers and packaging materials

in another material (or aluminum foil or wrap, etc) or labels

made of PET, PVC, PP, PS, PE, PSP

attached must be removed. Make the bundle as compact as possible for easy recycling.

Styrofoam buffers - Packaging synthetic foam resin used as buffer for electronics - Styrene foam used in packaging farm produces and dairy products

- Foam resin buffers in the packaging of refrigerators, washing machines, TV sets, air conditioners, audio equipment, personal computers, cell phone handsets should be returned to the store where they were bought. - Buffers should be clean and label-free. - Do not recycle heavily-soiled styrofoam or foam styrene coated with another material.

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3. Glass Bottles

- Remove plastic or aluminum bottle caps. - Completely empty the bottles and rinse with water. Sort them by color into clear, blue, green and brown glasses. - Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put cigarette butts or other waste inside bottles. â&#x20AC;ť Empty beer bottles, soju bottles and soda bottles can be returned to the store for refund of the container deposit.

4. Cans Tin, steel or aluminum cans (for food) Other cans (butane gas cans, pesticide cans)

- The cans should be completely emptied and rinsed in water before recycling. - Remove outer or inner plastic lids. - Never put cigarette butts or other waste inside the can. Pierce a hole to empty the content before recycling.

5. Steel Scraps - Place them inside a paper or plastic bag or bundle and tie them with a string to keep them separate from other types of waste. - Metal items heavily mixed with plastic and other materials are not suitable for recycling as steel scrap.

6. Clothes - No mixed material items like carpets, leather bags, shoes or diaper pants. - Remove and save buttons and zippers that can be re-used.

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- Put them in a hemp sack to prevent them from getting wet and make a bundle about 30cm thick.

7. Fluorescent Tubes - Sort and recycle only unbroken tubes.

Tips

Useful smartphone apps for daily living

Laundry Collection & Delivery • Clean Basket: Laundry collection and delivery service 82-70-7552-1385 Operating hours: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Taxi Service Apps • Kakao taxi

www.kakao.com/kakaotaxi

• T map taxi

www.tmap.co.kr

• T-Money taxi

www.t-money.co.kr

Food Delivery Apps • Baedal Minjok • Yogiyo

www.baemin.com • Baedal Tong

www.yogiyo.co.kr

www.bdtong.co.kr

• McDonalds McDelivery App

www.mcdelivery.co.kr/kr

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Education

•Foreign Schools •Libraries & Bookstores


Education Foreign Schools

from 100 to as many as 1,500. The tuition ranges from USďź&#x201E; 15,000 to 25,000 annually. Other expenses such as the school bus fee, textbook costs and extracurricular activity costs must also be considered.

Admission criteria vary depending on the school, and laws and regulations related to international schools change frequently. As of May, 2015, there are 56 international

Therefore, it is best to directly inquire with

schools in Korea: 21 in Seoul, 7 in

the school to obtain exact and up-to-date

Gyeonggi-do, 6 in Busan, 4 in Jeju Island,

information.

and the rest in other provinces or cities. For the list of international schools in Korea English is the main language in most

and their contact information, see the

international schools in Korea, and U.S.-

directory.

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style curricula are taught. Students planning to continue their studies in a Korean university need to earn additional credits in Korean and Korean history. However, the

Libraries & Bookstores

standard curriculum suffices for those

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planning to complete their higher education

The National Library of Korea, located in

abroad. You must check if there is an

Sogong-dong, is the first modern library of

authorized education program for entering

Korea. It is also the library boasting the

college.

nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest holdings of foreign language

The number of students enrolled varies widely,

books. Libraries like the National Assembly

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cultural backgrounds. It is a place where you can find books in 10 different languages. The library also offers various cultural events. The Shindang Library in Jung-gu, Seoul is also equipped with a book collection that is geared towards multicultural families.

To consult or borrow books from libraries, Library of Korea, Supreme Court Library

you will need a library card. Bring a photo

and the annex library to the Office of

ID (alien registration card) and ask the

Education also hold foreign language

library staff to make one for you. Note that

books as well.

some libraries do not lend certain materials. Patrons can check in their coat

Nowadays, even small public libraries and

or bag at the reception desk.

district libraries have a decent-sized collection of foreign language books.

For the list of libraries with a collection of

University libraries are also convenient

foreign language books and their contact

sources of foreign-language books for

information, refer to the directory.

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international residents. The Namsan Public Library inside Namsan Park provides a small foreign language book section. The

Tips

park offers a sweeping view of downtown

Paju Book City is not far from

Seoul, and makes for a nice stroll as well.

Seoul, at a distance of one hour’s

Meanwhile,

Pyeongnae

Library

in

drive. A library named “Forest of Wisdom (Book Cafe)” carries more than 150,000

Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do is a public

donated books, and also has a foreign

library for people who come from different

language books corner. The

Jijihyang

Guesthouse

is

an

accommodation facility with a spacious resting area and a wide collection of books. 82-31-955-0082 (Forest of Wisdom) 82-31-955-0090 (Guesthouse Hotel Jijihyang) www.pajubookcity.org

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Transportation

•Using a Transportation Card •Types of Public Transportation •Driving (Getting a Driver’s License) •Purchasing and Registering a Vehicle •Auto Insurance •Car Rental •Tips for Driving in Korea


Transportation Using a Transportation Card 1. T-Money Transit Smart Card (Prepaid Transportation Card)

public transportation fare, can be purchased and recharged at more than 30,000 vendors across the country including subway stations and convenience stores.

1-1. T-Money Cards Accepted Nationwide

In addition to bus and subway fares, the card can be used to pay train fare, taxi fare, inter-city bus fare and highway tollgate fee.

Nationwide T-money cards, used to pay

Card type T-money

Accessory-type T-money

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Also, the card can be used at convenience


stores, bakeries and fast food joints. For a

halls and restaurants in Seoul so be sure

list of T-money affiliated stores and shops,

to make the most of it during your trip.

visit the T-money card website

www.

t-money.co.kr (Korean only). In addition to

1-3. M-Pass - A Public Transport

the standard card form, the T-money card

Season Ticket for Foreigners

comes in various forms such as key chains and cell phone charms.

The M-Pass card, introduced in December 2011, is a public transportation card

The T-money transportation card is sold in

designed for foreign visitors that allows

various types, including the regular type,

card holders to take up to 20 rides a day

accessory type, smartphone USIM type, etc.

on the Seoul subway system, the Airport Railroad Express, the Incheon subway

1-2. CITYPASS+

system and the Seoul metropolitan area bus system. Foreigners can purchase and

The CITYPASS+ card, which bears

return M-Pass cards at the Seoul Travel

instructions on how to use the card in

Information Center located in the Incheon

English, Chinese and Japanese, is a

International Airport, Seoul Global Culture

T-money card with extra benefits for

and Tourism Center (Myeong-dong), and

tourists and can be used in Seoul and

Gangnam Tourist Information Center

other parts of the country. The card

(Gangnam). Also, the card can be topped

comes with discount coupons that can be

up with cash to pay taxi fares or purchase

used at tourist attractions, performance

goods at T-money affiliated stores.

CITYPASS+

M-PASS Face

Back

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※ To use the card to pay fares for buses,

How to use the card The card can be used on Seoul’s subway

airport limousine buses or taxis, add

lines 1 to 9, the Incheon subway system, the

money to the card and use its T-money

Airport Railroad Express and buses in the

functions. An amount from 1,000 won to

greater Seoul area (Shinbundang Line, AREX

90,000 won can be charged on the card

Express Trains, inter-city express buses are

at a time, and the maximum amount that

not included).

can be charged is 500,000 won.

Card Types Period

1 Day Pass

2 Day Pass

3 Day Pass

5 Day Pass

7 Day Pass

Fare

10,000 won

18,000 won

25,500 won

42,500 won

59,500 won

※A deposit of 5,000 won is required to

※From the date the pass is issued, the

purchase the card. When the card is

expiration time is 24:00 (midnight) of the

returned, a transaction fee of 500 won is

expiration date.

deducted and 4,500 won will be refunded.

Purchase and Refund Purchase

07:00-22:00 07:00-22:00

Tourist Information Centers located next to exit 5 and 10 on 1F of Incheon International Airport (

82-32-743-3270/3272)

Seoul Global Culture and Tourism Center (Myeongdong) (

Refund 22:00-07:00

82-2-3789-7961)

GS25 convenience store across exit number 10 on 1F of Incheon International Airport

Discount Coupons •N Seoul Tower (10% off)

•Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (10% off)

•Jeongdong Theater (10% off)

•Dragon Hill Spa (2,000 won off)

•Lotte World (10% off) •Sachoom Dance Musical (20% off)

•Myeongdong Hanjeungmak (30% off) •Myeonddong modpop (Basic Course 20% off+Meal Voucher)

2. Postpaid Transportation Card

public transportation fare afterward with a credit card. A credit card can be used as a

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Unlike the T-money card that has to be

postpaid transportation card if the postpaid

topped up beforehand, you can pay your

transportation card function is added.

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The T-money card may be a better choice, however, for foreign visitors without a credit card issued by a Korean bank.

Types of Public Transportation 1. Subway transportation card. At the end of the transit, enter the single-trip card into a transportation card vending machine at your destination station for refund of the deposit.

As of June 27, 2015, the base fare of Seoul, Gyeonggi, and Incheon subways has been raised by 200 won from 1,050 Subway systems are available in Korea, in

won to 1,250 won. An early morning fare

Seoul and the metropolitan area, Busan,

scheme offering a discount of 20 percent

Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. The fare

for the first train of the day until 6:30 am is

system is the same for all of these subway

applied to the metropolitan subway and

systems (purchase ticket → place the

Incheon subway (discount does not apply

ticket on the reader → board/disembark

to bus-subway transfers). Senior citizens

subway → place the ticket on the reader)

aged 65 or older are entitled to free rides,

except for the single trip ticket whose

and the benefits apply to foreigners with

price varies somewhat.

permanent residency as well.

Buying a Subway Ticket

•Busan: Regular tickets and multi-ride

•Seoul Metropolitan Area:

cards

Single-trip cards

Tickets may be purchased at a vending

[Single-trip card] Choose your destination

machine within a subway station for both

at a transportation card vending/top-up

regular tickets and multi-ride cards.

machine and enter the fare plus a deposit

Regular tickets can be for a one way trip

(500

or a round trip. The fare varying depending

won)

to

get

a

single-trip

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2. City Bus 2-1. Types of Buses (Seoul) City buses currently circulating in Seoul are new models launched in July 2004. Bus stops now match the color of the bus, making it easier to spot the stop for the right bus. on the destination, travelers must choose a line from the map at the top or a section

Blue (Trunk Route) Buses

from the right-hand side. Multi-ride cards are available for one day, seven days or one month validity.

•Gwangju: Single-trip tickets Single-trip tickets have no expiry date and

Blue buses are long-distance trunk-line buses

may be used for all rides made within two

serving areas within the City of Seoul.

hours from the time of initial validation. Green (Branch Route) Buses •Daegu and Daejeon: Single-trip tokenstyle tickets

Tips •To switch subway lines, follow the transfer sign, indicating the line number. •If you go farther than your original destination, the fare may increase. In this

These branch-line buses provide linkage to subway stops and serve areas within a neighborhood.

case, you can pay the extra fare through a ticket vending machine or pay directly to a

Yellow (Circular Route) Buses

subway staffer. •Transfer discounts given when switching to another public transport system are not available for travelers using a single-trip card. •No deposit (500 won) is required when purchasing a subway ticket in places other than Seoul.

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Linking areas on the outskirts of the city,


yellow buses meet diverse transportation demands in the City of Seoul. Red (Wide Area) Buses passengers are allowed on this bus. Inter-City Express Bus

These express buses ensure connection between Seoul and its surrounding cities in the metropolitan area. These long distance express buses were M Bus

specifically

designed

to

connect

The M Bus is an express bus system that

metropolitan areas with nearby satellite

serves a smaller number of stops

cities. No standing passengers are

compared to other buses. No standing

allowed on this bus.

2-2. Bus Fares in Major Cities as of June 27, 2015 (Unit: won) Type City bus City Express Bus M Bus Inter-City Express Bus

Payment method

Seoul

Gyeonggi

Incheon

Daejeon

Daegu

Busan

Ulsan

Gwangju

Card

1,200

1,250

1,250

1,250

1,100

1,200

1,140

1,100

Cash

1,300

1,300

1,300

1,400

1,200

1,300

1,200

1,200

Card

2,300

2,050

1,650

-

1,450

1,700

1,500

1,700

Cash

2,400

2,100

2,400

-

1,600

1,800

1,700

1,800

Card

2,400

2,400

2,600

-

-

-

-

-

Cash

2,500

2,500

2,900

-

-

-

-

-

Card

2,300

2,400

1,650

-

-

-

1,880

-

Cash

2,400

2,500

2,400

-

-

-

2,100

-

※ Bus fare increase (in force as of June

excluding the late-night bus from the

27, 2015): Blue/Green bus fare-1,200

first departure until 6:30 am, for a single

won, Late-night bus fare-2,150 won, Local bus fare-900 won ※ In Seoul, a 20 percent morning discount is applied to all buses

ride using a card. ※ Seoul metropolitan city late-night bus operation: From midnight to 4 am (from the point of departure)

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※ In Gyeonggi-do, an early morning fare system that offers a fixed rate discount of up to 400 won from the base fare is applied to the inter-city express bus from the first departure until 6:30 am, for single rides paid with a transportation card. ※ National bus transportation association

www.bus.or.kr

Eligible travelers

Travelers using a T-money card or a postpaid transportation card

Maximum time between two rides

Free transfer within 30 minutes of unboarding (up to I hour between 21:00 and 7:00)

Number of transfers

Up to four transfers (up to five different transportation means)

Eligible travelers

Travelers using a T-money card, Hanaro card, Mybi card, Cashbee card or a postpaid transportation card

Maximum time between two rides

Free transfer within 30 minutes of unboarding

Seoul Metropolitan Area

•May be used for changing means of transportation up to 3 times •Free transfer system: Busan Metropolitan City will implement a Busan

free public transport transfer system from July 1, 2015 in order Number of transfers

to promote the use of public transport and to lessen the economic burden on citizens using the public transportation system. - Implementation date: From the first departure made on July 1, 2015 - Applicable transportations: Busan Metropolitan City intra-city bus, urban railway, local bus

Daejeon

Eligible travelers

Travelers using a transportation card

Fare discounts

Subway (section 1) and community shuttle: Transfer discount Subway (section 1) and city bus: Free transfer

Maximum time between two rides

Free transfer within 30 minutes of unboarding (60 minutes after unboarding for transportations with service interval of 16 minutes or longer)

Number of transfers

Up to three transfers (only one transfer to the subway)

Eligible travelers

Travelers using prepaid card affiliated with the Hanpay card, Mybi card or the Gwangju bank, and travelers with a credit card with a transportation card function.

Gwangju Applicable transfer type

Transfer between the subway (section 1) and city bus

Maximum time between two rides

Free transfer within 30 minutes of unboarding (no limit in the number of transfers)

Eligible travelers

Travelers using pre-paid cards such as the TopPass card and Daegyeong transportation card, and travelers with a post-paid card such as the KB Card, BC Card, Sinhan Card, Samsung Card and KEB Hana Card

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Applicable transfer types

Between the subway, Daegu city bus and Gyeongsan city bus (except buses serving Yeongcheon, Goryeong and Seongju)

Maximum time between two rides

Free transfer within 30 minutes of unboarding

Number of transfers

Up to two transfers (up to three transportation means)

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A Simplified Transit Fare System for the Seoul Metropolitan Area

Tips

How to pay for multiple passengers

Under this simplified transit fare system

You can pay for more than one person with

for the capital area (Seoul Metropolitan

your T-money card when you go on a bus ride.

City, Gyeonggi-do, Incheon Metropolitan

Just tell the bus driver the number of people

City), travelers no longer pay separately

you will be paying for with your transportation card before you use the reader. Remember, if

for each ride with different transport

you transit onto another bus, you must pay for

means, from the subway to city buses

the same number of passengers as your first

and community buses. Regardless of

trip for the transit discount to apply. Note that

transportation system and the number of

you cannot pay for multiple people on the

transfers made between the systems,

subway.

travelers always pay for the total distance traveled, as long as they use a

※ On Jul 16, 2014, a‘no-standing’

transportation card. This represents

policy was imposed on inter-city

significant savings for most.

express buses (including airport limousines) in the Seoul metropolitan

Transfer Trips (Distance-Metered Fare) In this fare scheme for trips involving

area.

3. Taxi

multiple transfers between different transportation systems, a basic fee is

International Taxi

charged, based on the transportation

Seoul city-designated taxi service for

means with the highest basic fee, and if

international residents of Seoul or

the total distance traveled exceeds the

international visitors to Seoul.

distance listed below, an extra fare of 100 won is charged for every 5km in excess.

※ Transfer trip discounts do not apply to transfers within the same bus route or two successive subway rides. ※ No discount for regional transit buses (including airport bus) or Incheon International Airport Railway trips.

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Reservation

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 82-1644-2255 or visiting the International Taxi website at www.intltaxi.co.kr Cabs on stand-by, if available, are sent to customers without a reservation.

Fare

Section-based, metered or rental rates depending on the case

Types

Mid-size taxi, Deluxe taxi: Up to 5 passengers / Jumbo-size taxi: 6-9 passengers - The selection and training of drivers as well as the fare schedule and the operation of the call center are managed directly by the Seoul city government. - Drivers and call center staff trained and tested for proficiency in major languages.

Why

- Information service providing tips to international residents on living in Seoul,

International Taxi?

including how to use the airports, touring Seoul and doing business in Korea. - Flat rates for trips between the Incheon International Airport and designated areas of Seoul. - Information desks and pick-up locations at the Incheon International Airport and the Gimpo Airport. - Major credit cards (Visa, Master, JCB, Amex) and T-money card accepted.

Deluxe Taxi

si (city) and gun (district) levels, and an

These black taxi cabs with a yellow stripe,

additional call charge of 1,000 won may be

while more comfortable and providing better

imposed.

services than regular taxis, are slightly more expensive.

Kakao Taxi Available for convenient use anywhere in

Regular Taxi

Korea, even if you do not have a call taxi

Many of them have a silver body with white

number or find it difficult to explain your

or blue stripes, but many of the newer taxis

location at an unfamiliar place. The fare is

are orange with a white stripe. The basic

the same as a regular taxi fare, and there is

charge is 3,000 won in Seoul. A 20 percent

no call charge.

night time surcharge is applied to the basic

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Call Taxi These taxis can be dispatched by phone, which is very convenient if you are in an area

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departure and arrival> Call

4. Express Bus

with few taxis or when it is late at night. They

Express buses, which are less pricey than

are identical to regular taxis in appearance,

the KTX, are good alternatives for a long-

and the fare is the same as well. The fare is

distance trip. There are two types of express

the same as a regular taxi fare; an intercity

buses: regular express bus and deluxe

fare is applied once the taxi travels out of the

express bus. Deluxe express buses seat less

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as it varies depending on the destination. Gyeongbu and Yeongdong line buses depart from the Seoul Express Bus Terminal, and Honam line buses, bound for Gwangju or Jeonju, depart from the Central City Terminal. Most buses bound for places in eastern Korea, like Gangwondo cities, depart from the East Seoul Express Bus Terminal, and many Chungcheongdo-bound buses from the South Seoul Terminal. passengers than the regular ones. The seats are wider and more comfortable and the buses are equipped with a satellite TV screen.

Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line, Yeongdong Line) 194, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (Subway Lines 3, 7 & 9, Express Bus

Tickets may be purchased in advance,

Terminal station)

online at the express bus ticketing

82-1688-4700

website. Check the terminal beforehand,

www.exterminal.co.kr

â&#x2013; Main Routes Gyeonggi-do Gangwon-do Chungcheong-do

Yongin, Icheon, Yeoju, Pyeongtaek, Anseong Gangneung, Donghae, Samchok, Sokcho, Yangyang, Wonju (Hoengseong) Cheonan, Asan (Onyang), Jochiwon, Geumsan, Sejong city, Cheongju, Gongju, Government Complex-Daejeon Busan (Seobusan), Daegu, Sangju, Gimcheon, Gumi (Hwanggan),

Gyeongsang-do

Yeongcheon, Gyeongju, Pohang, Ulsan, Gimhae, Jeomchon, Jinju, Masan, Changwon, Tongyeong, Sunsan, Ginseng land

Central City Bus Terminal (Honam Line) 176, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul

82-2-6282-0114

(Subway Lines 3 & 7, Express Bus

www.hticket.co.kr

Terminal station)

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â&#x2013; Main Routes

Gangjin, Goheung, Gokseong, Gwangju, Gimje, Naju, Namwon, Nokdong, Neungju, Damyang, Mokpo, Muan, Beolgyo, Boseong, Bongdong, Buan, Samho, Sunchang, Ancheon, Aetongri, Yeosu, Jeolla-do

Yeocheon, Yeonggwang, Yeongsanpo, Yeongam, Okgwa, Wando, Wanju, Iksan, Jangseong, Jangheung, Jeonbuk Gwangjin, Jeonbuk Hyeoksin, Jeonju, Jeongeup, Jido, Jindo, Hampyeong, Haenam, Haejae, Local Government Officials Development Institute, Hwasun, Heojin

Goesan, Gunsan, Gijisi, Kkotji, Naju, Namwon, Naepo, Nonsan, Dangjin, Deoksan Spa, Munjang, Boryeong (Daecheon), Boeun, Hongseong, Chungcheong-do

Heungdeok, Bukcheongju, Seosan, Songnisan, Anmyeondo, Yeonmudae, Yesan, Uncheon, Yuseong, Jeongsan, Jeongan Resting Stop, Jeungpyeong, Cheongyang, Cheongju International Airport, Taean

Gyeongsang-do Gangwon-do

Andong, Yeongju, Yecheon, Onjeong, Uljin, Punggi Sincheorwon, Cheorwon, Yeongwol, Chuncheon, Pocheon, Hongcheon

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second fastest train, with 4 hours and 30

There are three types of trains varying in

minutes, and next is Mugunghwa, which

speed: KTX, Saemaeul and Mugunghwa.

takes 5 hours and 30 minutes. Timetables,

KTX trains are currently the fastest, with the

routes and stations and fare information may

travel time between Seoul and Busan about

be checked online at the KORAIL website

2 hours and 50 minutes. The Samaeul is the

(

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www.korail.com).


■ Ticket Reservation and Return www.letskorail.com website, Korail Talk (application), ticket Ticket reservation

machine, station (excluding subway stations), authorized ticket retail store, Internet or railroad customer center

82-1544-7788, 82-

1544-8545 / English Service 82-1599-7777 Tickets can be reserved and purchased from one month before date Reservation period

of departure up to 20 minutes before the train departure time (five minutes before train departure time when using Korail Talk). - Payments may be made with credit card, reward points, and cash/ credit transfer (only when using the website)

Payment/ Ticket issuance

- Monthly credit card installment plan may be used for payments of 50,000 won or more. - After payment is made, the ticket can be issued through a smartphone, self-printing (home ticket) or SMS.

A ticket can be returned through the Korail website (home ticket, SMS ticket, smartphone ticket) or Korail Talk (smartphone ticket) before the time of departure stated on the ticket. - If the train departure time has passed, the ticket must be returned at a station. - A ticket cannot be returned after the train has arrived at the arrival Ticket return

station stated on the ticket. - When a purchased ticket is returned, a return fee will be charged based on the time of return. - Returning a ticket through the automated reply system (

82-1544-1188) is not the same as requesting a return by

calling the Korail customer center representative. - Standard station counter fee is charged when returning a ticket by calling the customer center.

Checking the Ticket After purchasing the ticket, check the

(date and time of departure, departure and

ticket to make sure all the information on it

arrival stations, etc.) are correct. ❶ Departure station ❷ Arrival station ❸ Time of departure ❹ Time of arrival ❺ Type of train ❻ Train No. (Odd numbers-southbound, even numbersnorthbound) ❼ Coach No. ❽ Ticket issuer ❾ Ticket refund No. Amount paid Seat No. Transportation

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Boarding The train information is displayed on the LED board screen, 15 minutes before the departure time (trains for which boarding has already begun have a blinking red light at the upper right corner). Enter the boarding area beyond the gate and go to the platform indicated on the LED board screen to board the train.

Tips

Incheon Airport Railroad Express AREX

•Express Train Route: Seoul Station 82-1599-7788

Incheon International Airport (Non- stop) www.arex.or.kr

Route and Fare Duration 43 minutes

First Train / Last Train

Discounted One-way Fares

Bound for Incheon International Airport

05:20 / 21:40

Adults 8,000 won

Bound for Seoul Station

06:00 / 22:00

Children 6,900 won

Seoul Station City Airport Terminal - Location: AREX Seoul Station B2 - Services: Flight and baggage check-in services, immigration check (for travelers boarding international flights at Incheon Int’l Airport on the same day) - Operating hours: Flight check-in (Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, and Jeju Airlines), baggage check-in 05:20-19:00 (The boarding procedure must be completed three hours prior to the time of departure.) - Departure immigration check: 07:00-19:00 ※ Passengers that don’t use the services at Seoul Station City Airport Terminal can also take the express train. 82-1599-7788 City Airport Services - Flight Check-in: 1st Floor - Check-in service hours: National carriers 05:20-18:30 Jeju Air, Foreign airlines 05:10-18:30

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Airlines available for Check-in at City Airport: Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Jeju Air, Thai Airways, Air Canada, Philippine Airlines, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines - Departure immigration check: 2nd Floor - Service hours: 06:00-18:30 - Required Papers: Boarding Pass, passport 82-2-551-0077~8

www.calt.co.kr

Driving (Getting a Driver s License) 1. Converting a Foreign Driver’s License to a Korean License A driver’ s license issued by an

with Korea at the website of the Road

appropriately-empowered foreign authority

Traffic Authority Driver’s License

may be exchanged for a Korean driver’s

Examination Office.

license, by providing required documents

http://dl.koroad.or.kr

including a certificate from the embassy of your home country and after undergoing a

Only unexpired full licenses may be

physical exam and taking a written test.

exchanged. Temporary licenses, learner’ s

※ To check if you need to take a written

licenses, provisional licenses, probationary

test, see the List of Countries Having a

licenses or driving permits or certificates

Reciprocal Driver’ s License Agreement

are not acceptable for exchange.

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Documents Required

Fees

1. Foreign driving license (The foreign driver’ s license is surrendered at the time of receiving a Korean license. The foreign driver’ s license will be returned when the license holder submits his/her passport and plane ticket before leaving the country.) 2. A certificate in Korean or English, issued by your country’ s embassy in Korea or by the Korean embassy in the license issuing country, proving the authenticity of the license ※The certificate from an embassy does not have to be notarized. ※If the driver’s license or certificate does not contain the date of issuance and a date of expiration, provide a driving record or an equivalent document with the date of issuance and the date of expiration. 3. An entry/exit record issued by the immigration authority and the passport ※The entry/exit record and the stamps on the passport should show that you stayed in the license-issuing country for at least 90 days. 4. ID card ※Korean citizens: ID Card, passport or any other valid, government-issued identification document (Korean citizens here refer to those who are registered as residents pursuant to Article 6 of the Resident Registration Act) ※Foreign nationals: Passport and Alien Registration Card ※Overseas Koreans: Passport and Domestic Residence Report Card ※Foreign nationals who are not registered as an alien resident and are in Korea for less than 90 days cannot exchange their foreign license for a Korean license (They are, however, allowed to take the regular driver’ s test including the road test.) 5. 3 color photos (for the size of the photo and other details, see the Road Traffic Authority Driver’ s License Examination Office’s website) 1. Foreigners, foreign citizenship holders of countries that recognize the Korean driver’ s license: 12,500 won 2. Foreigners, foreign citizenship holders of countries that do not recognize the Korean driver’s license: 20,000 won •Foreign driver’s license is exchanged only for a class-2 regular license. •Foreign driver’s licenses issued in countries having a reciprocity agreement with Korea (Belgium, Poland, Spain and Italy) may be exchanged for licenses of the same class and type. •License exchange applications must be submitted personally by applicants Countries Having a Reciprocal Driver’s License Agreement with Korea (National Police Agency Notice, May 15, 2015)

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- Visit the website of the Road Traffic Authority Driver’ s License Examination Office. 1. Countries where Korean licenses are exchanged for local ones without requiring test-taking. 2. Regions with an independent driving license system such as Hong Kong, Taiwan are considered countries for the purpose of driver’ s license conversion. 3. If, after the enactment of this Notice, Korean licenses are newly recognized or no longer recognized in a country, and if the Korean police is notified of such change, the recognition of licenses of this country in Korea will be based on this updated rule. •Licenses from countries with a reciprocity agreement with Korea: Physical examination only •Licenses from countries without a reciprocity agreement with Korea: A physical examination and a written test (20 multiple choice questions) in Korean, English, Chinese or Russian •Licenses from countries without a reciprocity agreement with in Korea: A physical examination and written test (40 multiple choice questions) in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Russian, Indonesian, Mongolian, Cambodian, Filipino (Tagalog) •A written test is administered for applicants with a license from the states of Oregon and Idaho (U.S.) although there is a reciprocity agreement with Korea. Drivers whose Korean driving license was cancelled in the past must receive 6 hours of traffic safety education - Visit the website of the Road Traffic Authority Driver’ s License Examination Office.

