South Korea Travel Guide
Swift has put together this resource page for all travelers heading to South Korea. Whether you have questions about travel documents you’ll need or what to pack, we have you covered. Below are some of the visa services we offer to those traveling to South Korea. If you need a visa, you can start your order here.
South Korea Travel Overview
Get ready to explore the incredible country of South Korea! Founded in 1948 and located in East Asia, there’s no shortage of things to do and see while in South Korea. Whether you’re looking to learn more about South Korea’s extensive culture, browse one of its many markets, or try some of its unique cuisine, South Korea is one country
Travel to South Korea FAQ
Do I need a visa to visit South Korea?
As a United States citizen, you do not need a visa to enter South Korea if you stay for 90 days or less.
When is the best time to visit South Korea?
According to U.S. News, the best time of the year to visit South Korea is from March to May or from September to November, as the weather is mild during these months, and it’s cheaper during this time.
How do I get a visa to South Korea?
You can apply for your visa to South Korea on the Swift website. Go here to get the process started.
How much is a trip to South Korea?
According to Budget Your Trip, you can expect to spend around $84 per day on average while in South Korea.
South Korea Travel Tips
Expedite Your Visa to South Korea
Currency Used in South Korea
The official currency used in South Korea is the South Korean won. The exchange rate is 0.00076 United States dollars to 1 South Korean won. South Korean won currently comes in denominations of 1000, 5000, 10000, and 50000.
South Korea Vaccine Requirements
The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together a list of recommended and required vaccines for those visiting South Korea:
Recommended Vaccines For All Travelers:
Recommended Vaccines For Most Travelers:
- Hepatitis A
Recommended Vaccines For Some Travelers:
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
What are the current CDC travel requirements?
If you would like the latest updates on what the CDC requires for travel to Vietnam, we suggest that you visit the South Korea section of the CDC website. There you will find health notices, alerts, and updates on Covid-19.
Top Things To Do While in South Korea
- Tour the historic Changdeokgung Palace
- Explore one of South Korea’s many shopping markets
- Go up to the top of the Seoul Tower
- Trek Seoraksan National Park
- Learn about the country’s history at the National Museum of Korea
- Gaze at the stunning Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Spend the afternoon at Namiseom Island
- Walk around the historic Hwaseong Fortress
- Try out delicious food while visiting Jeonju Hanok Village
- View the breathtaking Jindo Sea Parting
Traveling in South Korea
There are numerous different modes of transportation that you can use to get around South Korea. Some popular ways include by car, ferry, airplane, subway, taxi, train, and bus.
Weather Outlook For South Korea
Below is a chart in order for you to get a better idea of the average monthly temperatures in South Korea’s capital city of Seoul:
- January – High: 35°F Low: 19°F
- February – High: 40°F Low: 24°F
- March – High: 51°F Low: 33°F
- April – High: 64°F Low:44°F
- May – High: 74°F Low: 55°F
- June – High: 81°F Low: 64°F
- July – High: 84°F Low: 71°F
- August – High: 86°F Low: 72°F
- September – High: 79°F Low: 62°F
- October – High: 68°F Low: 49°F
- November – High: 53°F Low: 35°F
- December – High: 39°F Low: 23°F
South Korean Culture
History: According to History.com, South Korea was founded in 1948 but did not become independent until 1950 when it fought in the Korean War against North Korea. Fast forward to modern-day South Korea, and you will now find more than 50 million people living in this East Asian country.
Religion: The main religions practiced in South Korea include Christianity, Buddhism, and Protestantism.
Food and Drink: Some of the most popular food and drink in South Korea include kimchi, bibimbap, bulgogi, japchae, hoeddeok, jjigae, soju, sujeonggwa, and cheongju.
South Korea Packing Checklist
- Driver’s license
- Travel insurance
- Photocopies of important documents
- Credit Card
- Filtered water bottle
- Athletic shoes
- Portable charger
- South Korea guidebook
- Neck pillow
- Hand sanitizer
- Winter Jacket