Visiting

Public holidays 2017

January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 2 - New Year's Day (in lieu)
February 27-30 – Lunar New Year
March 1 – Independence Movement Day
May 3 – Buddha's Birthday
May 5 – Children’s Day
June 6 – Memorial Day
August 13 – Liberation Day
October 3 – National Foundation Day
October 4 - 6 – Thanksgiving Day
October 9 – Hangul Proclamation Day
December 20 – Presidential Election Day
December 25 – Christmas Day

Climate

The ROK’s climate is characterised by four distinct seasons. Winter is bitterly cold and is influenced primarily by the Siberian air mass. January is the coldest month with average temperatures ranging from -5oC to 5oC. 

Summer is hot and humid. August is the hottest month with temperatures ranging from 20oC to 28oC on average. More than half of the total annual rainfall recorded is concentrated in the summer months. 

The transitional seasons of spring and autumn are sunny and generally dry. The rainy season, known as Jangma, continues from late June until late July. On average the ROK experiences two or three typhoons a year between June and September.

For further details on the ROK’s weather and climate visit the ROK Meteorological Administration.

Currency

The official currency is the Korean Won.

For currency conversion rates visit Oanda currency converter.

Time zones and time differences

Korea is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). During Australian daylight savings, Korea is one hour behind Australia.

To find out the current time in Seoul, visit the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Korea's country code is +82.

For calls to Korea from Australia dial: 0011 + 82 + area code (without the 0) + telephone number.

For calls from Korea to Australia dial: 001 + 61 + area code (without the 0) + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

The ROK's power supply is mainly 220 volts at 60 Hz. Most hotels in Seoul have 110 volt (two flat sticks) and 220 volt (two round pins with no earth) power outlets.

Links and resources

Korea Tourism Organisation
Republic of Korea official website

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