Saturday, April 28, 2012

Random Things About Kimchiland

First off, if you want to know about South Korea's history, geography, etc, you are in the wrong place. I know nothing about that. Please consult Mr Google.

Here are some random things you might (or might not) want to know before flying off to the land of kimchi:

Korea has four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Spring is from March to May, followed by summer from June to August. The country turns orange, brown, and red from September to November, and then white and freezing from December to February. 

South Korea's currency is called won. One won is about .04 Philippine pesos, or 1000 won is about 40 Philippine pesos. There are money changers in the airport and even on the streets.
Currency exchange on the street (Photo by: Bee Chavez)

Korea, in the standard time zone, is at GMT +9 hours. The Philippines is at GMT +8 hours, thus Korea is an hour ahead. 

Staying connected
If you cannot live without your cellphone while away from your homeland, you can stay connected by setting your cellphone on roaming provided you have a 3G phone. Another option is to rent a mobile phone. I read in Korea Tourism Organization's website that there are mobile rentals at Incheon International Airport. If you must stay connected to the world wide web, not to worry, wifi is everywhere, even in the subway (I just have no idea how to connect to the subway wifi since I have no 3G phone nor laptop/notebook, yes, I am low tech hehehe). 

Public Phones
If you need to stay connected and can only do so the old fashioned way - by telephone - there are public telephone booths on streets where there are many pedestrians, near bus terminals, and subway stations. Some telephone booths can accept coins and credit cards.
For sure you will be bringing along things that you would need to recharge at one time or another. Your camera and laptop perhaps? Then I must tell you Korea uses the type C plug (see right photo from and their outlets supply 220~240V electricity . 

South Korea Series:


  1. Haha! You always have fun yet substantial posts. Looking forward to the series. :D

    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)

    1. Hi Justinne! Thank you for sparing my poor old blog some time hehehe :-)

  2. Heyyyyy!!!! super super helpful blog!!! We're going to Korea soon and I can't be more excited!!!!! Thank you for all your helpful info!!!! :)

    1. Hi neellOc! You are welcome! I am glad you found this helpful :-) Enjoy your trip to Korea. It's a beautiful place :-)