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About Korea
Korea, traditionally known as the Land of the Morning Calm, is today a modern, bustling hub of East Asia. It is a peninsula jutting off of China, and Japan is only two hours away. Despite this close physical proximity to the neighboring countries, Korea has a distinctive culture of its own, which has developed during its 5,000 years of history. Visitors can expect to meet a lively population with its own language, writing system, architecture, cuisine, and many other manifestations of a unique cultural heritage.
Climate
Korea’s climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short, summer is hot and humid, and winter is cold and dry with abundant snowfall. Temperatures differ widely from region to region within Korea, with the average being between 6 °C (43°F) and 16 °C (61°F).
Monthly Temperature
Month Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Temperature -4 0 5 12 17 22 26 28 17 10 0 -4
Sightseeing
Kyungbok Palace N Tower (Namsan Mt.) Korean Folk Village Bongensa Temple
Hyangwonjung Cheonggye choen Suwonsung Han River
• Gyeongbokgung
Built in 1395, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond are still relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculpture of contemporary art.
• N Seoul Tower
It is the best observatory space of Seoul, where you can appreciate all the panoramic scenery of Seould with cutting edge media display with various culture. It is a center of Seoul, a symbol of Seould, and the highest place where you can see all the most beautiful scenery of Seoul.
• Korean Folk Village
Set in a natural environment, visitors can experience the natural atmosphere with over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including various household goods from different regions. All these features have been relocated and restored to provide visitors with a broad understanding of Korean food, clothing, and housing style of the past.
• Bongeunsa Temple
It is one of the sacred temples in Korea where the aspiration of Venerable Bou who exerted himself with his utmost efforts to keep the dying Buddhism alive and the spirit of Venerable Seosan and Samyeong who saved the country from the national crisis of Japanese invasion permeated deeply, is now creating a new history of Korean Buddhism through its practice-centered temple management system operation.
• Hyangwonjung
It is part of Kyungbokgung.
• Cheonggyecheon Stream
Until it was restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected watercourse hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.
• Suwonsung
It is an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress (constructed from 1794 to 1796) was built as a show of the King’s filial piety towards his father Jangheonseja and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power.
• Han River
It flows across the city and it divides Seoul to North and South. Around Han river, many kinds of leisure facilities are installed for citizens.
Transportation
(1) Incheon-Seoul International Airport (IATA code: ICN)
  • The main, largest airport in Korea
  • Serving direct routes to more than 160 cities worldwide by 60 airlines
  • Awards and Recognition:
   “Best Airport Worldwide” for 5 consecutive years (2005~2009), conducted by ACI
   (Airports Council International)
   “ASQ Special Recognition”, 2010, conducted by ACI
  • More information about the airport: http://www.airport.kr/eng/
(2) Gimpo International Airport (IATA Code: GMP)
  • Serving short-distance routes including selected cities of China and Japan.
  • More information about the airport: http://www.airport.co.kr/doc/gimpo_eng/index.jsp
Visa
  Nationals of countries or regions allowed for visa-free entry
Continents Countries
Asia
(6 countries)
Brunei (30 days), Hong Kong (90 days), Indonesia (diplomatic and official, 14 days), Japan (90 days), Macau (90 days), Taiwan (30 days)
America
(8 countries)
rgentina (30 days), Canada (6 months), Ecuador (30days), Guyana (30 days), Honduras (30days), Paraguay (30 days), United States (90 days), Uruguay (30 days)
Europe
(11countries)
Albania (30 days), Andora (30 days), Bosnia-Herzegovina (30 days), Croatia (30 days), Cyprus (30 days), Monaco (30 days), Montenegro (30 days), San Marino (30 days), Serbia (30 days), Slovenia (90 days), Vatican (30 days)
Oceania
(13 countries)
Australia (90 days), Fiji (30 days), Guam (30 days), Kiribati (30 days), Marshall Islands (30 days), Micronesia (30 days), Nauru (30 days), New Caledonia (30 days), Palau (30 days), Samoa (30 days), Solomon Islands (30 days), Tonga (30 days), Tuvalu (30 days)
Middle East
and Africa

(13 countries)
Bahrain (30 days), Egypt (30 days), Kuwait (30 days), Lebanon (diplomatic and official 30 days), Mauritius (30 days), Oman (30 days), Qatar (30 days), Saudi Arabia (30 days), Seychelles (30 days), South Africa (30 days), Swaziland (30 days), United Arab Emirates (30 days), Yemen (30 days)
  - Nationals of the above countries or regions are allowed up to 30 days of visa-free sojourn for tourism or visit.
  - Exceptions: Nationals of Canada are allowed up to 6 months, and nationals of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Slovenia, and the United States are allowed up to 90 days