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IIW 2014

The 67th IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference

Useful Information


Foreign nationals entering the Republic of Korea are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa. However, many are permitted visa-free entry for a limited time under certain conditions.
Please visit the Hi-Korea Website for detailed information.


The unit of Korean currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000. The exchange rate is approximately USD1 to KRW 1,115 as of August 2013.

Shopping Information & ATM

International credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and JCB are accepted in most major stores (if affiliated) as well as in hotels, department stores and duty free shops.

Banks Offering Cash Service in Korea / Credit Card

Exchanging Money

You can exchange foreign currencies into Korean won at a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized currency exchange.

Banks 9:30am-4pm (closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays)
9:30am-10pm (every day)
Currency Exchanges
Hotel Business hours or 24 hours in hotels


VAT & Tipping

Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. Tipping is not required. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%.

Electricity and Voltage

The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before use.

Telephone Calls & Cellular Phone Rental

A local call costs ₩70 for three minutes. For international calls, first dial the international dialing code, then the country code, followed by the area code, and then the phone number.

Cellular phones can be rented from Incheon and Gimpo International Airports. Your passport and credit card are required. The charges can be paid with cash or credit card upon return of the handset.

Incheon Airport Mobile Phone Service


The Organizing Committee will take no liability for personal injuries sustained by, or for loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants, either during or as a result of the conference. It is, therefore, advised that participants arrange their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.

Emergency & Helpful Numbers

Fire department and medical assistance –119
Police assistance – Dial 112
Emergency Medical Information Center- 1339

At Emergency Medical Information Center, trained medical personnel (doctors, nurses and paramedics) are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Information Service – International Call 00794
International service “00794” is a telephone operator service that provides any information related to making international calls including foreign subscription number, national codes, area codes

Time Difference

Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9)

Useful Websites

- Korea National Tourism Organization (KTO)
- Korean Information Service
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Tour Information about Seoul

Useful Mobile Application

Korea Tour Guide

Visit Korea

Seoul Tour Guide

Visit Korea

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