Nowadays traveling around the world has become much easier. Flights have become much more affordable and thus people travel more. A lot of people’s dreams are connected to traveling and visiting as many places around the world as possible.
But before one goes to a foreign country, they need to learn some essentials about it. Today we have prepared a short guide for a country which is definitely worth visiting sometime in a person’s life – South Korea. Here are some of the most essential things you need to know before you go there!
#1 Money, Health, and Passports
Some of the most essential things you need to know about any foreign country you visit are connected to your health, the money you will need while you are there, and whether you will need a passport of a visa to enter the country.
Passport, no visa
Luckily, foreigners do not need a visa to enter South Korea but just an international passport. This makes traveling to the country much easier compared to some other countries.
Before you visit a foreign country, you need to make sure you have all the necessary shots so that you do not risk your health. There are some countries where no special shots are required, but when it comes to South Korea it is better to have a Malaria and Typhoid shots. There are the two necessary ones, just like in Vietnam and some African countries.
When it comes to the money you will need in South Korea, make sure you prepare enough South Korean won. Of course, you will also be able to change some money there, like US dollars, but it is still better to have a reasonable amount of money before you arrive there.
#2 Best time of the year to visit South Korea
As every other country around the world, there is best and not so good time of the year to visit a country. When it comes to South Korea the best time of the year to visit the country is either from April to June or During September – November. At this time of the year the weather is warm and perfect for traveling.
Apart from that there is a Lantern Festival in South Korea which could be in April, May, or June. If you visit the country during the festival, you will be able to feel the atmosphere of it and to experience more of the South Korean culture.
The time of the year which you surely need to avoid if you want good weather to accompany your stay at the country is the monsoon season. It is during July and August.
The next essential thing you need to know before you visit a foreign country is to learn something about the things that are accepted in the country and the ones which are frowned on. Eastern countries, such as Japan, China, South Korea, have slightly different manner of greeting. Instead of shaking hands, they slightly bow when they greet a person.
Nowadays handshaking is accepted in South Korea. If you meet a woman, do not be surprised if she only nods at you to greet you. It is one of the socially acceptable ways to do it in the country.
Another thing that you should better avoid when you are in South Korea is touching a person, even patting their shoulder, or some similar gesture is considered rude and a sign of bad manners as well as watching someone directly in the eyes for too long. Just try not to stare at people.
Before you enter a person’s home you always need to remember to take your shoes off. This is very common in eastern countries. And if you enter a place with your shoes on, it will be considered a sign of bad manners. If you forget to do it, make sure you apologize.
#4 Tipping and bargaining
The next thing which you should know before you visit South Korea is connected to tipping and shopping. The news is good for both of them. First of all, you are not obliged to leave tips. There is no unwritten rule about that, but if you still want to leave tips, feel free.
And when it comes to shopping, you have probably heard that there are countries in which bargaining is socially accepted and sellers could reduce some of the prices in order to sell their goods. The good news is that this is accepted in South Korea. If you think that some item has a higher price than expected, you could try to negotiate a lower one. You are probably going to have success in that.