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2. International Driver’s License International driver’s license issued by a signatory of the Geneva Convention may be used for one year in Korea from the date of entry. From January 1, 2002, international driver’s license issued by a signatory of the Vienna Convention have also been allowed, and may also be used for one year from the date of entry.

※ KOROAD Driver’s License Call Center: 82-1577-1120, 82-2-2230-6114 www.koroad.or.kr/en_web/index.do

3. Exchanging a Foreign Driver’s License to a Korean One

Required documents (D-8, F-3 holders)

D-8 visa holder

1. Foreign driver’s license A Korean driver’s license cannot be issued if the period of validity on the original foreign driver’s license has expired. 2. Certificate of Entry and Exit and original passport (The license issuance date or renewal date should be stated.) ※ The Certificate of Entry and Exit may also be issued at KOTRA’s ICC (Processing fee: 2,000 won) ※ For licenses issued from a third country, license holders must provide proof that he/she has stayed in the country of issuance for 90 days or longer. 3. Alien registration card or domicile registration card ※ Short-term residents of less than 90 days are not eligible for the license exchange service, but may obtain a Korean license by taking a written test. 4.Certificate from home country’s embassy or and apostille proving the authenticity of the applicant’s foreign driver’s license - Certificates issued by an embassy are valid for one year from the date of issuance. In the case that the period of validity stated on the certificate is less than one year, the stated period shall be applied. - The apostille shall be valid until the date designated by the Lottery. ※ As the embassies of the U.S., U.K., Russia, Finland, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong do not issue a certificate, applicants from these countries should submit an apostille. ※ The certification from an embassy or an apostille needs to be in Korean or English to be considered valid. 5. Three color photos (3cm x 4cm) Identification photo taken within the past six months 6. Physical exam report KOTRA’s ICC does not provide physical exams. Please visit a designated hospital for a physical exam and submit the report. 7. License issuance fee: 7,500 won

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For D-8 visa holders and their accompany -ing family members Fees

Others

①~⑦ and the original copy of the visa holder’s certificate of alien registration ※ ‛Accompanying family members’refers to the spouse and unmarried children (aged 18) of D-8 visa holders. ※ The Certificate of Alien Registration can be issued at KOTRA’s ICC (Handling fee: 2,000 won) Physical exam (varies according to hospital), license issuance fee (7,500 won) Korean license issued in exchange for a foreign license is limited to the Type 2 regular license ※ Exception or proxy registration is not allowed for citizens from countries with a reciprocity agreement with Korea-the foreign license will be collected ※ The foreign license will be returned when departing from Korea (the license holder must visit in person within three years)

4. Foreigners Without a Driver's License from Their Home Country

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The same procedure for obtaining a new

foreigners who have not obtained a

driver’s license for local Koreans applies to

license from their home country.

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■ License Acquisition Procedure

※ For more infomation, visit the Road Traffic Authority website or contact the Customer Center •KOROAD Driver’s License Call Center: 82-1577-1120, 82-2-2230-6114

www.koroad.or.kr/en_web/index.do

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Purchasing and Registering a Vehicle When purchasing a vehicle in Korea,

Required Documents for the

foreigners must submit a foreigner

Registration of a New Vehicle

registration certificate that states their place

- Application for registration

of residence.

- One copy of vehicle manufacture certificate (for newly manufactured vehicles) or one

1. Documents Required for Registering a New Vehicle

copy of import declaration certificate (for imported cars) - Certificate of valid liability insurance

•Certificate of residency •Certification of domicile

- Temporary driving permit and number plates (front and back plates)

•Certificate of seal impression for foreigners

- Registration tax receipt

•Korean driver’s license

- Alien registration card, certificate of

•Personal seal

domicile registration

•Copy of company sponsored health insurance (Proof of income) ※ Foreigners must have resided in Korea for at least two years ※ Foreigners who hold F-4 or F-5 visas are eligible for monthly installment plans when purchasing a vehicle.

Documents Required for Car Disposal - Application form for cancellation of vehicle registration - Certificate of vehicle registration - Receipt of vehicle (issued by auto junkyard) or confirmation of theft report (when vehicle is stolen)

2. Registering a Vehicle

- License plates (front and back plates) and

A new vehicle should be registered upon

- Alien registration card, certificate of

seal

purchase. On request, a car manufacturer or dealership can handle vehicle registration. Failure to register the vehicle will result in

domicile registration ※ Deadline for Cancellation of Vehicle Registration

imprisonment for up to two years or a fine

The deadline for cancellation of vehicle

up to five million won.

registration is one month from the date of vehicle disposal, and failure to cancel

Where to Register: The vehicle

registration within this period will result in a

registration department of the Si/Gun/Gu

fine.

office.

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Periodic Vehicle Inspection

•MG non-life Insurance

Periodic motor vehicle inspections are

82-1588-5959

performed in order to ensure that vehicles

www.mgcar-direct.com

are operating safely. Vehicles must

•KB Insurance

undergo inspection within a two month

82-1544-0800

period starting from one month before the

82-1544-4357 (Foreign)

inspection expiration date to one month

www.kbinsure.co.kr •Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance

after the date. - Required documents: Vehicle registration

82-1588-5114

certificate, certificate of vehicle liability

82-2-2119-2000

insurance

www.samsungfire.com

- Location: Korea Transportation Safety Authority (

82-1577-0990) vehicle

inspection station or auto repair shop

•Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance 82-1588-5656 www.hi.co.kr •Hanhwa General Insurance

※ Visit Seoul Global Center Website (

82-1566-8000

http:// global.seoul.go.kr) for more

82-2-316-7000

information and details regarding the

www.hwgeneralins.com

purchase of new and used vehicles, transfer of ownership and other vehicle

Documents Required to Purchase

related questions.

Auto Insurance: Alien registration card ※ The terms and conditions, insurance

Auto Insurance

premium and special provisions differ from company to company so it is

Under Korean law, auto insurance is

recommended to sign up for insurance

compulsory and owners are required to

after comparing and carefully reviewing

purchase auto insurance in order to own

each policy.

and operate a vehicle.

Insurance Companies That Sell Auto Insurance to Foreign Drivers •AIG Korea Insurance 82-1544-2792 www.aiggeneral.co.kr

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Car Rental

•Lotte Rent-a-Car 82-1588-1230

Qualifications to Rent a Car

www.lotterentacar.net

• To rent a car, the driver must be 21 years

•Hyundai Capital Lease-Rent-a-Car

of age or older, have at least one year of

82-1588-5211

driving experience and possess a driver’s

www.hyundaicapital.com •Dongbu Rent-a-Car

license. • Foreigners’ driver’s license:

82-1688-5600

- A foreigner must have a valid driver’s

www.dongburentcar.co.kr

license. (Korean/ International) - International driver’s license holders

Tips for Driving in Korea

must present a valid passport. • Short-Term Rentals: 1 hour to 1 month • Long-Term Rentals: Minimum of 12

1. Bus-Only Lanes

months to a maximum of 55 months (offers the latest car models and a wide

Bus-only lanes, reserved exclusively for

variety of services)

authorized buses, are special travel lanes created to speed and promote the flow of bus

Car Rental Companies

traffic. To avoid obstructing the traffic of other

•AJ Rent-a-Car

types of vehicles, on highways, bus lanes are in

82-1544-1600

the middle of the road, and in regular roads, at

www.ajrentacar.co.kr

the outer side of a road. Although only buses

Road type

Vehicles authorized to use bus-only lanes Highways 9-passenger vehicles

2. Business multi-passenger vehicles seating less than 36

or multi-passenger

3. School buses operating for transportation of children, carrying a

vehicles (passenger vehicles Bus-only lane

Other roads 1. Large-size multi-passenger vehicles seating 36 or more passengers

and multi-passenger vehicles that seat no more than 12 should have at least six passengers onboard)

registration. 4. The following multi-passenger vehicles designated by the Commissioner of the local policy agency to facilitate traffic movement: - Multi-passenger vehicles for school children or commuters operating on a fixed route and seating at least 16. - Multi-passenger vehicles deemed necessary, for the transportation of participants of an international conference, etc. - Multi-passenger vehicles for foreign tourists operated by a chartered bus operator and which seat 25 people or more.

*For more detailed information, see the Enforcement Decree of the Road Traffic Act.

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meeting certain conditions are authorized to

tollgate to pay the toll. Drivers with a Hi-

use bus-only lanes, in some cases, other

pass device and card installed inside the

vehicles with multiple passengers may be

vehicle do not need to slow down at the

allowed to use them as well. An unauthorized

tollgate and can just drive through it. The

vehicle caught driving on a bus-only lane is

toll is automatically debited from the

fined. Refer to the list of vehicles authorized

prepaid Hi-pass card (which, therefore,

to use bus-only lanes.

needs to be topped up beforehand). In the case of a postpaid card affiliated with a

2. Hi-pass

credit card, tolls are paid later once a month on the credit card due date.

Hi-pass, which you must have seen written on some of the highway tollgates in Korea,

Cars without a Hi-pass device passing

is an electronic toll payment system

through

operated by the Korea Expressway

photographed, and their drivers have to

Corporation to alleviate bottlenecks caused

pay the toll plus a fine. Therefore, make

by cars slowing down and stopping at a

sure to enter the right lane at a tollgate.

Note

a

Hi-pass

lane

become

Sign Board

2km before the Hi-pass tollgates

1km before Hi-pass tollgates

Road marks (blue lanes)

Hi-pass neon signs

*Source: Korea Expressway Corporation

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3. Permissive Left Turn

unfair liability or penalties arising from damage of evidence.

In Korea, most traffic lights have a dedicated

When in need of interpretation service or

left turn light, and drivers

other assistance, call the Seoul Global

must make a left turn only

Center (

82-2-2075-4130~1). If the Center

when this signal lights up.

does not offer services in the language you

But, if you see a sign like the one above at a

speak, call the BBB, which offers free

crossroads, this means that you may make

interpretation service in 17 languages.

a left turn, even if there is no left turn light.

(

82-1588-5644 / 82-2-725-9108~9)

Make your left turn when the traffic light is green, after checking for cars coming from

5. Emergency Car Services

the left and right. •Services vary according to insurance

4. How to Respond to a Traffic Accident

company, and coverage is provided only to insurance policy holders who have

Foreign drivers are recommended to keep the

subscribed to special clauses.

phone numbers of their Korean friends,

- Free battery recharging

lawyers, car insurance companies, and their

- Free car door opening service

local embassy in case they get into an

- Emergency gas refilling service (excluding

unexpected traffic accident. It is also crucial to

diesel or LPG burning cars)

carry a camera to record the scene of the

- Free tire replacement service

accident. A car should be parked on the roadside immediately after a traffic accident occurs. You may call 119 for emergency aid or an ambulance. You should report an accident within 3 hours in a city or within 12 hours in a rural area by phone (112 without

Tips

Violation Points System

Violation points are imposed on car drivers depending on the degree of the violation and damages. The driver’s license may be revoked or

the area code) or by visiting a police station.

reach a certain level. You may check the violation

insurance company of such information as

points for traffic violations and traffic accidents at

the date and place of the accident, degree of

the Road Traffic Authority website.

damage, circumstances of the accident, evidence, and witnesses. You should seek advice from the insurance company to avoid

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suspended when the total accumulated points

The driver should immediately notify the car

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Broadcasting / Telecommunication

•TV Networks •Subscribing to Fixed-Line Telephone and Internet Service •Mobile Phone Service •Postal Services


Broadcasting/ Telecommunication TV Networks 1. Korean Terrestrial Broadcasting Stations •

(Channel 9) 82-1588-1801

Foreigners should check with their local

www.kbs.co.kr (Channel 7)

82-1577-1300 •

required for foreign subscribers. For the

www.kbs.co.kr (Channel 11)

82-2-789-0011 •

(Channel 6)

Association website. Among the many cable channels, Arirang TV

www.sbs.co.kr

(Channel 10,10-2) 82-1588-1580

contact number of local cable service providers, refer to the Korean Cable TV

www.imbc.com

82-2-2001-6600

cable service provider for the documents

www.ebs.co.kr

airs programs that provide information on Korea in foreign languages. • Korea Cable TV Association 82-2-735-6511

2. Cable TV (Requires set-top box)

www.kcta.or.kr

• Arirang International Broadcasting 82-2-3475-5000 www.arirang.com/index.asp

Cable TV, which combines broadcasting and communication, is a multichannel broadcasting service airing various programs such

as

news,

movies,

music,

entertainment, documentaries, sports, religion, education, baduk (game of Go), and home shopping.

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•Required information for cable TV subscription: Name, phone number (home/mobile), address of subscriber and alien registration card

3. Satellite Broadcasting

Subscribing to FixedLine Telephone and Internet Service Korea’s major telecom service providers - KT Olleh, SK Broadband and LG U-Plus - offer

After installing a satellite antenna and

fixe-line telephone, internet phone, mobile

receiver set, subscribers can watch almost

phone and internet TV services. Subscription

140 channels including movie, news, music,

can be made through telephone or the

sports, and audio as well as broadcasts

company website, and once a subscription

from regional broadcasting networks,

request is accepted, the company will

international channels such as DW-TV

dispatch an installation engineer.

(Germany), TV5 (France), RAI (Italia), TVE (Spain), NHK (Japan), and English channels

The fees include subscription fee, basic fee,

such as MCM (music channel), WTN, BBC,

and equipment (modem) usage fee, and

NBC, CNN, CNBC, etc.

users need to carefully consider the service

• Sky Life

fee and benefits offered by each company

82-1588-8665, 82-2-2003-3000

when choosing a plan. Contracts are

www.skylife.co.kr

normally made for one, two, or three year

•SEKI SATELLITE Co., Ltd.

period, and companies may offer partial fee

82-2-2231-7989

discounts. Cancelling a service within the

www.sekisat.co.kr

contract period may incur a cancellation charge. It is advised to visit the website of

4. Radio

each telecom provider and compare the various options before choosing a plan.

There are several AM and FM radio stations that air foreign language programs. AFN is

※ Users can benefit from fee discounts by

the only around-the-clock English program

using bundled services (multiple telecom

broadcasting channel, at 548 AM and 102.7

services such as internet, telephone, mobile

FM frequencies.

communication provided as a bundle).

• Internet Service (English Service) www.classicfm.co.za

Broadcasting / Telecommunication

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Category

Homepage / Telephone • Website :

www.olleh.com

• Inquiries :

100

• Foreign language customer service :

82-1588-8448

•Website :

www.skbroadband.com (English available)

•Inquiries :

106

•Foreign language customer service :

82-80-8282-106#3

•Website :

www.uplus.co.kr (English available)

•Inquiries :

101

*All equipment usage and communication fees include VAT.

Mobile Phone Service 1. Mobile Phone Subscription Mobile phone use is universal in Korea, as most people own a cellphone. Korea’s major mobile telecom service providers are SKT, KT, and LGT. It is advised to choose the right mobile phone plan considering the user’s monthly call volume and data usage, as each company offers various plans and benefits. Carrier

Mobile phone plans for foreigners • No deposit, Prepaid plan availabe • Korean credit card or bank account required • Offers customer service in English/ Chinese/ Japanese • Mobile phone service : • Website :

1583 (toll-free), 82-2-2190-1180

www.olleh.com

•Requires deposit to subscribe •English customer service : •Website :

82-80-2525-011

www.tworld.co.kr (English available)

•Offers same plan as those provided to domestic persons; requires bank account •English customer service : •Website :

82-1544-0010

www.uplus.co.kr (English available)

*Prepaid mobile phone: Although the rates are somewhat higher than post-paid mobile phones, prepaid mobile phone plans do not have a contract period, so subscribers can choose the service period.

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※ What foreigners should know before subscribing to a mobile phone plan • Foreigners must bring their alien registration card or certificate of report of domestic residence. • Payment can only be made through a bank account or credit card under the subscriber’s name.

2. Mobile Phone Rental from the Incheon International Airport/ Roaming LG U+ - Services: Mobile handset rental, international roaming

- Opening hours

06:00-22:00

- Phone number

82-2-3416-7010

24-hour service center : 1st fl., near Gate 5-6 LG U+ Global Roaming Center in General Access Area: - 1st fl., near Exit 5-6: Roaming phone return, local rental phone rental, automatic roaming (24 hrs) - 1st fl., near Exit 9-10: Roaming phone return, local rental phone rental, automatic roaming (06:00-22:00) - 3rd fl., between Check-in Counters A and B, E and F, G and H: Roaming phone return, local rental phone rental, automatic roaming (06:00-22:00) - 3rd fl., near Check-in Counter M: Roaming phone rental, automatic roaming (06:00-22:00) Duty-free zone: Near Gate 25 and 29: Automatic roaming, rental phone roaming (07:00-21:00) Gate 119 in the new boarding area on the third floor of Incheon Airport (International Airlines Terminal): Roaming phone rental, automatic roaming (07:00-21:00)

olleh KT - Services: Mobile phone rental, international roaming service - Opening hours

- Phone number 82-1588-0608 (From Korea)

06:00-22:00

82-2-2190-0901 (From overseas, toll-free)

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24-hour service center: 1st fl., near Exit 6-7 General access area: - 1st fl., near Exit 6-7: Roaming phone, domestic phone and Wi-Fi egg rental & return (24 hrs) - 1st fl., near Exit 8-9: Roaming phone, domestic phone and Wi-Fi egg rental & return (06:00- 22:00) - 1st fl., near Exit 10-11: Roaming phone, domestic phone and Wi-Fi egg rental & return (06:00- 22:00) - 3rd fl., between Check-in Counter E and F: Wi-Fi egg rental, automatic roaming (06:00- 22:00) - 3rd fl., between Check-in Counters H and J: Data roaming, Wi-Fi egg rental, automatic roaming (06:00-22:00) - 3rd fl., between Check-in Counters J and K: Wi-Fi egg rental, automatic roaming (06:00- 22:00) Duty-free zone: Near Gate 25 and 29: Automatic roaming, rental phone roaming (07:00-21:00) Concourse A Olleh Roaming Center: Near Gate 119 / Automatic roaming, rental phone roaming (07:00-21:00)

SKT - Services: mobile phone rental, international

- Phone number

roaming service - Opening hours

153-112 (From Korea)

82-2-6343-9000 (From overseas, toll06:00-22:00

free)

24-hour service center: 1st fl., between Exit 6 and 7 General access area: - 1st fl., between Exit 6 and 7: Domestic phone rental and return (24 hrs) - 1st fl., between Exit 10 and 11: Domestic phone rental and return (06:00-22:00) - 3rd fl., near Check-in Counter A-B, G-H, K-L: Automatic roaming, roaming phone rental (06:00-22:00) - Gate 119 in the new boarding area on the third floor of Incheon Airport (International Airlines Terminal): Automatic roaming, roaming phone rental (07:00-21:00) Airside SKT roaming center: Near duty-free zone Gate 25 and 29: Automatic roaming, roaming phone rental (07:00-21:00)

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3. International Calls

International call access number (001) + Country code (1) + Area code (omit 0

How to make international calls: International call access number →

when the first digit is 0) + Telephone no. ※ International call access numbers:

Country code → Area code →

KT (001), SK Telink (00700), LG U+

Telephone no.

(002), Sejong Telecom (00365)

※ When calling the U.S. from Korea: Country

Code

Country

Code

Argentina

54

Sweden

Belgium

32

Chile

46 56

Ireland

353

Netherlands

31 351

Andorra

376

Portugal

Hong Kong

852

China

86

Italy

39

Zealand

64

Australia

61

Romania

40

Hungary

36

Russia

7

Japan

81

Germany

49

Austria

43

Spain

34

India

91

Saipan

1+670

Kuwait

965

Greece

30

Bahrain

973

Sri Lanka

94

Iran

98

Denmark

Poland

48

Guam

45 1+671

Bangladesh

880

Egypt

20

Iraq

964

Saudi Arabia

966

Macao

853

Switzerland

41

Brazil

55

Finland

358

Colombia

57

Singapore

65

Norway

47

Taiwan

886

Brunei

673

France

33

Malaysia

60

South Africa

27

Pakistan

92

Thailand

66

Bulgaria

359

Turkey

90

Mexico

52

UK

44

Philippines

63

US

1

Canada

1

Venezuela

58

Myanmar

95

Libya

218

Nigeria

234

Nepal

977

Mongolia

976

Vietnam

84

Sudan

249

Syria

963

Angola

244

Uzbekistan

998

Indonesia

62

Cambodia

855

Broadcasting / Telecommunication

91


Tips SIM Card Purchase (Korea roaming SIM card) You can purchase a prepaid SIM Card that can be used in Korea and most foreign countries. Below are the sales locations of the Korea Roaming SIM Cards. Where to buy SIM card You can purchase SIM cards on the homepages for SIMCARDKOREA and EG SIM Card. EG SIM CARD

SIMCARDKOREA •Homepage

• •

•Homepage

www.simcardkorea.com

•Operating hours

www.egsimcard.co.kr/ENG/

•Operating hours

09:00-18:00

82-505-648-7000, 82-505-649-7000

09:00-22:00

82-1899-6120

kjy@simcardkorea.com

Postal Services 1. Domestic Postal Service - Service provided by: Post office and post service agencies nationwide - Key services: Mail, courier service (express parcel delivery), banking and insurance - Business hours - Contact

09:00-18:00 (Postal service) / 09:00-16:30 (Banking service)

82-1588-1300, 82-2-2108-9895

Postal Rates (as of Feb 1, 2015, unit: won) Weight

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Regular

Registered Mail

Express Mail

(g)

Standard

Non-standard

Standard

Non-standard

Standard

5

270

390

1,900

2,020

2,200

Non-standard 2,320

25

300

390

1,930

2,020

2,230

2,320

50

320

390

1,950

2,020

2,250

2,320

100

-

510

-

2,140

-

2,440

150

-

630

-

2,260

-

2,560

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Parcel Service Rates (as of Feb 1, 2015, unit: won) Service

2kg (60cm)

5kg (80cm)

3,500

4,000

5,500

7,000

8,500

4,000

4,500

6,000

7,500

9,500

Local

2,200

2,700

4,200

5,700

7,200

National

2,700

3,200

4,700

6,200

8,200

Registered Local (Next-day delivery) National Regular parcel

10kg (120cm) 20kg (140cm) 30kg (160cm)

Courier Service Rates (as of Feb 1, 2015, unit: won) Service

2kg (60cm)

5kg (80cm)

Local

4,000

5,000

10kg (120cm) 20kg (140cm) 30kg (160cm) 6,500

8,000

9,500

National

5,000

6,000

7,500

9,000

10,500

Jeju (Next-day delivery)

6,500

8,000

9,500

11,000

13,000

Jeju (D+2)

5,000

6,000

7,500

9,000

10,500

*Courier Service Base Charges: based on box packaging standard

- Courier service makes next-day delivery,

is classified into ordinary mail service,

but the delivery period may vary in

parcel delivery service, and Express Mail

remote areas including island areas.

Service (EMS). In general, parcels may

- Starting from September 12, 2015,

weigh up to 20kg, and EMS up to 30kg;

courier service is available on Saturdays.

fees vary depending on the type, size, and

(09:00-13:00)

weight of the package. To check the weight limit in a particular country, you can

Postal Code Search

refer to the post office website or other

- On August 1, 2015, the old 6-digit postal

related websites.

code has been changed to a 5-digit code in order to improve the efficiency of mail sorting.

•Rates and fees: The Korea Post website (

www.koreapost.go.kr/eng) provides

- Postal codes can be searched at post

a list of the rates of EMS & EMS

offices throughout Korea or through the

Premium services. For the rates of

Internet post office (

international mail and parcel services,

Korea Post (

www.epost.kr),

www.koreapost.go.kr),

and postal services applications.

call the Korea Post call center. •

82-2-2108-9895, 1588-1300

•EMS Search Inquiry

2. International Mailing and Shipping

www. koreapost.go.kr http://ems.epost.go.kr

IInternational mailing and shipping service

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※ Check the barcode number on your EMS

DHL Korea

receipt

82-1588-0001

3. International Postal Service

www.dhl.co.kr/en.html

FedEx 82-80-023-8000, 82-2-333-8000

If you are willing to bear higher postal

www.fedex.com/kr_english

charges to send documents or parcels UPS Korea

abroad safe and fast, you can use international postal services with a global network. The

82-1588-6886

following is a list of international postal services

www.ups.com/content/kr/en/index.jsx

operating in Korea, so check the rates and services at their website.

4. Door-to-door Delivery Service and Quick Service The door-to-door delivery service (taekbae) is widely used in Korea, and many service providers are operating in the country. Although the door-to-door delivery service is more expensive than a regular postal service, you can send a package anywhere you want around the nation. Types Booking Delivery

Door-to-Door Delivery Service Seoul & Gyeonggi-do Province (1-2 days)

lead time

Others (3-4 days)

(Seoul,

Additional charges for remote islands or

weekdays only)

mountainous areas

Fee

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Immediately upon pick-up

Fee varies depending on distance and the weight of package.

*For the list of delivery service companies, check the directory.

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Quick Service

Booking by phone or Internet → Delivery person visits your place → Delivery

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News Outlets

â&#x20AC;¢Foreign Language Media Service


News Outlets Foreign Language Media Service

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Press

Tel

Website

The Kyunghyang Shinmun

82-2-3701-1114

www.khan.co.kr

Foreign Language Service English

The Kukmin Daily

82-2-781-9114

www.kmib.co.kr

English

The Dong-A Ilbo

82-2-2020-0114

www.donga.com

English, Chinese, Japanese

Yonhap News Agency

82-2-398-3114

www.yonhapnews.co.kr

English

The Chosunilbo

82-2-724-5114

www.chosun.com

English, Chinese, Japanese

JoongAng Ilbo

82-2-751-5114

MK Business News

82-2-2000-2000

www.mk.co.kr

English, Chinese, Japanese

The Hankyoreh

82-1566-9595

www.hani.co.kr

English, Japanese

The Korea Economic Daily

82-2-360-4114

www.hankyung.com

English

Herald Biz

82-2-727-0114

http:// biz.heraldcorp.com

English Newspaper

The Korea Herald

82-2-727-0205, 0206

www.koreaherald.com

English Newspaper

The Korea Times

82-2-724-2359

www.koreatimes.co.kr

English Newspaper

The Korea Joongang Daily

82-1577-0510 / 82-2-2031-1212

http://joongangdaily.joins.com

English Newspaper

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Medical Services

•Medical Care System in Korea •International Healthcare Centers •National Health Insurance •Emergency •Pharmacies


Medical Services Medical Care System in Korea Hospitals and clinics in Korea are generally equipped with the latest medical equipment, and the quality of medical service is quite high as well. With the growing international population in Korea, many medical institutions are stepping up their efforts to respond to the heightened demand for care from this community and to extend quality services to them. Some hospitals operate a 24-hr emergency medical call center offering advice and assistance over the phone and free interpretation services.

Primary Care Institutions

Providers of comprehensive medical diagnostics based on early signs of health problems - Public health centers, public health center branches, community health centers

Secondary Care Institutions

Hospitals with at least four medical departments, each with specialists providing medical care to both inpatients and outpatients and having 30-500 sick beds.

Tertiary Care Institutions

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Hospitals with specialists in all medical fields that are either a general hospital or a university hospital with 500 or more sick beds.

â&#x20AC;ť To receive consultation from a specialist

a primary or a secondary institution. The

in a tertiary care institution, a patient

cost of the initial consultation is much

must have a referral from a practitioner in

higher for patients without a referral.

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Tips

KOTRA’s Investment Consulting Center

KOTRA’s Investment Consulting Center offers free hospital visit accompaniment service to foreign investors and their family members. The languages supported are English and Japanese. (Reserve by phone at least one week in advance.) •English consultant

82-2-3497-1056

•Japanese consultant

82-2-3497-1055

International Healthcare Centers 1. General Hospitals (Western medicine & Oriental medicine)

ASAN Medical Clinic 82-2-3010-5001 http://eng.amc.seoul.kr/asan/lang/

Seoul National University Hospital 82-2-2072-0505 www.snuh.org/english (English)

eng/main.do •Language: English, Chinese, Japanese, etc.

•Reservation: By phone or on the website •Language: English, Chinese, Japanese, other foreign languages

Korea Univ. Medical Center 82-2-920-5677 www.kumc.or.kr

Samsung Medical Hospital 82-2-3410-0200 / 0226

•Language: English, Chinese, Mongolian, Russian

http://english.samsunghospital.com/ main/english.do

KyungHee University Medical Center

•Reservation: On the official website

82-2-958-9644 / 9477

•Language: English, Chinese, Japanese,

http://eng.kyunghee.or.kr

etc.

•Language: English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian

Severance Hospital 82-2-2228-5800 / 5810 www.yuhs.or.kr/en/ •Language: English, Chinese, Japanese, etc.

Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine 82-2-3218-2167 www.jaseng.co.kr •Language: English, Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Russian

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2. Women’s Hospitals

- Individual workplaces with no employee

Medi-i Women’ s Hospital

※ Enrollment is mandatory for corporations,

and only a representative

82-2-936-2122

even if there are no employees and just

www.medi-i.com

one representative.

•Language: English

Cheil Women’ s Healthcare Center 82-2-2000-7357 www.cheilmc.co.kr

2. Foreigners and Overseas Koreans’ Application for Exclusion from Enrollment in Workplace Insurance

•Language: English, Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Russian

Legal Ground - Article 76 (5) of the Enforcement Decree of

Miz Medi Hospital

the National Health Insurance Act

82-2-3467-3814 / 1588-2701

(Foreigners etc. to be Policyholders and

www.mizmedi.com

their Dependents)

•Language: English, Chinese, Mongolian, Russian

- Article 61 (5) of the Enforcement Rule of the same Act (Notification of Foreigners’ Enrollment)

National Health Insurance

- Criteria for Overseas Koreans and Foreigners’Enrollment in National Health Insurance (Ministry of Health and Welfare Notification No. 2007-69)

1. Employee Health Insurance (Workplace Insurance)

3. Health Insurance for the SelfEmployed

Eligibility 1. The employer and employees of a workplace that hires one or more full-time

Registered foreign residents (satisfying the

workers.

eligibility criteria below), those who reported

2. Workplaces without an employee are not eligible 3. Workplaces not eligible for enrollment - Workplaces without a permanent address

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their place of domestic residence and those who reported their enrollment in a health insurance program


Note

National Pension

Health Insurance

Cultural Arts (D-1), Study Abroad (D-2), Industrial Training (D-3), General Training (D-4), Journalism (D-5), Religious Affairs (D-6), Supervisory Intra-company Transfer (D-7), Eligibility (Sojourn status)

Corporate Investor (D-8), Trade Management (D-9), Professorship (E-1), Foreign Language Instructor (E-2), Research (E-3), Technology Transfer (E-4), Professional Employment (E-5), Arts & Performances (E-6), Special Occupation (E-7), Non-professional Employment (E-9), Family Visitation (F-1), Residential (F-2), Dependent Family (F-3), Overseas Korean (F-4), Permanent Residence (F-5), Foreign Spouse (F-6), Working Holiday (H-1) Alien registration card

Documents required

Proof of income if applicable Domestic residence report card for

Domestic residence report card Certificate of academic enrollment (D-2, overseas Koreans)

people of Korean descent (F-4) Date of insurance acquisition (for those who entered

Date of alien registration or date of report

Date of report of domestic residence

of domestic residence

Korea before December 17, 2008) Date of insurance acquisition (for those who entered

3 months from the date of entry into Korea

3 months from the date of entry into Korea

(the date of entry for those with a student

(the date of entry for those with a student

or employment visa)

or employment visa)

Korea on and after December 17, 2008) Where to submit the

Local branch with jurisdiction over the registered place of residence (alien registration card/ domestic residence report card)

application When submitted personally by the applicant (immediate processing) Application method

- Submission of required documents - Instant issuance of the enrollment certificate (1st month insurance contribution must be paid at the time of the issuance)

Co-insurance of family members

The following household members of a foreign resident or an overseas Korean may be co-insured: - Eligible household members: Lineal ascendants and descendants of the insured member (including children of his/her daughters), unmarried brothers and sisters, spouses of household members, lineal ascendants and descendants of the spouse of the insured member.

*Inquiries about the health insurance plan

82-1577-1000, 82-2-390-2000(English)

www.nhic.or.kr

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Emergency

119 Emergency Call Through Text Messaging, Video Call or Smartphone

119

Application

119 is an emergency response service number, just like 911 in the U.S. The control

•119 multi-media reporting service, also available for use by foreigners

center can trace the location from which a

- Text messaging: A text-based emergency

119 call is made, and the staff is on standby

call service allows users to attach a photo

24 hours a day to quickly deliver assistance

or video. An emergency call can be placed

to those in distress, including transporting

by sending a text message to 119.

persons in medical emergency to a nearby

- Smartphone application: A call can be

hospital. The 119 operator sends either an

placed by a few taps on the smartphone.

emergency medical team or firefighters,

Even when the caller’s address is left out,

depending on the nature of emergency. A

the caller’s location can be identified

non-Korean caller is connected to an

through GPS tracking. The user can

interpreting service, and the 119 service of

choose between two emergency categories

Seoul provides interpretation services in

- fire accident and rescue/emergency. The

English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese

app can be downloaded on Google Play

and Mongolian. The use of a 119 ambulance

Store or Apple App Store.

is free of charge.

- Video call: When using a video call, the emergency situation can be written down

•How to call 119:

on a paper and shown to the operator.

- Landline phone/mobile phone: Dial 119 (no area code)

the situation.This service is particularly

- Public phone booth: Dial 119 after pressing the red emergency button

Tips

Sign language can also be used to explain

useful for foreigners who are unfamiliar with the Korean language.

Security Service for Multicultural Families and Foreigners [Foreigner Help enter]

- The service is for foreign residents in Korea - The service is to protect foreigners in Korea from

- When a foreigner reports a crime or inconvenience in everyday matters, a help center staff member

crime and to make life in Korea more comfortable

notifies the police, and the problem is dealt by the

by providing a convenient access channel to the

police or a related organization.

police.

*Korean National Police Agency

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www.police.go.kr/main.html


Pharmacies

also

that

you

cannot

refill

your

prescriptions in Korea, which means that if you need more of the same medications, you must see your doctor again for a new prescription.

※ Check the list of pharmacies that open on weekends (or all year round) at www. pharm114.or.kr (Korean only)

※ Website providing list of pharmacies where foreign language service is available

In Korea, drugs like cold medicines, antacids, laxatives and vitamins can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy, without a prescription, but more specialized drugs like antibiotics and hormone pills require a prescription to purchase.

•Songpa-gu http://ehealth.songpa.go.kr/ medicine/medicine05.asp •Gangbuk-gu www.ehealth.or.kr/05info/ foreign_list.jsp •Gangnam-gu http://health.gangnam.go.kr/

For prescription drugs, your pharmacist

open_content/information/foreign/

most often wraps pills by single doses

foreignphamacy.jsp

before giving them to you. As many drugs come with no dosage or other information, you need to listen carefully to your pharmacist’s instructions and ask questions. If your pharmacist can speak English, ask him/her if he/she could write it down for you.

•Seocho-gu www.seocho.go.kr/site/he/ page.jsp?code=hed010010000 •Dongdaemun-gu http://health.ddm.go.kr/eng/sub04/ sub04_0102.jsp •Gangdong-gu http://health.gangdong.go.kr/web/

If you have any kind of drug allergy, tell

hlt_1/pharmacy/uiList.do?gubun=

your doctor about it so that you can get

3&menuId=icr_hr130

the prescription that is right for you. Note

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Financial Services

•Financial Institutions •Banks •Bank Card •Various Tax Payment Obligations


Financial Services Financial Institutions Primary Financial Institutions

Secondary Financial Institutions

Primary financial institutions are banks and

These financial institutions are also referred

other deposit-taking institutions, also referred

to as“non-monetary financial institutions”,

to as“monetary financial institutions” .

as

Example: Special-purpose banks (Korea

institutions. Unlike banks providing indirect

EXIM Bank, Industrial Bank of Korea),

financial services, secondary financial

commercial banks (Kookmin Bank, Woori

institutions often offer direct financing, in

Bank, Shinhan Bank, KEB Hana Bank, etc.),

other words, directly from fund suppliers to

local banks (Busan Bank, Gwangju Bank,

borrowers.

Daegu Bank, etc.)

Example: Insurance companies, securities

opposed

firms,

to

investment

monetary

trust

financial

companies,

specialized credit institutions, mutual savings banks, etc.

Tertiary Financial Institutions These institutions, far less structured than institutions belonging to the above two categories, are also known as“consumer credit institutions”and are primarily lenders. Example: Lending companies

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Banks 1. General Information Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00 (Closed on weekends and holidays)

Using the ATM (KB Kookmin Bank, as of Oct. 2015) During opening hours Over

100,000 won

Over

or less

100,000 won

or less

100,000 won

250 won

500 won

Cash withdrawal

None

Deposit using other banks’cards ATMs of your bank

Funds transfer

ATMs of other banks

After closing hours

100,000 won

700 won

1,000 won

None

None

Within the same bank To a differet bank

500 won

Cash withdrawal Funds transfer

1,000 won

500 won

600 won 700 won

- Fees vary depending on the bank and

1,000 won

1,000 won

900 won 700 won

1,000 won

2. Opening a Bank Account

amount. - Services hours: 08:30-18:00 (Mon.-Fri.); 08:30-14:00 (Sat.). As the hours of

•How to set up an account: Visit your nearest bank.

operation vary for each region and branch,

•Documents required: Passport, alien

it is advised to check the service

registration card, or travel document(s).

information in advance. - ATM fees are higher after bank closing hour and on weekends and holidays. - Fees apply when using an ATM of a different financial institution

•If you wish to present your passport or travel document as an ID you must present your full Korean address along with a copy of your ID from your home country, credit card in Korea, or tax receipt from Korea. ※ For a foreigner to obtain an ATM card, one must be employed in Korea or have a Korean guardian.

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3. Remittance or Wire Transfer

province/state and country), account number, SWIFT code and bank code of

3-1. Overseas Remittance

the recipient Points to remember:

Procedure: An amount not exceeding US$ 1,000 can be remitted per transaction without any restrictions. Telegraph

transfer

(TT):

remittance

recipient’s name and the account number are correct - The name of the account holder must

Demand draft (DD): Used for remitting amounts

need to be filled out in English. - Make sure that the spelling of the

Most

commonly used for large sums or fast

small

- Remittance/payment request forms

or

when

speedy

match the name of the recipient - The recipient’s bank name, branch, and

remittance is not required

country should be stated on the

Required documents: Application for

remittance application form.

remittance, alien registration card, etc.

- Remittance cannot be made to certain

(Additional documents may be required

countries, including Myanmar, Libya,

depending on the purpose of remittance.)

Iran, and Sudan.

Example) Additional documents required for a foreign worker to remit

3-2. Receiving Wire Transfer from Overseas

his/her wage - Employment contract or certificate

Information required by the overseas

- Documentary evidence of local source

remitting party for a wire transfer to

income

Korea: Recipient’s name and bank name

- Passport or entry visa

in English, bank address (headquarters),

- Tax payment certified by employer (Not

account number, SWIFT code

applicable to illegal aliens or industrial

Documents required for receipt of a

trainees)

wire transfer from overseas:

- Certificate of tax payment (Applicable to self-employed foreigners)

Documentary evidence of reason for wire transfer (export contract, service contract, etc.)

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Information required for remittance:

- Make sure to check with the bank in

Name, address and phone number of

advance as the required documents

remitting person / name, address, phone

may vary depending on the remittance

number, bank name and address (city,

amount.

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4. Internet Banking: Online Banking Service and Transactions

Required documents for application: ID card, bankbook Required information when using the telebanking

service:

Account

Internet banking refers to banking online

password, Telebanking password,

using a web-based financial service system.

citizen registration number (ID number),

Ask your bank about internet banking

account number

options. The service can be activated for you through a few simple steps.

Setting up internet banking: Visit a

6. Mobile Banking: Financial Transactions Using a Smartphone

banking center near you → Fill out an application form → Register a secret

Services provided: Transaction

code for funds transfer → A security

history, account balance and currency

card or an OTP card is issued → Log

exchange rate check, wire transfer,

onto the online banking website →

check inquiry, credit card payment,

Online certificate is issued

cash service, etc.

Required documents: ID card (A valid ID within Korea; foreign passport not

7. Currency Exchange

accepted), bankbook Exchangeable

5. Telebanking service: Banking Service Using the Telephone

forms:

Foreign

currency cash, traveler’s check Required document: Passport or ID card Maximum exchangeable amount:

Application procedure: Visit bank → Subscribe to service Service details: Account balance

Currency exchange of amounts exceeding US$10,000 per case must be reported to the National Tax Service.

inquiry, inter- and intra-bank wire transfer, time savings, loan interest payment, request for automatic charging of various bills to your account, and termination of s uch service.

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8. Korean Currency

Bank Card

card consists of basic annual fee and partnership service fee. The fee is

1. Credit Card

charged once a year, and the amount varies depending on the card.

How to Apply: Visit your nearest bank.

Issuance Process: The credit card

Eligibility: Alien registration card holders

review

who are 20 years or older with a place of

documents. Even if your papers are not

employment in Korea, and who own an

accepted, you can still be issued a credit

account at the applicable bank

card by depositing a cash guarantee at

Required

110

Documents:

team

will

evaluate

your

Income

your bank (applies to KEB Hana Bank).

certificate (income for the past 3 months),

Your credit card limit will be 90 percent of

employee contract, alien registration card

that deposit. In order to have the deposit

and passport

returned you must cancel your credit

Annual Fee: The annual fee for a credit

card.

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â&#x2013; Card Subscription Criteria for Foreign Residents Name of Card Company

Screening Criteria

Required Documents

- Employed in Korea (regular employee in a financial services/stock

exchange-

listed/registered/externally

* Documentary evidence of

audited corporation), foreign

nationality (choose one): Alien

Hana Card, former KEB card

embassy employee, employee

registration card, domestic

(Changes are anticipated in

of Korean/foreign government

residence card or a

the screening criteria and

agencies)

government issued certificate

required documentation during

- Collateral savings account

* KEB Hana Bank issues credit

the KEB Bank and Hana Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

holder (minimum 1.2 million

cards only to holders of a

won)

minimum of 1.2 million won in

merger process.)

- Paid 100,000 won or more of

collateral savings deposit.

property tax in the past year - P3 or higher, or PB service customer (for three months or longer)

Woori Card

Joint surety is required in the case of foreigners

Alien registration card or passport, income certificate and employment certificates

- Regular employee or higher of a Fortune 500 company - Regular employee of a primary/ secondary banking institution Shinhan Card

- Lawyer / tax consultant / certified accountant / patent lawyer - Secretary General of trade

Alien registration card or passport, income certificate and employment certificate

associations of foundations - Ace-level customer of Shinhan Bank Among customers whose stay is one year or longer, those

Citi Card

who satisfy the following

Passport, domestic residence

requirements:

card or alien registration card,

- Annual income of 70 million

income certificate, employment

won or more

certificate (3+month wage

- Owner of real estate

account record or record of

- 50 million won or more in

taxes withheld)

account balance with Citibank for three months

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2. Check Card

How to Apply: Same as for a credit card.

A check card is a debit card that is issued

Eligibility: Same as for a credit card.

by your bank. You can only spend the

Required Documents: Income certificate

remaining balance in your bank account.

(recent 3 months), employment contract,

Discount benefits that are similar to that of

foreigner registration card and passport

a credit card apply, depending on the

Annual Fee: None.

amount spent from your check card.

Tips What to do when your card is lost or stolen When your credit card is lost or stolen, contact the credit card company immediately or visit your bank to report the loss or theft or ask to have the card temporarily deactivated. To report a lost card or request for the temporary deactivation of your card, you must visit a banking center, carrying an ID card.

Where to report a lost card (no area code)

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•KB Kookmin Card •Lotte Card •Shinhan Card •Samsung Card •Citi Card •Woori Card

82-1588-1688, 82-2-6300-7300 (English) 82-1588-8300 82-1544-7200, 82-1544-7000 82-1588-8900, 82-2-2000-8100, 800-1588-8700 82-1566-1000, 82-2-2004-1004 82-1588-9955, 1599-2288 (for foreigners), 82-2-2006-5000

•KEB Hana Card •Hyundai Card

82-1544-3500, 82-2-524-8100 82-1577-6200, 82-2-3015-9000

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Various Tax Payment Obligations Taxes are largely divided into national tax,

â&#x20AC;˘ Local tax payment - Wetax

which is imposed by the central

You can go to the Wetax website

government in order to supply the funds

(

needed for national security, social service

local taxes, make tax payments, and

programs, etc., and local tax, which is

use various reporting services. You can

imposed by local governments including

also download the Wetax mobile app

those at the city, borough, and district

and make payments using the

levels in order to supply the funds needed

smartphone.

www.wetax.go.kr) to inquire about

for the regional transport system, public

same tax obligations as Korean citizens.

3. Information on Tax Counseling for Foreigners

1. National Tax

With the rising number of foreign

welfare system, etc. Foreigners have the

employees in Korea, the National Tax National taxes are imposed by the tax

Service provides the following services to

office to support the central government.

serve their needs:

National taxes include income tax, corporate tax, inheritance tax, gift tax,

- English counseling service

education tax, gross real estate tax, and

- Telephone counseling service through an

customs duty.

interpreter

National tax inquiry: Visit the National Tax Service website (

www.nts.go.kr,

English available), or dial 126

2. Local Tax Regional Tax Inquiry: Local taxes are imposed by the local governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s city, borough, and district tax departments to support the local government, and include acquisition tax, resident tax, and automobile tax.

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- Foreigners can call 110 (government call center)for simplified income tax return service and simple counseling on income tax return tax laws - National

Tax

Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Customer

82-1588-0560

- Services available in English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Russian, German, Vietnamese,

Mongolian,

Indonesian, Thai, Bengali (Bangladesh),

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Burmese (Myanmar), and Arabic - Income tax return counseling for foreigners is offered through an English Hotline

Satisfaction Center

Spanish,

Urdu (Pakistan), Nepali, Khmer (Cambodia),

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(

82-2-397-1440) and the National Tax

Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English website offers an automatic Income tax return calculation program


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Shopping

•Department Stores •Superstores •Traditional Markets •Convenience Stores •TV Home Shopping •Internet Shopping


Shopping Department Stores

50 to 70 percent of their original price.

â&#x20AC;˘Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Hyundai Department Store, Galleria, Time Square, etc.

Superstores Department stores carry a large assortment

These large retail establishments carry an

of goods, ranging from clothes to grocery,

extensive range of goods just like

electronics

appliances,

department stores, from grocery to clothes

cosmetics, jewelry and everyday household

and everyday items. These stores, often

items. These establishments providing better

deployed over a huge area, are not the best

facilities and services tend to be also more

choice when you just need to purchase a

expensive than other retailers. They are,

couple of items. Goods sold in superstores

meanwhile, good sources of imported

are generally fine quality merchandises, and

and

house

products such as imported clothes and food. It might be a good idea to wait for sales periods, several times a year usually, to take advantage of discounts. Here are some interesting tips to save money. If you cannot afford the pricey meals in the food section, visit after six in the evening right before the department store closes. The ready-cooked meals can be purchased for

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both facilities and services are decent; hence, many family shoppers during weekends.

•Emart, Emart Traders, Lotte Mart, VicMarket, Kim’s Club, Home Plus, Costco, etc. ※Costco, Emart Traders and Vic Market are operated on a membership basis. Costco is a membership-based store

according to region. One advantage is that

and carries more imported products

shoppers can casually browse through

than other superstores, drawing many

these outdoor stalls and negotiate the

international shoppers.

price with the seller, if they find something that tickles their fancy. Toward the market

Traditional Markets Traditional markets are one of the most

closing time, vendors tend to slash their prices to nearly a half, so it’ s a good idea to take advantage of the discount.

interesting places you can visit in Korea. Traditional markets, which are a

•Noryangjin Fisheries Market, Garak-

convenient source for groceries, clothes,

dong Farm Produce Market, Gyeong-

and other miscellaneous items, are usually

dong Herbal Market, Cheongnyangni

outdoors, although this varies somewhat

Fruit Market, etc.

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Tips Popular Traditional Markets in Seoul •Dongdaemun Shopping Complex / Dongdaemun Shopping Town 266, Jongno-6ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul 82-2-2262-0114 Products: Fabrics, fashion accessories, clothing materials, household goods, and more. •Namdaemun Market 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Travel Hotline 82-2-1330 / 82-2-753-2805 www.namdaemunmarket.co.kr Products: Fashion apparel, accessories, consumer elctronics, cosmetics, ginseng, and much more.

•Garak Market 932, Yangjae-daero, Songpa-gu, Seoul 82-2-3435-1000 www.garak.co.kr Products: Agricultural and livestock products, fish, etc.

•Bangsan Market 20, Dongho-ro 37-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 82-2-2268-6691 www.bangsan-tmk.com Products: Papers (Gift wraps, packaging papers, wall papers, etc.)

•Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market 688, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 82-2-814-2211~2 www.susansijang.co.kr Products: Seafood

•Gwangjang Market 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 82-2-2267-0291 Products: Silk, textile, fashion apparel, agricultural and marine products, bedding, handicrafts, and more

•Seoul Jungang Market 22, Toegye-ro 85-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 82-2-2232-9559 Products: Fish, vegetable, furniture, etc. •Seoul Gyeongdong Market Wangsan-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 82-2-967-8721 www.kyungdongmart.com/index/index.htm Products: Oriental medicine ingredients, dried seafood, vegetable

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•Seoul Jungbu Market 35, Eulji-ro 36-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 82-2-2267-5617 Products: Dried goods, fruits and vgetables, agricultural wholesale market •Hwanghakdong Flea Market Hwanghak-dong, Seoul 82-2-3396-6890, 82-2-3396-6900 Products: Antiques, old furniture, electronic goods, watches, jewelry, camera and more


Convenience Stores

â&#x20AC;˘Lotte Home Shopping, Hyundai Home Convenience stores are open around-the-

Shopping, CJ O Shopping, NS Home

clock and carry simple grocery items and

Shopping, GS Shop, etc.

other basic items. Larger convenience stores may carry a bit more extensive assortment of products, but they are

Internet Shopping

generally small enough for shoppers to easily find the items they need. But convenience stores, although great for quickly picking up a couple of items, are more expensive than supermarkets or traditional markets.

â&#x20AC;˘CU, GS25, Seven Eleven, Buy The Way, Ministop, etc. The internet certainly is unbeatable as a retail channel, both in terms of ease of shopping

TV Home Shopping

and the variety of goods that may be purchased. Online shopping malls are either

Shopping by simply making a phone call

specialized in certain categories of products,

to place an order on items you just saw on

such as food, clothes or books, or general

TV is indeed extremely convenient. Plus,

stores carrying all manners of products just

the palette of products sold is huge as

like a department store. But, the catch is that

well, ranging from clothes to grocery,

the actual products you get can be quite

beauty supplies, electronics and even

different from what you saw on your

insurances. But, be wary of impulsive

computer monitor. Also, shoppers may not

purchases, an undesirable tradeoff in this

always feel safe about entering their financial

mode of shopping.

information at a vendor website.

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•Gmarket, 11 St., Interpark, Auction, Shinsegae Mall, Lotte Mall, etc.

5. Thoroughly check your transaction conditions 6. Regularly change your ID and password

※Do’s and Don’ts for Safe Internet Shopping

payments

1. Check whether the website has a web

online

shopping

8. Save proof of transaction by printing the order confirmation, terms of purchase, etc.

server certificate installed 2. Use

7. Use card payments rather than cash

malls

with

certification marks

9. Do not open suspicious email 10. Get professional help (consumer protection agent) if a problem arises

3. Install Active X File only when necessary (e.g. Adding a security patch)

•Consumer Counseling Center

4. Distrust sites that demand detailed

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personal information

www.ccn.go.kr •Korea Consumer Agency

Tips

www.kca.go.kr

Use 3G/ LTE when mobile shopping

When you shop or make a financial transaction through your mobile device, you need to convert to the 3G or LTE mode rather than staying in the densely populated Wi-Fi zone. This is because with the rise in the number of smartphone users, an increasing number of cases have been reported of the Wi-Fi service’s weak security. Also, as malicious mobile codes are frequently detected, users must use a mobile vaccine program in order to ensure safe mobile transactions. Attractive messages about discount sales, events, coupons, etc., are often smishing scams, and users are advised not to click on the URL of such messages.

Tips

Exchange or refund

Make a habit of saving your receipts when purchasing a product. They are needed for returning a product for exchange or refund. Products can be returned for exchange or refund usually to the store from which you purchased them. To get an exchange or refund, products must be returned undamaged within 7 to 14 days from the date of purchase. The rule is the same for products purchased online; they must be returned to the online vendor for exchange or refund. Meanwhile, the shopper sometimes has to pay for the cost of return shipping depending on the policy of individual online outlets. If a vendor refuses to exchange or replace a product or issue a refund for it, or if you are a victim of other unfair business practices, you can seek help from the Korea Consumer Agency or by calling the Consumer Protection Center operated by the Fair Trade Commission. •Korea Consumer Agency 82-43-880-5500 •Fair Trade Commission Consumer Protection Center

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Culture

•Museums and Galleries •Movie Theaters •Performance Halls •Communities •Foreign Villages in Seoul •Leisure Sports


Culture Museums and Galleries National Museum of Korea The museum is the biggest in Korea and boasts a collection of more than 300 thousand historical artifacts. The museum building has six floors above ground and one underground floor, and the artifacts are displayed by era and type. The museum moved to its current location in 2005. traditional artifacts that help understand the culture and history of Seoul, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital for 600 years. The artifacts on exhibit are mostly related to the traditional lifestyle of the Joseon Dynasty which show how the people lived at the time. 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 82-2-724-0274~6 www.museum.seoul.kr 137, Seobinggo-ro,Yongsan-gu, Seoul 82-2-2077-9000

National Museum of Modern and

www.museum.go.kr

Contemporary Art, Korea The museum, which is the largest museum

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of modern and contemporary arts in Korea,

Established by the Seoul city government in

opened in 1969 and moved to its current

2002, the museum displays historical and

location in 1986. The museum houses more

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than 4,000 paintings, sculptures and

61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

installations including Nam June Paik’s

82-2-2124-8800

video installation Dadaikseon (The more

http://sema.seoul.go.kr

the better). In addition to permanent exhibitions, various special exhibitions are

Namsangol Hanok Village

held year-round.

313, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

The Namsangol Hanok village is a replica

82-2-2188-6000

of a Joseon-era village consisting of

www.mmca.go.kr

various Hanok (traditional Korean houses) and the houses of aristocrats and

Seoul Museum of Art

peasants. The village also has traditional

Established by Seoul city in 1988, the

ponds and gardens and in the south of the

museum aims to introduce and exhibit the

garden there is a site where a time

works of Korean artists. The museum

capsule

moved to its current building in 2005, and

commemorate the 600th year of Seoul’s

the building consists of three floors and six

designation as the nation’ s capital.

was

buried

in

1994

to

exhibition halls. The annex to the museum

28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

opened inside Gyeonghuigung palace in

82-2-2261-0511, 2264-4412

2003.

http://hanokmaeul.seoul.go.kr

Korean Folk Village The village has around 270 traditional houses and buildings and has a collection of more than 16,000 folk artifacts. In traditional holidays like Seollal or Chuseok, various cultural events are held.

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Megabox 82-1544-0070

www.megabox.co.kr

Primus 82-1544-5522

www.primuscinema.com

CGV 82-1544-1122

www.cgv.co.kr

In addition to multiplex chains, there are 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-

movie theaters that screen independent

si, Gyeonggi-do

films or art films.

82-31-288-0000 www.koreanfolk.co.kr

Movie Theaters

Performance Halls Seoul Arts Center

Movie theaters in Korea are mostly multiplex cinemas with multiple screens. Most of the theaters are connected to subway stations, or inside department stores or shopping centers. The list of major multiplex chains in Korea is as follows (refer to website for screenings and locations). Seoul Arts Center is an exhibition and Lotte Cinema 82-1544-8855

performance www.lottecinema.co.kr

center

located

near

Umyeonsan mountain. The Center opened in 1993, and consists of an opera house, music performance hall, exhibition hall and lecture hall. More than 2,000 art performances (opera, concerts, recitals, etc.) and exhibitions are held every year at the Center. 2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 82-2-580-1300 www.sac.or.kr

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Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

2005 by Seongnam city to bring culture and arts closer to its citizens. The Center consists of an opera house, concert hall, exhibition hall and conference hall. 808, Seongnam-daero, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do 82-31-783-8000 www.snart.or.kr

Daehangno A culture and arts space located in Sejong-daero, the Center consists of the Sejong Grand Theater, the Sejong M Theater and Sejong Museum of Art. Before the Seoul Arts Center opened in 1988, all major performances in Korea were held at the Sejong Center, and the Center still hosts various performances, exhibitions and events. 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 82-1544-1887, 82-2-399-1114~6

Daehangno refers to the 1.5km zone in

www.sejongpac.or.kr

Hyehwa-dong, Seoul. Daehangno literally meansâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;university streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;because the

Seongnam Arts Center The Seongnam Arts Center opened in

universities in the area drew many youths and students. The Seoul National University campus used to be in Daehangno but moved to Gwanak-gu in 1975. The campus site is now Maronie Park, which is crowded with people because many small cultural performance halls and theaters are located near the park. Every year, the Daehangno Small Theater Festival is held. Hyehwa-dong,

Jung-gu,

Seoul

(Hyehwa station, line no. 4)

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Communities

British Association of Seoul Teatime, educational courses, mahjong

The local community is a great place to

gatherings, and Halloween parties galore.

connect and interact with people. It can

Collecting monetary donations takes up a

prove to be a great companion at times

big part of this association's activities.

away from home. Sharing information and

www.britishseoul.com

understanding others will help you mix in with the new community, make new friends,

International Migrant Center

participate in interesting activities, and help

This center organizes regular festivals,

you cope with the changes around you.

camps, and Korean courses for multicultural

There are a number of expat communities

families. You can browse the complete list of

based in Korea. They are hosted by foreign

activities on the official notice board on their

organizations or foreigner support groups

website.

and are for people from certain countries or

www.migrantcenter.net

an open event for all. Keep in mind that

82-31-795-5158

there are a wide variety of groups to choose from.

Animal Rescue Korea A growing network of foreigners residing in

Seoul International Women's Association

Korea who share a love for animals formed

(SIWA)

this citizen charity group. They find new

The

largest

international

women's

homes for homeless animals, nurture

organization in Korea hosts monthly coffee

animals in need, and are regularly involved in

gatherings, offers over 40 courses on

volunteer work and fundraising.

subjects such as photography and cooking,

www.animalrescuekorea.org

and plans Korean culture experience events and other networking sessions.

Community Korea

The association holds a regular bazaar that

Community Korea's activities can be

sells donated second-hand goods to

categorized into four groups. Language

support those in need. It is a great

exchange is for Koreans and non-Korean

community and is especially recommended

residents. Their foreign activity committee

to spouses who have immigrated to Korea

organizes concerts, camps, Korean song

by marriage.

class, and regular parties. They also arrange

http://siwapage.com contact@siwapage.com

temple stay programs. www.communitykorea.com info@communitykorea.com

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Seoul Japan Club (SJC)

Seoul Global Center Free Korean Course

This is a community for Japanese

The Seoul Global Center provides free

businesspersons living in Korea. The

Korean language classes that are available

community not only focuses on promoting

for any non-Korean residing in the capital

togetherness but is also committed to

city. Complimentary classes are offered in

solving business issues that Japanese

different difficulty levels.

corporates face in Korea.

http://global.seoul.go.kr

www.sjchp.co.kr

82-2-2075-4113

82-2-739-6962

hotline@seoul.go.kr

The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; section of the

Gugak(korean Traditional Music) Classes

directory at the back of the book provides

The National Gugak Center provides regular

a list of communities for foreigners.

gugak (traditional Korean music) classes for

Make the most of your time in Korea and

foreign residents. Janggu (Korean double

experience the traditional culture through

headed drum) and samulnori (traditional

various programs and events for

percussion quartet), folk song and pansori

foreigners. Especially, spouses of expats

(Korean dramatic song and dance) lessons

can use their spare time to take part in

are provided in Korean easy enough for

volunteer activities or enjoy cultural

foreigners to understand.

programs to make their time in Korea

www.gugak.go.kr

more rewarding.

82-2-580-3300

Seoul Volunteer Center

Seoul Migrant Center

The Center has volunteer programs for

This center regularly provides various

foreigners.

programs for foreign residents.

http://volunteer.seoul.go.kr 82-2-1670-1365

http://withmigrants.org 82-2-3672-9472

I-Park Department Store Cultural Center (Yongsan) Ballet classes, cooking classes and many other cultural classes are offered in English for both foreigners and Koreans. www.iparkculture.com 82-2-2012-4050

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Foreign Villages in Seoul Korean-Chinese Village (Yenbian Street : Garibong-dong, Guro-gu)

Many Korean-Chinese people have settled in Garibong-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul, constituting a Chinese community. A business community has developed along a 500m-long alley where both Korean and Chinese are spoken.

Muslim Village (Seoul Central Masjid : Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu)

An Islamic business community comes together‘temporarily’on weekends as many Muslims go to the mosque to attend their weekly service on Friday afternoons.

Chinese Village No. 1 (Little Chinatown : Yeonhui-dong of Seodaemun-gu and Yeonnam-dong of Mapo-gu)

Chinese Village No. 2 (Chinese Street : in front of the Chinese Embassy at Myeong-dong, Jung-gu) French Village (Seorae Village : Bangbae-dong and Banpo 4(sa)-dong, Seocho-gu)

Japan Village (Little Tokyo : Ichon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu) Mongolia Village (Mongol Tower : Beorumul-gil, Gwanghui-dong, Dongdaemun-gu) Italian Village (Club Italia : Francisco Catholic Church at Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu)

A Chinese community has developed around the Chinese Junior and Senior High Schools at Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. It is a residential-commercial Chinese village where many Chinese restaurants have formed into a Chinese business town. A cultural village has developed in the Chinese business town that has sprung up around Hanseong Chinese Elementary School in front of the Chinese Embassy. Local Koreans can experience Chinese culture in downtown Seoul as Chinese villages such as Yenben Street or KoreanChinese villages have developed in various parts of Seoul.

A French residential-commercial community has developed around a French school. Various cultural events are staged backed up by dedicated administrative support from the local gu or district office in the French language. One of the oldest foreign villages in Seoul, Little Tokyo is equipped with a kindergarten and a range of educational, faith and business facilities. Japanese is spoken at nearly all of the facilities and services have been developed for Japanese residents.

This tower is also known as a‘Mongolian island floating in Seoul’as many Mongols from various parts of Seoul or its suburbs gather here to exchange information. Korean is virtually non-existent here.

A cultural community based on religious bonds has developed here even though few Italians reside in Seoul. Diverse cultural events are held by the Italian cultural center around a Catholic church that holds mass every Sunday for Italians and also runs a kindergarten.

Philippine Village (Sunday Market : in front of Hyehwa Catholic Church at Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu)

‘Little Manila’comes together in front of Hyehwa Catholic Church every Sunday. Many truck-mounted stalls sell Philippine-related products.

*Referenced literature: ‘Seoul Policy Focus’ by the Seoul Development Institute

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Daejeon International Exchange Center This is a foreign resident community based

foreign embassies. Now, residential areas for foreigners are becoming ever more diverse.

in Daejeon. It offers courses for cooking, traditional culture, and more.

Leisure Sports

www.dicc.or.kr 82-42-223-0789

1. Water Sports at Hangang River

Foreign Villages in Seoul

If you live in the city, why not take some time off at Hangang River to blow off some steam? The riverside park is always bustling with activity, especially on weekends and weekday mornings when people come to enjoy water sports. Hangang Park is a great place to try out your choice of water sports at a reasonable price and to be surrounded According to the Korea Immigration Office

by the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful scenery.

and the Korea National Statistical Office,

Camping, cycling, inline skating and fishing

there are around 1.81 million foreigners in

can also be enjoyed at Hangang Park.

Korea as of March 31, 2015. Korea is

For more information visit the Seoul

experiencing a steep rise in international

Metropolitan City Hangang Project website

marriages with more and more multicultural

at:

http://hangang.seoul.go.kr

families coming about. There are 10 foreign neighborhoods and streets in Seoul alone.

Banana Boat

Ansan Foreigner Village, Incheon China

In this new leisure sport, a banana-shaped

Town, Namhae German Town, and Geoje

boat is pulled by a motor boat or jet ski. The

Northern Europe Town are well-known

lightweight boat skims across the surface of

foreign villages outside the capital.

the water at a high speed. It is important for

In the past, expatriate housing areas were

those on the boat to maintain good balance,

limited to a few neighborhoods around

especially when the boat makes a sharp turn.

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When the boat picks up speed, it feels as if

skiing, although it requires more skill to

you are gliding above the water. Compete in

perform jumps and turns.

teams when there are enough people for two boats.

Water-skiing

Fly Fish

This water sport combines skiing and surfing This inflatable boat is shaped like a stingray.

in one fun-filled package. Pulled by a

When a motorboat pulls it, the Fly Fish floats

motorboat or Jet Ski, it tends to be speedier

up into the air like a kite, taking the strapped

than wakeboarding. Younger children and

in passengers up for a ride. It is a great way

beginners can start off at a low speed.

to take in all the speed and an exciting

Shorter boards for children are also

experience. It can also be used as a four-

available.

person boat if it is pulled at low speed.

Available at Jamwon, Banpo, Mangwon, and Nanji Hangang Park.

Wakeboarding Simply put, wakeboarding is snowboarding

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Peanut Boat

on the water. It uses the ripples that are

The Peanut Boat is the Banana Boat's little

created as the motorboat pulls the

brother. It allows you to race across the river

wakeboarder. It is comparable to water-

while being pulled by a motorboat. This

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as water-skiing, surfing, and wakeboarding. However, it is a new type of water sports that uses jet ski propulsion to lift the rider up to nine meters above the water. â&#x20AC;˘Cost per ride: 100,000 won

small float bounces as it skims the surface of the water. Available at Mangwon and Jamwon Hangang Park.

Flyboard The flyboard is similar to other water sports that require balancing skills, such *Hangang Project Headquarters website

http://hangang.seoul.go.kr

2. Winter Sports There are various ski resorts where you can enjoy skiing and take in the view of snowcovered hills and mountains. Most resorts come with a great view and various convenience facilities. â&#x20AC;˘Ski Resort Ski Resort Konjiam Resort

Tel. 82-2-3777-2100

Website www.konjiamresort.co.kr

Yangji Pine Resort

82-31-338-2001

www.pineresort.com

Bears Town Resort

82-31-540-5000

www.bearstown.com

Oak Valley Resort

82-33-730-3500

www.oakvalley.co.kr

Yongpyong Resort

82-33-335-5757

www.yongpyong.co.kr

Alpensia Resort

82-33-339-0000

www.alpensiaresort.co.kr

Phoenix Park

82-1577-0069

www.pp.co.kr

High1 Resort

82-1588-7789

www.high1.com

Daemyung Resort

82-1588-4888

www.daemyungresort.com/skiworld

Sajo Resort

82-43-846-0750

http://sajoresort.co.kr

Eden Valley Resort

82-55-379-8000

www.edenvalley.co.kr

Muju Deogyusan Resort

82-63-322-9000

www.mdysresort.com

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3. Golf Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf courses boast superior facilities compared to those of Southeast Asian countries, and have already gained a high reputation from golfers around the world. Eco-friendly course designs and high quality facilities amidst a scenic landscape allow for a delightful golfing experience. For information on famous golf courses in Korea, visit the Korean Tourism Organization website (

http://korean.visitkorea.or.kr).

4. Soccer Stadium Stadium

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Address

Inquiries

Seoul Sangam World Cup Stadium

240, World Cup buk-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

82-2-2128-2000

Seoul Sports Complex

113, Madeul-ro 5ga-gil, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul

82-2-2240-8801

Incheon Munhak Sports Complex (Incheon Worldcup Stadium)

618, Maesohol-ro, Nam-gu, Incheon

82-32-200-7500

Suwon World Cup Stadium

310, World Cup-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

82-31-202-2002

Goyang Stadium

1601, Jungang-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do

82-31-929-4870

Daegu Stadium

180, Universiad-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu

82-53-602-2002

Daejeon World Cup Stadium

32, World Cup-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon

82-42-610-2900

Cheonan Stadium

255-1, Baekseok-dong, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do

82-41-529-5000

Gwangju World Cup Stadium

240, Geumhwa-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju

82-62-604-2002

Jeonju World Cup Stadium

1055, Girin-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

82-63-239-2546

Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium

44, Munsu-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan

82-52-220-2002

Busan Asiad Main Stadium

344, World Cup-daero, Yeonje-gu, Busan

82-51-500-2121

Jeju World Cup Stadium

31, World Cup-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

82-64-760-3611

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5. Professional Baseball Stadium Baseball Stadium

Baseball Club

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

Nexen

Jamsil Baseball Stadium Incheon SK Happy Dream Park Hanwha Eagles Park

82-2-2640-3801 (Doosan)82-2-2240-1777

SK

618, Maesohol-ro, Nam-gu, Incheon

82-32-200-7507

Hanwha

373, Daejong-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon

82-42-630-8200

Gwangju-Kia Champions Field

KIA

Sajik Baseball Stadium

Masan Baseball Stadium

Yangcheon-gu, Seoul 25, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Samsung

Cheongju Baseball Stadium

939, Anyangcheon-ro,

Inquiries

Doosan/LG

Daegu Samsung Lions Park

Suwon KT WIZ Park

Address

12-1, Goseong-ro 35-gil, Buk-gu, Daegu

(LG) 82-1544-4961~2

82-53-606-8200

10, Seorim-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju

82-70-7686-8000

Lotte

45, Sajik-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan

82-51-505-7422

kt

893, Gyeongsu-daero, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

82-1899-5916

Hanwha

888-1, Sajik-dong, Seowon-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do

82-43-279-4667

NC

63, Samho-ro, Masanhoewon-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

82-1644-9112

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Useful Information

•Learning Korean •Everyday Etiquette in Korea •Manners and Etiquette for Special Occasions •Useful Korean Expressions •Metropolitan Cities and Provinces & UNESCO World Heritages in Korea


Useful Information Learning Korean 1. Korean Language Courses

before you apply for a class. You can take a level test to check your Korean fluency if

Due to Korea's recent political, economical,

necessary.

and cultural strides, more people are becoming interested in the Korean language. There are a number of universities in Seoul that offer Korean courses which are specifically designed for foreigners and these courses have become popular among international students. More schools are offering online courses for those who live outside the capital. Please make sure to check the course difficulty and curriculum

Fee-Based Korean Language Classes Offline Only Kyung Hee University Institute of International Education

http://eng.iie.ac.kr

Korea University Institute of Foreign Language Studies

http://klcc.korea.ac.kr

Pusan International University International Language Institute http://ili.pusan.ac.kr/_English/2001001.asp Hansei University Korea Language Institute

http://www.hskli.com/eng/

Easy Korean Academy

http://www.edukorean.com/english/ Online / Offline

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King Sejong Institute

http://www.sejonghakdang.org

Seogang Korean Program

http://korean.sogang.ac.kr

Yeonsei University Korean Language Institute

http://www.yskli.com

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Some organizations offer complimentary

listed below. If you feel you are capable,

Korean classes for more accessibility so

try taking the Test of Proficiency in Korean

visit your nearest Korea Support Center

(also known as TOPIK).

for Foreign Workers or visit the websites Free Korean Language Classes Offline Only Seoul Global Center

http://global.seoul.go.kr

KBS Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s Learn Korean

http://rki.kbs.co.kr/learn_korean/lessons/e_index.htm

Talk To Me in Korean

http://www.talktomeinkorean.com

Online Only

2. Korean Language Proficiency Test Those wishing to test their level of proficiency in Korean can do so either by taking TOPIK, administered by the National Institute for International Education, or the KPE, given by the YBM. These are the two most authoritative tests and they are worth taking, especially if you are considering attending a university or getting a job in Korea.

TOPIK (Test Of Proficiency In Korean) Administering organization

NIIED (National Institute for International Education) Non-native speakers of Korean who are Koreans living overseas or foreign nationals who: - Want to learn Korean or study in a university located within Korea

Eligibility

- Wish to work for a Korean company or government institute Foreigners looking for employment in local/overseas Korean companies or public institutions Korean nationals residing abroad currently enrolled at or matriculated from a foreign school Test Dates: 5 tests annually

Test dates

(in Korea: January, March, April, July, October, November/ outside Korea: March, April, October, November)

Overseas availability

Test administered in 70 regions in 201 countries

Level of examination

Level of difficulty and proficiency: TOPIK I (Level 1-2), TOPIK II (Level 3-6) / Evaluation levels: 6 levels (Level 1-6)

Proficiency test areas

3 sections: Writing, listening comprehension, reading

Total scores

TOPIK I 200 / TOPIK II 300

Examination fee

TOPIK I 35,000 won / TOPIK II 40,000 won

TOPIK and online registration guide

82-2-3668-1331

www.topik.go.kr

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KPE (Korean Proficiency Examination) Administering organization

YBM

Test developer

Yonsei University Korean Language Institute

Eligibility

Non-native speakers of Korean who are Koreans living overseas or foreign nationals

Test dates Grading system

4 tests a year (January, April, July, October) 6-grade scale

Proficiency areas tested

4 sections: Listening, reading, speaking and writing Applicants may choose to take the test on one or more sections. 120 questions for a total test time of 180 minutes

Test fee

45,000 won (speaking), 35,000 won (listening and reading), 37,000 won (writing)

KPE and online registration guide

82-2-2279-0505 http://exam.ybmsisa.com/kpe

Everyday Etiquette in Korea 1. Introducing Korea

excelled in trade during the Goryeo Era, with a regular flow of foreign merchants traveling in and out of the country. That is when Korea made its presence and name known around the world.

On the other hand, when the Joseon Dynasty began its rule in 1392, they adopted Confucianism. The ideology

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According to various historical documents,

treasured loyalty, filial duties, and refined

Korea's history began when Gojoseon was

manners. Confucian teachings dictate the

founded in 2333 B.C. The nation prevailed in

thoughts and actions of Koreans to this day.

different names and forms over the past

This was the era when Korea's unique

5,000 years as the Three Kingdoms, the

alphabet was made. It is also notable that

North and South States, Goryeo, and

Seoul was designated as Joseon's capital.

Joseon until it reached its modern form of

Seoul has served the nation for 600 years as

the Republic of Korea that you know today.

Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political, economical, social, and

From the United Silla Dynasty to the Goryeo

cultural center. Old palaces, traditional city

Dynasty, Buddhism flourished. Korea

gates, and skyscrapers stand side-by-side

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in the city. Seoul is now a city that attracts

throughout his life. Korean people also tend

millions of tourists from all over the world.

to regard the harmony of their community more important than the happiness of a family

2. Basic Everyday Manners

member. They also developed a complex hierarchy of linguistic expressions designed to

Widely praised asâ&#x20AC;&#x153;the country of courteous

reveal a difference in age or social status

people in the Eastâ&#x20AC;?among the Chinese

between those engaged in conversation.

people in the past, Korea has maintained a long tradition of regarding everyday etiquette

The honorific expressions are used between

as a key for a decent, harmonious familial

people who meet with each other for the first

and communal life. The strong influence of

time, by juniors or inferiors when they speak

Confucianism upon the Korean society

to their seniors or superiors, or by one who

established filial piety as one of the most

makes a formal speech before a crowd.

highly admired virtues in life, and according

Meanwhile, people use plain expressions

to the Korean custom the first male child is

when they talk with friends or their juniors or

responsible for taking care of his parents

inferiors.

Terms used by the wife to call the members of her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s family

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Terms used by the husband to call the members of his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s family

Korean people have also used a range of

table (on the floor) try not to slouch or cup

different terms to refer not just to close

your chin on the table during meals. Never

family members but to almost all the

hold both your spoon and chopsticks at the

relatives on both maternal and paternal

same time, and do not hold dishes in your

sides. They also have a tradition that when

hand. If you finish eating while the senior is

married, the family of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spouse is also

still eating, place your spoon and chopsticks

regarded as his or her own and address

on the rice bowl or soup bowl, and place the

them with appropriate names expressing

bowl on the table once he/she is done. It is

their intimate relations.

considered rude to leave the table while the senior is still eating.

3. Table Manners During your time in Korea you will often

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When you eat a meal with a senior (by age

come across a situation where you are

or by position) you must wait for them to

eating with a group of people with a single

pick up their spoon before you begin your

set of side dishes and a shared stew. When

meal. If you are sitting at a traditional Korean

eating with others, refrain from picking at the

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Apart from a handful of high-end restaurants and hotels that charge an extra“service fee”in the bill, you are not obliged to tip.

side dishes and start eating from a corner.

Manners and Etiquette for Special Occasions

If available, use a separate plate to take a manageable amount of food from the

1. Wedding

plate shared with others. Try to avoid eating only the foods that suit your palate,

Wedding ceremonies in Korea today are

and try to taste all the foods the host

significantly different from the traditional

prepared for you. It is traditionally not

ones, and usually take place at a

recommended to talk during a meal, but

commercial wedding hall, hotel or church

these days it is acceptable to make a light

whereas the traditional ceremonies were

conversation that helps create a comfortable

held at the courtyard of the bride’ s house.

atmosphere. The conversation, however, should be limited to the subjects that can

Traditionally, all guests to a wedding need

make everyone sharing the meal feel

to prepare a gift money of some

comfortable.

appropriate amount for the bride or groom. They give it to a person

You will find a bell attached to your table

responsible for one of the reception desks

at many of the restaurants in Korea. These

arranged at the entrance to a wedding hall

are used to call the waiter/waitress without

and occupied by the bride or groom’s

the hassle of having to try to catch their

family or friends. Make sure that you give

attention. If the venue does not have a

the gift money to the right reception desk

bell, simply raise your arm and call for their

by checking the sign with the bride or

service. Some restaurants have signs that

groom’s name on it.

say “ 물 은 셀 프 ”, which roughly is translated as,“water is self-serviced”, in

Guests to a wedding ceremony need to

which case you will have to fetch your own

dress appropriately to respect and

water at the water dispenser.

celebrate the occasion. Men should wear suits and women should avoid white or

Please note that there is no tipping in Korea.

pink and should not wear anything

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dressier than the bride’ s wedding dress.

Mourners - both men and women - visiting

In Korea today, most wedding ceremonies

the funeral house are expected to wear a

and receptions take place at separate

black suit with black tie and shoes although

venues and guests are led to a reception hall

other dark colors such as dark blue or gray

for dining although some ceremonies are

will also be acceptable. You should avoid,

held at a dining hall with guests served with

however, wearing dark brown or red garments,

food. After the ceremony the bride and

and keep jewelry and makeup to a minimum.

groom change to Korean traditional

Leave your“buigeum” , or condolence money

garments called Hanbok and move to a

at the reception area at the entrance or put it in

special venue where the traditional Pyebaek

the buigeum box. It is the same as for a

ritual takes place. At the ritual, the groom’s

wedding in that you show your respect by

family members and relatives wish the

paying or giving what you can afford.

couple a happy marriage. Do not keep talking to the members of the

2. Funeral

bereaved family, nor ask details of the cause that led to the death as it can refresh their

If you received news of the death of a very

painful memories. Try to keep your words of

close friend or relative in Korea, you are

condolence brief and sincere, and avoid

expected to arrive at the funeral house

speaking in a loud voice or getting into any

before other mourners and help the

action that can disturb the sober

bereaved family make preparations. In other

atmosphere.

cases, wait until the bereaved family has prepared the funeral altar. A three-day

On arriving at the funeral house, mourners

funeral is more common these days. The

exchange nods with the bereaved family

best time to visit is between 09:00 to 23:00

members before paying their respect to the

on the second day because the funeral

deceased person by offering incense. They

parlor may not be ready on the first, and the

need to pick only a single incense stick and

coffin is carried out first thing in the morning

light it with a match or using the candle light.

on the third day.

The flame at one end of an incense stick

Tips

How much is “appropriate” for weddings and funerals?

In Korea, it is common practice to take a certain amount of money to a funeral or wedding that you have been invited to. Interestingly, Koreans have always liked to give in odd numbers. This could be due to the traditional belief that odd numbers represent the Yang energy. Nowadays it is common to give 30,000 won, 50,000 won, or 70,000 won. Consider your income and relationship with the person when determining the right amount.

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should be put out not by blowing but by

exchanging a single bow with the

shaking or gently rubbing it, and put in the

bereaved

burner prepared before the portrait of the

condolence. Christian believers tend to

deceased person placed on the altar. The

give gentle nods rather than deep bows to

incense offering is traditionally followed by

express their condolence.

family

and

a

word

of

two deep bows to the portrait before

Useful Korean Expressions 1. Basic Expressions English

Korean

Pronunciation

Yes

예, 네

ye, ne

No

아니오.

anio

감사합니다.

gamsahamnida

고맙습니다.

gomabseubnida

고마워요.

gomawoyo

You’ re welcome

천만에요.

cheonmaneyo

Excuse me (to call someone)

실례합니다.

silryehamnida

죄송합니다.

joesonghamnida

I am sorry (to ask for forgiveness)

미안합니다.

mianhamnida

No problem, Forget it

괜찮아요.

gwaenchanayo

Please

부탁합니다.

butakhamnida

Could you say that again?

다시 한 번 말해주세요.

dasi han beon malhejuseyo

Thank you (from most respectful to most familiar)

Excuse me, sorry (to ask for forgiveness)

2. Greetings and Introductions English

Korean

Pronunciation

Hello

안녕하세요.

annyeonghaseyo

Good bye (to a person who is leaving)

안녕히 가세요.

annyeonghi gaseyo

Good bye (to a person who is staying)

안녕히 계세요.

annyeonghi gyeseyo

See you later

나중에 봐요.

najunge bayo

See you soon / see you next time

또 만나요.

ddo mannayo

Good night (sleep well)

안녕히 주무세요.

annyeonghi jumuseyo

How do you do?

잘 지내셨어요?

jal jinaesyeosseoyo?

I am fine, thanks

네. 잘 지냈어요.

ne. jal jinaesseoyo

이름이 뭐에요?

ireumi mwoeyo?

이름이 어떻게 되세요?

ireumi eoddeohge doeseyo?

My name is ◯◯◯

제 이름은 ◯◯◯이에요.

je ireumeun ◯◯◯ ieyo

Pleased to meet you

만나서 반가워요.

mannaseo bangawoyo

Here is my ◯◯◯

이분이제◯◯◯이에요.

ibuni je ◯◯◯ ieyo

What is your name?

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English

Korean

Pronunciation

husband

남편

nampyeon

wife

아내

ane

father

아버지

abeoji

mother

어머니

eomeoni

son

아들

adeul

daughter

ddal

older brother (for a girl)

오빠

obba

older brother (for a boy)

hyeong

older sister (for a girl)

언니

eonni

older sister (for a boy)

누나

nuna

younger brother / sister

동생

dongsaeng

3. Country and Language English Where are you from?

Korean 어디서 오셨어요?

Pronunciation eodiseo osyeosseoyo?

I'm from ◯◯◯

저는 ◯◯◯에서 왔어요.

jeoneun ◯◯◯ eseo wasseoyo

Do you speak ◯◯◯?

◯◯◯ 하실 줄 아세요?

◯◯◯ hasil jul aseyo?

I speak ◯◯◯

◯◯◯ 할 줄 알아요.

◯◯◯ hal jul arayo

Is there anyone who speaks ◯◯◯?

◯◯◯ 하시는 분 계세요?

◯◯◯ hasineun bun gyeseyo?

Korean

한국어

hangukeo

English

영어

yeongeo

French

프랑스어

peurangseueo

German

독일어

dogileo

Spanish

스페인어

seupeineo

4. Transportation and Asking for Directions English

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Korean

Pronunciation

Where is the ◯◯◯?

◯◯◯이/가 어디 있어요?

◯◯◯ i/ga eodi isseoyo?

I would like to go to ◯◯◯

◯◯◯에 가고 싶어요.

◯◯◯ e gago sipeoyo

How can I get to ◯◯◯?

◯◯◯에 어떻게 가요?

◯◯◯ e eoddeohge gayo?

I am looking for ◯◯◯

◯◯◯를/을 찾고 있어요.

◯◯◯ reul/eul chatgo isseoyo

What time do we leave?

언제 출발해요?

eonje chulbalhaeyo?

What time do we arrive?

언제 도착해요?

eonje dochakhaeyo?

Where can I buy a ticket?

표 어디서 살 수 있어요?

pyo eodiseo sal su isseoyo?

I would like 1(2) one way ticket

편도 표 1장(2장) 주세요.

pyeondo pyo hanjang (dujang) juseyo

I would like 1(2) return ticket

왕복 표 1장(2장) 주세요.

wangbok pyo hanjang (dujang) juseyo

Take me to ◯◯◯

◯◯◯로 가주세요.

◯◯◯ ro gajuseyo

the plane

비행기

bihaenggi

the train

기차

gicha

the bus

버스

beoseu

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English

Korean

Pronunciation

subway station

지하철역

jihacheolyeok

bus stop

버스 정류장

beoseu jeongryujang

an embassy

대사관

daesagwan

a bank

은행

eunhaeng

a tourism office

관광 안내소

gwangwang annaeso

the city center

시내 중심가

sinae jungsimga

public toilets

화장실

hwajangsil

5. When Traveling English

Korean

Pronunciation

Where is the ◯◯◯?

◯◯◯는 어디 있어요?

◯◯◯ nun eodi isseoyo?

Where is the tourism office?

관광 안내소가 어디예요?

gwangwang annaesoga eodiyeyo?

관광 안내소로 가려면

gwangwang annaesoro

어느 길로 가야 해요?

garyeomyeon eoneu gilro gayahaeyo?

Is it far from here?

여기서 멀어요?

yeogiseo meoloyo?

How long does it take?

얼마나 걸리나요?

eolmana geolinayo?

Can I get there on foot?

걸어갈 수 있나요?

geoleogal su itnayo?

Would you take a picture?

사진 좀 찍어주세요.

sajin jom jjigeojuseyo

Until what time are you open?

몇 시까지 영업해요?

myeoch siggaji yeongeobheoyo?

Namdaemun

남대문

namdaemun

Dongdaemun

동대문

dongdaemun

National Museum of Korea

국립중앙박물관

gukrip jungang bakmulgwan

English Do you have a table?

Korean 자리 있어요?

Pronunciation jari isseoyo?

(A table for) ◯◯ people

◯◯ 명이에요.

◯◯ myeongieyo

흡연석으로 주세요.

heopyeonseokuro juseyo

금연석으로 주세요.

geumyeonseokuro juseyo

여기요.

yeogiyo

The menu, please

메뉴 주세요.

menyu juseyo

What is this?

이건 뭐예요?

igeon mwoeyo?

뭐가 맛있어요?

mweoga masisseoyo?

Do you have an English menu?

영어 메뉴 있어요?

yeongeo menyu isseoyo?

Bon appetite

맛있게 드세요.

masissge deuseyo

잘 먹겠습니다.

jal meoggessseubnida

How to get to the tourism office?

6. At Restaurants

I would like a table in the smoking area please I would like a table in the non-smoking area please Excuse me! (come here please, to a waiter)

What tastes good? (Which dish do you recommend)

Bon appetite (more colloquial but still polite)

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English

Korean

Pronunciation

Water, please

물 주세요.

mul juseyo

The bill, please

계산서 주세요.

gyesanseo juseyo

I ate well (after the meal is over)

잘 먹었습니다.

jal meogeossseubnida

Can I pay by credit card?

