Korea, called Hanguk (Korean: 한국; Hanja: 韓國) or Daehan (Korean: 대한; Hanja: 大韓) in South Korea and Chosŏn (Korean: 조선; Hanja: 朝鮮) in North Korea and elsewhere, is an East Asian territory that is divided into two distinct sovereign states, North Korea (also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) and South Korea (also known as the Republic of Korea, or ROK). Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea is bordered by China to the northwest and Russia to the northeast. It is separated from Japan to the east by the Korea Strait and the Dong-hae.
As the distribution of cell phones increases in Korea, public phone booths are rarely to be seen on streets and public facilities. However, there are still some public phone booths at popular sites, bus stops, subway stations and train stations. Korean public phones generally provide local and international call services alike with payment by coins or phone cards. Users can choose a preferred volume level among three levels by pressing the speaker-shaped button on the phone. If the user presses the “L” button, the LCD screen offers English, Japanese and Korean language services as well.
Telephone cards can usually be purchased at convenience stands or stores near the telephone booths, and cannot be exchanged for cash. The cards are valid for a period of three years and can be purchased in 3,000, 5,000, or 10,000 won denominations. The cards can also be kept as souvenirs, as many cards are printed with a variety of popular Korean tourist sites and beautiful scenery.
Public Phone Rates
- -Local: 70 won/ 3 minutes
- -Cellular phone: 70 won / 38 seconds
- -Domestic Long-Distance
08:00-21:00 70 won / 43 seconds
21:00-08:00 70 won / 61 seconds
- * Note: Phones return change that has not been used, but do not return change for partially used 100 won coins.
How to make a phone call with telephone cards
- 1. Pick up the receiver and insert the card into the slot.
- 2. Listen for a dial tone and then dial the phone number.
- 3. After finishing your phone call, hang up the receiver and your card will be ejected.
How to make a phone call with coins
- 1. Pick up the receiver and insert coins.
- 2. Listen for a dial tone and then dial the phone number.
- 3. Hang up the receiver. Though you may have unused change, change will only be given for unused 100 won coins.
Domestic Long- distance Calls (Area Codes)
- Metropolitan Cities
- Seoul (02), Incheon (032), Gwangju (062), Busan (051), Daegu (053), Daejeon (042), Ulsan (052), Sejong (044)
- Gyeonggi-do (031), Gangwon-do (033), Chungcheongbuk-do (043), Chungcheongnam-do (041), Jeollabuk-do (063), Jeollanam-do (061), Gyeongsangbuk-do (054), Gyeongsangnam-do (055), Jeju-do (064)
① How to make an international call to Korea
When you make a phone call to Korea from abroad, first dial 82 (country code for Korea), then area code (except for the first number 0). Finally, dial the phone number you wish to call.
For example: Calling Seoul (area code 02) with 777-7777 as the phone number, dial +82-2-777-7777.
② How to make an international call from Korea
* First, dial any of the following international call company numbers, and then the country code, area code and finally the number you are calling.
* International Phone Call Carriers: 001, 002, 005, 008, 00365
* Pre-paid Phone Cards: Since it is quite difficult to find mobile phone rentals, pre-paid phone cards are available at convenience stores or newspaper stands.
International Phone Call Carriers
|Charge per minute
SIM Card Purchase (Korea roaming SIM card)
You can purchase a prepaid SIM Card that can be used in Korea and most foreign countries. Below are the sales locations of the Korea Roaming SIM Cards.
- ☞ Where to buy SIM card
- You can purchase SIM cards on the homepages for SIMCARDKOREA and EG SIM CARD.
- ☞Homepage: www.simcardkorea.com (Korean, English)
☞Operating hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (GMT+9)
☞Tel: 0505-648-7000 (Korean)/ 0505-649-7000 (English)
☞Email: email@example.com (English)
- EG SIM CARD
- ☞Homepage: http://www.egsimcard.co.kr/ENG/ (Korean, English, Japanese, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese)
☞Operating hours: 09:00 – 22:00
☞Tel: +82-1899-6120 (Korean, English, Chinese)
Internet service is often provided in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Korea. PC rooms and internet cafes are also great places to get internet service and easy to find throughout the country. Most PC rooms are open 24 hours and some even have snack bars.
Any visitor to a foreign country may naturally want to send postcards or letters to friends and family back home. A few years ago, it was easy to find mailboxes on the street and in buildings. Finding a mailbox today is a bit more difficult because of the Internet revolution. If you cannot find a mailbox, you can ask your hotel front desk to put your letters or postcards in the mail or you can go directly to a nearby post office. Visit http://www.epost.go.kr/ (Korean, English) for more details on post office locations.
1. Domestic Mail
Domestic mail fees are divided into four categories: ordinary mail, general mail, registered mail, and express mail. Fees may vary by weight and size.
Ordinary Mail Price
|Standard-sized||Up to 5g||270 won|
|5g – 25g||330 won|
|25g – 50g||320 won|
|Oversized||Up to 50g||390 won|
|50g – 1kg
(per 50g up to 1kg)
|1kg – 2kg
(per 200g up to 2kg)
(per 1kg up to 6kg)
(As of December, 2014)
※Postage for non-standard sized postcard is 320 won up to 50g.
※400 won is added every 1kg up to 30kg for domestic express mails.
2. International Mail
Since international mail services are diverse and have different fees, visithttp://www.epost.go.kr/ (Korean, English) for exact details.
Where to buy stamps, postcards, and letters
You can get stamps, which are also great souvenirs, at post offices or stationery shops. Standard envelopes are also available at these places. Decorated stationery and envelopes are sold at art supply shops and stationery shops. Traditional Korean postcards are available at stationery shops in Insa-dong or those located within large bookstores.
Source: Visit Korea
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