Seoul Travel Guide

Consulates

Language issues

South Korea has undergone a major English language boom over the past 20 years. South Korean families are eager for their children to learn English and usually enroll them in private language schools.

Seoul is probably the easiest place to talk to people in English, although bear in mind that most people will find verbal conversation challenging. Often writing down simple questions in English is more effective. Also note that many of the older generation have have learned little or no English at all. A few tourist information centers dotted around Seoul are staffed by English speakers, but do not assume an English speaker will be available at most shops, sites and venues.

English signage is visible everywhere in the city, from road signs to subway maps to shop posters. One exception is in buses where the route information is completely in Korean script.

The Seoul Global Center3rd Floor of the Seoul Press Center, 25 Taepyeongno 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, SeoulPhone: +82 2 1688-0120Provides foreign language assistance with regard to public services, but also beyond including help with awkward coping necessities like purchasing a mobile phone.
Medical

Pharmacies are everywhere in Seoul. While most are labeled only in Korean, the signage and Hangul character is easy to recognize, 약. Most pharmacists speak some English. Pharmacists are not shy about asking about your symptoms and selling you what they think you need.

Medical Referral ServicePhone: +82 10 4769-8212Hours: 8 am to 8 pm (with emergency only coverage after hours)Seoul provides an English-language hotline to assist with finding doctors and other medical services.

Medical bills can be expensive, but not too, so make sure you have valid travel insurance.

Some people with sensitive stomachs should use caution when dining in Korea as some of the local cuisine is heavily spiced with copious amounts of pepper and garlic.

Air Quality

Air quality in Seoul is fine and improving. However, Seoul inhabitants sometimes wear different types of masks outdoors for allergies, smog and yellow dust storms (mostly in March–April). Mongolian yellow dust storms were regarded as dangerous long before industrialisation began in Asia. Now these storms pick up trace amounts of toxins in the Chinese industry belt. Smog in Seoul is becoming less of a problem. In general, air quality has been improving since the early 2000s.

Embassies

South Korea hosts a large number of embassies in Seoul.

Afghanistan27-2, Hannam-Dong, Yongsan-GuPhone: +82 2 793-3535Fax: +82 2 795-2662
Argentina5F Choon Woo Bldg, 534 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 796-8144Fax: +82 2 792-5820
AustriaKyobo Bldg, Rm 1913 1-1, Jongno, 1-ga, Jongno-guPhone: +82 2 732-9071Fax: +82 2 732-9486
Bangladesh310-22 Dongbinggo-dong, Youngsan-kuPhone: +82 2 796-4056Fax: +82 2 790-5313
Belgium737-10 Hannam-2 dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 749-0381Fax: +82 2 797-1688
Bhutan123-5 Nonhyun-Dong, Kangnam-kuPhone: +82 2 738-4970Fax: +82 2 738-4974
Brazil4F-5F 141, IHN Gallery Bldg, Palpan-dong, Chongro-guPhone: +82 2 3444-5961Fax: +82 2 3444-4384
Cambodia653-8 Hanan-dongPhone: +82 2 3785-1040Fax: +82 2 3785-1041
Canada16-1, Jeong-dong, Jung-guPhone: +82 2 3783-6000Fax: +82 2 3783-6239Hours: M-F 8AM-11:45AM and 12:45PM-4:30PM
Czech Republic1-121 Sinmunno 2-ga, Jongno-guPhone: +82 2 725-6765Fax: +82 2 734-6452
Denmark5F Namsong Bldg, 260-199 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 795-4187Fax: +82 2 796-0986
Ethiopia657-26 Hannam-dong, Yangsan-kuPhone: +82 2 790-8927Fax: +82 2 790-8929
Finland18F Kyobo Bldg, 1 Jongno 1-ga, Jongno-guPhone: +82 2 732-6737Fax: +82 2 723-4969Hours: M-F 9AM-noon
France30 Hap-dong, Seodaemun-guPhone: +82 2 3149-4300Fax: +82 2 3149-4310
Germany32, Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-guPhone: 0082-2-748-4114Fax: 0082-2-748-4161
Hungary1-103, Dongbinggo-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 792-2105Fax: +82 2 792-2109
India37-3, Hannam Dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 798-4257Fax: +82 2 796-9534
Indonesia55 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-guPhone: +82 2 783-5675Fax: +82 2 780-4280
Ireland13F Leema Bldg, 146-1 Susong-dong, Jongro-kuPhone: +82 2 774-6455Fax: +82 2 774-6458
Italy3F Ilshin Bldg #714 Hannam-2-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 796-0491Fax: +82 2 797-5560
JamaicaOlympica Centre 5F, 828-10 Yeoksam-dong, Kangnam-kuPhone: +82 2 555-4271Fax: +82 2 745-8545
Japan5-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 796-7387Fax: +82 2 796-0827
Kenya243-36, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 3785-2903Fax: +82 2 3785-2905
Laos657-9 Hannam-Dong Yongsan-GuPhone: +82 2 796-1713Fax: +82 2 796-1771
Luxembourg#475-9 Pyeongchang-dong, Jongro-kuPhone: +82 2 316-6101Fax: +82 2 311-8650
Malaysia4-1 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 795-9203Fax: +82 2 794-5488
Mexico33-6 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 798-1694Fax: +82 2 790-0939
Mongolia33-5 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 794-1951Fax: +82 2 794-7605
Myanmar723-1, 724-1, Hannam-dong Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 792-3341Fax: +82 2 796-5570
Nepal445-7, Huam-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 3789-9770Fax: +82 2 736-8848
Netherlands10F Jeong-dong Bldg, 15-5 Jeong-dong, Jung-guPhone: +82 2 311-8600Fax: +82 2 311-8650
Nigeria310-19 Dongbinggo-dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 797-2370Fax: +82 2 796-1848
Norway13F Jeong-dong Bldg, Jung-guPhone: +82 2 727-7100Fax: +82 2 727-7199
Pakistan258-13 Itaewon 2-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 796-8252Fax: +82 2 796-0313
PeruDaeyungak Bldg Ste 2002, 25-5, Chungmuro 1-ga, Jung-guPhone: +82 2 757-1735Fax: +82 2 757-1738
Philippines18-11 Junghak-dongPhone: +82 2 2170-5200Fax: +82 2 734-4528
Portugal2F 171, Wonseo-Dong, Chongno-KuPhone: +82 2 3675-2251Fax: +82 2 3675-2250
New Zealand8F Jeong Dong Bldg, Jeong-dong, Jung-guPhone: +82 2 3701 7700Fax: +82 2 3701 7701
Romania1-42 UN Village, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 797-4924Fax: +82 2 794-3114
Russia34-16 Chong-dong, Chung-guPhone: +82 2 318-2116Fax: +82 2 754-0417
Singapore28F Seoul Finance Centre, 84 Taepyungro 1-ga Chung-guPhone: +82 2 774-2464Fax: +82 2 773-2463
Slovakia389-1, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 794-3981Fax: +82 2 794-3982Hours: M W F 10AM-noon
SloveniaRm 402 Young Choice Bldg, 1359-46, Seo-cho 2-dong, Seocho-guPhone: +82 2 569-3535Fax: +82 2 569-2350Hours: M W F 10AM-noon
Spain726-52 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 794-3581Fax: +82 2 796-8207
Sri LankaSte 2002 Kyobo Bldg, Chongno- 1 ka, Chongno-kuPhone: +82 2 735-2966Fax: +82 2 737-9577
Sweden8F Danam Bldg, 120, Namdaemunro 5-Ga, Jung-GuPhone: +82 2 739-9511Fax: +82 2 737-9392
Switzerland32-10, Songwol-dong, Jongno-guPhone: +82 2 3703-3700Fax: +82 2 3703-3701
Taiwan6F, Kwang Hwa Moon Bldg, 211 Sejong-ro, Chongro-kuPhone: +82 2 399-2780
Thailand653-7, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-guPhone: +82 2 790-2955Fax: +82 2 798-3448
Tunisia7-13, Dongbinggo-dong, Yongsan-kuPhone: +82 2 790-4334Fax: +82 2 790-4333
United Arab Emirates5-5 Hannam-dong, Yougsan-kuPhone: +82 2 790-3235Fax: +82 2 790-3238
United KingdomTaepyeongno 40, 4 Jeong-dong, Jung-guPhone: +82 2 3210-5500
Vietnam28-58, Samchong-Dong, Chongno-KuPhone: +82 2 739-2065Fax: +82 2 739-2064

source: Wikivoyage

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