1. Getting around Seoul
If you plan to explore the city during your free time, consider these tips to get around the city.
Seoul is a mega city with one of the best public transport systems in the world. Its extensive subway and bus networks cover the entire city, so you can reach any destination in Seoul just with public transport.
Consider buying T-Money card, which can be used on pretty much all modes of transportation in the city, including metro, bus and even taxis throughout the entire country. You can also use it to shop at convenient stores, where you can get the card and top up. If you still have some money on the card by the end of your trip, you can get a refund for the remaining balance after a 500 won service charge.
Google Maps sometimes can be inaccurate in South Korea, and can lead you to dead end or wrong locations. So you may want to download Naver Map app prior to your trip. It is available in English, Chinese and Japanese. Our venue is directly linked to the Yongsan Station, on Line 1 (blue).
Traveling with taxi can be expensive in Seoul, and can be challenging if you don’t speak Korean. If you want to use taxi, download Kakao T app and register at home. If you don’t speak Korean, put in the correct location to avoid getting lost.
The official local language is Korean. Unfortunately, most of the locals can only understand a little bit of English and they can hardly converse with you in English, even in touristy areas. If you’re a Chinese, you can still understand a little as they know a few Chinese characters. If you’re not, you may want to learn a few basic words, or practice your body language.
Otherwise, you can download Google Translate or Papago, which will translate directly from the image to your language!
The currency in South Korea is called won (KRW). Banknotes come in denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 KRW. Coins are available in 10, 50, 100, and 500 won. You can get good exchange rates from the banks. At many banks, the staff speak good English, although exchanging money is simply straightforward so I doubt you will need to speak much. Make sure to bring a valid ID because some banks will ask for one when making transactions.
Internet will be provided to you at the hotel. However, if you need internet outside of the hotel, consider getting yourself a local sim card or Wifi router.
To buy a sim card, you will have to pre-order with the service provider a dew days prior to arriving. You can check out KT Mobile or kkday, which will allow you to pick up the sim card at the airport. You can also do your own research to find a suitable service provider. We are not advertising for these service providers and will not be responsible for any problem you have with the service providers.
The weather in Seoul will be very hot during the whole day, to the maximum of 32 degrees Celsius, and it can be also warm and humid at night(23 degrees Celsius). Nonetheless, meeting room will have air conditioner, so please bring sweater or jacket just in case it gets cold. There may be rain during the week, so bring an umbrella if you plan to go out.