9th Congress of World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Bridging the Gap and Beyond, June 14(Wed) – 17(Fri), 2017 COEX Seoul, Korea

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Travel Insurance

Time Difference

Climate

  • Four Distinct Seasons in Korea: Spring(March ~ May), Summer(June ~ August), Autumn(September ~ November), Winter(December ~ February)
  • Clothing: Light clothing including light and/or short pants, short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts, hats and sunglasses are essential items of this season, and applying sunscreen is also highly recommended
  • Weather Information of Late August to September in Korea:
    Year Factor 12-Jun 13-Jun 14-Jun 15-Jun 16-Jun 17-Jun 18-Jun 19-Jun
    2015 Temperature (℃) 19.4~29.9 20.1~30.9 17.8~27.7 19.6~30.6 20.0~30.9 20.2~30.8 19.6~31.3 20.0~29.9
    Rainfall (mm) 0.5 0.5 15.5 - - 9.8 3.0 -
    Humidity (%) 63.1 61.9 70.3 65.6 65.9 72.8 59.4 57.8
    2014 Temperature (℃) 17.3~27.1 18.4~25.8 18.3~27.7 19.5~28.5 19.1~29.0 21.5~30.7 20.5~29.1 20.8~25.6
    Rainfall (mm) 0.1 - - - - 3.5 0.1 -
    Humidity (%) 73.9 79.0 71.6 69.9 66.4 71.8 71.3 79.3
    2013 Temperature (℃) 19.6~22.5 18.8~27.5 20.9~29.7 21.3~29.1 19.8~27.5 19.9~25.8 20.5~23.1 20.6~29.6
    Rainfall (mm) 6.5 - - - - 0.1 12.0 0.1
    Humidity (%) 85.4 70.5 62.3 58.4 69.8 76.8 90.1 71.1

Language

  • Official Language: Korean
  • Official Alphabet: Hangeul - Basic Characters: 14 consonants, 10 vowels
    Consonants
    Vowels

Korean Currency

Currency: Won(\)
  • 4 Kinds of Notes: fifty thousand, ten thousand, five thousand, on thousand won
  • 4 Kinds of Coins : 500,100,50,10 won
    10,000won, 50,000won and 1,000won are most frequently used in everyday life.
    Only 1,000won bills and coins are accepted on buses, or when using vending machines.
    Exchange Rate: Approximately KRW 1,200 to USD 1

Tipping and Value-added Tax(VAT)

Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals, and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive. Foreign tourists can receive nearly 10 % VAT refunds for purchases at Duty Free shops. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Visitors can receive a refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase of KRW 50,000 (around USD 43). To receive this refund, present receipts with the purchased goods at the customs clearance desk at Incheon International Airport when departing.

Electricity

The standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC/60 cycles. Most hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220 volts. Participants are recommended to check with the hotel beforehand.

Emergency Phone Numbers

  • 1339: Medical Emergency
  • 119: Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
  • 112: Police
  • 129: First Aid Services

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