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General Business Hours

Banks and Public Institutions: 09:00 - 16:00
Tourist Information Centers: 09:30 - 22:00 (Varies by location)
Restaurants & Cafes: Varies by location (Many open 24 hours)
Subway: 05:00 - 24:00
Bus: 05:00 - 22:00 (Select routes operate until 25:00)
Taxi: 24 hours (20% late-night surcharge from 24:00 – 28:00)

Emergency Medical Service

Dial 112 or 119 from anywhere in Korea and your location will automatically be tracked; you can ask for an ambulance in English. The ambulance will be dispatched to the caller’s locating. Operating hours : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Languages : Services are provided in 17 languages including English, Chinese, and Japanese.

Find an emergency room in Busan


You can buy medicine at stores with a green + sign that says “medicine (Yak)”.Basic medicines, such as fever reducers, painkillers, digestion helpers, and cold medicines can be purchased at convenience stores.

Find a 24-hour pharmacy

Time Difference

Standard Time in Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9).


Spring in Busan starts a little earlier than in other regions. From March to May, the weather is cool in the mornings and evenings and warm during the day. In particular, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in early April and are the pride of Busan. Nakdongjebang Cherry Blossom Road in Samnak Park, Haeundae Dalmaji Road, and Dongnae Oncheoncheon are all famous places for cherry blossom viewing. Please enjoy the warm and beautiful weather in Busan.
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Monetary System & Credit Card

There are currently 4 banknotes (1,000 / 5,000 / 10,000 / 50,000) and 4 coins (10 / 50 / 100 / 500) in circulations in Korea. The current exchange rate is approximately 1 USD= 1,327 KRW as of March 2023.
Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are accepted throughout much of South Korea. Most of the businesses widely use and accept payment by credit cards, including at major hotels, department stores, and general shops. However, check the service availability before making purchases as some stores may not provide this service.
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Tax and Tipping

Korea is basically a no-tip culture. Value-added tax is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since it will be included in the bill.


The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz, and the outlet has two round holes.