Travel Tips and Local Transportation

 

Transportation from Airport to the Venue

All international flights are expected to arrive at the Incheon International Airport (IIA) which is located 52 km west of downtown Seoul. The most convenient way to the conference venue for foreign participants is to take direct Limousine buses which link the airport and the venue, Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel.

  • KAL Limousine Bus (Bus Stop : 4B)
    • Incheon Int'l Airport Lotte World Hotel Dong Seoul Terminal Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel
    • Departs every 20~30 minute from 05:40 to 22:30, takes about 1 hour 40 minutes
    • Fare : 11,000 Korean Won
    • You may get information on limousine buses and purchase the bus ticket at the Transportation Information Counter (near the exit No. 2, 4, 9, 13) on the arrival floor (1st floor).

  • Taxi (Taxi Stop : 18)
    • Taxis are available at the taxi stop #18. The expected fare from airport to the venue is about 50,000 Korean Won, but it denpends on traffic condition.
    • From midnight to 04:00, a 20% extra charge will be added to the fare.
  • Deluxe Taxi (Taxi Stop : 21)
    • Deluxe Taxis are available at the taxi stop #21. Deluxe taxis, also called "Mobeom Taxis", have a yellow roof, black body and "deluxe taxi" sign on both sides. The expected fare from airport to the venue is about 75,000 Korean Won.
    • There will be no extra charge from midnight to 04:00.
  • Jumbo Taxi (Taxi Stop : 17)
    • Jumbo Taxis , also called "Van Taxis", are available at the taxi stop #17. Jumbo taxis can have 9 persons at its maximum. Taxi fare is the same with that of Deluxe Taxi.

 

 

 

Location and Population

The Korea Peninsula extends southward from the northeastern part of the vast Asian continent, spanning 1,000km north to south. It shares most of its northern border with China and touches Russia.

Size : The entire size of Korea is 222,154 square kilometers, almost the same as that of the UK or Portugal.
Population of South Korea : About 45.0 millions (Seoul: 13millions)

location

Korea, called "the Land of Morning Calm", is proud of her 5,000-year history and Seoul has been the capital of Korea for more than 600 years.

 

Weather

Korea lies in the Temperate Zone and has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The average temperature in Seoul during the Conference period will be around 15-19, which will be perfectly pleasant and comfortable.

 

<Average Temperature, Humidity, and Rainfall in Seoul>

 

Classification
Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Celsius( )

-2.6

-0.9

4.9

13.0

17.5

22.6

24.3

25.5

21.1

13.8

6.5

2.2

Fahrenheit( )

27

31

41

55

63

73

76

78

70

57

44

36

Humidity( H )

63

61

63

56

59

70

84

71

70

61

59

69

Rainfall( mm )

6

10

9

7

7

9

19

6

8

5

5

8

 

Electricity

In Korea, outlets for 220 volts are available. Most hotels provide 220 volts outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before using equipment.

 

Currency and Exchange Rate

The unit of Korean currency is Won (W). Coin denominations are W10, W50, W100 and W500. Banknotes are W1,000, W5,000 and W10,000.

Currecy exchangne : Foreign banknotes and travellers cheques can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money changers.

Credit cards : Diners Club, Visa, American Express, and MasterCard are widely accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in large cities. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Travellers cheques : Accepted, but may be difficult to change in small towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars.

Currency restrictions : There are restrictions on the import of local currency; check with the Embassy for current allowances. Foreign currency amounts greater than US$10,000 (including travellers cheques), must be declared on arrival.

 Banking hours : Monday to Friday 09 : 30 -16 : 30.

 

The exchange rate is approximately W1,200 to the US dollar as of August 2002.
(Web site for Exchange Rates:
http://eib.keb.co.kr/EIB/main/index_guest.html)