신용카드로 계산할 수 있어요?

sinyongkadeuro gyeosanhal su isseoyo?

English I am just looking

Korean 보기만 하는 거예요.

Pronunciation bogiman haneun geoyeyo

I would like to see that

저거 보여 주세요.

jeogeo boyeo juseyo

Do you have this in another color?

이거 다른 색 있어요?

igeo dareun saek isseoyo?

Do you have a smaller one?

이거보다 작은 거 있어요?

igeoboda jakeun geo isseoyo?

Do you have a bigger one?

이거보다 큰 거 있어요?

igeoboda keun geo isseoyo?

I would like to try this

입어보고 싶은데요.

ibeobogo sipeundeyo

How much is it?

얼마에요?

eolmaeyo?

This is expensive

비싸네요.

bissaneyo

Do you have something cheaper?

저렴한 거 있어요?

jeoryeomhan geo isseoyo?

Could you lower the price a bit?

조금 싸게 해주세요.

jogeum ssage haejuseyo

I will take this one

이걸로 할게요.

igeolro halgeyo

I would like to get a refund

환불하고 싶은데요.

hwanbulhago sipeundeyo

Can I exchange this for another one?

교환되나요?

gyohwandoenayo?

7. At Shopping Malls

8. At Hospitals and Pharmacies English

Korean

Is there a doctor who speaks English? 영어 하는 의사가 있나요?

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Pronunciation yeongeo hanun eusaga itnayo?

I have pain here

여기가 아파요.

yeogiga apayo

I have a fever

열이 나요.

yeoli nayo

I have a cough

기침을 해요.

gichimeul heyo

I have a stomachache

속이 안 좋아요.

sogi an joayo

Where is the nearest hospital?

가까운 병원이 어디죠?

gaggaun byeongwoni eodijyo?

Where is the nearest pharmacy?

가까운 약국이 어디죠?

gaggaun yakgugi eodijyo?

Do I have to stay in the hospital?

입원해야 하나요?

ipwonheya hanayo?

Will I get better soon?

곧 나아질까요?

got naajilggayo?

Do you have ◯◯◯?

◯◯◯ 주세요.

◯◯◯ juseyo

Headache

두통

dutong

Toothache

치통

chitong

Vomiting

구토

guto

Cold Tablet

감기약

gamgiyak

Painkiller

진통제

jintongje

Eye drops

안약

anyak

Band-aid

붕대

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Metropolitan Cities and Provinces & UNESCO World Heritages in Korea 1. Seoul Metropolitan Government

Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung and Deoksugung and numerous tourist

Area: 605 km2 Population: 10,369,593 The capital of the Republic of Korea,

attractions including the Tapgol Park, Children’s Grand Park, and Namsan Tower.

Seoul, is located in the midwestern part of the Korean Peninsula. The city is at the lower reaches of the Hangang River which

Jongmyo Shrine: Designated as Historic

flows through it, and enclosed by scenic

Site No. 125, the Jongmyo Shrine is a

mountains Bukhansan, Dobongsan,

royal shrine of the Joseon Dynasty where

Inwangsan and Gwanaksan. It was called

seasonal memorial rites are held to honor

Gyeongseongbu “ ( Capital Fortress”)

the deceased kings and their consort

during the Japanese colonial period

queens. The construction of the shrine

(1910-1945), and recovered the name

began in 1394, three years after the

Seoul “Capital ( City”) in 1945 when the

coronation of the founder of the dynasty’ s

colonial rule ended. It was then promoted

King Taejo, and completed in 1421 when

to a“special city”in the following period

it was under the rule of its fourth monarch

and has since then played a leading role

King Sejong. It was burnt down during the

in about all the gamut of the Korean

Imjin and Jeongju Wars (1592-1598)

society, politics, economy and education.

triggered by Japanese invasions, and was

Seoul also contains valuable royal palaces

rebuilt in 1608, the year when King

of the Joseon Dynasty including

Gwanghaegun was enthroned. The shrine was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995.

Changdeokgung Palace: This royal palace located in Waryong-dong of Jongno-gu, Seoul, is designated as Historic Site No. 122. It was established when Joseon (1392-1910) was under the

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rule of King Taejong (r. 1400-1418), and had since then had official royal residences and offices used by many Joseon rulers. It has many

exquisite

buildings

Visit Seoul (www.visitseoul.net) A fast and easy guide to traveling in Seoul

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including

Donhwamun Gate (Treasure No. 383), and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage

2. Busan Metropolitan City

Sites list in 1997. Area: 770 km2 Population: 3,556,000 Joseon Royal Tombs: The Joseon Dynasty maintained unique funeral and burial traditions and there are eight royal tombs in Seoul, including Jeongneung, Heoninneung, Seonjeongneung, Taegangneung and Uireung. The tombs are regarded as important sources of knowledge regarding the views of the world, religion and nature of

Located in the southeastern part of the

Korea in the Joseon period and architectural

Korean Peninsula, Busan is Korea’ s second

heritage representing the dynasty that lasted

largest city following Seoul, and the largest

for over 500 years.

port city and the center of Korea’s marine logistics. The city is also the economic hub of the region and home to many heavy industries such as steel, automobile and shipbuilding. Busan also has famous tourist attractions such as Geumjeongsan Fortress, Haeundae Beach, Oryukdo Islets, UN Memorial Park, Taejongdae Cliffs and Chungnyeolsa Shrine.

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3. Daegu Metropolitan City Area: 884 km2 Population: 2,516,000

machinery are exported and wood and textiles are imported. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major tourist attractions include Wolmido and Jagyakdo Islands and Songdo Beach.

Located in the southeastern part of the Korean Peninsula, Daegu is one of the

Ganghwa Dolmen Site: This historic site

largest cities in Korea, a regional hub of

contains about 150 dolmens dotted

the textile industry, and one of the most

around Bugeun-ri, Samgeo-ri, Osang-ri

famous apple producers in Korea. The

and the skirts of Goryeosan Mountain in

Provincial Office of Gyeongsangbuk-do is

Ganghwa-gun, Incheon Metropolitan City.

located in the city and the city has tourist

The site has gained nationwide reputation

attractions such as Donghwasa Temple,

with Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest table-shaped

Dalseong Park, Suseong Park and

dolmen, which is 6.4m long and 2.5m

Palgongsan Mountain.

high. The dolmens in this site are located up to 100-200 meters above sea level, which is higher than other dolmens in

4. Incheon Metropolitan City

Korea.

Area: 1,046 km2 Population: 2,970,000 Incheon, located along the midwestern coast of Korea, is a historic city developed as the gateway to Seoul, the capital of Korea. The city is also one of the most successful trading port through which marine products, graphite, metal and

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5. Gwangju Metropolitan City Area: 501 km2 Population: 1,494,000

where two of Korea’ s busiest railway lines, Gyeongbuseon and Honamseon, are forked off. Nearby the city are the Daedeok Science Park and the Third Industrial Complex, and Promoted to a Metropolitan City in January

the city has famous tourist destinations such

1995, Gwangju is located in the middle of

as Yuseong Hot Spa Resort, Chilbaeguichong

Jeollanam-do. The main source of income

Tomb and Gyeryongsan Mountain.

for the city is service industries, although machinery and metalworking industries

7. Ulsan Metropolitan City

related with the nearby Hwasun Mine also developed lucrative businesses to support the city’s economy. The wide open farming

Area: 1,060 km2 Population: 1,195,000

field around the city is called the Sambaek “three ( whites”) region as rice, cotton and silkworms are produced. The city’s main tourist attractions include Mudeungsan Mountain,

Jeungsimsa

Temple

and

Wonhyosa Temple.

6. Daejeon Metropolitan City A city located at the southeastern tip of the Area: 540 km2 Population: 1,541,000

Korean Peninsula, Ulsan has fast grown into Korea’s industrial hub since it was

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Located in the middle of Chungcheong-do

designated as a Special Industrial Zone in

Province,

the

1962. The city is generally regarded as the

Chungcheongnam-do provincial office is

center of Korea’ s petrochemistry,

located and the largest city in the region

shipbuilding and auto industries, and has

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where


attractive tourist destinations such as

9. Gyeonggi-do

Dongchuksa Temple, Ulsan Fortress Site and Munsuam Temple. It was integrated with Ulsan-gun in January 1995, forming a

Area: 10,172 km2 Population: 12,793,000

unique city in which urban districts and rural communities are organically united.

8. Sejong Metropolitan Autonomous City Area: 465 km2 Population: 189,000 Gyeonggi-do is a province located in the midwestern part of the Korean Peninsula, whose provincial administration is seated in Suwon. History says that it had been part of Mahan before it was incorporated into Silla (57 BCE-935) and then Goryeo (918-1392) during which its current name began to be used. The province is marked by wide open fields producing a wealth of agricultural products, and Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main rivers including Hangang, Imjingang, Located in the northeast side of

Yeseonggang and Anseongcheon flow

Chungcheongnam-do province, this

through the province.

special autonomous city is the 17th local autonomous entity of Korea. A total of 36 central administrative agencies and 16

Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon: Located

national research institutes are slated to

in downtown Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, and

move to Sejong City by the end of 2014, making it the administrative capital of Korea. Sejong City aims to become a selfsufficient multifunctional city with education and cultural infrastructure and high tech industries, in addition to administrative functions.

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designated as Historic Site No. 3, the fortress was built between 1794 and 1796 when Joseon was under the rule of King Jeongjo. The fortress is widely admired for its historic significance and architectural excellence, and its building involved the use of modern techniques and equipment as well as architectural design. It was placed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List

National Historic Site No. 57. Using the ruins

in 1997.

of a fortress that was built during King Munmu’s reign in the Silla dynasty as its foundation, full scale construction of the

Joseon Royal Tombs: The Joseon Dynasty

fortress began in 1621 during King

(1392-1910) left 31 royal tombs, including

Gwanghaegun’s rule. The fortress is

Donggureung, Hongyureung, Gwangneung,

currently a popular hiking spot as the road

Sareung and Yeongnyeongneung, scattered

along the fortress walls are not too steep

across Guri, Namyangju, Goyang and Paju

and

of Gyeonggi-do. These royal tombs contain

Namhansanseong fortress was designated

important information on the philosophy,

as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

well

maintained.

In

2014,

political history and creative aestheticism of Joseon.

10. Gangwon-do Area: 20,569 km2 Population: 1,562,000

Namhansanseong Fortress : Like Bukhansanseong fortress, Namhansanseong fortress was built during the Joseon dynasty to

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defend the nation’s then-capital, Hanyang.

Gangwon-do is a province located in the

This structure is currently designated as

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and its provincial administration is seated

11. Chungcheongbuk-do

in Chuncheon. The province originally belonged to the territory of Goguryeo (37

Area: 7,407 km2 Population: 1,613,000

BCE-668), and its current name was given just after the foundation of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The province borders the East Sea and has a mountainous terrain, and is famous for specialties such as honey, deer antler, ginseng, pine nut, potato, sweet corn, cuttlefish and Pollack as well as tourist attractions such as Seoraksan Mountain, Woljeongsa Temple, Ojukheon House, and the Eight Scenic Beauties of

With its provincial seat located in

Gwandong.

Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do is well known as Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only province that is not bordering the sea. The area was

Joseon Royal Tombs: Located in

regarded as a strategic point during the

Gangwon-do is a Joseon-era royal tomb,

Three Kingdoms Period (57 BCE-668) and

Jangneung, where the dynastyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth

often became a cause for military conflicts

ruler, King Danjong, is buried. The tomb is

among them. The province, whose current

a tangible evidence showing the tradition

name was given when Joseon was under

of ancestral worshipping faithfully

the rule of King Gojong, is rich with natural

maintained in the Joseon Dynasty.

resources, which contributed to the development of mining and manufacturing industries. Tourist attractions include the Songnisan National Park, the Eight Scenic Beauties of Danyang, Sangdangsan Mountain and Hwayangdong Valley.

12. Chungcheongnam-do Area: 8,204 km2 Population: 2,123,000 Chungcheongnam-do is located in the

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whose provincial administration is seated in Jeonju. It was part of Jeolla-do according to an administrative reform introduced during the reign of King Hyeonjong (r. 1010-1031) of Goryeo, and became an independent province in 1896 when Joseon was under the rule of King Gojong (r. 1863-1907). The province is Korea’s major producer of midwestern part of Korea and its provincial

various agricultural products including rice

administration is seated in Hongseong-gun.

and barley, and well known for Gimje’s

The province was called Ungcheon during

alluvial gold and Jangsu’s molybdenum.

the Unified Silla Period (676-932) and

Main tourist destinations include Gwanghallu

Hanamdo during the Goryeo Period (918-

Pavilion, Ojakgyo Bridge, Naejangsan

1392). The current name was given when

Mountain,

Joseon was under the rule of King Gojong.

Geumsansa Temple.

Naejangsa

Temple,

and

The province has wide open farming fields and many tourist attractions such as Hyeonchungsa Shrine, King Muryeong’s

Gochang Dolmen Site: A total of 447

Tomb, Chilbaeguichong Tomb, Onyang Hot

dolmens are dotted in and around the

Spa Resort, and Asan Lake.

villages of Jungnim-ri and Dosan-ri of Gochang-eup, and Sanggap-ri of Asan-

13. Jeollabuk-do

myeon in Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do, forming Korea’ s largest cluster of prehistoric

Area: 8,067 km2 Population: 1,895,000

tombs. The dolmens are in various sizes weighing ten to three hundred tons, and they also come in various shapes, from table to box shapes.

Jeollabuk-do is a province located in the southwestern part of the Korean Peninsula

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14. Jeollanam-do Area: 12,270 km2 Population: 1,931,000

Many of these megalithic remains have been discovered recently and hence exhibit their original condition. The site also contains a quarry where stones were Jeollanam-do

is

located

in

the

obtained for the dolmen construction

southwestern end of the Korean Peninsula

which provides valuable information on the

and its provincial administration is seated

techniques used to obtain and carry stones,

in Muan. It became part of Jeolla-do when

and to build the prehistoric monuments.

the medieval Korean kingdom Goryeo was under the reign of King Hyeonjong (r.

15. Gyeongsangbuk-do

1010-1031) and was given the current name and status during the reign of King Gojong (r. 1863-1907). The province is

Area: 19,029 km2 Population: 2,746,000

widely regarded as Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest granary and produces coal (Hwasun), copper and gold (Suncheon). Major tourist attractions include Mudeungsan Mountain, Gohado Island, Admiral Yi Sun-sinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monument, Songgwangsa Temple, and Byeokpajeong Pavilion.

Hwasun Dolmen Site: About 500 dolmens are scattered along a 10km-long valley running through Hyosan-ri of Dogok-myeon and Daesin-ri of Chunyang-

Gyeongsangbuk-do is a province located

myeon, Hwasun-gun of Jeollanam-do.

in the southeastern part of the Korean

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peninsula whose administrative seat is in

Tohamsan Mountain in Gyeongju. The

Daegu. The province was a core part of Silla

temple was built by Kim Dae-seong when

(57 BCE- 936), and was given its current

Silla

name and status through an administrative

Gyeongdeok, and features a cave with

reform adopted during the reign of King

domed ceiling built with white granite to

Gojong (r. 1863-1907). It is surrounded by

enshrine Buddha Seokgamoni surrounded

many mountains, and has a flat plain that

by Buddhist saints and guards. The

produces a variety of crops such as rice,

delightfully simple design combined with

barley, soy beans, tobacco, apple and

superbly carved statues makes it one of the

cotton. Fishery is an important source of

world’ s greatest works of Buddhist art. The

income for many towns and villages lined

temple, along with Bulguksa Temple, was

along the eastern seacoast. The POSCO

added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

steel plants in Pohang and the Gumi

list in 1995.

was

under

the

rule

of

King

Industrial Complex form Korea’s largest inland industrial manufacturer while Gyeongju contains a wealth of Silla remains.

Seokguram Grotto: This cave temple designated as Korea’s National Treasure No.24 is located at the midslope of

Bulguksa Temple: Located on the foot of Tohamsan Mountain in Jinhyeon-dong of Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Bulguksa Temple is designated as Historic Site No. 1. The temple was established in 528, the 15th year of the King Beopheung, by Lady Yeongje, the king’s mother, and Lady Giyun, his queen consort, and expanded by Kim Dae-seong in 751, the 10th year of the King Gyeongdeok’ s rule. It is one of the two greatest works of Korean Buddhist art along

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with Seokguram Grotto and has a number

of Silla Buddhism; and Sanseong Zone

of treasures such as the Bulguksa Three-

displaying the features of military facilities

story Stone Pagoda, Dabotap Pagoda,

built to defend the royal capital of Silla. A

and Baegungyo and Yeonhwagyo

total of 52 cultural treasures protected by

Bridges. Both temples were designated as

the law are in the District.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995, and the temple is the headquarters of the 11th Parish of Jogye Order in Korean Buddhism.

Historic Villages of Korea Hahoe and Yangdong: Hahoe Village in Andong is a â&#x20AC;&#x153; single-clan villageâ&#x20AC;? established by the Ryu clan of Pungsan in Gyeongju Historic District: The Gyeongju

the 1600s which still maintains the original

Historic District has preserved priceless

layout with old houses and institutions

historical and cultural remains of

including a private Neo-Confucian

Buddhism and the royal capital of Silla (57

Academy (Seowon). The village contains

BCE-935) for a millennium.

some superb examples of traditional

In the Gyeongju Historic District, which

Korean architecture reflecting the life of

was added to the World Heritage Sites list

the literati class of mid Joseon such as

in December 2000, there are a variety of

Yangjindang Hall, Chunghyodang Hall,

cultural remains that help grasp the history

Bukchondaek House, and Byeongsan

and culture of Silla at a glance. The District

Seowon which is largely regarded as a

is divided into five zones: Namsan Zone

masterpiece of Joseon-era academy

which is a treasury of Korean Buddhist art;

buildings.

Wolseong Zone containing the palace site of a millennium kingdom; Daeneungwon

Yangdong Village is located at a site 16 km

Zone, the burial site of Silla royals;

northeast from Gyeongju, the ancient

Hwangnyongsa Zone storing the essence

capital of Silla, following Hyeongsangang

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River, and is designated as Important Folk

administration office located in the city of

Material No. 1890. The village, set up on an

Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do was part of

auspicious place in terms of Pungsu (or

the Silla territory in the Three Kingdoms

Feng Shui) principles, maintains the original

Period (57 BCE-668) and its current name

layout with houses built when the village was

and status were given when Joseon was

relishing prosperity, and has a number of

under the rule of King Gojong (r. 1863-

buildings designated by the Korean

1907). The weather is milder than most

government as Treasures and Important

other Korean provinces, and the province

Folk Materials. The two villages were

has more precipitation and fertile farmlands

originally founded in the 14th and 15th

around the Nakdonggang estuary producing

century and maintain great examples of the

rice, barley, soybean and apple. The

Korean traditional villages built to be in

province’s southern part bordering the sea

harmony with nature. Entire villages and

features ria coastlines embracing important

individual houses provide fine examples of

seaports such as Busan and Tongyeong.

the Korean traditional architecture and

Trade and fishery are two major industries of

landscapes created and chosen according

the province, and there are some of Korea’ s

to Confucian principles. The villagers have

most prosperous industrial complexes in

preserved traditional lifestyle and culture

Ulsan and Changwon. Tourist attractions

based on Confucianism, as their hometown

include ancient Buddhist monasteries of

was the center of Confucian education in the

Haeinsa and Tongdosa, Haeundae Beach,

Joseon era.

Hansando Island and Noryangjin Battlefield.

16. Gyeongsangnam-do Depositories for the Tripitaka Area: 10,534 km2 Population: 3,436,000

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Koreana Woodblocks: The Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks stored in a depository

A province located in the southeastern part

in Haeinsa Temple are known to contain the

of the Korean Peninsula with its provincial

world’s most perfect edition of Buddhist

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scriptures and widely admired for the

wooden buildings maintained in the early

elaborate

the

Joseon period and whose architectural

remarkable development of woodblock

carving

displaying

beauty is combined with scientific

printing in medieval Korea. The temple

knowledge used to create a perfect

depositories built in the 15th century are

environment

also regarded as priceless treasures as

woodblocks in a nature- friendly manner.

they provide a near perfect condition for

The depositories store a collection of

safe storage of the woodblocks. The

81,258 woodblocks carved with about 52

buildings also exhibit superb architectural

million characters of the Tripitaka with no

beauty.

errors or wrong types. Both the

The scripture depositories in Haeinsa

depositories and the woodblocks are now

Temple contain over 80,000 woodblocks

regarded as an important part of the

of the Buddhist canon of scriptures

world’ s cultural heritage for their historical

elaborately carved by Goryeo artisans in

background, beauty and content.

for

the

storage

of

the 13th century. Also the oldest buildings remaining in the emple, the two wooden

17. Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

buildings stand side by side, one in the north and the other in the south, and are fairly large each with a 15-kan (each kan

Area: 1,849 km2 Population: 630,000

being the space between four columns, roughly 3.3 square meters) structure. The buildings are known to be the world’s only structures specially built for the purpose of storing the Tripitaka. The buildings show a great example of Korean traditional

Korea’s largest island located southwest of mainland Korea, Jeju-do is a volcanic island in an oval shape, 31 km south to north and 73 km east to west, and Korea’ s smallest province. Jeju-do was separated from Jeollanam-do in 1946 to become an independent administrative

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division, and promoted to a special autonomous province in 2006. Jejudo’s main industries are stock-farming, farming, forestry, fishery and tourism, and the island is famous for its Haenyeo “sea ( women” diving into the sea to harvest seafood) and horses. Tourist attractions enjoying nationwide reputation include Baengnokdam Crater, Samseonghyeol Shrine, Yongduam Rock, Manjanggul Cave, and Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls. landscape. The lava tubes around Geomun Oreum are known to have formed some Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

100,000 to 300,000 years ago, and include Bengduigul, Manjanggul, Gimnyeong -gul, Yongcheon Donggul and Dangcheo -mul Donggul that are designated as World Heritage Sites. The volcanoes, volcanic caves, and rare and endangered plants of the island make Jejudo an academically important place for studying the ecosystem and the formation of volcanoes. Also, the Hallasan Mountain

The World Heritage Sites in Jeju include

natural reservation area is a valuable natural

Hallasan Mountain, Seongsan Ilchulbong

heritage for its beautiful scenery, vegetation

Peak, Geomun Oreum Peak, and some lava

and unique geographical features.

tubes.

Thanks to the island’s fantastic natural

Hallasan Mountain is the tallest mountain

heritage, the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava

and the only shield volcano in South Korea

Tubes were added to the UNESCO World

while Ilchulbong Peak in Seongsan is one of

Heritage Sites list in the 31st World Heritage

about 360 cinder cones scattered around

Convention held in Christ Church, New

the island that provide a fantastic coastal

Zealand in June 2007.

*Images courtesy of the Cultural Heritage Administration and respective city and provincial governments *Updated July 2015

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Directory


Directory KOTRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Overseas Network Region

City

Fax

Homepage

(65)6426-7200

(65)6223-5850

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/singapore

Yangon

(95-1)255453~6

(95-1)255457

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/yangon

Dhaka

(880-2)984-4218, 984-2357

(880-2)984-3068

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/dhaka

Hochiminh city

(84-8)3822-3944/ 3950

(84-8)3822-3941

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/hochiminh www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/hanoi

Hanoi

(84-4)3946-0511~8

(84-4)3946-0519/20

Phnom penh

(855-23)999-099

(855-23)211-598

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/phnompenh

Colombo Kuala lumpur

(94-11)2597494 (60-3)2117-7100

(94-11)2501818 (60-3)2142-2107

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/colombo www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/kualalumpur

Asia

New delhi

(91-124)4628-500

(91-124)4628-501

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/newdelhi

&

Chennai

(91-44)2433-7280

(91-44)2433-7281

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/chennai

Oceania

Mumbai

(91-22)4925-5400

(91-22)4925-5454

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/mumbai

Jakarta

(62-21)574-1522

(62-21)572-2187

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/jakarta

Japan

Bangkok

(66-2)663-6900~8

(66-2)261-1232~3

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/bangkok

Karachi

(92-21)3530-3771~3774

(92-21)3530-3778

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/karachi

Manila

(63-2)893-1183/3244 (63-2)817-3369

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/manila

Auckland

(64-9)373-5792

(64-9)373-2952

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/auckland

Sydney

(61-2)9264-5199

(61-2)9264-5299

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/sydney

Melbourne

(61-3)9860-0500

(61-3)9860-0599

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/melbourne

Vientiane

(856-21)455-080

(856-21)455-081

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/vientiane

Surabaya

(62-31)534-7332

(62-31)534-7320

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/surabaya

Tokyo

(81-3)3214-6951

(81-3)3214-6950

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/tokyo

Osaka

(81-6)6262-3831

(81-6)6262-4607

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/osaka

Fukuoka

(81-92)473-2005

(81-92)473-2007

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/fukuoka

Nagoya

(81-52)561-3936

(81-52)561-3945

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/nagoya

Shanghai

China

(86-21)6219-6015, (86-21)5108-8771~2 6236-8211

Beijing

(86-10)6410-6162

Dalian

(86-411)8253-0051/3 (86-411)8253-0050

Guangzhou Chengdu

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Telephone

Singapore

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(86-10)6505-2310

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/shanghai www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/beijing www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/dalian

(86-20)2208-1600

(86-20)2208-1636

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/guangzhou

(86-28)8672-3501~6

(86-28)8672-3507

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/chengdu


Region

City Qingdao

China

North

Fax

Homepage www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/qingdao

Xian

(86-29)8883-1060

(86-29)8883-1056

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/xian

Wuhan

(86-27)8555-0118

(86-27)8555-0120

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/wuhan

Changsha

(86-731)8564-0080

(86-731)8564-0070

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/changsha

Hong Kong

(852)2545-9500

(852)2815-0487

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/hongkong www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/taipei

Taipei

(886-2)2725-2324

(886-2)2757-7240

Chongqing

(86-23)6039-1005

(86-23)6039-1009

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/chongqing

Hangzhou

(86-571)8110-3099

(86-571)8110-3098

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/hangzhou

Zhengzhou

(86-371)8616-3927~200 (86-371)8616-3930

Xiamen

(86-592)210-3190~22 (86-592)210-3193

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/xiamen

(86-24)3137-0770

(86-24)3137-0773

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/shenyang

Shenyang

America

Telephone

(86-532)8388-7931/4 (86-532)8388-7935

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/zhengzhou

Shenzhen

(86-755)8335-9991

(86-755)8335-9880

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/shenzhen

Tianjin Nanjing

(86-22)2329-6631

(86-22)2329-6634

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/tianjin

(86-25)8328-8991

(86-25)8328-8995

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/nanjing

New York

(1-212)826-0900

(1-212)888-4930

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/newyork www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/losangeles

Los Angeles

(1-323)954-9500

(1-323)954-1707

Chicago

(1-312)644-4323

(1-312)644-4879

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/chicago

Dallas

(1-972)243-9300

(1-972)243-9301

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/dallas

Washington DC (1-202)857-7919

(1-202)525-2769

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/washingtond

Silicon Valley

(1-408)432-5000

(1-408)432-5056

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/siliconvalley

Miami

(1-305)537-9820

(1-305)537-9819

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/miami

Detroit

(1-248)619-1601

(1-248)619-1615

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/detroit

Toronto

(1-416)368-3399

(1-416)368-2893

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/toronto

Vancouver

(1-604)683-1820 687-7322

(1-604)687-6249

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/vancouver

Mexico city

(52-55)5514-3173/3174

(52-55)5514-3170

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/mexico%20city

Santo Domingo

(1-809)567-9733

(1-809)567-9737

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/santodomingo

Guatemala Caracas

(502)2367-2347/9 (58-212)750-2215

(502)2367-2350 (58-212)750-2218

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/guatemala www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/caracas

Sao paulo

(55-11)3175-3030

(55-11)3175-3031

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/saopaulo

Buenos Aires

(54-11)4312-0033

(54-11)4312-7755

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/buenosaires

(56-2)2204-9833

Central

Santiago

(56-2)2362-9991

and South

Bogota Panama

(57-1)637-5099 (57-1)637-9238 (507)264-8105/7970 (507)214-9717

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/bogota www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/panama

America

Lima

(51-1)437-4341

(51-1)437-7167

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/lima

Havana

(53-7)204-1020/ 1117/1165

(53-7)204-1209

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/havana

(55-21)2172-0902

(55-21)2172-0902

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/riodejaneiro

kotraparaguay@kotra.or.kr

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/asuncion

Riodejaneiro Asuncion

Europe

(595-21)238-1699 328-7111

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/santiago

Quito Frankfurt

(593-2)2237-111, (49-69)2429-920/9

(593-2)2908-450 (49-69)2535-89

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/quito www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/frankfurt

Hamburg

(49-40)3405-740

(49-40)3405-7474

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/hamburg

Munich

(49-89)2424-2630

(49-89)2424-2639

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/munich

Athens

(30-210)654-3623~4 (30-210)6543-508

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/athens

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Region

City Amsterdam Copenhagen

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/copenhagen

(45)3332-6654 (40-21)233-2174

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/bucharest

Brussels

(32-2)203-2142

(32-2)203-0751

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/brussels

Sofia

(359-2)969-5030

(359-2)969-5033

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/sofia

(46-8)308-090

(46-8)306-190

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/stockholm

Zurich

(41-44)503-5300

(41-44)202-4318

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/zurich

Madrid

(34-91)556-6241

(34-91)556-6868

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/madrid

London

(44-20)7520-5300

(44-20)7240-2367

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/london

Vienna

(43-1)586-3876

(43-1)586-3979

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/vienna

Milano Prague

(39-02)795813 (420)245-005-650

(39-02)798235 (420)245-005-651

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/milano www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/prague

