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Life in Korea

Climate

 
Spring
From March to May, Korea tends to be chilly in the morning and at night, and warm in the afternoon. Flowers, especially cherry blossoms, bloom beautifully. Winter clothes are typically worn until the end of March as April brings warmer temperatures. And typically by May, temperatures begin to get very hot.
 
Summer
From June to August, the weather is hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C. The rainy season, called “Jangma”, frequently occurs between late June and late July. A few typhoons with heavy rain and wind typically visit the country between August and September.
 
Autumn
From September to November, the average temperature is 10°C to 25°C. The sky is clear and dry most of the day. By later November, winter has arrived and people are already preparing their winter clothes and turning on their heaters. Autumn in Korea is one of the most beautiful times of the year, thanks to the colorful foliage.
 
Winter
In winter, the weather stays very cold, ranging from -18°C to 10°C from December to February. During this period, the weather seems to run in a cycle of three very cold days followed by four days of milder temperatures. Snow and harsh winds can be expected. The weather gets warmer by the end of February.
 

National Holidays

 
January 1st                                        First day of the solar new year
First day of the lunar calendar          Lunar New Year
March 1st                                          Samil Independence Movement Day
April 8th on the lunar calendar        Buddha's Birthday
May 5th                                             Children's Day
June 6th                                             Memorial Day
August 15th                                      Independence Day
August 15th on the lunar calendar  Korean Thanksgiving Day
October 3rd                                       National Foundation Day
October 9th                                       Korean Language Proclamation Day
December 25                                     Christmas
 

Traditional Korean Food

 

Food Delivery Websites & Apps

 
Korea is also very well known for its exceptional delivery services which are not only cheap and speedy but also have a wide array of options to choose from.
Some restaurants also offer a 24-hour delivery service which will bring freshly cooked food to your doorstep.

 

 

Korean Phone Plan
 
Getting an ARC allows students to sign up for any plans offered by KT, SKT, and LG. Not only that, but it also allows students to get a phone on contract (provided that the contract is within the time constraints of your visa period). There are two ways to get your phone plan, either 1) you can bring your phone from your own country and get a Sim card or 2) purchase a new phone (usually with a 2-year contract).
 
SIM Cards
Short term visitors can get a SIM card with an unlocked phone without an Alien Registration Card. You can also order your SIM card online by making a reservation on https://www.krsim.net/ and pick it up at the Incheon Airport right after your arrival. Incoming exchange and visiting students staying less than one year are recommended to find a prepaid plan, which starts around 30,000 KRW.
 
Monthly Plans
For students who are staying for a longer period should consider buying a contract plan which usually lasts for 1~3 years. You will need your passport and Alien Registration Card to get a phone plan. Main mobile service providers are Olleh, SK Telecom, and LG U+. Each provides different service plans and prices, so it is recommended to visit multiple stores to compare deals that are suitable for your needs. Payment can be made by automatic withdrawals, money transfer (mobile or ATM), credit card, GIRO, etc.
 
On-campus Location :     Hana Square B1: 010-8923-1218
Near campus Locations : KT Nice Dream - 02-923-7010
                                         Tworld - 02-924-8011
                                         LG Uplus -0507-1353-0993 
                                          SK Telecom - 0507-1418-0014

 

Currency

 

Exchange Rate
As of January 28, 2021, 1 dollar: KRW 1,115.00/ 1 euro: KRW 1,347 ./ 10 Yuan:
KRW 1,718.
※ It fluctuates every day based on economic conditions.
 
Monetary Value
In Korea, both coins (KRW 10, KRW 50, KRW 100 and KRW 500) and bills (KRW 1,000, KRW 5,000, KRW 10,000 and KRW 50,000) are used. Bank checks with a value of KRW 100,000 or higher are also widely used.

 

 

 

Transportation

 

Buses
There are city buses, distance buses, and express buses. To use distance buses and express buses, you will need to buy tickets in advance. Check the time of departure and the destination before getting on a bus.
 
Subway
Subways operate in the capital area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon, and Seoul. In the capital area, there are currently a total of 9 subway lines, Incheon Line 1~2, Bundang Line, Sinbundang Line, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, and the Airport Railroad, etc. in operation. Seoul subway lines are differentiated by color. All stations, including stations located at the farthest outskirts of Seoul, stations in satellite cities, and many transfer stations that intersect different lines, are marked on subway maps with symbols. Normally, subways run at 2-3 minute intervals during rush hour in the mornings and evenings, and 4-6minute intervals at other times.

 

Taxis
Taxis are available 24 hours nationwide. They can be easily distinguished from regular cars by the signs on top of the car roof. You can get a taxi at a taxi stand, or hail one on the street by waving your hand. An additional fee (usually 1,000 won) is charged on top of the regular fare if you use a call-taxi. Various call-taxi companies operate in each region in Korea.
 
Trains
Trains are very fast and run between almost all major cities in Korea. They also are well connected to buses and subways, enabling you to reach your final destination with ease. The KTX (Korea Train Express) is the fastest and most expensive train option, followed by the Saemaeul and the Mugunghwa.