APCHF 2016 / The 8th Asian Pacific Congress of Heart Failure / April 15(Fri)-16(Sat), 2016EXCO, Daegu, Korea

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Visa Application
Visitors who plan to stay in Korea for longer than 90 days must obtain a visa before entering Korea.
To clarify visa exemption agreement, please check your country via below link:
Weather and Clothing
Korea has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer season in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. The ideal time to visit Korea is during the autumn months (September-November) and KSHF 2017 will be held in November which is the best month of the year in Korea. You will enjoy various cultural activities with clear skies and low humidity. In October, trench coats, long-sleeved shirts, and cardigans are ideal.
Currency & Banking
The unit of currency is Korean Won (KRW), expressed as ₩. Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Bank notes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000. As of June, 2017, the exchange rate is approximately ₩1,140 for $1 (USD).
You can exchange foreign currencies into Korean won at a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized currency exchange.
Credit Card
Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and other major credit cards are accepted in Korea. Cash advances are also available at select bank machines.
Time Difference
Standard Time in Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9).
Emergency Call
Dial the numbers below from anywhere in Korea (no area code required)
: Medical Emergency
: Emergencies for Fire / Rescue & Hospital Services
: Police
: First Aid Patients
Business Hours
Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sunday.
Time Difference
The standard electricity supply is 220-volts AC at 60Hz. Most hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220 volts. It is advised that you check with the hotel beforehand.
Tax and Tipping
Value-added tax is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. Tipping is not customary in Korea. Sometimes, expensive restaurants and luxury hotels may add a service charge of 10%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since it will be included in the bill.
Cellular Phone Rental
Cellular phones can be rented from Incheon and Gimpo International Airports. Your passport and credit card are required. The charges can be paid with cash or credit card upon return of the handset.
Three companies offer rental services: SK telecom, Korea Telecom, and LG Telecom. Call the Incheon Airport for more information: +82-2-6343-9011 (overseas) or 1599-2011. (in Korea),
Note: Some global telecom companies can extend phone access though roaming services in Korea, but many phones DO NOT have roaming services in Korea at this time. Roaming services can be expensive. Please check with your local cell phone company about services and costs.