South Korea in detail

Other Features

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Check the validity of your passport
  • If you plan to hire a car, bring a current international driving permit
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Check government travel websites
  • Call banks and credit-card providers and tell them your travel dates
  • Organise travel insurance
  • Check whether your mobile phone is compatible with Korea's WCDMA digital standard

What to Take

  • Phrasebook, mini dictionary
  • Travel plug
  • Insect repellent
  • CDMA-enabled phone
  • Painkillers
  • Padlock
  • Small backpack for day hikes
  • Slip-on shoes (for taking off and putting on quickly when entering and exiting abodes)
  • Medical kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Penknife
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Raincoat

What to Wear

The vast majority of Koreans wear western-style dress these days, although you’ll sometimes see people in hanbok (Korean clothing). The best version of this type of clothing – in fine silks and organza – are usually worn by women, and sometimes men, for formal occasions. More casual pyjama-style hanbok are made from cotton and are very comfortable for everyday wear.

For business, Koreans are quite formal and wear suits and ties. Out on the hiking trails or golf courses you’ll see locals kitted out in the latest high-tech performance gear as if they were about to scale Everest or compete in the Masters.