General Information

- About Korea



Korea, traditionally known as the Land of the Morning Calm, is today a modern, bustling hub of East Asia. It is a peninsula jutting off of China, and Japan is only two hours away. Despite this close physical proximity to the neighboring countries, Korea has a distinctive culture of its own, which has developed during its 5,000 years of history. Visitors can expect to meet a lively population with its own language, writing system, architecture, cuisine, and many other manifestations of a unique cultural heritage.

- Capital City - Seoul



Seoul is the capital of Korea with over 600 years of history. It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics. Seoul is home to many old historic sites like Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, and places of traditional culture like Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong, and Namdaemun Market. The shopping and entertainment districts of Myeongdong and Apgujeong, and Asia's largest underground shopping center COEX Mall also draw a large number of tourists every year. The Hangang River, which runs through the center of the city, is also a distinctive landscape of Seoul that offers a myriad of resting areas for citizens.

- Cultural Hub of Asia - Gwangju

GwangJu

Gwangju is located in central Honam in the southwest of the Korean peninsula and central to Northeast Asia. Along with Seoul, Busan, Daegu, and Incheon, it is one of the largest cities in Korea and is the major metropolitan municipality that represents the southwestern region

★ Gwangju, the center of the southwestern part of Korea, has flourished with a glorious culture.
- Area : 501.25km2
- Population : 1.47 million
- Climate : Yearly Average 14.60C, Annual Rainfall 1,488mm, Number of clear days 84
- GRDP : 22.05 billion USD
- Industrial Structure : Service Industry 69.8%, Manufacturing Industry 23.2 %, Other Industries 7%

Art festivals on the pulse of world art
- Gwangju Biennale : Asia’s first contemporary art biennale.
- Gwangju Design Biennale : World’s first biennale specialized in design
※ Selected as the outstanding contemporary show in 2011 New York Times Jasmine Gwangju, Graded 5-star performance at Edinburgh Festival in 2011
: Jasmine Gwangju is a total theater experience, with traditional cultures such as Pansori, folk songs, mask dance



Taste Captivating the World
Gwangju, a region of flavor has developed its characteristic dishes since ancient times, thanks to the natural harmony of its mountains, fields and seas.



- Climate

Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short, summer is hot and humid, and winter is cold and dry with abundant snowfall. Temperatures differ widely from region to region within Korea, with the average being between 6°C (43°F) and 16°C (61°F). The average temperature in August, the hottest period of the year, ranges from 19°C (66°F) to 27°C (81°F).
Month Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Temperature -4 0 5 12 17 22 26 28 17 10 7.8 4
Season

- VISA Information

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before the visitation. However, people of 90 countries who wish to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest.
- Counties under Visa Exemption Agreements Country/Period(days)
Europe Austria / 90
Belgium / 90
Bulgaria / 90
Czech Republic / 90
Denmark / 90
Estonia / 90
Finland / 90
France / 90
Greece / 90
Germany / 90
Hungary / 90
Iceland / 90
Ireland / 90
Italy / 60
Liechtenstein / 90
Luxembourg / 90
Malta / 90
Netherlands / 90
Norway / 90
Portugal / 60
Poland / 90
Romania / 90
Spain / 90
Slovak Republic / 90
Sweden / 90
Switzerland / 90
United Kingdom / 90
Asia and Oceania Bangladesh / 90
Israel / 90
Malaysia / 90
New Zealand / 90
Pakistan / 90
Singapore / 90
Thailand / 90
Turkey / 90
Americas Antigua and Barbuda / 90
Bahamas / 90
Barbados / 90
Brazil / 90
Colombia / 90
Costa Rica / 90
Common wealth of
Dominica / 90
Dominican Republic / 90
El Salvador / 90
Grenada / 90
Haiti / 90
Jamaica / 90
Mexico / 90
Nicaragua / 90
Panama / 90
Peru / 90
St. Lucia / 90
St. Kitts and Nevis / 90
St. Vincent & the
Grenadines / 90
Surinam / 90
Trinidad and Tobago / 90
Africa Antigua and Barbuda / 90
Bahamas / 90
Barbados / 90
Brazil / 90
Colombia / 90
Costa Rica / 90
Common wealth of
Dominica / 90
Lesotho / 60
Liberia / 90
Dominican Republic / 90
El Salvador / 90
Grenada / 90
Haiti / 90
Jamaica / 90
Mexico / 90
Nicaragua / 90
Morocco / 90
Panama / 90
Peru / 90
St. Lucia / 90
St. Kitts and Nevis / 90
St. Vincent & the
Grenadines / 90
Surinam / 90
Trinidad and Tobago / 90
Tunisia / 30
- Counties under Visa Exemption Agreements Country/Period(days)
Asia Brunei / 30 Hong Kong / 90 Japan / 90 Kuwait / 30 Macao / 30 Oman / 30 Qatar / 30 Saudi Arabia / 30 Taiwan / 30 United Arab emirates / 30 Yemen / 30
North America Canada / 180 United States / 30
South America Argentina / 90 Chile / 90 Guatemala / 30 Honduras / 30 Paraguay / 30 Uruguay / 30 Venezuela / 30
Europe Albania / 30 Croatia / 90 Cyprus / 30 Latvia / 90 Lithuania / 90 Monaco / 30 Slovenia / 90 Vatican / 30
Oceania Albania / 30 Croatia / 90 Cyprus / 30 Kiribati / 30 Marshall Islands/ 30 Palau / 30 Nauru / 30 New Caledonia / 30
Africa Republic of South Africa / 30 Swaziland / 30

