Located at the heart of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul has always been an important strategic point throughout the centuries in terms of defense and the economy, from one kingdom to the next. The three kingdoms of Baekje, Goguryeo, and Silla (BCE 57 – CE 688) all fought over the area that is now Korea’s capital. Indeed, whichever kingdom claimed Seoul became the dominant power. The Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910) declared Seoul its capital, a role that Seoul still plays to this day.
Like the rest of Korea, Seoul has four distinct seasons, which means the landscape changes considerably throughout the year. This unique climate is deeply embedded within Korea’s cultural fabric.Seoul’s average temperature and rainfall by month
Seoul, the capital of Korea, is arguably the most popular tourist destination in all of Korea. Seoul is packed with countless sights to see and places to visit, such as ancient palaces, traditional markets, and high-end shopping districts.
Korea is in general a safe country for travellers. With crime rates lower than the OECD average, South Korea is safe even at night. Relations between North Korea and South Korea are subject to various degrees of tension. However, the situation at this stage does not merit any cautionary advice about travelling to South Korea.
The official currency in Korea is the 'won' (Korean: 원; code: KRW).
Notes are in denominations of KRW 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000. KRW 1,000 is called Chon Won in Korean (chon means one thousand).
Coins are in denominations of KRW 500, 100, 50 and 10.
The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz, and the outlet has two round holes.
If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you may ask to borrow or purchase one from your hotel's front desk.
You can also find them at the airport, retail stores, major duty-free shops, and even convenience stores.