Travel guide
South Korea

Far East, between ancestral traditions and unbridled modernity.

Like an air of Japan or China when visiting South Korea. Some speak of ancestral traditions, others of more contemporary influences from neighboring countries. You have to go there to understand and be judged!

In the Land of the Morning Calm, you’ll wander from temples and royal palaces to tall buildings and East Asian street food. We also discover a complex blend of Confucianism and Korean patriotism.

Beyond the big cities and their bustling markets, we’re happy to indulge in a few moments of meditation in the country’s parks and mountains, where the locals love to recharge their batteries.

Time difference



South Korean Won


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Annyong
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Ihae / nan ihaega an dwaeyo
  • Goodbye = Annyonghi kyeseyo
  • Welcome = Hwan-yeong
  • Thank you (very much) = Gamsahamnida
  • Excuse me/Please = Sillyehamnida
  • I am French = Naneun peulangseueo ida
  • No thanks = Gwaenchanhseubnida
  • Yes/No = Ne / Aniyo

Key figures

Area: 100 210 km²

51.47 million inhabitants (2017)

Good to know


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • diphtheria-tetanus-polio (DTP) r
  • rubella-mumps-measles in children
  • anti-tuberculosis treatment

Other recommended vaccinations: depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.

Vaccination against rabies may also be offered in certain cases, depending on the conditions and location of your stay. Ask your doctor or an international vaccination center for advice.

Finally, for stays in rural areas (rice paddies), mainly from May to October, vaccination against Japanese encephalitis may be necessary. This vaccination is included in the official Korean vaccination schedule for stays in rural areas. In addition to vaccination, as this viral disease is transmitted by mosquito bites, it is necessary to take protective measures against these insects.


For short stays (tourism, non-profit travel) of less than 90 days, no visa is required, but a passport valid for at least six months after the date of return is required.