What you need to know
Information and Facts
Home of the modern day recreational activity of Taekwondo, which is also known as the country’s national sport, South Korea is popular destination to visit among tourists worldwide. From the vibrant capital city of Seoul to the historical city of Gyeong ju with its ancient temples and onto the Jeju Island known for its resorts, beach getaways, hiking trails and its dormant volcano, there is much to discover and explore in South Korea.
South Korea has four distinct seasons, similar to that in North America. December through to February is the winter season, spring is between March and May, summer is between June to August and autumn is between September to November.
South Korea is generally a safe destination for travel. However, as with all travel at home or away, you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions. Take copies of your important documents and keep them separate from the originals.
While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling around Asia – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.
In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, and can assess any risks involved with your intended destination.
Currency & Customs
The currency of South Korea is the South Korea Won. Canadian passport holders who visit South Korea must have a valid passport, which should be valid during the entire period of stay. Canadian passport holders staying in the country for less than 90 days do not need a Visa.
Electric current in South Korea is 220V and 60Hz. It is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.
The official language in South Korea is Korean as well as various dialects of the Korean language. English is also widely spoken as it is taught in schools.