- Useful Information

:: Time Difference/Business Hours

Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9). Business hours for banks are generally from 09:30 to 16:30 on weekdays only. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. ATMs are widely available. Major department stores are open from 10:30 to 19:30, including Sundays, but smaller shops tend to open earlier and close later every day.

:: Currency

The unit of Korean currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000. As of Jan. 25, 2014, the exchange rate is approximately US$1 to KRW ₩1070.

:: Currency exchange

Foreign banknotes and traveler's check can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized moneychangers.

:: Credit Cards

Diners Club, Visa, American Express and MasterCard are widely accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

:: Traveler’s check

Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take Traveler's check in US Dollars. The exchange of foreign currencies may be made at Gwangju Airport. The exchange services are also provided at Gwangju Bank and other all banks. [Banking hours: 9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM, From Monday to Friday.

:: Tax

Value-added tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to meals and other services and is added into the bill.

:: Gratuities (Tipping)

Tipping is not a traditional custom in Korea. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist restaurants and hotels. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.

:: Electricity

In Korea, electrical outlets are operated at 220 volt only. Overseas delegates bringing laptop computers and other electrical appliances are advised to check whether a transformer is required.

:: Liability and Insurance

The Organizing Committee will take no liability for personal injuries sustained by or for loss or damage to property, belongings of participants or accompanying persons during their stay in Korea. It is, therefore, advised that participants arrange their own personal health, accident, and travel insurances.

:: Emergency

The Organizing Committee will take no liability for personal injuries sustained by or for loss or damage to property, belongings of participants or accompanying persons during their stay in Korea. It is, therefore, advised that participants arrange their own personal health, accident, and travel insurances.

:: Telephone

001 (International Access Code) + Country Code + Area Code + Remaining Digits
Ex) Calling Secretariat of the 21st ISAF, please refer to the following steps; [Tel: +82-62-530-xxxx]
  • Step 1) Determine what time it is in Korea before you call (9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time).
  • Step 2) Dial 001, the international access code.
  • Step 3) Dial 82, the country code of Korea.
  • Step 4) Dial the area code of the city you wish to call with 0 removed. ( Gwangju: 62, Seoul: 2, Jeonnam: 61, Jepnbuk: 63 )
  • Step 5) Dial the remaining digits.

More Information >

For more information about Korea, please visit the Korea National Tourism Organization. Website: www.visitkorea.or.kr.

- Invitation letter

An official letter of invitation will be sent to the participants who completed registration and payment upon request. However, this invitation implies no obligation for visa.
If you need a letter to invitation for participacting in the 21stisaf, please email to the secretariatat at isaf2015@ksae.org.

- Your invitation letter request must include the following details :

  • 1. Participant's full name
  • 2. Nationality
  • 3. Name of the Affiliation (University, Company, etc.)
  • 4. Department
  • 5. Address of the Affiliation (University, Company, etc.)
  • 6. Registration Number