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Currency

The unit of Korean the currency is the Won(₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000,₩10,000 and₩50,000. The exchange rate is approximately USD 1 to KRW 1,087 as of November, 2012.
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VAT

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.
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Emergency

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

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

In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before use.
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Telephone Calls

A local call costs \70 for three minutes. For international calls, first dial the international dialing code(001 or 007), then the country code, followed by the area code, and then the phone number. You can rent a cell phone at the airport.
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Insurance

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 of as a result of the congress, It is, therefore, advised that participants arrange their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.
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Time Difference

Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9)
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Passport and Visa

Any foreign visitor wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport. Visitors with confirmed outbound tickets may stay in Korea up to 30 days without visas. For those of some countries who require visa, please contact the Secretariat. Only presenters with accepted papers will be forwarded the invitation letter for visa issuance. Please contact the Korea Embassy locally first.

For those who will travel directly to Jeju, not connecting at Inchon or Seoul, there is a very flexible entry/departure policy, which allows visitors to stay without a visa for up to 30 days, except for those who are traveling from the following countries: Afghanistan, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Macedonia, Palestine, Sudan, and Syria. Those traveling from China and connecting at Incheon or Seoul must obtain a valid visa for legitimate entry into Korea. If you are arriving directly on Jeju, no visa is required. Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming, unless you are a citizen of one of the 99 countries who are permitted to temporarily enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements (Table 1), or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest (Table 2).

[Table 1] Countries under Visa Exemption Agreements(ContinentsCountry/Period(days))
Europe Austria / 90
Belgium / 90
Bulgaria / 90
Czech Republic / 90
Denmark / 90
Estonia / 90
Finland / 90
France / 90
Greece / 90
Germany / 90
Hungary / 90
Iceland / 90
Ireland / 90
Italy / 60
Liechtenstein / 90
Luxembourg / 90
Malta / 90
Netherlands / 90
Norway / 90
Portugal / 60
Poland / 90
Romania / 90
Spain / 90
Slovak Republic / 90
Sweden / 90
Switzerland / 90
United Kingdom / 90
Asia and Oceania Bangladesh / 90
Israel / 90
Malaysia / 90
New Zealand / 90
Pakistan / 90
Singapore / 90
Thailand / 90
Turkey / 90
Americas Antigua and Barbuda / 90
Bahamas / 90
Barbados / 90
Brazil / 90
Colombia / 90
Costa Rica / 90
Common wealth of Dominica / 90
Dominican Republic / 90
El Salvador / 90
Grenada / 90
Haiti / 90
Jamaica / 90
Mexico / 90
Nicaragua / 90
Panama / 90
Peru / 90
St. Lucia / 90
St. Kitts and Nevis / 90
St. Vincent & the Grenadines / 90
Surinam / 90
Trinidad and Tobago / 90
Africa Lesotho / 60
Liberia / 90
Morocco / 90 Tunisia / 30
[Table 2] Countries or Regions under principles of reciprocity and national interest(ContinentsCountry/Period(days))
Asia Brunei / 30
Hong Kong / 90
Japan / 90
Kuwait / 30
Macao / 30
Oman / 30
Qatar / 30
Saudi Arabia / 30
Taiwan / 30
United Arab emirates / 30
Yemen / 30
North America Canada / 180 United States / 30
South America Argentina / 90
Chile / 90
Guatemala / 30
Honduras / 30
Paraguay / 30
Uruguay / 30
Venezuela / 30
Europe Lesotho / 60
Liberia / 90
Morocco / 90 Tunisia / 30
Oceania Australia / 90
Fiji / 30
Guam / 30
Kiribati / 30
Marshall Islands/ 30
Palau / 30
Nauru / 30
New Caledonia / 30
Africa Republic of South Africa / 30 Swaziland / 30