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Weather during the APNFO 14
Korea has four seasons, with a summer season in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. The Ideal time to visit Korea is during the spring month(mid-march ~ June). During this time, the country experiences warm, sunny, weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps the biggest draw.
Language (Hangeul)
The Korean language, like Hungarian, Turkish, Mongolian and Finnish, is classified into the Ural-Altaic language group. Hangeul(한글), the Korean alphabet, is composed of 10 simple vowels and 14 consonants. A group of scholars under the patronage of King Sejong the Great developed this systematic rendition of spoken sound in 1443. It is widely acclaimed by linguists as an ingenious invention. In 2009, the town of Bau Bau in Sulawesi, Indonesia adopted Hangeul as their official written language.
Business Hours
Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays. Most stores are open every day from 10:00 to 22:00, including Sundays.
Tip & Tax
Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals, and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive. Foreign tourists can receive nearly 10 % VAT refunds for purchases at Duty Free shops. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Visitors can receive refunds on receipts of minimum purchases of KRW 50,000 (around USD 43). To receive your refund, present receipts with the purchased goods at the customs clearance desk at Incheon International Airport when departing.
The standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC/60 cycles. Most hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220 volts. Participants are recommended to check with the hotel beforehand.
Emergency Phone number
  • 1339: Medical Emergency
  • 119: Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
  • 112: Police
  • 129: First Aid Services
  • Useful Websites
  • Korea Tourism Organization:
  • VISIT Busan:
  • Busan Transportation:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade:
  • Incheon International Airport:
  • Gimhae International Airport: