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South Korea's Country Information

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Name : South Korea
Official Name : Republic of Korea
Capital : Seoul
Climate : Temperate; cold, dry winters and hot, rainy summers. The southern coast is subject to late summer typhoons with strong winds and heavy rains.
Race : Homogeneous, except for about 20,000 Chinese.
Language : Korean, English widely taught in junior high and high school.
Official Language : Korean
Religion : 49% Christianity, 47% Buddhist, 3% Confucianism, 1% pervasive folk religion (shamanism), Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) and other.
Government : Repulic Government
Population (in mil) : 46.6
Literacy Rate : 97.4%
Visas : Visitors can stay in the country for 15 days without visa if they have an onward ticket and they are not from a country not recognised by South Korea.
Extension of visa after the first 15 days is then required.
Extension last for around 90 days.
Visitors can stay in the country for up to 180 days without visa if they are from western Europe of Canada.
Immunisations : Vaccinations for hepatitis, typhoid, polio and tetanus and diphtheria.
Time : GMT/UTC plus nine hours
Electricity : 110/220V, 60 Hz
Weights & Measures : Metric
Currency : Korean won (KRW)
Travellers Cheque : Traveller cheques and US dollars are widely accepted
Credit Cards : International credit cards are also widely accepted in the country.
Tipping : Tipping is not necessary as a 10% service charge is added to the bill at tourist hotels
Bargaining :