About Korea

General Information

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  • Country Name: Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Capital City: Seoul (10.2 million) (2012)
  • National Flag: Taegeukgi
  • National Flower: Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon)
  • Currency: Won (US$1 = about 1,150 won)
  • Language: Korean (named ‘Hangeul’)

The Republic of Korea is a small country on the far eastern edge of Asia.  Although it ranks 109th in the world in terms of land area, the country is a centre of economic, cultural and arts activity.  Korea was colonized by Japan in early 20th century and later had to endure the Korean War (1950-53).  But since that time, it has achieved amazing economic growth in a short period, dubbed “the Miracle on the Han River”.

Today, Korea is an industrial nation standing tall on the world stage.  Its semiconductor, automobile, shipbuilding, steel making and IT industries are on the leading edge in global markets.  In 1988, it was host of the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics and in 2002, it hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.  More recently, Korean dramas, movies and music have been attracting a wide audiences throughout Asian countries and beyond, creating what is being called the “Korean Wave”.

Korea’s new standing in the international community was highlighted in 2010 as the nation became the first Asian country to chair the G20 when it hosted the G20 Seoul Summit.

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Korea Visas & Passports

Foreign nationals entering Korea are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa assigned by overseas branch of Korean embassy or consular offices. However, many are now permitted visa-free for a limited period under certain conditions following the “Citizens of the Countries under the Visa Exemption Agreement”. In order to check whether you’re allowed to enter Korea without visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact the Korean immigration offices or visit the following websites to confirm.

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: mofa.go.kr (in Korean, English)
  • Korea Immigration Service: immigration.go.kr (in Korean, English)
  • Hi Korea (e-government for foreigners): hikorea.go.kr (in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Korean Currency & Currency Info

Korea’s official monetary unit is the won.

When you need to exchange your foreign currency into Korean won, visit a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized exchange. (Bank business hours: 09:00-16:00 (Note: Standard Chartered Bank hours 09:30-16:30, EVERRICH Bank hours 09:00-16:30), closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.)

Most of the businesses in Korea widely use and accept payment by credit cards, including at major hotels, department stores, large restaurants and stores. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and other credit cards can be used; however check the service availability before making purchases as some stores may not be subject to this service.

The official travel guide to Korea: english.visitkorea.or.kr

The official tourist website of the Incheon Area: www.travelicn.or.kr

The official tourist website of the Seoul Capital Area: english.visitseoul.net


Hotel Address: 165(Songdo-dong), Convensia-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea

Telephone: +82-32-726-2000

E-mail: generalopi@oakwoodpremier.co.kr

Homepage: http://www.oakwoodpremier.co.kr/?view=main&mode=opi

Research Conference Venue  Address: 200 Technopark-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea

Telephone: +82-32-729-1101

E-mail: gwjdosm@ambatel.com gwjdosm@ambatel.com

Hotel Homepage: http://www.gyeongwonjae.com

How to get from the airport to the hotel:

1.From Incheon International Airport, Level 1 (Arrival Floor), take the KAL Limousine Bus from pick-up points 4A or 10B.

Travel time is approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Cost is KRW7,000 (Station is Songdo Central Park and Gyeongwonjae / In front of the hotel /  1 minute walking)

2.From Gimpo International Airport, take a taxi. travel time is approximately 50 minutes.

3.From Seoul by subway takes about two hours. From Seoul Station, take Line #1 to Bupyung Station. Then transfer to Incheon Line #1.

The nearest station to the hotel is Central Park Station, exit 3.

4.Bus: M6405, 1301, 3002, 16, 780, 780-1, 780-2, 908, 81, 82