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An intriguing land of ancient ruins, romantic legends, natural wonders, breathtaking landscapes and teeming modern cities, the Republic of Korea can trace its history back half a million years.

 

Tourists are discovering with delight the hidden treasures of the southern half of the mountainous Korean peninsula, which pokes southwards from the eastern end of the Asian continent. South Korea has been separated from North Korea by a demilitarised zone since 1953, and has flourished to become a stable and mature democracy, home to 50-million people who are spread across its nine provinces, concentrated in seven mega-cities. Previously dubbed 'the hermit kingdom', South Korea is now flaunting its bright plumage like a proud peacock.

 

Largest of the metropoles, and the area most frequented by visitors, is the capital, Seoul, the world's tenth largest city, where ancient shrines nestle beneath soaring skyscrapers. This seething city, ringed by mountains, offers hundreds of attractions and experiences, vibrant nightlife and unforgettable dining.

 

The least populated area of the country is Gangwon-do Province on the eastern side of the Peninsula, where remote forested mountains and valleys are studded with small towns. This area, which played host to the Asian Winter Games in 1999, is fast becoming one of the world's most sought after skiing destinations. The rest of the year visitors are drawn to the province's magnificent beaches and scenic hiking trails.

 

Another area rich in tourist attractions is the south-eastern region, with its wealth of archaeological treasures. Gyeongju, ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, is an open-air museum boasting tombs, temples, pagodas and ruins dating from as early as 57 BC. The Bomun Lake Resort with its luxury hotels is a fine base from which to explore the area. New resort complexes are currently under construction to open up this fascinating area even more to tourism.

 

Those seeking a romantic getaway head for South Korea's resort island, Jejudo, known as 'little Hawaii' because of its subtropical vegetation, volcanic landscape, sandy beaches and sparkling waterfalls. The island is dominated by the towering Mount Hallasan volcano, but visitors need not fear a natural disaster & the volcano was last active in 1007!

 

Tourist Offices - Korea National Tourism Organisation, Seoul: +82 (0)2 757 0086 or www.knto.or.kr

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All visitors require a valid passport, a return or onward ticket, sufficient funds for maintenance, and a contact address in Korea. Those requiring a visa should obtain one from a Korean Embassy or Consulate before entering the country. Visas are good for five years or however long the passport is valid. Before expiry holders of visas can leave and return to Korea without any problems.


- For Australians - Australian nationals do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to three months. With certain exceptions, business travellers do require a visa. A passport or Certificate of Identity with permission from the Korean Ministry of Justice is also required.


- New Zealanders do not require a visa for a stay of up to three months. A passport or Certificate of Identity with permission from the Korean Ministry of Justice is required.


- United States citizens do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to 30 days (business travellers generally do need a visa, with certain exceptions). A passport or certificate of identity with permission from the Korean Ministry of Justice is required for entry.


- United States citizens do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to 30 days (business travellers generally do need a visa, with certain exceptions). A passport or certificate of identity with permission from the Korean Ministry of Justice is required for entry.


- A valid passport or certificate of identity with permission from the Korean Ministry of Justice is required. A visa is not needed for a tourist visit of up to three months for holders of British passports endorsed British Citizen or British National (Overseas). Other passport holders, and business travellers, must obtain a visa.

 

South Korea Holidays - Currency of South Korea

 

Korea's monetary unit is the won (KRW). Currency can be exchanged at most banks, and travellers cheques cashed at authorised banks and hotels. Most merchants in the cities accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards, but Koreans traditionally prefer cash. ATMs at banks are usually accessible only during banking hours, and instructions on the machines are generally only in Korean. Public ATMs at convenience stores and subway stations are generally available 24 hours. US Dollars are an accepted form of foreign currency.

 

South Korea Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The International dialling code for South Korea is +82, and the outgoing code is 001 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 00144 for the UK). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)2 for Seoul. Telecommunications are well developed and call boxes using both cash and cards are prevalent. Internet cafes are widely available. Although mobile telephones are widely used by locals, there is no GSM network and foreign phones will not usually work in the country. Local mobile phones may be rented.

 

South Korea Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers (over the age of 19) arriving in South Korea may bring in the following items free of customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco products; 57g perfume; 1 litre of alcohol (only those over 20 years old); and gifts valued at not more than 400,000 won. Products from communist countries are prohibited, as are fruit, seeds and any published or recorded material deemed to be subversive or obscene.

 

South Korea Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Taxi drivers are usually tipped if they assist with baggage.

 

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