From beaches and islands to bustling cities and charming countryside, South Korea has it all. You might think that South Korea is similar to other East Asian countries like Japan and China but it’s actually quite different. South Korea is unique in many ways and you should learn as much as possible before visiting Korea. Hopefully, this section filled with important Korea travel hacks can help make your trip a lot easier.
Basic Information About Korea
South Korea is home to 51 million people.
The official language is Korean.
South Korea’s official currency is the Korean Republic won (currency code KRW). One Euro/USD is equal to roughly 1322 – 1210 KRW.
With a territory of 100,363 square kilometers, South Korea is the 109th largest country in world. South Korea occupies the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula, it borders the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to the north, the East Sea (Sea of Japan) to the east, the East China Sea to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west; to the southeast it is separated from the Japanese island of Tsushima by the Korea Strait.
South Korea climate is temperate with four different seasons. Winters are usually long, cold and dry. Summers are very short, hot, and humid. Spring and autumn are pleasant but also short in duration.
Economy & Budget
South Korea is a high income country with a mixed economy. Backpackers can survive with around $60 per day, while mid-range travelers spend between $80 and $100 per day on average.
Seoul is the capital city of South Korea with total population of 9 million.