Zagreb

(385-1)4815-101

(385-1)4818-821

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/zagreb

Warsaw

(48-22)520-6230

(48-22)520-6231

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/warsaw www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/paris

Paris

(33-1)55-35-88

(33-1)55-35-88-89

(358-9)682-9490

(358-9)682-94910

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/helsinki

Budapest

(36-1)201-8474/6368

(36-1)488-0184

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/budapest

Moscow Vladivostok

(7-495)258-1627~8 (7-423)240-7104

(7-495)258-1634 (7-423)240-7075

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/moscow www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/vladivostok

Novosibirsk

(7-383)319-6508/6509 070-7001-0607

(7-383)222-7805

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/novosibirsk

Helsinki

Baku

(994-12)436-7560/1 (994-12)436-7562

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/baku

Kiev

(380-44)495-2951

(380-44)495-2978

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/kiev

(7-727)274-18-28

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/almaty

Almaty Tashkent

(7-727)245-94-93, 070-7735-8988

(998-71)140-0215/6 (998-71)140-0217

Saint Petersburg (7-812)241-0033 Ulan Bator

East

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/saintpetersburg

(976)7711-0140

(976)7711-0142 (971-4)450-4350

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/ulaanbaatar

Dubai

(971-4)450-4360 (218-91)321-8274

Istanbul

(90-212)325-3646

(90-212)325-3642

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/istanbul

Riyadh

(966-11)273-4496

(966-11)273-4750

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/riyadh

(212-522)99-45-13

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/casablanca

(213-21)69-42-09

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/alger www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/muscat

Alger

(212-522)98-96-27/ 98-46-36 (213-21)60-44-51, 69-41-94, 69-42-03

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/dubai www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/tripoli

Muscat

(968)2411-7011~3

(968)2411-7014

Amman

(962-6)5831-045

(962-6)5831-015

Baghdad

(964-772)224-4629

n/a

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/amman www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/baghdad

Tehran

(98-21)2620-6711

(98-21)2620-6698

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/tehran

Tel aviv

(972-3)639-6488

(972-3)639-6489

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/telaviv

Cairo

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Tripoli

Casablanca

Middle

Homepage www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/amsterdam

(45)3312-6658

Stockholm

CIS

Fax (31-20)673-6918

(40-21)233-2172~3

Bucharest

Europe

Telephone (31-20)673-0555

(20-2)2380-0072/0092 (20-2)2359-9178

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/cairo

Kuwait

(965)2243-6933,

(965)2243-6948

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/kuwait

Damascus

(962-6)5381-045 (963)311-5015

(962-6)5831-015

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/damascus

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Region

City

Middle East

Doha

Telephone

Nairobi Lagos

Africa

Fax

(974)4016-2603 (254-20)222-928, 2220-458 (234-1)448-5999, 280-5889

Homepage

(974)4016-2602

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/doha

(254-20)315-706

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/nairobi

(234-1)448-5998

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/lagos

(27-11)784-2983

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/johannesburg

Johannesburg

(27-11)784-2940

Dar es Salaam

(255-22)292-2201/2 (255-22)292-2200

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/daressalaam

Addis ababa

(251-113)204305

(251-113)204396

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/addisababa

Khartoum

(249-1)8349-8814 8349-8845

(249-1)8349-8860

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/khartoum

Accra

(233-302)764-367 (243-81)326-6920

(233-302)762-918

Kinshasa

-

www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/accra www.kotra.or.kr/KBC/kinshasa

Embassies and Consulates in Korea Nation Afghanistan

Telephone 82-2-793-3535

Fax 82-2-795-2662

Homepage N/A

Algeria

82-2-794-5034/5

82-2-794-5040

www.algerianemb.or.kr

Angola

82-2-792-8463

82-2-792-8467

www.angolaembassy.or.kr

Argentina

82-2-796-8144

82-2-792-5820

N/A

Australia

82-2-2003-0100/0111

82-2-2003-0196

www.southkorea.embassy.gov.au/seol/home.html

82-2-732-9071/2

82-2-732-9486

www.bmeia.gv.at/kr/botschaft/seoul.html

Austria Azerbaijan

82-2-797-1765/6

82-2-797-1767

www.azembassy.co.kr/v1

Bangladesh

82-2-796-4056/7

82-2-790-5313

N/A www.belarus.or.kr

Belarus

82-2-2237-8171/8173

82-2-2237-8174

Belgium

82-2-749-0381

82-2-797-1688

www.diplomatie.be/seoulfr

Bolivia

82-2-318-1767

82-2-3789-2757

www.boliviakorea.com http://eul.itamaraty.gov.br/pt-br

Brazil

82-2-738-4970

82-2-738-4974

Brunei

82-2-790-1078/9

82-2-790-1084

N/A

Bulgaria

82-2-794-8625/6

82-2-794-8627

N/A

Cambodia

82-2-3785-1041

82-2-3785-1040

N/A

Canada

82-2-3783-6000

82-2-3783-6239

www.canadainternational.gc.ca/korea-coree

Chile

82-2-779-2610

82-2-779-2615

www.coreachile.org

China

82-2-738-1038

82-2-738-1077

www.chinaemb.or.kr/kor

Colombia

82-2-720-1369

82-2-725-6959

N/A

Congo

82-2-722-7958

82-2-722-7998

N/A

Costa Rica

82-2-707-9249

82-2-707-9255

N/A

82-2-3785-0561/2

82-2-3785-0564

http://cotedivoireembassy.or.kr

82-2-725-6765, 82-2-7220-645

82-2-734-6452

www.mzv.cz/seoul

Cote d' Ivoire Czech Republic Denmark

82-2-795-4187

82-2-796-0986

sydkorea.um.dk

Dominican Republic

82-2-756-3513

82-2-756-3514

www.embadom.or.kr

Ecuador

82-2-739-2401/2

82-2-739-2355

N/A

Egypt

82-2-749-0787/9

82-2-795-2588

N/A

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Fax

Homepage

82-2-753-3456

N/A

Ethiopia

82-2-790-9766

82-2-790-0156

N/A

Fiji

82-2-792-6396

82-2-792-6397

N/A

Finland

82-2-732-6737

82-2-723-4969

www.finland.or.kr

France

82-2-3149-4300

82-2-3149-4310

www.ambafrance-kr.org

Gabon

82-2-793-9575/6

82-2-793-9574

N/A

Georgia

82-2-792-7118

82-2-792-3118

N/A

Germany

82-2-748-4114

82-2-748-4161

www.seoul.diplo.de

Ghana

82-2-3785-1427

82-2-3785-1428

www.ghanaembassy.or.kr

Greece

82-2-729-1401

82-2-729-1482

N/A

Guatemala

82-2-771-7582/8

82-2-771-7584

N/A

Honduras

82-2-738-8482-2

82-2-738-8403

N/A

Hungary

82-2-792-2105

82-2-792-2109

www.mfa.gov.hu/kulkepviselet/KR/en/mainpage.htm

India

www.indembassy.or.kr

82-2-798-4257

82-2-796-9534

Indonesia

82-2-783-5675/7

82-2-780-4280

www.indonesiaseoul.org/indexkorea.php

Iran

82-2-793-7751/3

82-2-792-7052

http://seoul.mfa.ir

Iraq

N/A

82-2-790-4282-2/3

82-2-790-4206

Ireland

82-2-721-7200

82-2-774-6458

www.embassyofireland.or.kr

Israel

82-2-3210-8500

82-2-3210-8555

http://embassies.gov.il/seoul

Italy

82-2-750-0200/201

82-2-797-5560

www.ambseoul.esteri.it/ambasciata_seoul

82-2-2170-5200

82-2-734-4528

www.kr.emb-japan.go.jp/

Jordan

82-2-318-2897

82-2-318-3644

N/A

Kazakhstan

82-2-379-3714

82-2-395-3766

www.kazembassy.org

Kenya

82-2-3785-2903/4

82-2-3785-2905

www.kenya-embassy.or.kr

Kuwait

82-2-749-3688

82-2-749-3687

N/A

Kyrgyz Republic

82-2-379-0951

82-2-379-0953

N/A

Japan

Laos

82-2-796-1713

82-2-796-1771

N/A

Lebanon

82-2-794-6482

82-2-794-6485

N/A

82-2-797-6001/2

82-2-797-6007

N/A

82-2-795-9203

82-2-794-5480

www.malaysia.or.kr

82-2-798-1694/5

82-2-790-0939

http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/corea

82-2-2266-8228/9229

82-2-2266-8227

www.mongolembassy.com

Libya Malaysia Mexico Mongolia Morocco

82-2-793-6249

82-2-792-8178

N/A

Myanmar

82-2-790-3814/6

82-2-790-3817

N/A

Nepal

www.nepembseoul.gov.np

82-2-3789-9770/1

82-2-736-8848

Netherlands

82-2-311-8600

82-2-311-8650

http://southkorea.nlembassy.org

New Zealand

82-2-3701-7700

82-2-3701-7701

www.nzembassy.com/korea www.nigerianembassy.or.kr

Nigeria

82-2-797-2370/3280

82-2-796-1848

Norway

82-2-727-7100

82-2-727-7199

www.norway.or.kr

Oman

82-2-790-2431

82-2-790-2430

N/A

Pakistan

82-2-796-8252

82-2-796-0313

www.pkembassy.or.kr/kor/

Panama

82-2-734-8610/2

82-2-734-8613

N/A

Papua New Guinea

82-2-2198-5771

82-2-2198-5779

www.papuanewguineaembassy.kr

82-2-792-8335/1173

82-2-792-8334

www.embaparcorea.org/korea

82-2-757-1735/7

82-2-757-1738

N/A

Paraguay Peru

166

Telephone 82-2-753-3432/3

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Nation

Telephone

Fax

Homepage

Philippines

82-2-796-7387

82-2-796-0827

www.philembassy-seoul.com

Poland

82-2-723-9681

82-2-723-9680

www.mfa.gov.pl

Portugal

82-2-3675-2251

82-2-3675-2250

www.portugalseoul.com

Qatar

82-2-798-2444/6

82-2-790-1027

N/A

Republic of South Africa

82-2-2077-5900

82-2-792-4856

www.southafrica-embassy.or.kr

Romania

82-2-797-4924

82-2-794-3114

N/A

Russian Federation

82-2-752-0630

82-2-752-1407

www.russian-embassy.org

Rwanda

82-2-798-1052

82-2-798-1054

http://rwanda-embassy.or.kr

82-2-739-0631/4

82-2-739-0041

N/A

Senegal

82-2-745-5554

82-2-745-5524

N/A

Serbia

82-2-797-5109

82-2-790-6109

N/A

82-2-774-2464~7

82-2-773-2465

www.mfa.gov.sg/seoul/

82-2-794-3981

82-2-794-3982

N/A www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/SEUL/ko/Paginas/inicio.aspx

Saudi Arabia

Singapore Slovakia Spain

82-2-794-3581/2

82-2-796-8207

Sri Lanka

82-2-735-2966/7

82-2-737-9577

N/A

82-2-793-8692

82-2-793-8693

www.sudanembassy.co.kr www.swedenabroad.com/en-GB/Embassies/Seoul

Sudan Sweden

82-2-3703-3700

82-2-3703-3701/2

Switzerland

82-2-739-9511

82-2-737-9392

www.eda.admin.ch/seoul.html

Taipei

82-2-399-2780

82-2-730-1296

www.roc-taiwan.org/KR

Thailand

82-2-795-3098

82-2-798-3448

www.thaiembassy.org/seoul

Timor Leste

82-2-797-6151

82-2-797-6152

N/A

Tunisia

82-2-790-4334/5

82-2-790-4333

N/A

Turkey

82-2-3780-1600

82-2-797-8546

www.seul.be.mfa.gov.tr

UAE

82-2-790-3235

82-2-790-3238

uae-embassy.ae/Embassies/kr

Ukraine

82-2-790-5696

82-2-790-5697

http://korea.mfa.gov.ua/en

United Kingdom

82-2-3210-5500

82-2-725-1738

http://ukinrok.fco.gov.uk/en

82-2-6245-3179/3180

82-2-6245-3181

www.embrou.or.kr

Uruguay USA

82-2-397-4114

82-2-735-3904

http://seoul.usembassy.gov

Uzbekistan

82-2-574-6554

82-2-578-0576

www.uzbekistan.or.kr

Venezuela

82-2-732-1546~7

82-2-732-1548

www.venezuelaemb.or.kr/index.asp

82-2-720-5124

82-2-739-2064

www.vietnamembassy-seoul.org

Vietnam

Government Bodies and Semi-Governmental Organizations Category

Name Ministry of Strategy and Finance Ministry of Science and ICT and Future Planning

Government Bodies

Telephone

Homepage

82-44-215-2114

www.mosf.go.kr

82-1335

www.msip.go.kr

Ministry of Education

82-2-6222-6060 www.moe.go.kr

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

82-2-2100-2114 www.mofa.go.kr

Ministry of Unification

82-2-2100-5722 www.unikorea.go.kr

Ministry of Juctice

82-2-2110-3000 www.moj.go.kr

Ministry of National Defense

82-2-748-1111

www.mnd.go.kr

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Category

Name Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs

Government Bodies

Local Governments

SemiGovernmental Organizations

168

Telephone 82-2-2100-3399

Homepage www.mospa.go.kr

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism 82-44-203-2000

www.mcst.go.kr

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

82-2-6196-9100

www.mafra.go.kr

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy

82-1577-0900

www.motie.go.kr

Ministry of Health and Welfare

82-129

www.mw.go.kr

Ministry of Environmant

82-44-201-6568

www.me.go.kr

Ministry of Employment and Labor

82-1350

www.moel.go.kr

Ministry of Gender Equality and Family

82-2-2100-6000

www.mogef.go.kr

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

82-1599-0001

www.molit.go.kr

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries

82-110

www.mof.go.kr

Seoul Metropolitan Government

82-120

www.seoul.go.kr

Incheon Metropolitan City

82-32-120

www.incheon.go.kr

Busan Metropolitan City

82-51-120

www.busan.go.kr

Gwangju Metropolitan City

82-62-120

www.gwangju.go.kr

Daegu Metropolitan City

82-53-120

www.daegu.go.kr

Daejeon Metropolitan City

82-42-120

www.daejeon.go.kr

Ulsan Metropolitan City

82-52-120

www.ulsan.go.kr

Gyeonggi-do

82-31-120

www.gg.go.kr

Gangwon-do

82-33-120, 82-33-254-2011

www.provin.gangwon.kr

Chungcheongbuk-do

82-43-220-2114

www.cb21.net

Chungcheongnam-do

82-41-120, 82-41-635-2000

www.chungnam.net

Jeollabuk-do

82-63-280-2486

www.jeonbuk.go.kr

Jeollanam-do

82-61-286-2063

www.jeonnam.go.kr

Gyeongsangbuk-do

82-53-959-0114

www.gb.go.kr

Gyeongsangnam-do

82-55-211-2114

www.gsnd.net

Jeju Special Self-governing Province

82-64-120

www.jeju.go.kr

Sejong Metropolitan Autonomous City

82-44-300-3114

www.sejong.go.kr

The National Assembly of the

82-2-788-3656/

Republic of Korea

82-3664

Cheongwadae, Office of the President

82-2-730-5800

www.assembly.go.kr www.president.go.kr

Korea Agro-Fisheries&Food Trade Cor. 82-61-931-114

www.at.or.kr

Korea Land & Housing Corporation

82-55-922-5114

http://world.lh.or.kr

Korea Tourism Organization

82-33-738-3000

http://kto.visitkorea.or.kr

Korea National Oil Corporation

82-52-216-2114

www.knoc.co.kr

Korea Water Resources Corporation

82-42-629-3114, 82-1577-0500

www.kwater.or.kr

Korea Electric Power Corporation

82-61-345-3114

http://home.kepco.co.kr/kepco

The Korea Chamber of Commerce 82-2-6050-3114 & Industry

www.korcham.net

The Federation of Small Business

www.fki.or.kr

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Category

Semi-

Name

Telephone

The Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry

82-2-6050-3114

www.korcham.net

The Federation of Small Business

82-2-3771-0114

www.fki.or.kr

Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearings Institute

82-1577-5500

www.kftc.or.kr

The Korea Commercial Arbitration Board

82-2-551-2000

www.kcab.or.kr

Seoul Business Agency

82-1577-7119

www.sba.seoul.kr

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation

82-1588-3884

www.ksure.or.kr

Korea Exim Bank

82-2-3779-6114

www.koreaexim.go.kr

Korea Accreditation Board

82-43-927-1330

www.kab.or.kr

82-111

www.nis.go.kr

Governmental National Intelligence Service Organizations

Homepage

Financial Services Commission

82-2-2156-8000

www.fsc.go.kr

Fair Trade Commission

82-44-200-4326

www.ftc.go.kr

Korean National Police Agency

82-182

www.police.go.kr

National Tax Service

82-126, 82-1588-0560

www.nts.go.kr

Korea Customs Service

82-1577-8577

www.customs.go.kr

82-42-481-4499

www.smba.go.kr

Statistics Korea

82-2-2012-9114

http://kostat.go.kr

Korean Intellectual Property Office

82-42-481-5073

www.kipo.go.kr

Small and Medium Business Administration

Chambers of Commerce & Foreign Investment Related Bodies Category

Name American Chamber of Commerce

Homepage

82-2-564-2040

www.amchamkorea.org

82-2-2010-8963

www.bcck.or.kr

82-2-554-0245~6

www.canchamkorea.org

82-2-402-4379

www.itcck.org/english

Seoul Japan Club

82-2-739-6962

www.sjchp.co.kr

EU Chamber of Commerce in Korea

82-2-6261-2700

www.ecck.eu

82-2-2268-9505

www.fkcci.com

82-2-3780-4600

http://korea.ahk.de

82-2-2010-8831~2

www.austchamkorea.org

in Korea British Chamber of Commerce in Korea Canadian Chamber of Commerch in Korea Chambers of Commerce

Telephone

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Korea

French Chamber of Commerce in Korea Korean German Chamber of Commerce & industry Australian Chamber of Commerce in Korea

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Category

Foreign Investment Related Bodies

Name

Telephone

Homepage

Invest KOREA

82-1600-7119

www.investkorea.org

Office of the Foreign Investment Ombudsman

82-2-3497-1825

www.i-ombudsman.or.kr

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy

82-1577-0900

www.motie.go.kr

Ministry of Strategy and Finance

82-44-215-2114

www.mosf.go.kr

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

82-2-2100-2114

www.mofa.go.kr

Gyeonggi-do Investment

82-31-8008-2085

www.invest.go.kr

82-31-259-6521

www.gafic.or.kr

Jeonnam Ordinance on Foreign Investment Promotion

82-61-286-5120

www.investkorea.org/ikwork/reg/eng/index.jsp?l_unit =90202&m_unit=90306&code=12901&category=1

Jeonbuk Ordinance on Foreign Investment Promotion

82-63-280-2401

www.investkorea.org/ikwork/reg/eng/index.jsp?l_unit =90202&m_unit=90305&code=12501&category=1

Gyeonggi Association of Foreign-invest Companies

Law, Accounting & Consulting Firms Category

Law Firm

Name

Firm

170

Homepage

82-2-3703-1114

www.kimchang.com

LEE & KO

82-2-772-4000

www.lawleeko.com

Bae, Kim & Lee, LLC

82-2-3404-0000

www.bkl.co.kr

SHIN & KIM

82-2-316-4114

www.shinkim.com

Yulchon LLC

82-2-528-5200

www.yulchon.com

JIPYONG

82-2-6200-1600

www.jipyong.com

Hwang Mok Park

82-2-772-2700

www.hmpj.com

Lee International IP & Law Group

82-2-2279-3631

www.leeinternational.com

JUNGJIN Law

82-2-592-2224

www.jungjinlaw.com

YOUNG-JIN Professional Law Firm 82-2-553-9300 KIM & KIM Law Firm

Accounting

Telephone

KIM & CHANG

www.yjlaw.co.kr

82-2-755-2980/2946 www.kimkimlaw.com

HANOL Law Offices

82-2-6004-2500

www.hanollaw.com

DARAE Law & IP Firm

82-2-3475-7700~1

www.daraelaw.co.kr

SIGONG Law

82-2-561-7123

www.sigonglaw.com

BAAK JANG & PARK Law Firm

82-2-3482-1121/5300 www.lawbjp.com

Sojong Partners

82-2-2112-1114

www.sojong.com

Law Firm Sunmyung

82-2-559-0900

www.smlawyer.co.kr

EYP Lawfirm

82-2-531-8000

www.laweyp.com

KCL

82-2-721-4000

www.kcllaw.com

Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers

82-2-3781-3131

www.pwc.com/kr

Deloitte Anjin LLC

82-2-6676-1000

www.deloitteanjin.co.kr

Samjong KPMG LLC

82-2-2112-0001

www.kpmg.com/KR/en

Ernst & Young

82-2-3787-6600

www.ey.com

BDO Daejoo LLC

82-70-7734-2003

http://bdodaejoo.co.kr

Woori Accounting Corporation

82-2-566-8150

www.dfkkorea.com

Baker Tilly Sungto

82-2-517-8333

www.sungto.co.kr

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Category

Accounting Firm

Name

Telephone 82-2-531-7400

www.dasancpa.com

Han Kyung Accounting

82-2-552-2671

www.hko.co.kr

Mazars SeBit Corporation (Mazars Korea)

82-2-3438-2400

www.mazars.kr

Pyeong Jin Accounting Corporation 82-2-516-6908 Consuting

Homepage

Dasan Accounting

82-2-2183-2351~5

Edge Consulting

www.pjac.co.kr www.edgeconsulting.co.kr

Real Estate Agencies in Seoul Company Name

Telephone

Fax

Address

Language Available

Jinsol Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-738-4984

82-2-738-4983

Hanil Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-765-2189

82-2-765-2146

Arum Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2233-4800

82-2-220-1147

Kukje Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2233-2525

82-2-2233-2503

Starvil Real Estate co., Ltd.

82-2-798-8990

82-2-798-4560

Samsung Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-717-3399

82-2-714-6806

Onnuri Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-796-4955

82-2-796-4946

Eden Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-793-4774

82-2-793-4774

Jinny Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-749-5959

82-2-749-5633

Asian Tigers Real Estate Co.,Ltd

82-2-790-1844

82-2-790-1831

Eaan Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-711-0599

82-2-711-5998

Dongwon Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-792-1035

82-2-792-1036

Peace Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-792-1006

82-2-792-1033

Landmark Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-797-4555

82-2-2797-4556

Alps Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-774-1588

82-2-2752-1588

Viva-Consulting Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-792-5500

82-2-793-5363

33, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 2F, 1, Jongro 46-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 13, Dongho-ro 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 21, Dasan-ro 12-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 53, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul #108, Samsung River Hill Apt. Sangga, 7, Hyochangwon-ro 13-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 10-5, Ichon-ro 75-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 1F, 9-1, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 145, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 63, Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 8, Hyochangwon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 48, Noksapyeong-daero, 40na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 56, Baekbeom-ro 99-gil, Yongsangu, Seoul 2, UN village 1-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 8, Huam-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 1F, 4-2, Daesagwan-ro 12-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

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Company Name

Telephone

Fax

Address

Language Available

LA Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-790-3555

82-2-790-5143

1F, 216, Noksapyeong-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Nicerent Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-793-8866

82-2-793-8849

211, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

A&A Real Estate Agency

82-2-794-1133

82-2-798-0201

#1009, Hannam Bldg, 211, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Vision 21 Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-798-5454

82-2-798-5437

1F, 30, Daesagwan-ro 24-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

New-Town Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-797-8200

82-2-797-8208

1F, 120-1, Bogwang-ro, Yongsangu, Seoul

English

Summit Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-765-6820

82-2-765-6821

3F, Woojin Bldg, 196, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Seoul Realty-Net Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-796-7114

82-2-798-0894

3F, Woojin Bldg, 196, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Hansol Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-798-6262

82-2-790-8882

#105, Daeyoung Sangga, 22-5, Ichon-ro 75-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Nexus Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-796-5670

82-2-796-5671

2F, 36, Hoenamu-ro 44-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

New-Town Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-703-7888

82-2-703-7891

269-1, Hyochangwon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

C&G Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-790-9105

82-2-790-9105

33, Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Prime Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-796-082-23

82-2-796-0024

1F, 141, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

IRE Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-798-9888

82-2-798-9895

49, Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Yongsan Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-792-7111

82-2-792-7021

7, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

ALL-STAR Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-794-8844

82-2-749-8892

1F, #101, 90, Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Dreamland Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-794-2082-2

82-2-794-9876

21-101, Hangang Mansion Sangga, 248, Ichon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Acerent Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-797-0330

82-2-794-2181

D-207, Yongsan Park xi., 205, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Reamko Realty Corporation

82-2-797-4900

82-2-749-7959

1, UN village-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

82-2-792-2558

82-2-793-0741

84, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

82-2-749-8070

82-2-749-8060

2F, 204, 98, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

82-2-790-0099

-

#101, Pungwon Sangga, 182, Ichon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

UN Certified Real Estate Agency Green Certified Real Estate Agency Hi-Rent Certified Real Estate Agency

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Company Name

Telephone

Fax

Address

Language Available

Seoul Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-797-0182-2

82-2-797-9794

#101-106, Green Park APT., 64, Seobinggo-ro 51-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Seoul Housing Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-749-7111

82-2-749-9711

1F, 54, Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Yongsan Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-797-0988

82-2-790-1331

1F, 185, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Olive Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-790-9595

82-2-790-9338

1F, 129, Hangang-daero, Yongsangu, Seoul

English

Cheongam Choi Ik-Hyeon Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-716-6100

82-2-716-0079

Haengun Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-797-4201

Rex Certified Real Estate Agency

3-101, Sibeom APT, 16, Ichon-ro

English

14-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Spainish

82-2-782-8101

22-22, Usadan-ro 4-gil, Yongsangu, Seoul

English

82-2-790-8833

82-2-790-8837

27, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

114 Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-711-4088

82-2-711-4089

26-3, Cheongpa-ro 71-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Central Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-798-2121

82-2-798-2125

1F, 23, Noksapyeong-daero 46-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Sinyongsan Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-796-8833

82-2-796-5673

1F, 58, Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Trapalace Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-756-8959

82-2-756-4554

1F, 37, Sowol-ro 2-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

Itaewon Hanshin Real Estate Agency

82-2-790-2002

82-2-792-3181

1F, 20-1, Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

CJ Nine Park Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-706-6666

82-2-703-8300

201-105, CJ Nine Park Sangga, 12, Baekbeom-ro 90da-gil, Seoul

English

Hangangsu Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-792-9977

82-2-792-0224

#105, Osung Sangga, 22, Ichon-ro 75-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

English

LBA Kangsan Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-446-0092

82-2-453-3646

606, Gwangnaru-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

English

Sobaek Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-432-8949

82-2-469-3300

8, Gingorang-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

English

Hana Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-444-4949

82-2-444-4995

#105, Hyundai APT Reatail Bldg., 31, Achasan-ro 76-gil, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

English

Cheonjiin Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-458-5151

82-2-876-8242

#101, Hyundai Plaza 522, Achasanro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

English

Janghanpyung Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2249-0088

82-2-2247-0211

1F, Younglim Bldg., 27, Cheonho-daero 85-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul

English

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Company Name

Telephone

Fax

Address

Language Available

174

Shinimun Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-965-4400

82-2-957-2505

40, Sinimun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul

English Japanese

Kumgang Certified Real Eatate Agency

82-2-977-5775

82-2-972-5776

7, Dongil-ro 157-gil, Jungnang-gu, Seoul

English

Eastern Seoul Invest Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-433-5900

82-2-433-0082

Gangsan Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2292-8799

82-2-2292-8799

5, Wangsimni-ro 21-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

English

Reallight Real Estate Reserch Agency

82-2-498-9669

82-2-498-9766

#101, Hyundai I-park Apt., Sangga, 137, Seongsui-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

English

Orient Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-3672-4400

82-2-3672-4426

1F, 98, Daesagwan-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

English

Joeun Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-990-0708

82-2-990-0711

#102, 37, Nohae-ro 63ga-gil, Dobong-gu, Seoul

English

Gaon Auction consulting Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-987-0880

82-2-982-1100

Shinwung Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-936-1589

82-2-933-9970

#130, 1F, Hyundai Shopping Complx, 48, Hangeulbiseok-ro 15-gil, Nowon-gu, Seoul

English

Yesung Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-383-2459

82-2-383-2480

99, Yeonseo-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul

English

LBA Moonchanho Realty Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-392-4040

82-2-393-0804

Shinsegae Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-362-1100

82-2-313-2588

24-1, Bugahyeon-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

English

Sinhwa Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-322-1031

82-2-322-0576

44, Sinchon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

English

Yale Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-3141-1233

82-2-3141-1546

B-3, Paradisetel, 157, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

English

Mapo Station Seoul Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-717-0049

82-2-702-2480

Sindaerim Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-375-4489

82-2-490-9114

Hyundai Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-376-7700

-

Smart Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-714-7080

82-2-718-7275

B2-4, Pentraus Business Section, 205, Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

English

Saeseoul Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2651-2244

82-2-2651-9966

#104, Mok-dong Apt. 7 Danji A Sangga, 186, Mokdong-ro, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul

English

LBA Seoul Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2692-1113

82-2-2692-1113

5, Gangseo-ro 45-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul

English

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#714, Mirabo Tower, 366, Cheonhodaero, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

#501, Nowon B/D, Nohae-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul

101-6, 12, Sinchonnyeok-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

#102, Seil Complex Store, 52, Keunumul-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 188, World Cup buk-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

English

English

English

English

English

#101, Sangam World-cup Park Apt., 6 Danji Sangga, English 55, Sangamsan-ro 1-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul Japanese


Company Name

Telephone

Fax

Address

Language Available

Hyundai-I Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2695-4998

82-2-2696-7611

82, Hwagok-ro 31-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul

English

LBA Ilsong Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2601-5660

82-2-2606-2282

28, Kkachisan-ro, Gangseo-gu, Seoul

English

Sohn Nelson Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-3662-5555

82-2-3664-0304

#104-12, Ujangsan Hillstate Mall, 348, Gangseo-ro, Gangseo-gu, Seoul

City Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-860-5656

82-2-860-5657

#125, Sindorim Posvill, 102, Saemal-ro, Guro-gu, Seoul

English

Hanbitz Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2688-1144

82-2-2686-7746

113, Gaebong-ro 20-gil, Guro-gu, Seoul

English

Cheongho Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-808-8920

82-2-808-8970

39, Geumha-ro 24-gil, Geumcheongu, Seoul

English

Star Parks Real

#706, Forestel Bldg., 23,

English Japanese Chinese Russian

82-2-6337-1000

82-2-783-0086

Samsung Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-814-5848

82-2-824-5114

Shin-Hyundai Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-817-8008

82-2-817-8532

Hana Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-889-7003

82-2-888-6714

#105, Daewoo Apt. Sangga, 27, Gwanak-ro 30-gil, Gwanak-gu, Seoul

English

Banpo114 Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-595-5982

82-2-595-5909

M-14, 49, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

Posco Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-525-082-24 82-2-587-5911

#102, 35, Seochojungang-ro 2-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

Nambuk Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-577-9498

82-2-577-9407

1F, 49, Gangnam-daero 12-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

Dongnam Real Estate Agency

82-2-340-4774

82-2-340-4770

#101, Jinheung APT Retail Bldg., 389, Seocho-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

Daeseong Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-537-1044

82-2-536-2369

#101, Seorae Bldg., 9, Seorae-ro 10-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

82-2-3486-2222

82-2-3486-2021

1435-6, ZoomTech Bldg., 103, Hyoryeong-ro 70-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

Century KS Realty Co.,Ltd.

