- Autumn starts in early September and ends in late November. Sunny days are continued by the influence of a continental high pressure. Entering September it begins to cool down in the morning and evening. During this time, the country experiences warm, sunny weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps the biggest draw. The weather in Gyeongju is typical of South Korea. The average temperature in October is about 15 °C (apporx. 59 °F).
- Eating out is one of the great pleasures of visiting Korea, a country famous for its many native dishes. Korean cuisine will provide unique tastes for visitors. There is also a wide variety of American, Continental, Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Korean food is nutritious, well balanced and low in calories as it involves a wide variety of vegetables. Seasonings include garlic, red pepper, scallion, soy sauce, fermented bean paste, ginger and sesame oil.
- The basic currency of Korea is won. Specifically, various notes and coins are used: Notes include 1,000 won, 5,000 won, and 10,000 won denominations, while coins include 10 won, 50 won, 100 won, and 500 won denominations.
Cash & Check
- Foreign bank notes and traveler’s checks can be converted into Korean won at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchange outlets. The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations
- Credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and JCB, are accepted at major hotels, department stores, restaurants, and retail outlets.
- Government office hours are usually from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Banks are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Major department stores are open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. including Sundays.
- Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. 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.
- Participants are advised to take out adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their respective countries. The Organizing Committee has no insurance coverage for the participants and will not be responsible for any accident that may occur during the Conference.
- Korea uses both the 110 and 220-volt systems, although the use of the 220-volt system is more widespread. Because most new hotels have 220-volt wiring installed, it is advised to check beforehand. Most recently built houses are wired with 220-volt systems.
- In relation to Greenwich Mean Time, Korea is + 9 hours.