Korea Travel Advice:
General Information: Tourist information and assistance are available at all major tourist sites, airports and Korea Tourism Organization's Tourist Information Centers. These KTO centers are open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The KTO also runs a tourist information site at www.tour2korea.com. Since a quarter of the population tends to travel to hometowns or other destinations during traditional holidays, make sure to book tickets well in advance if your trip coincides with these times. The busiest travel times are summer vacation (the last week of July through the third week of August) and the three-day national holidays Seollal (Lunar New Year's) and Chuseok (the 15th day of the eighth month by the lunar calendar).
Guided Tour Services: Various travel agencies offer guided tours around Seoul's scenic attractions and historic sites. A wide variety of tours are available, including morning, afternoon and night tours as well as nationwide tours lasting a week or more.
Currency: Korea's currency is the won, which comes in 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 won bills, and 10, 50, 100 and 500 won coins. Generally, banks are open between 09:30-16:30 Monday through Friday. Automated teller machines are in operation 24 hours a day. Most larger stores, hotels and restaurants in Korea will accept major international credit cards. However, it is advisable to carry some cash, since many smaller establishments and stores may not have credit card processing equipment.