South Korea is a country visited by over 17 million international travellers every year. With its long history in culture and tradition, the country has a lot to offer. The compact size of South Korea coupled with superb transportation infrastructure makes it very convenient and easy to explore.
Located in the northern hemisphere, the distance between South Korea’s capital city Seoul and Sydney is 8,391 km. South Korea is only 1 hour behind Australia (Sydney). During Australia’s Daylight Saving Time, Korea is 2 hours behind.
Tourists holding Australian passports are permitted to stay in Korea for up to 90 days visa free. They are required to have a valid passport and a confirmed outbound ticket only.
For further visa inquiries, please visit the following websites:
* Due to COVID19, the visa waiver is temporarily suspended for some countries that have signed a visa waiver agreement with Korea from midnight 13 April 2020. Australia is also included in the countries.
Getting to Korea
The Incheon International Airport (ICN), about one hour away from Seoul by subway or bus, is the main gateway to South Korea.
The monetary unit used in Korea is the won (₩). Currency exchange is available at banks, major hotels, and private tellers in tourist areas.
Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country except for small shops and traditional markets.
The currency rate of 1 Australian dollar to 1 Korean won is about between 750 and 850 Korean won.
Airport buses to Seoul, Busan and other major cities are available from the Incheon Airport. Travel times depend on the final destination, but most parts of Seoul can be reached within 1.5 hours. Ticket fare to Seoul is around 15,000 won.
The cities of Seoul, Incheon, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju have very convenient and extensive subway systems. Basic fare of a single journey subway ticket in Seoul is 1,350 Korean won. Additional charge depending on total distance traveled.
In Seoul, buses are generally categorized by color and number, and fares can be paid in cash or transportation card. Discounted fare and free transfer (to bus or subway) when using transportation card.
Trains are operated by KORAIL and classified based on their speed and amenities offered. The classifications include the express trains like KTX, regular trains, and KORAIL tourist trains. KORAIL Pass, exclusive for foreign travellers, can be used on all trains operated by KORAIL.
Express & Intercity Bus
An extensive express and intercity bus network connects the entire country. These buses are very convenient, and bus terminals are centrally located.
Korea has a well-developed domestic flight network linking major cities. Reservations can be made at travel agencies, by phone or online.
KOREA TOUR CARD, T-Money and Cashbee cards can be used on public buses, subway and taxis in several different metropolitan cities. Skip the hassle of purchasing single journey subway tickets for every ride and enjoy discounts on during transfers from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway or vice versa.
Jeju, boasting mild weather and scenic beaches, waterfalls, cliffs and caves is a must visit. Some of the top tourist sites include a national park with diverse flora and fauna, breathtaking views, and the world’s longest lava tube, registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage.
Gangwon-do is blessed with beautiful mountains and beaches making it a great place to visit throughout the year. Winter in Gangwon-do is heaven for winter sports enthusiasts, as the province gets a lot of snow. There are many ski resorts in Gangwon-do. Some of the resorts even served as official venues for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Gyeongsangbuk-do has long been the religious home of Korea. The city of Gyeongju, the old capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-935 AD), is especially well known for Buddhist cultural heritage sites, as well as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. National and provincial parks, as well as coastal walking trails, offer scenic views of nature.
For those who are travelling with friends, we would recommend visits to Seoul and Busan.
Seoul is the capital of Korea and is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economy. Busan is the second largest city in the nation just after Seoul and is a city of delicious seafood, ancient temples, festivals and beach culture.
There is a wide range of attractions and activities in South Korea that families with children of all ages can enjoy.
The country has so much to offer from amusement parks packed with exciting rides and beautiful flower parks to interactive educational museums. Most importantly, major tourist spots, including malls, and transport stations are wheelchair or stroller friendly and have a dedicated nursing room, which makes travel with kids or grandparents even more convenient and stress-free.