82-2-534-8252

82-2-534-8292

1F, 181, Donggwang-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

Hwangkum Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-525-0077

82-2-525-0880

1F, 1, 76, Hyoryeong-ro 34-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English Spainish

Green Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-575-8940

82-2-572-3275

A-908, Twin Tower Officetel, 25, Mabang-ro 10-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

Estate Co.,Ltd.

E&E Certified Real estate Agency

Yeouidaebang-ro 65-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

English Japanese

39, Noryangjin-ro 8-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 103-116, Hyundai Retail Bldg., 40, Noryangjin-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul

English

English

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Company Name

Telephone

Fax

Address

Language Available

176

Top Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-522-5355

82-2-522-4288

#103, Anam Sangga, 53, Saimdang-ro 23-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

English

Fortune Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-525-2779

82-2-525-7728

39, Banpo-daero 28-gil, Seocho-gu,Seoul

English

Sinsegye Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-545-8844

82-2-3444-5400

#105, Hyundai Sangga, 151, Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Chungdam Zai Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-511-6644

82-2-540-1335

G&B Lotte Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-548-2002

82-2-540-3953

#101, Daewoong Bldg, 431, Hakdong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Hankook Certified Estate Agency

82-2-578-0508

82-2-578-0589

#309, Woosung Charactervill, 122, Eonju-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English Chinese

NewYork Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-529-2089

82-2-529-8207

A-104-2, Academysweet, 21, Eonju-ro 30-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Rexle-Top Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-576-5765

82-2-576-5796

#137, Dogok Rexle Sangga, 221, Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Sambo Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-2214-4494

82-2-3445-9857

8, Bongeunsa-ro 103-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Daejong Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-565-8800

82-2-565-0505

B-8, Daejong Bldg, 435, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Samil Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-543-5885

82-2-514-5833

39, Samseong-ro 119-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

LBA Newstar Parksangwon Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-541-8866

82-2-541-4012

#107, Chunggu Sangga, 5, 1Yeongdong-daero 128-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Office-Seoul Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-508-2860

82-2-508-5058

B106, 124, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu,Seoul

English

Namil Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-557-0808

82-2-554-3345

8, Teheran-ro 43-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Global Property Co.,Ltd.

82-2-568-6886

82-2-568-8448

#1212, Samheung Officetel, 329, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Jun, Youngsuk Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-581-3318

82-2-581-3319

#126, Ssangyong Platinum, 46, Teheran-ro 4-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Onnuri Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-558-0601

82-70-7016-0601

#317, 43, Bongeunsa-ro 44-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English

Hanmaru Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-448-2002

82-2-448-5114

#101, Sangga, 314, Seongnaecheon-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

English

Pureun Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-408-3003

82-2-408-4833

#103, Da Sangga, 359, Songpa-daero, Songpa-gu, Seoul

English

Koa Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-400-5949

82-2-401-0707

#116, Daerim Apt. Sangga, 4, Macheon-ro 7-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul

English Japanese

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33, Hakdong-ro 101-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

English Japanese

English Japanese


Company Name

Telephone

Fax

Address

Language Available

Corea Certified Real Estate Agency LBAleaders Certified Real Estate Agency Cheongdam Certified Real Estate Agency Mirae Certified Real Estate Agency Kain Certified Real Estate Agency Lee Jik Sun Certified Real Estate Agency Sangil Certified Real Estate Agency

82-2-400-1310

82-2-400-3830

82-2-456-4989

82-2-456-4997

82-2-413-4488

82-2-3431-8944

82-2-413-2737

82-2-413-4112

82-2-416-1661

82-2-415-1661

82-2-470-8946

82-2-472-4455

82-2-429-6300

82-2-429-6502

1F, 11, Munjeong-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul 264-1, Garak-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul #130, Jungang Retail Bldg., 203, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul 1F, A-28, Pineapple store, 119, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul #105, Hanyang Sangga, 251, Ogeum-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul 108, Myeongil-ro, Gangdong-gu, Seoul 1F, 35, Sangil-ro, Gangdong-gu, Seoul

English English English English English English English

Utilities : Gas, Electricity, Water, Telecommunication Category Gas Electricity

Water

Phone & Internet Cable TV & Satellite TV

Name Korea City Gas Association Korea Electronic Power Corporation The Office of Waterworks Seoul Metropolitan Government

Telephone 82-2-554-7721 82-61-345-3114

Homepage www.citygas.or.kr http://cyber.kepco.co.kr

82-120

http://arisu.seoul.go.kr

Waterworks Headquarters Incheon Metropolitan City

82-32-720-2114

www.waterworksh.incheon.kr

Waterworks Headquarters Daegu Metropolitan City

82-121, 82-53-670-2000

www.dgwater.go.kr

Waterworks Headquarters Busan Metropolitan City

82-51-669-4211

water.busan.go.kr

Waterworks Headquarters Gwangju Metropolitan City

82-62-121

http://water.gjcity.net/index.do?S=S14

KT SK Broadband LG U+

82-2-2190-1180 82-80-2525-011 82-1544-0010

www.olleh.com www.tworld.co.kr www.uplus.co.kr

Skylife

82-1588-3002

www.skylife.co.kr

82-2-2108-9895 82-1588-1300

www.epost.go.kr

Postal Service Internet Post Office

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Delivery & Shipping : Home, International Category

Home Delivery

Name Korea Express KGB LOGIS ePOST Dongbu Express ILYANG Logis Kyoungdong Express

Telephone 82-1588-1255 82-1577-4577 82-1588-1300 82-2-6363-2600 82-1588-0002 82-80-873-2178

Homepage www.doortodoor.co.kr www.kgbls.co.kr http://parcel.epost.go.kr www.dongbuexpress.com www.ilyanglogis.com www.kdexp.com

Hanjin Express Hyundai Shipping Corea International Logistics

82-1588-0011 82-2-722-8000 82-1588-5824 82-2-333-6533 82-1588-6534 82-2-2031-7000 82-2-723-0123 82-2-598-9705 82-2-3142-3100 82-2-795-2604 82-2-3143-5555 82-2-771-3311 82-51-512-1212 82-2-796-5961 82-2-716-6600 82-1588-6886 82-1588-0001 82-2-333-8000

http://hanex.hanjin.co.kr www.cyhds.com www.cil.co.kr

Pumex

International Shipping

Home and International

Chosun Shipping Tongin Express Asian Tigers Transpack Ace Shipping High Relocation Worldwide Kokusai Express Sea Road Calspress (Busan) Allied Pickfords Orient Shipping UPS DHL Korea FedEX

www.pumex.co.kr www.aecx.co.kr www.tonginpack.com www.asiantigers-korea.com http://aceshipping.co.kr www.highrelo.com www.kokusaiexpress.com/ENG www.searoad.or.kr www.calspress.com http://kr.alliedpickfords.com www.orientship.kr www.ups.com/kr www.dhl.co.kr www.fedex.com/kr

Education : Foreign School, Language Institute, Library, Bookstore Category

178

Name Dulwich College Seoul

Telephone 82-2-3015-8500

Homepage www.dulwich-seoul.kr

Dwight School Seoul

82-2-6920-8600

www.dwight.or.kr

Seoul International School

82-31-750-1200

www.siskorea.org

Seoul Academy International School

82-2-554-1690

www.seoulacademy.net

Seoul Foreign School

82-2-330-3100

www.seoulforeign.org

Yongsan International School of Seoul

82-2-797-5104

www.yisseoul.org

Asia Pacific International School

82-2-907-2747

www.apis.seoul.kr

Foreign

Global Christian Foreign School

82-2-797-0234

www.gcfskorea.org

School

Korea International School (Seoul)

82-2-3496-0509

www.kis.or.kr

Korea International School (Pangyo)

82-31-789-0509

www.kis.or.kr

Korea International School (Jeju) Korea Kent Foreign School

82-64-741-0509 82-2-2201-7091

www.kis.or.kr www.kkfs.org

International Christian School of Uijongbu 82-31-855-1276

www.ics-ujb.org

Gyeonggi Suwon International School

82-31-695-2800

http://gsis.sc.kr

Suwon Chinese E-School

82-31-232-2648

www.oscschool.co.kr

Centennial Christian School

82-2-772-9275~6

www.ccslions.com

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Category

Name International Christian School Pyeongtaek

Telephone 82-31-651-1376

Homepage www.icsptk.org

Chadwick International School

82-32-250-5000

www.chadwickinternational.org

Daegu International School

82-53-980-2100

www.dis.sc.kr

Branksome Hall Asia

82-64-982-2-5000

www.branksome.sc.kr

International School of koje

82-55-680-5000

www.iskoie.org

Taejon Christian International School

82-42-620-9000

www.tcis.or.kr

Kwangju Foreign School

82-62-575-0900

www.kwangjuforeignschool.org

Gyeongnam International Foreign School

82-55-853-5125

www.gifs.or.kr

Busan International Foreign School 82-51-742-3332

www.bifskorea.org

Busan Foreign School

82-51-747-7199

www.busanforeignschool.org

Okpo International School Korea International Christian School

82-55-687-3283 82-32-688-2212~5

www.oiskorea.com www.christianschool.or.kr

Rainbow International School

82-2-571-2917/18

www.rischool.org

Seoul Hua-chaio Chinese E-School

82-2-776-1688

www.hanxiao.or.kr

Seoul Hua-chaio Chinese M and H-School

82-2-324-0664

www.scs.or.kr

Korea Yeongdeungpo Chinese E-School

82-2-2678-5939

www.yungxiao.or.kr

Busan Chinese E-School

82-51-467-0274

http://kbces.com.ne.kr

Busan Chinese M and H-School

82-51-467-0275

N/A

Korea Daegu Chinese E-School

82-53-255-4273

N/A

82-53-471-1422

N/A

Foreign

Korea Daegu Chinese M and H-School

School

Uijeongbu Chinese E-School

82-31-829-3481

http://cafe.daum.net/ui-hwagyo

Incheon Chinese Jungsan E, M and H-School

82-32-772-3615

N/A

Jecheon Chinese E-School

82-43-646-2038

N/A

Wonju Chinese E-School

82-33-764-4846

N/A

Chungju Chinese E-School

82-43-847-2656

N/A

Onyang Chinese E-School Gunsan Chinese E-School

82-41-462-2807 82-63-462-2807

N/A N/A

Busan Chinese Kindergarten

82-51-468-2845

N/A

Seoul Japanese School

82-2-572-7011

N/A

French School of Seoul

82-2-535-1158

www.lfseoul.org

German School Seoul

82-2-792-0797

www.dsseoul.org

Lycee International Xavier

82-2-396-7688

www.xavier.sc.kr

Korea Mongolian School

82-2-3437-7078

www.mongolschool.org

ECLC International Kindergarten

82-2-795-8418

www.eclcseoul.com

Franciscan Foreign Kindergarten

82-2-798-2195

www.franciscanfk.com

Cheongna Dalton School

82-32-563-0523

www.daltonschool.kr

Busan Japanese School

82-51-753-4166

N/A

Hyundai Foreign School 82-52-250-2851 North London Collegiate School Jeju 82-64-793-8004

http://hyundaiforeignschool.com www.nlcsjeju.co.kr

Korea International School Jeju Campus

www.kis.ac

82-64-741-0509

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Category

Korean Language Institute

Name GANADA Korean Language Institute

Telephone 82-2-332-6003

Homepage www.ganadakorean.com

Korean Language Institute, Sun Moon University

82-41-559-1302~3

http://kli.sunmoon.ac.kr

Ewha Womans University Korean Language School

82-2-3277-3683/ 3684

http://ile.ewha.ac.kr

Yonsei University Korean Language Institute

82-2-2123-8550~2

www.yskli.com

Language Teaching Research Center

82-2-735-0039

N/A

Seoul Korean Language Academy

82-2-563-3226

www.seoul-kla.com

Seoul National University Language Education Institute

82-2-880-8570/ 5488

http://language.snu.ac.kr

Center for Korean Language & Culture

82-2-2173-2260, 82-31-330-4831

http://builder.hufs.ac.kr/user/hufskorean

Hanyang University International Language Institute

82-2-2220-1663/ 1665

www.hyili.hanyang.ac.kr/Cindex.html

Konkuk University Language Institute

82-2-450-3075~6

http://kfli.konkuk.ac.kr

82-2-705-8088~9

http://klec.sogang.ac.kr

82-31-8005-2602

http://k2.dankook.ac.kr/user/ildku

Sogang University Korea Language Education Center International Language School of Dankook

Library

Bookstore

YBM SISA Language Institute

82-2-2278-0509

www.ybmedu.com

Ajou University Korean Language Institute

82-31-219-1675/1677

www.ajou.ac.kr/kr/admission/enter05.jsp

The National Library of Korea

82-2-535-4142

www.nl.go.kr/english/index.jsp

National Assembly Library

82-2-788-4211

www.nanet.go.kr/english

Namsan Public Library

82-2-754-7338

http://211.61.24.74/english/index.aspx

Seodaemun Public Library

82-2-6948-2115/2160

http://sdmlib.sen.go.kr

Gangnam Public Library

82-2-3448-4741~5

http://gnlib.sen.go.kr

Namyangju Municipal Pyeongnae Library

82-31-590-8560~1

http://lib.nyj.go.kr/pynae/index.jsp

Junggu Municipal Sindang Library

82-2-2280-8490~1

www.e-junggulib.or.kr

Kyobo Bookstore

82-1544-1900

www.kyobobook.co.kr

Young Poong Bookstore

82-1544-9820

www.ypbooks.co.kr

Bandi and Luni's

82-1577-4030

www.bandinlunis.com

Medical Service : Hospital, Life Insurance Category

Region

Name Seoul National University Hospital Severance Hospital

Hospital

180

Seoul

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Telephone 82-2-2072-0505 82-2-2228-5800/5810

Homepage www.snuh.org www.yuhs.or.kr

Seoul Asan Medical Center 82-2-3010-5001 Samsung Medical Center 82-2-3410-0200

http://medical.amc.seoul.kr www.samsunghospital.com

Gangnam Severance Hospital 822-2019-3600/3690

http://gs.iseverance.com

Soonchunhyang University Hospital

82-2-709-9114/9158 www.schmc.ac.kr/seoul

Hanyang University Medical Center

82-2-2290-9553

www.hyumc.com

Kyung Hee University Medical Center

82-2-958-9644/9477

www.khmc.or.kr


Category

Region

Name Seoul St. Mary's Hospital

Telephone 82-2-2258-5745~6

Chung-Ang University Hospital 82-1800-0114 Seoul

Homepage www.cmcseoul.or.kr www.caumc.or.kr

Korea University Medical Center

82-2-920-5677

www.kumc.or.kr

Ewha Women's University Hospital

82-2-2650-5890

www.eumc.ac.kr

Migrant worker's Hospital 82-2-863-9966

N/A

Ajou University Medical Center 82-31-219-4311/4313 www.ajoumc.or.kr

Gyeonggi-do

Busan Hospital

Cheongsim International Medical Center

82-31-589-4300

www.csmc.or.kr

Gachon University Gil Medical Center

82-32-460-3213

www.gilhospital.com

National Cancer Center

82-31-920-1934

http://ncc.re.kr

Soonchunhyang University Hospital Bucheon

82-32-621-5114

www.schmc.ac.kr

Inha University Hospital

82-32-890-3300

http://inha.com

Boomin Hospital

82-51-682-2-8188

www.bumin.co.kr

Good Gang-An Hospital

82-51-625-0900

www.gang-an.or.kr

Inje University Pusan Paik Hospital

82-51-890-6114

www.paik.ac.kr

Parkside Rehabilitation Hospital

82-51-629-8000

www.parkside.co.kr

Good Moonhwa Hospital 82-51-644-2002 Kosin University Gospel Hospital 82-51-990-6114/6900

www.moonhwa.or.kr www.kosinmed.or.kr

Gyeongsangnam-do Changwon Fatima Hospital 82-55-270-1000

www.fatimahosp.co.kr

Gyeongsangbuk-do Kumi Cha Medical Center 82-54-450-9700

http://kumi.chamc.co.kr

Daegu

Ulsan

Gwangju

Jeollabuk-do

Daejeon

Life Insurance Company

Kyemyeong University 82-53-250-7303 Dongsan Medical Center

www.dsmc.or.kr

Yeongnam University Medical Center

http://yumc.ac.kr/12_english/ vision.htm

82-53-623-4114

Ulsan University Hospital 82-52-250-7000

www.uuh.ulsan.kr

Chosun University Hospital

82-62-220-3114

http://hosp.chosun.ac.kr

Chonnam National University Hospital

82-62-220-5400

www.cnuh.com

Kwangju Christian Hospital

82-62-650-5000

www.kch.or.kr/eng

Presbyterian Medical Center

82-63-230-8114

www.jesushospital.com

Wongkwang University Hospital

82-63-859-1114

www.wkuh.org

Eulji University Medical Center

82-42-611-3000/ 3399

www.emc.ac.kr

Konyang University Hospital Hanhwa Life Insurance

82-42-600-6654/6655 82-2-2169-0899

Allianz Life Insurance

82-1588-6500, 82-2-3299-5500

www.kyuh.ac.kr www.hanwhalife.com www.allianzlife.co.kr

Samsung Life Insurance 82-2-900-3114

www.samsunglife.com

Hungkuk Life Insurance

www.hungkuk.co.kr

82-31-789-9200

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Category

Name

Telephone

Kyobo Life Insurance

82-2-2670-5200

Tongyang Life Insurance 82-2-2047-2000

Life Insurance Company

Homepage www.kyobo.co.kr www.myangel.co.kr

Metlife Korea

82-2-2017-6700

www.metlife.co.kr

Prudential Financial

82-2-331-4620

www.prudential.co.kr

Shinhan Life Insurance

82-2-2131-3000

www.shinhanlife.co.kr

PCA Life Insurance

82-2-6958-3898

www.pcakorea.co.kr

ACE Insurance

82-1599-4600

www.acelife.co.kr

ING Life Insurance

82-2-2261-1133

www.inglife.co.kr

LINA Life Insurance

82-2-797-9000

www.lina.co.kr

AIA Korea

82-2-3707-4800

www.aia.co.kr

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance

82-2-2119-2000

www.samsungfire.com

Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance 82-1588-5656

www.hi.co.kr

Meritzfire

82-1566-7711

www.meritzfire.com

KOB Life Insurance

82-1588-4040

www.kdblife.co.kr

Financial Service : Bank, Credit Card Category

Bank

Name

Homepage

82-1588-1500

www.kdb.co.kr

Standard Chartered Bank

82-1577-7744

www.standardchartered.co.kr

KB Kookmin Bank

82-2-6300-9999

http://omoney.kbstar.com/ quics?page=oeng

Shinhan Bank

82-1577-8380 82-2-3449-8380

www.shinhanbank.co.kr

KEB Hana Bank

82-1544-3000 82-2-2002-1111

http://open.keb.co.kr

Woori Bank J.P. Morgan

82-2-2006-5000 82-2-758-5200

http://spot.wooribank.com

Citibank Korea

82-2-3704-7100

www.citibank.co.kr

Mizuho

82-2-3782-8500

www.mizuhocbk.co.jp

Bank of China

82-2-399-6268 82-1599-8998

www.bank-of-china.com

82-2-755-5688

N/A

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

182

Telephone

Korea Development Bank

www.jpmorganam.co.kr

HSBC

82-1588-1770

www.hsbc.co.kr

Barclays

82-2-2126-2600

www.barclays.com

BNP Paribas

82-2-317-1700

www.bnpparibas.co.kr

UBS

82-2-3702-8888

www.ubs.com

Deutsche Bank

82-2-724-4500

www.db.com/korea

RBS

82-2-2131-6000

www.rbs.com

ING

82-2-317-1800

www.ing.com

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Category

Credit Card Company

Name Master Card American Express Card JCB Card BC Card KEB Hana Card Shinhan Card Woori Card Citi Card NH Card

Telephone 82-1544-1477 82-2-399-2929 82-2-755-4977 82-1588-4000 82-1800-1111 82-1544-7000 82-2-6958-9000 82-2-2004-1004 82-2-3704-1004

Homepage www.mastercard.com www.americanexpress.com www.jcbcard.kr www.bccard.com www.hanacard.co.kr www.shinhancard.com http://card.wooribank.com www.citibank.co.kr http://card.nonghyup.com

Entertainment & Culture Category

Art Gallery & Museum

Movie Theater

Amusement Park

Name

Telephone

Homepage

The National Theater of Korea

82-2-2280-4114

www.ntok.go.kr

Seongnam Arts Center

82-31-783-8000

www.snart.or.kr

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

82-2-399-1114~6

www.sejongpac.or.kr

Soma (Seoul Olympic Museum of Art)

82-2-425-1077

www.somamuseum.org

Seoul Arts Center

82-2-580-1300

www.sac.or.kr

Universal Arts Center

82-70-7124-1740

www.uac.co.kr

Jeongdong Theater

82-2-751-1500

www.chongdong.com

Chungmu Art Hall

82-2-2230-6601

www.cmah.or.kr

National Museum of Korea

82-2-2077-9000

www.museum.go.kr

National Folk Museum

82-2-3704-3114

www.nfm.go.kr

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

82-2-2188-6000

www.mmca.go.kr

Seoul Museum of History

82-2-724-0274

www.museum.seoul.kr

The Museum of Agricultural

82-2-2080-5727

www.agrimuseum.or.kr

Onggi Folk Museum

82-2-900-0900

www.onggimuseum.org

Gahoe Museum

82-2-741-0466

www.gahoemuseum.org

Kyungin Museum of Fine Art

82-2-733-4448

www.kyunginart.co.kr

Seoul Museum of Art

82-2-2124-8800

http://seoulmoa.seoul.go.kr

National Palace Museum of Korea

82-2-3701-7500

www.gogung.go.kr

Museum Kimchikan

82-2-6002-6456

www.kimchimuseum.co.kr

CGV Mega Box

82-1544-1122 82-1544-0070

www.cgv.co.kr www.megabox.co.kr

Lotte Cinema

82-1544-8855

www.lottecinema.co.kr

Primus Cinema

82-1544-1122

www.primuscinema.com

Seoul Cinema

82-2-2269-2700

www.seoulcinema.com

Lotte World Theme Park

82-1661-2000

www.lotteworld.com

Everland

82-31-320-5000

www.everland.com

Seoul Land

82-2-509-6000

www.seoulland.co.kr

Seoul Children's Grand Park & Zoo 82-2-500-7335

http://grandpark.seoul.go.kr

Aiins World

www.aiinsworld.com

82-32-320-6000

E-world

82-53-620-0001

www.eworld.kr

Gyeongju World Resort

82-54-745-7711

www.gjw.co.kr

Tongdo Fantasia

82-55-379-7000

www.fantasia.co.kr

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Shopping Category

Department Store

Market

Mega Mart

Shopping Mall

Dutyfree Shop

184

Name

Telephone

Homepage

Shinsegae

82-1588-1234

www.shinsegae.com

Lotte

82-1899-8900 82-2-771-2500

www.lotteshopping.com

Hyundai

82-2-549-2233

www.ehyundai.com

The Galleria

82-2-410-7114

http://dept.galleria.co.kr

Timesquare

82-2-2638-2000

www.timessquare.co.kr

Namdaemun Market

82-2-753-2805

www.namdaemunmarket.co.kr/html/index.php

Dongdaemun Shopping Town

82-2-2262-0114

www.dongdaemunsc.co.kr

Kwangjang Market

82-2-2267-0219

www.kwangjangmarket.co.kr

Bangsan Market

82-2-2268-6691~4

www.bangsan-tmk.com

Garak Market

82-2-3435-1000/ 0400

www.garak.co.kr/gongsa

Kangseo Market

82-2-2640-6000/ 6141

www.garak.co.kr/gongsa

Gyeongdong Market

82-2-967-8721

www.kyungdongmart.com

Noryangjin Fisheries Whoisale Market

82-2-814-2211~2

www.susansijang.co.kr

Pyounghwa Market

82-2-2265-3531~3

www.pyounghwa.com

Doota

82-2-3398-3114

www.doota.com

Migliore (Myengdong)

82-2-3393-0001

Nakwon Arcade

82-4599-1968

www.enakwon.com

Yongsan Electronics Market

82-2-707-4700, 4694

www.i-etland.co.kr/etland/eng/about_us01.html

YangJae flower market

82-2-579-8100

www.yfmc.co.kr

Shinsegae E-Mart

82-1588-1234 82-2-380-5678

www.shinsegae.com http://emart.shinsegae.com

Lotte Mart

82-1577-2500 82-2-2145-8000

www.lottemart.com

Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

82-31-380-7600

www.ekimsclub.com

Home Plus

82-2-3459-8000

http://corporate.homeplus.co.kr

Hanaro Mart

82-2-2022-6900

www.nhhanaro.co.kr

COSTCO

82-1899-9900

www.costco.co.kr

Mega mart Garden 5

82-2-820-8500 82-2-2157-0100

http://home.megamart.com www.garden5.com

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;park Mall

82-2-2012-0101

www.iparkmall.co.kr

Central City

82-2-6282-0114

www.centralcityseoul.co.kr

Enter 6

82-2-1566-6222

www.enter6.co.kr

COEX Mall

82-2-6000-0114

http://coex.co.kr

The Shilla Dutyfree

82-2-2639-6000

www.shilladfs.com/en

Lotte Dutyfree

82-2-759-6409

http://en.lottedfs.com

Donghwa Dutyfree

82-1688-6680

www.dutyfree24.com

WalkerHill Dutyfree

82-1599-1110

www.skdutyfree.com

Shinsegae Dutyfree

82-1577-0161

www.ssgdfs.com

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Travel : Airlines, Hotels, etc. Category

