Visiting

Public holidays 2018

Korean national holidays Austrade Seoul observes the following holidays
1 January - New Year’s Day
15-16 February - Lunar New Year
1 March 1 – Independence Movement Day     
7 May – Children’s Day (in lieu)
22 May – Buddha's Birthday
6 June – Memorial Day
13 June – National Election Day
15 August – Liberation Day
24-26 September - Thanksgiving Day
3 October – National Foundation Day
9 October – Hangul Proclamation Day
25 December – Christmas Day
1 January - New Year’s Day
15-16 February - Lunar New Year
30 March - Good Friday
2 April - Easter Monday
7 May - Children’s Day
28 May - Reconciliation Day
11 June - Queen’s Birthday
15 August - Independence Day
24 - 26 September - Chuseok
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing 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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