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•Time Zone: GMT +9 hours

•Climate:
Korea has four seasons; spring starts in March with beautiful buds blooming in all colors to welcome the sunlight and warm weather after cold winter days. It is followed by summer and a month of monsoon season in July. The autumn months are famous for its spectacular foliage and cobalt blue skies. For those who love winter sports, Korea offers three months of snow and ice at its numerous ski resorts. The island of Jeju off the southern coast is the warmest place in the country.

•Language:
The official language of Korea is ‘Hangul’ - Korean. English is taught at every school from elementary to high school however, not used in everyday life among Koreans.

•Getting There:
Korea is accessible by direct international flights from most major cities around the world, into either Seoul, Busan or Jeju. Getting around between key destinations is easy by flights, high-speed trains or highways.

•Flying Times:

 

Seoul

The Seoul Special City is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea, forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, the world's second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6 million people. It is home to over half of South Koreans along with 632,000 international residents. With a population of over 10 million, the megacity is the largest city proper in the OECD.
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Busan

Busan is South Korea's second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.6 million. The population of the metropolitan area, including the adjacent cities of Gimhae and Yangsan, is approximately 4.6 million.
It is the largest port city in South Korea and the world's fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage. The city is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula. Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005 Korea. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and is a center for international conventions in Korea. On November 14, 2005, the city authorities officially announced its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics Games. After Pyeongchang's successful bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the city is considering its bid to host the 2032 or 2036 Summer Olympics.

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Jeju Island

Jeju Province (officially the Jeju Special Autonomous Province)is one of the nine provinces of South Korea. The province is situated on and coterminouswith the nation's largest island of Jeju (also Jejudo), formerly transliterated as Cheju, Cheju Do, etc., or known as Quelpart to Europeans. The island lies in theKorea Strait, southwest of South Jeolla Province, of which it was a part before it became a separate province in 1946. Its capital is Jeju City. The island contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. Jeju Island has a temperate climate and even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below freezing point.

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Gyeongju

Gyeongju  is a coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea. It was the capital of the Shilla Kingdom for over 1,000 years. Thousands of historic buildings and objects have been maintained well throughout the city, truly making it the "museum without walls." Among such historical treasures, Seokguram grotto, Bulguksa temple, Gyeongju Historic Areas and Yangdong Folk Village are designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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Jeonju

Jeonju, located in the southwestern part of the Korean Peninsula in northern Jeolla province has the most favorable geographical conditions, including vast plains and close proximity to the sea. Jeonju has best maintained the Korean traditions and culture through hanok (Korean traditional houses), hansik (Korean traditional cuisine) and hanji (Korean traditional paper) as well as pansori, a Korean traditional genre of musical storytelling performance, which was designated as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003.

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Suwon

Suwon is the capital and largest metropolis of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea's most populous province which surrounds Seoul, the national capital. Suwon has existed in various forms throughout Korea's history, growing from a small settlement in tribal times to a major industrial and cultural city today. It is the only remaining completely walled city in South Korea. As such, the city walls are one of the more popular tourist destinations in Gyeonggi Province.

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Andong

Andong is known as a centre of culture and folk traditions. It has become a famous tourist area ever since Queen Elizibeth visited in 1999. She spent her birthday in Andong visiting such places as Hahoe Village, Dosan Confucian School, Byeongsan Confucian School, Bongjeongsa Temple, Andong Folk Village. The Hahoe Folk Village is perhaps the most notable folk village in South Korea. This village is listed by the South Korean government with UNESCO as a World Heritage site with Yangdong Folk Village in 2010.

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Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang is a county in Gangwon province, South Korea located in theTaebaek Mountains region. It offers unspoiled natural beauty year round, making it a much beloved spot among nature lovers. Pyeongchang becomes a hub of activity from November to April as winter sports lovers flock to the snow-covered mountains and area’s ski resorts. Known as the ‘Alps of Korea,’ Pyeongchang is at the center of Korea’s ski industry and a compelling factor in the popularization of the sport nationwide.

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Incheon

Incheon is a city located in northwestern South Korea, bordering Seoul and Gyeonggi to the east. It is the second largest port city in Korea. Incheon is also home to the world’s top-ranked Incheon International Airport. As such, it is a gateway to the capital city of Seoul, and a major transportation gateway in Northeast Asia for destinations worldwide.As an international city, Incheon has held numerous large scale international conferences, such as the Incheon Global Fair & Festival in 2009.

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 Private Transfers

Whether you specialize in individual business travelers requiring town car service between Incheon International Airport and downtown Seoul, or you're coordinating a group requiring a complete transportation package, Kims Travel has the resources to get your group around Korea with ease. For an overview of some of our popular transfer packages, Click Here.


Local Transportation
 

 

 Subway

• Subway systems offer a convenient way of exploring metropolitan cities in Korea.

Click on the Subway Station map (left) to gain access to the Seoul subway guide.


Seoul Subway Fares

  • Children 6 and younger: Free
  • Total distances exceeding 10km (within Seoul): 100 won for each additional 5km
  • Total distances exceeding 40km (within Seoul): 100 won for each additional 10km
  • Total distances exceeding 30km (outside Seoul): 100 won for each additional 5km

Seoul Bus System


In Seoul, buses are one of the most convenient and readily available forms of transportation. Buses in Seoul are classified by color to designate the type of bus:

  •  Blue buses travel on major roads and run for relatively long distances through Seoul.
  •  Green buses travel shorter distances and carry travelers between transfer points such as subway stations and longer bus routes.
  •  Red buses are express buses that travel from Seoul to suburban areas.
  •  Yellow buses operate on a closed circuit within a district of Seoul.

Many roads in Seoul have a designated bus lane to promote and ensure efficient use of public transportation.

Bus Routes of Seoul