Useful Information
Coex is a prominent landmark in Seoul. Located in the central business area, Coex is a destination for business, shopping, entertainment, and more. With a world-class convention and exhibition center, Asia's largest underground shopping mall, restaurants and entertainment facilities, Coex is a great place to go in Seoul. For more information, please visit

Seoul, Soul of Asia
Seoul is a fast-moving modern metropolis and one of the largest cities in the world. Home to over 10 million citizens, it is a friendly city that is easy to get around. Here are some tips to make your trip to Seoul more convenient and comfortable.

General Facts
Population Seoul 10,450,000 (2009 est.) Seoul city government
South Korea 48,508,972 (2009 est.) CIA Factbook
(About one-fifth of South Korea's population resides in Seoul)
Size 30.3 km from north to south and 36.78 from east to west
Temperatures +15C to +20C (May), +18C to +25C (June)
Time Zone GMT + 9 (Korea Standard Time KST or Japanese Standard Time JST)
Electricity 220v, 60 hz throughout the country (same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey)
Country Dialing Code +82
Area Code Seoul 02 (when dialing from overseas remove the zero)
Language Korean

Passport and Visa
All visitors to the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before arriving. Visitors with roundtrip tickets from countries that have a special agreement with Korea may be exempted from the visa requirement, and can stay in Korea visa-free for periods up to 30 days, or 90 days, depending on the type of agreement between the two countries. When uncertain as to the visa requirement for entry visa to Korea, please contact the Korean Embassy or a consulate as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the official website of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at

Currency Exchange and Taxes
Currency - The unit of Korean the currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000 and ₩10,000. The exchange rate is approximately US$1 to KR ₩1,127 as of August 2012. Tax - Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.

Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since it will be included in the bill.

Emergency Numbers
Dial 119 for the fire department and medical assistance, and 112 for the police.

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

Useful Websites
Information about Seoul:
Information about Korea:
Incheon Int’l Airport:
Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: