What Else Should I Know to Prepare for My Trip?
Electricity: The standard voltage in South Korea is 220 volts and 60Hz. Outlets take plugs with two round pins. If the standard voltage in your country is between 220 and 240 volts, like in the UK, Europe, Australia, and most of Asia and Africa, then you can use your electric appliances in Korea. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 and 127 volts, as in the US, Canada, and most South American countries, then you’ll need a voltage converter. If you’re in the latter group, then you should consider getting a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter before traveling to Korea.
Local Currency: The currency of Korea is the won (₩; KRW). You can easily exchange foreign currencies into Korean won at banks’ exchange offices in the airport, banks in downtown Seoul, and private currency exchange offices.
Language: South Korea has one official language: Korean, although Japanese, English and Mandarin are widely spoken and understood. For those seeking communication assistance, Papago and Google Translate are the most commonly used apps for Korean-to-English translation.
Communication: KakaoTalk is the most commonly used messaging app in South Korea and it is free to use on any device with an internet connection.
Weather: July marks the arrival of summer in South Korea, with humidity levels and temperatures rising across the country. Highs of 81°F/27°C can be expected in Seoul during this month. July is also typically the wettest month of the year, meaning occasional heavy rains can be expected.