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|Population||51,584,349 (As of April 2016) (Seoul 10 million, Busan 3.5 million, Gyeonggi Province 13 million, Jeju Island 0.65 million)|
|Official Language||Korean (Hangeul)|
|Area||99,720㎢ (Seoul 605㎢, Busan 768㎢, Gyeonggi Province 10,185㎢, Jeju Island 1,848㎢)|
|Religion||Buddhism, Protestantism , Catholicism, etc.|
1. How to stay connected in Korea- Calling code：+82
How to make domestic calls within Korea To make a domestic phone call within Korea, dial the area code then the phone number. - Area codes (Metropolitan Cities)：Seoul (02), Incheon (032), Gwangju (062), Busan (051), Daegu (053), Daejeon (042), Ulsan (052), Sejong (044)
- Area codes (Provinces)：Jeju island (064), Gyeonggi-do (031), Gangwon-do (033), Chungcheongbuk-do (043), Chungcheongnam-do (041), Jeollabuk-do (063), Jeollanam-do (061), Gyeongsangbuk-do (054), Gyeongsangnam-do (055)
How to make International calls from Korea Dial any of the following International exit numbers:
001, 002, 005, 008, 00365, 00700, 00770
Dial the country code of the country you are calling (List of country codes)
·Dial the area code
·Dial the phone number
For example: Calling the USA with country code +1, area code (818), and phone number 123-4567
How to call Korea from abroad When calling Korea from aboard, dial
Your country’s exit code + 82 (The Republic of Korea’s country code) + the area code(omit the 0) and telephone number.
For example: Calling Seoul, Korea from the USA
2. CurrencyThe basic unit of Korean Currency : won (KRW)
There are 4 kinds of bills and 4 kinds of coins which are widely in circulation.
[Bills & Coins]* Exchange rate (As of April 2018) : $1 USD = 1,088 KRW * Currency Converter : www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Arabic)
3. National Holidays● New Year's Day (January 1) : As in other countries, the first day of the New Year is celebrated.
● Seollal (Lunar New Year) : Seollal is one of the most important traditional holidays of the year and much more significant than January 1. Most businesses are closed and workers take several days off to visit their hometowns. On the day of Seollal, everyone gets up early, puts on their best clothes, and bows to their elders as a reaffirmation of family ties. Feasts are held with specially prepared food such as Tteokguk and Manduguk. People play traditional games, fly kites, or spin tops.
● Independence Movement Day (March 1) : This day commemorates the Declaration of Independence proclaimed on March 1, 1919, while under Japanese colonization.
● Children's Day (May 5) : On the day, parents usually visit children's parks, amusement parks, zoos, or cinemas with their kids.
● Buddha's Birthday (May 25) : The 8th day of the 4th lunar month. Elaborate, solemn rituals are held at many Buddhist temples across the country and lanterns are hung in the temple courtyards.
● Memorial Day (June 6) : Memorial Day is set aside to honor the soldiers and civilians who have given their lives for their country.
● Liberation Day (August 15) : This day commemorates Japanese acceptance of the Allies' terms of surrender and the resulting liberation of Korea in 1945.
● Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day, August 15 in the lunar calendar) : Chuseok is one of the year's most important traditional holidays. It's a celebration of the harvest and thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth. Family members come from all over the country to visit their ancestral homes.
● National Foundation Day (October 3) : This day commemorates the founding of the Korean nation in 2333 B.C. by the legendary god-king Dangun. A simple ceremony is held at an altar on top of Manisan Mountain in Ganghwado Province.
● Hangeul Day (October 9) : Hangeul Day, otherwise referred to as Hangeul Proclamation Day or Korean Alphabet Day, is a commemoration held on October 9th in South Korea to remember the creation of Hangeul, the country's native alphabet as proclaimed by the publication of Hunminjeongeum on this day in 1446.
● Christmas (December 25) : Christmas is observed as a national holiday in Korea as in many other countries.