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Peoples Republic of Korea

Capital
Pyongyang
Time Zone
GMT + 9
Telephone Services
Country Code: 82
Outgoing Code: 001
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police: 112; Fire & Emergency: 119
Tourist Information
Korean National Tourism Corporation; 20 St George Street; London W1R 9RD Tel: (020) 7409 2100 Fax: (020) 7491 2302.
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa Information
Visa required. For full details contact the embassy for an up to date list of requirements for different nationalities.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Other Health Risks: Cholera; Japanese Encephalitis.
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency
Won (SKW. NOTE: if the amount of foreign currency is greater than US$ 10 000 in value it must be registered on arrival. Export of local currency is limited to SKW 500 000.
All credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques are accepted; but may be difficult to cash in smaller towns. US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Over 1 000 locations.
Cost of Living
Caters for all types of budget. Hotels are government registered. Travellers usually opt to stay in Yogwans; the traditional Korean inn; which are reasonably priced; self-catering is available. Internal travel is inexpensive and reliable.
Languages
Korean.
Weather
Hottest during the raining season = July – Aug. Coldest = Dec – Jan. Spring and Autumn are mild and mainly dry.
Electricity
110/220 Volts AC 60 Hz
Post
Approximately 10 days. Outside the capital services are slow and unlimited.
Transport
FLIGHTS: Frequent domestic services operate between main centres. ROAD: Excellent motorways link all major cities but minor roads may be poorer quality. BUS: Inexpensive and frequent services operate but are often overcrowded and make no allowances for English speakers. DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
Special Information
Korean culture is unique; incorporating a vivid portrayal of self-identity. Traditional agrarian culture persists in rural areas whilst the cities are a blend of history and technology. Shoes must be removed when entering someone’s house. Use the right hand for passing and receiving.