Airline

Deluxe Firest Calss Hotel

Name

Telephone

Homepage

Korean Air

82-1588-2001

www.koreanair.com

Asiana Air

82-1588-8000

http://flyasiana.com

Jeju Air

82-1599-1500

www.jejuair.net

Jin Air

82-1600-6200

www.jinair.com

Eastar Jet

82-1544-0080

Air Busan

82-1666-3060 82-70-7997-3060

www.airbusan.com

Tway Air

82-1688-8686

www.twayair.com

Garuda Indonesia

82-2-773-2092

www.garuda-indonesia.com/kr

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

82-2-3483-1133

www.klm.com/travel/kr_ko

Delta Airlines

82-2-754-1921~2

www.delta.com

Lufthansa

82-2-2019-0180

www.lufthansa.com

Malaysia Airlines

82-2-777-7761~2

www.malaysiaairlines.com

Vietnam Airlines

82-2-757-8920

www.vietnamairlines.co.kr

www.eastarjet.com/book/index. htm?lang=en

Air-Astana

82-2-3788-0170

www.airastana.com

Air India

82-2-752-6310

www.airindia.co.kr

Air Canada

82-2-3788-0100

www.aircanada.co.kr

Air France

82-32-744-4900~1

www.airfrance.co.kr

Air Hong Kong

82-32-744-6766

www.airhongkong.com.hk

United Airlines

82-2-751-0300

www.kr.united.com

Japan Airlines

82-2-757-1711

www.kr.jal.com/krl/en

All Nippon Airways

82-2-2096-5500

www.ana.co.jp/wws/kr/k

Air China

82-2-774-6886

www.air-china.co.kr

China Southern Airlines

82-1899-5539

www.cs-air.com

China Eastern Airlines

82-2-518-0330

www.easternair.co.kr

China Airlines

82-2-317-8888

www.china-airlines.co.kr

Cathay Pacific Airways

82-2-311-2800

www.cathaypacific.com/kr

Thai Airways

82-2-3707-0114

www.thaiair.co.kr

Philippine Airlines

82-2-399-8000

www.philippineairlines.co.kr

Singapore Airlines

82-2-755-1226

www.singaporeair.com/kr

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

82-2-569-3271

www.aeroflot.ru/cms/zh

Qatar Airways

82-2-3772-9000

www.qatarairways.co.kr

Emirates Airlines

82-2-2022-8400

www.emirates.com/kr

The Westin Chosun Seoul

82-2-771-0500

www.echosunhotel.com/Eseoul.action

Millennium Seoul Hilton

82-2-753-7788

www.hilton.co.kr

The Plaza Hotel

82-2-771-2200

www.hoteltheplaza.com

The Shilla

82-2-2233-3131

www.shilla.net www.lottehotel.com

Lotte Hotel Seoul

82-2-771-1000

Grand Ambassador Seoul

82-2-2275-1101

http://grand.ambatel.com

Grand Hyatt Seoul

82-2-797-1234

http://seoul.grand.hyatt.kr/ko/hotel/home.html

Sheraton Grand Walkerhill

82-2-455-5000

www.sheratonwalkerhill.co.kr

W Seoul-Walkerhill

82-2-465-2222

www.wseoul.com

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Category

Deluxe Firest Calss

Telephone

Homepage

82-2-3216-5656

www.grandhiltonseoul.com

Mayfield Seoul

82-2-2660-9000

www.mayfield.co.kr

JW Marriott Seoul

82-2-6282-6262

www.jw-marriott.co.kr

Intercontinental Hotel

82-2-555-5656

www.grandicparnas.com:444/kor www.renaissance-seoul.com

Renaissance Seoul Hotel

82-2-555-0501

The Ritz-Carlton Seoul

82-2-3451-8000

www.ritzcarltonseoul.com

Imperial Palace Seoul

82-2-3440-8000

www.imperialpalace.co.kr www.iccoex.com/kor/index.do

Intercontinental Seoul COEX

82-2-3452-2500

Lotte Hotel World

82-2-419-7000

www.lottehotelworld.com

MVL Goyang Hotel

82-31-927-7700

www.mvlhotel.com/goyang

The Westin Chosun Busan

82-51-749-7000

http://twcb.echosunhotel.com

Paradise Hotel Busan

82-51-742-2121

www.busanparadisehotel.co.kr

Royal Hotel Seoul

82-2-756-1112

www.royal.co.kr

President Hotel

82-2-753-3131

www.hotelpresident.co.kr

Sejong Hotel Seoul

82-2-773-6000

www.sejong.co.kr

Koreana Hotel

82-2-2171-7000

www.koreanahotel.com

Pacific Hotel

82-2-777-7811

www.thepacifichotel.co.kr

Hotel Capital

82-2-6399-2000

www.hotelcapital.co.kr

Holiday Inn Seoul Seongbuk Deluxe Second Class Seoul Garden Hotel

82-2-929-2000

www.holiday.co.kr

Hotel

Hotel

Residence Hotel

186

Name Grand Hilton Seoul

Novotel Ambassador Gangnam

82-2-710-7111

www.seoulgarden.co.kr

82-2-567-1101

http://novotel.ambatelen.com/gangnam

Kensington Hotel Yoido

82-2-6670-7000

www.kensingtonyoido.co.kr

Seoul Palace Hotel

82-2-532-5000

www.seoulpalace.co.kr

Ramada Seoul

82-2-6282-2000

www.ramadaseoul.co.kr

Haeundae Centum Hotel (Busan)

82-51-720-9000

www.ecentumhotel.com

SEACLOUD (Busan)

82-51-933-1000

www.seacloudhotel.com

PALE DE CZ (Busan)

82-51-746-1010

www.paledecz.co.kr

COATEL

82-2-6288-3333

www.coatel.co.kr

M Chereville

82-2-532-9774~5

www.casaville.co.kr

Provista

82-2-597-1140

www.provista.co.kr

Human Starville Oakwood

82-2-556-0070 82-2-3466-7000

www.humanstarville.com www.oakwoodpremier.co.kr

Gangnam Serviced Residences

82-2-6474-1515

www.gangnamresidence.com

Somerset Palace Seoul

82-2-6730-8888

www.somersetpalace.co.kr

Fraser Place Central Seoul

82-2-2220-8888

http://seoul-central.frasershospitality.com

Han Suites

82-2-2280-8000

www.hansuites.com

Hyundai Residence

82-2-3406-8000/1

www.hyundairs.com

Casa Ville

82-2-539-9080, 82-2-6220-4000

www.casaville.co.kr

Stay7

82-2-365-9010

www.stay7mapo.com

Artnouveau city

82-2-580-7500, 82-2-557-7100

www.gnanhotel.com

Vabien Suites

82-2-2076-9000

www.vabiensuite.com

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Category

Hotel Reservation Service

National Park

Traditional Village

Royal Palace

Tourist Information

Name

Telephone

Homepage

Korea Hotel Hotel Java

82-2-3152-0777 82-1544-8608

www.koreahotel.com www.hoteljava.co.kr

HOTELVIP

82-2-785-5552

www.hotel4yu.com

Hotel Join

82-2-2017-4600

www.hoteljoin.com

Oh my Hotel

82-1566-7005

www.ohmyhotel.com

INTERPARK Tour

82-1588-3443

http://tour.interpark.com

BENIKEA (Managed by Korea Tourism Organization)

82-1330, 82-33-738-3670

www.benikea.com

Hotels.com

82-2-3480-0151

www.hotels.com

Hotel.Korea

82-2-552-6965

www.hotel.co.kr

Hotel Together

82-2-584-1884

http://home.hoteltogether.com

Seoraksan National Park

82-33-636-7700

http://seorak.knps.or.kr

Bukhansan National Park

82-2-909-0497

http://bukhan.knps.or.kr

Jirisan National Park

82-55-970-1000

http://jiri.knps.or.kr

Hallasan National Park

82-64-713-9950~3

www.hallasan.go.kr

Dadohae National Park

82-61-554-5474

http://dadohae.knps.or.kr

Taeanhaean National Park

82-41-672-9737

http://taean.knps.or.kr

Hallyeohaesang Marine National Park

82-55-860-5800

http://hallyeo.knps.or.kr

Andong Hahoe Folk Village

82-54-853-0109/0103

www.hahoe.or.kr

Yongin Korean Folk Village

82-31-288-0000

www.koreanfolk.co.kr

Jeju Folk Village Museum

82-64-787-4501~2

www.jejufolk.com www.royalpalace.go.kr

Gyeongbokgung

82-2-3700-3900

Changdeokgung

82-2-762-8261/9513

www.cdg.go.kr

Deoksugung

82-2-771-9955

www.deoksugung.go.kr

Changgyeonggung

82-2-762-4868

http://cgg.cha.go.kr

Korea Tourism Organization

82-33-738-3000

http://korean.visitkorea.or.kr

Korea.net

82-44-203-330

www.korea.net

Seoul Global Center

82-2-2075-4130~1

http://global.seoul.go.kr

The Official Guide to Everything Seoul

82-2-3788-0883

www.visitseoul.net

Dynamic Busan

82-51-1330,82-51-120

http://etour.busan.go.kr

Colorful Daegu

82-53-803-3982

http://tour.daegu.go.kr/eng

Incheon Tour

82-32-120

http://english.visitincheon.org

Gwangju Metropolitan City

82-62-120

http://utour.gwangju.go.kr

It's Daejeon Culture Tourism

82-42-120

www.daejeon.go.kr/dre/index.do

Good Morning Gyeonggi

82-31-120

http://en.ggtour.or.kr

Gangwon Province

82-33-1330, 82-33-249-3337 Chungcheongnam-do Culture & Tourism 82-41-635-2000

http://en.gangwon.to/cyber/enNN www.chungnam.net/englishMain.do

Chungcheongbuk-do Culture & Tourism 82-43-220-2114

http://eng.chungbuknadri.net

Jeollabuk-do Culture and Tour Information 82-63-1330

www.gojb.net/english

Namdo Korea

82-61-247-0011

www.namdokorea.com/en

Visit Gyeongbuk-Korea

82-54-1330, 82-54-745-0753

www.gbtour.net

Gyeongsangnam-do Tour Jeju Tour Info

82-55-1330, 82-55-211-6130 82-64-120

http://english.gntour.com www.jejutour.go.kr

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Sports & Leisure Category Leisure Sports

Tennis

Taekwondo

Golf

Fitness & Swimming

Water Park & Rafting

188

Name

Telephone

Homepage

River City Hangang Project Headquarters

82-2-3442-3313 82-2-120

www.hanrivercity.com http://hangang.seoul.go.kr

Dong Seoul Tennis Courts

82-2-406-4781

Jangchoong Tennis Courts

82-2-2274-3379

Seoul High School Tennis Court

82-2-523-0616

N/A

Hannam Tennis Courts

82-2-790-3651

www.hannamtennis.com

Nakwon Tennis Courts

82-10-6267-9392

http://blog.naver.com/j2h7072

Dr. Choi Tennis Courts

82-2-790-3651

N/A

Worldcup Park Tennis Courts

82-2-300-5501~2

http://worldcuppark.seoul.go.kr

Forest Jump Tennis Club

82-2-579-7277

http://cafe.naver.com/fotestjump

EZ Tennis

82-10-4880-5313

http://cafe.naver.com/hannamtennis

Kolon Sporex Tennis

82-2-580-8301~2

www.sporex.com

Hanaro Tennis Courts

82-2-3462-7807

N/A

Sportime Tennis Courts

82-2-526-0444~6

www.sportime.co.kr

N/A

International Kumkang Taekwondo Center

82-2-2642-0692

www.taekwontokorea.com

Hannam Taekwondo Center

82-2-794-9125

N/A

Haedong Taekwondo Center

82-2-794-1462

N/A

Itaewon Taekwondo Center

82-2-798-7271

N/A

Seoul Expats Taekwondo Center

82-2-322-6067

N/A

Expats Taekwondo Center in Korea 82-2-884-5833

N/A

Seoul Taekwondo Tour

82-2-568-2011

www.taekwonseoul.org

Benest Golf Club

82-1577-9727

www.golfsamsung.com

Konjiam Country Club

82-31-760-3555~6

www.konjiam.lg.co.kr

Namseoul Country Club

82-31-709-6000

www.nscc.co.kr

New Korea Golf Club

82-2-353-0091

www.newkoreacc.co.kr

Lakeside Country Club

82-31-334-2111

www.lakesidecc.co.kr

Lakehills Country Club

82-31-336-8350

http://lakehills.co.kr

Lotte Skyhill Country Club

82-55-340-9000

www.skyhill.co.kr

Asiana Country Club

82-31-334-8800

www.asianacc.co.kr

Alpensia

82-33-339-0000

www.alpensiaresort.co.kr

Jack Nicklaus Golf Club

82-32-850-8000

www.jacknicklausgolfclubkorea.com

KBS Sports World

82-2-2600-8880

www.kbssw.co.kr

Olympic Park Sports Center

82-2-410-1642~3

www1.ksponco.or.kr

World Spopia

82-2-2041-6114~5

www.worldspopia.co.kr

Club 36.5

82-2-569-3650

http://blog.naver.com/club3650 www.rufitness.com

RU Fitness Center

82-1577-8420

Liberty Gym

82-2-798-0994

Hamilton Hotel Swimming Pool

82-2-3786-6000

Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel Swimming Pool

82-2-450-4607

www.sheratonwalkerhill.co.kr

Supia Han River Swimming Pool

82-2-761-8201

N/A

www.hamilton.co.kr

Jamwon Han River Swimming Pool 82-2-536-8263

N/A

Sealala

82-2-2628-9000

www.sealala.com

Woongin Playdoci

82-1577-5773

www.playdoci.com

Caribbean Bay

82-31-320-5000

www.everland.com

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Category

Water Park & Rafting

Ski & Resort

Ski & Resort

Telephone

Homepage

Seorak Waterpia

Name

82-1588-2299

www.hanwharesort.co.kr

Vivaldi Park Ocean World

82-1588-4888

www.daemyungresort.com

Phoenix Park Blue Canyon

82-1577-0069

www.phoenixpark.co.kr

Yongpyong Resort

82-1588-0009

www.yongpyong.co.kr

Tedin Family Waterpark

82-41-906-7000

www.tedin.co.kr

Spavis

82-41-539-2000

www.spavis.co.kr

Bugok Hawaii

82-55-536-6331

www.bugokhawaii.co.kr

Aqua Fantasia

82-55-379-7000

http://aqua.fantasia.co.kr

Blue One Waterpark

82-1899-1888

http://shop.blueone.com

Hanguk Donggang Rafting

82-33-375-6600

www.rvv.co.kr/rvv

Youngwol Rafting

82-33-375-1432

www.ywrafting.com www.raft.co.kr

Donggang Reports

82-33-333-6600

Konjiam Resort

82-1661-8787

www.konjiamresort.co.kr

Jisan Forest Resort

82-31-644-1200

www.Jisanresort.co.kr

Yongpyong Resort

82-33-335-5757

www.yongpyong.co.kr

High One Resort

82-1588-7789

www.high1.com

Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park

82-1588-4888

www.daemyungresort.com

Bears Town Resort

82-31-540-5000

www.bearstown.com

Yangji Pine Resort

82-31-338-2001

www.pineresort.com

Welli Hilli Park

82-1544-8833

www.wellihillipark.com

Elysian

82-33-260-2000

www.elysian.co.kr

Phoenix Park

82-1577-0069(#1)

www.phoenixpark.co.kr

O2 Resort

82-33-580-7000

www.o2resort.com/english

Alpensia Resort

82-33-339-0000

www.alpensiaresort.co.kr

Star Hill Resort

82-2-2233-5311

www.starhillresort.com

Sajo Resort

82-1599-2500

www.sajoresort.co.kr

Eden Valley Resort

82-55-379-8000

www.edenvalley.co.kr

Hansol Oak Valley Resort

82-33-730-3500

www.oakvalley.co.kr

Deogyusan Muju Resort

82-63-322-9000

www.deogyusanresort.com

Seoul World Cup Stadium

82-2-2180-2082~2

www.seoulworldcupst.or.kr

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

82-2-2240-1777

www.doosanbears.com

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

82-2-3660-1000

www.heroes-baseball.com

Sports Events Incheon Munhak Baseball Stadium 82-32-200-7507

www.sksports.net/Wyverns

Busan Sajik Baseball Stadium

82-51-590-9000

www.giantsclub.com

Jamsil Gymnasium

82-2-2240-882~2

http://stadium.seoul.go.kr/reserve/reserve_01_03_01.html

Jamsil Sports Complex

82-2-2240-8888~2

http://stadium.seoul.go.kr/reserve/reserve_01_00.html

The National Folk Museum of Korea

82-2-3704-4522

www.kidsnfm.go.kr/eng/eng

Korea Children's Culture & Art Center 82-2-2234-4032 Leisure for Children

Kidzania

82-1544-5110

www.kidzania.co.kr/web/eng

Gymboree

82-2-596-0949

www.gymboree.co.kr

Rainbow Children Center

82-2-796-2776

Uni Culture

82-2-2201-9300~1

COEX Aquarium

82-2-6002-6200

Ice Hockey Team (Jr. Kings Korea) 82-10-3715-6234

www.uniartcenter.com www.coexaqua.co.kr N/A

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Communities : Cultural Centers, International Groups Category

Cultural Center

International Group

190

Name

Telephone

Homepage

British Council

82-2-3702-0601

www.britishcouncil.kr

China Cultural Center in Seoul

82-2-733-8307

www.cccseoul.org

Goethe Institut

82-2-2021-2800

www.goethe.de/seoul

Italian Cultural Institute in Seoul

82-2-796-0634

www.iicseoul.esteri.it

Philippine Korean Cultural House

82-51-442-0025

http://cafe.naver.com/phil7107

Centre Culturel Francais

82-2-317-8500

www.institutfrancais-seoul.com

Public information and Cultural Center Embassy of Japan Korea

82-2-765-3011~3

www.kr.emb-japan.go.jp/cult/ cul_guide_hist.htm

Saudi Arabia Cultural Center

82-2-744-6471

N/A

Cultural Affairs Embassy of Mexico in Korea

82-2-798-1694/5

N/A

Istanbul Cultural Center

82-2-3452-8182

www.turkey.or.kr

Latin America Cultural Center

82-31-962-7171

www.latina.or.kr

Israel Culture Center

82-2-525-7446

www.iscc.co.kr

American Women’ s Club (AWC)

82-2-749-3554

http://awckorea.com

Association des Francophones de Coree (AFC)

N/A

www.afc-online.org

Australian and New Zealand Association of Korea (ANZA)

N/A

www.anzakorea.com

British Association of Seoul (BASS) N/A

www.britishseoul.com

Korea Contract Bridge League (KCBL)

82-2-3445-3847

www.kcbl.org/bbs/clubs-e.php

Cercle Franco-Coreen

82-2-596-8858

N/A

FOCUS-Foreigner's Community Service

82-70-7847-8226

www.focusseoul.com

Deutscher Club

N/A

www.deutscherclubseoul.org

Helping Others Prosper through English (HOPE)

82-10-3905-7020 www.alwayshope.or.kr

Irish Association of Korea (IAK)

N/A

www.iak.co.kr

Mexican Community Group

82-2-798-1694~5

N/A

Nordic Women's Club (NWC)

82-11-1704-6937

www.kolumbus.fi/hannu.ruhala/nwc

Korea Middle East Association

82-2-793-1775

N/A

Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

82-2-763-9483

www.raskb.com

Seoul International Women’ s Association (SIWA)

N/A

www.siwapage.com

Seoul Players

N/A

www.seoulplayers.com

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Appendix

•KOTRA-Organization & Activities •Index


Appendix KOTRA-Organization & Activities 1. About KOTRA KOTRA was established in 1962 to bolster the Korean economy through trade. It has since traveled alongside Korea on its journey of economic growth. In the 1960s and ’ 70s, KOTRA developed overseas markets and in doing so served as a driving force in increasing Korea’s exports. In the 1980s, KOTRA led efforts to achieve economic diplomacy in Eastern Europe and the former

only overseas knowledge service industry, IT

Soviet Union. During the Asian financial crisis

convergence industry and green industry

in the late 1990s, as a national investment

markets but also into overseas procurement,

promotion agency, KOTRA attracted foreign

franchise, and plant markets. In addition,

investment to Korea and helped steer the

KOTRA supports Korean SMEs’efforts to

nation out of the economic downturn.

forge alliances with major overseas companies in their drive to go global.

KOTRA currently has 122 overseas offices in

KOTRA also assists SMEs in resolving

84 countries across 9 regions around the

pending problems such as the attraction of

world through which it faithfully serves as an

overseas human resources, and arranges

overseas business infrastructure for Korean

domestic job seekers’employment by

and foreign-invested companies. KOTRA

overseas businesses.

supports Korean companies’entry into not

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2. KOTRA’s Activities

Support for SMEs’Overseas Marketing

Survey of Information

- Overseas branch service: Korea

- Trade information survey: Gathers vital

Business Centers around the world serve

information on overseas trends, pending

as Korean SMEs’ overseas branches and

trade issues related to imports/exports,

provide diverse support, encompassing

FTAs, and trade regulation trends among

everything from market surveys to the

other global trade issues, and provides

exploration of export clients and the

that information to business circles in real

establishment of businesses.

time.

- Operation of joint logistics centers:

- Regional information survey: Analyzes

KOTRA operates overseas joint logistics

local economic trends in China, Japan,

centers to facilitate overseas logistics

North America, Central and South

and distribution.

America, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS, publishes the

Global Talent Recruitment Support

information through periodicals, and

- The Korea Business Centers are

holds information sessions, thereby

dedicated to the search for international

providing premium market information to

talent that Korean companies and

business circles.

organizations are looking for. They provide one-stop global recruitment

Trade & Investment Information Portal ‘Global Window’ www.globalwindow.org

service by arranging interviews, factchecking

resumes

and

issuing

recommendations for visa issuance.

m.globalwindow.org www.facebook.com/globalkotra

Exhibitions and Conventions

3. About Invest KOREA Invest KOREA (IK), Korea's national

KOTRA formulates exhibition marketing

investment promotion agency, was

strategies by region and industry and

established within KOTRA with the sole

supports Korean companies’participation

purpose of supporting the entry and

in overseas exhibitions. It also operates

successful establishment of foreign

Korean pavilions at expos to promote

business into Korea. With assistance

Korea’s cutting-edge technologies and

extending to comprehensive post-

economic development.

establishment services, IK enables foreign

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corporations to maximize the benefits of the

foreign invested companies overcome

Korean investment environment to ensure

obstacles they have encountered in the

their rapid settlement in Korea.

course of doing business. The services provided by the office include obtaining

4. Invest KOREA’s Services

permissions, removing embargoes, and helping investors qualify for benefits.

Information and Consulting Service Invest KOREA provides information and

- Investment Aftercare Division: In all cases

consulting services free of charge, including

where the Ombudsman is asked to

the provision of data for feasibility studies

intervene, a“Home Doctor”- a specialist

and professional advice in the areas of

in foreign investment - is designated to

investment procedures, legal issues, tax,

provide one-on-one service to the client

and accounting. The agency also helps

until the difficulty in question is resolved.

foreign corporate personnel in matters of

Home Doctors are experts in different fields

day-to-day life such as healthcare,

of foreign investment who act as liaisons,

education and accommodation.

submitting proposals to the government's highest

Attracting

Foreign

foreign-investment

related

Investment:

organization, the Foreign Investment

Support for potential investors and

Committee. They report to the Committee

investment projects

on grievances that require changes to

Invest KOREA provides support throughout

foreign investment policy, requesting

each stage of the investment project, from

intervention on the part of relevant

international promotion of Korea's image

government bodies and ministries, and

and identification of target companies to

informing them of notable aspects of

delivery of customized assistance ranging

individual cases for their review. For details,

from

go to

research

and

planning

to

www.i-ombudsman.or.kr.

implementation. The agency also provides substantive feedback from investors to

Invest KOREA Plaza (IKP)

policymakers in order to constantly improve

Invest KOREA Plaza, which comprises two

the investment environment.

underground levels and nine aboveground stories, is an exclusive foreign investor

Investment Aftercare (Ombudsman) - Foreign Investment Ombudsman Office:

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incubating facility equipped with cuttingedge intelligent building systems.

The Foreigner Investment Ombudsman

IKP provides office space to help new

Office acts as an intermediary to help

foreign investors establish initial settlement

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grounds, and to help existing foreign

officials dispatched from related

investors - who plan to increase their

government ministries. They provide

investment - activate their investment. IKP

systematic, professional consulting

tenants can receive comprehensive

services to help foreign investors

services throughout the investment

successfully undergo all the necessary

process, including investment feasibility

investment procedures in Korea. Foreign

studies, investment consultations, and

investors and their families may receive

settlement support provided by Invest

consulting services free of charge via

KOREA and government bodies. For

phone, fax or e-mail or by visiting in

further details, please go to

person.

www.ikp.or.kr.

www.investkorea.org (Go to 'Investment Consulting')

Investment Consulting Center (ICC) The ICC is a one-stop consulting center that is designed to help investors and foreign invested firms with the review and execution of investments, as well as to assist their employees with settling in Korea. The office is under KOTRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foreign Investor Support Office.

- Investment Consulting: The ICC is staffed with some 20 consultants including private sector experts and

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Areas of Consulting Consulting on investment Report and registration of investment

Consulting on foreign investment attraction-related laws, systems, procedures, taxation, tax affairs location, and labor affairs Consulting on report and registration procedures for investment, importing of capital goods, and application for confirmation on the review of goods statements

Administrative support for investment

Consulting on tariffs, corporate and tax affairs, issuance of foreign invested business licenses, issuance of investment visas, and consulting on eligibility for staying in Korea

Consulting on settlement

Provision of information on staying and living in Korea, and one-day secretary service

82-2-3497-1056 (English) / 82-2-3497-1055 (Japanese) Service languages: English, Japanese and Korean Business Hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00-18:00 (lunch time: 12:00-13:00)

KOTRA Trade Doctor (trade, investment

Walk-in consultation

consulting center) provides customized

(Phone reservation required)

consultation on trade and inbound and

- Export

outbound

investment.

- Overseas investment

Consultation can be received online or

82-1600-7119(#3)

foreign

through waik in, or at the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location.

82-2-3460-7219

- Attraction of foreign investment 82-2-3497-1970

5. Directions / Map â&#x20AC;ť For bus no. 405 and 421, get off at the Public Transport

Korea Consumer Agency bus stop.

- Get off at Subway line no. 3, Yangjae Station (Exit 9) - Transfer to buses for Bundang and

From Gangnam Station or Yangjae Station,

Seongnam: (roadway bus stop) no. 4432

drive towards Bundang and Seongnam (Do

(green), 405 (blue)/ (central roadway bus

not pass through the underground roadway)

stop) 140, 407, 408, 421, 440, 462, 470

at the Yeomgok Intersection, take a left turn,

(blue)

pass through the crosswalk and drive down

- Get off at the Nonghyup Hanaro Mart or KOTRA bus stop (KOTRA and IKP are located opposite the Hyundai Kia Motors bldg.)

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the side road.


From Incheon Airport and

- At Seoul Station, take subway line no. 4

Seoul Station

(for Danggogae), and get off at

- At Incheon Airport 1F bus stop, take

Chungmuro Station→Transfer to subway

limousine bus no. 6009 (Incheon Airport -

line no. 3 (for Suseo)→Get off at Yangjae

Garak Market)→Get off at Gangnam

Station→Leave via Exit 11, 10 or 9, and

Station, and transfer to bus no. 140, 407,

at the central roadway bus stop, transfer

408, 440, 462, or 470→Get off at the

to a blue bus, nos. 140, 407, 408, 440,

Hanaro Mart or KOTRA bus stop.

462, or 470→Get off at the Hanaro Mart or KOTRA bus stop.

[KOTRA]

13, Heolleung-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul

82-1600-7119 FAX. 82-2-3460-7777 [Invest KOREA Plaza]

7, Heolleung-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 82-2-3497-1625 FAX. 82-2-3497-1611

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Index Alien Registration

25

Auto Insurance

81

Bank Card

110

Banks

107

Car Rental Communities

126

Convenience Stores

119

Corporate Investment Visa (D-8) Department Stores

17 116

Departure

35

Dependent Family Visa (F-3)

22

Directory

161

Driving (Getting a Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s License)

75

Eligibility for Stay (Foreigners Born in Korea)

24

Emergency

102

Everyday Etiquette in Korea

138

Extension of Period of Stay Financial Institutions Foreign Housekeepers of Foreign Investors and Professional Specialists (F-1)

27 106 23

Foreign Language Media Service

96

Foreign Schools

58

Foreign Villages in Seoul Garbage Disposal and Recycling

128 53

General Information

16

Information on Animal and Plant Quarantine

39

Information on the Issuance of the Immigration Priority Card

30

Interesting Facts about Korea

12

International Healthcare Centers

99

Internet Shopping

119

KOTRA-Organization & Activities

192

Learning Korean

136

Leisure Sports

128

Libraries & Bookstores

198

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Manners and Etiquette for Special Occasions Medical Care System in Korea Metropolitan Cities and Provinces & UNESCO World Heritages in Korea Mobile Phone Service Movie Theaters Moving

141 98 147 88 124 50

Museums and Galleries

122

National Health Insurance

100

Naturalization Performance Halls Permission to Engage in Activities Not Covered by the Status of Sojourn Pharmacies

34 124 28 103

Postal Services

92

Public Holidays in Korea

11

Purchasing and Registering a Vehicle

80

Purpose of Quarantine

38

Quarantine Declaration

38

Quarantine of Travelers

38

Quick Facts about Korea

10

Reentry Permit

32

Subscribing to Fixed-Line Telephone and Internet Service Superstores

87 116

Taking Care of Utility Bills and Making Arrangements to Have Mail Forwarded 52 Tips for Driving in Korea

82

Traditional Markets

117

TV Home Shopping

119

TV Networks

86

Types of Housing and Accommodation in Korea

46

Types of Public Transportation

65

Useful Korean Expressions

143

Using a Transportation Card

62

Various Tax Payment Obligations

113

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Subway

â&#x20AC;» Source: Seoul Metro (Sep., 2015)

Seoul


Subway

â&#x20AC;» Source: Seoul Metro (Sep., 2015)

Seoul


Busan

â&#x20AC;ť ource: Busan Transportation Corp., Daegu Metropolitan Transit (2015)

Daegu


Busan

â&#x20AC;ť ource: Busan Transportation Corp., Daegu Metropolitan Transit (2015)

Daegu


Getting to the Airport


Getting to the Airport


Map of Seoul


Map of Seoul


Map of Korea


Map of Korea


Overseas Network of KOTRA


Overseas Network of KOTRA


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