Climate
Typical mild coastal climate with minimum temperatures just below 0 degree celcius even in winter due to warm currents. Because it is to the South of the mainland, the island has a high mountain area that rises up into the atmosphere significantly, and the wind currents and jet stream move from the mainland to the island, it is in a perfect position to capture frequent moisture. The island is on the border of moderate and subtropical zones. The beach season runs from July to September. The climate features a hot summer, the usual air temperature being 26 °C (highest 33 °C), highest water temperature of upper layers is 28 °C. It has a warm and dry autumn when the air is becoming cooler and water temperature remains as in summer (24 °C) until October. Short and mild winterwith snowfalls in the northern part of the island and in highland, while in the southern part farmers harvest tangerines. And finally a warm spring when everything blooms. During all seasons except summer, the island is known for being very windy. It's location in a zone ripe for frequent atmospheric pressure changes ensures almost constant moderate to high winds.
 
Korean Food
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.
 
Currency
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 Card
Credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and JCB, are accepted at major hotels, department stores, restaurants, and retail outlets.
 
Business Hours
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.
 
Tip
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.
 
Visa & Passport
All visitors to the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and visa. Visitors with roundtrip tickets from countries who have a special agreement with Korea may be exempt from the visa requirement, and can stay in Korea Visa-free for periods up to thirty days, or ninety days, depending on the type of agreement between the two countries. For more information, please contact the local Korean consulate or embassy in your country, or refer to the website www.korea.net or www.moj.go.kr.

Countries under Visa Exemption Agreements (62 countries)
Nationals of countries which have the visa exemption agreement with Korea and of countries designated by the government can enter Korea without a visa on the condition that they do not engage in remunerative activities during their stay.


Designated countries allowed to enter Korea without a visa (41 countries)

Nationals of the following countries are permitted to enter without a visa according to the principles of reciprocity or priority of national interests up to 30 days.
※ With the exception of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Slovenia
 
Insurance
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.
 
Electricity
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.
 
Time Difference
In relation to Greenwich Mean Time, Korea is + 9 hours.