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Internet access at AsCA2010
 

1. Free wireless internet access is available for public use at BEXCO. However, it may be subject to slowdown and interruption in the case of too many users. The transmitted data may not be protected.

2. We will also announce ID/password to provide additional wireless internet service free of charge to the participants of AsCA2010 in an internet room (with a small number of PCs), conference lecture halls, and the exhibition area. This internet service may also be subject to slowdown and there may also be a problem in security.

3. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you apply for a wired internet service well in advance at a cost of 165,000 KRW (Korean won; 10% VAT included) for the period of the conference, if there is a need to an uninterrupted high speed internet access at AsCA2010. Please send the application with the payment to the AsCA2010 secretariat.

   
Telephone/Mobile Phone
 

- Local calls  
For local calls within the same area or city, just dial the telephone number. For another area or city, please dial the ‘area code’ before the telephone number (e.g., for calls from Seoul to Busan, please dial the area code for Busan (051) before the telephone number). However, the area code should be always dialed when using a mobile phone.

   
  - International Calls  
To make international calls, dial the international dialing code (001, 002, or 00700) + country code + area code + phone number. Most convenience stores, hotels, and airports sell domestic and international phone cards. Mobile phones can be rented at the airport or at major hotels. You need your identification card (passport) and credit card to access mobile phone rental service. .
   
Climate
 

Autumn in Korea lasts from September to November and is the season blessed with mild and pleasant weather. The deep blue sky and fiery red foliage prove time and again that fall is the best time to visit Korea. Visitors share the best of autumn's delights and experience the beauty of the land. Walking tours, bike rides, and guided sightseeing that best suit the season are available. The average temperature for November is 12 degrees celcius (54 in Fahrenheit) in Korea. For more information, visit the Korea Meteorological Administration at http://web.kma.go.kr/eng/index.jsp.

 

Average Temperatures in Busan

 

Month

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May.

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov

 3.0

 4.3

 8.3

13.4

17.4

20.5

24.2

25.7

22.1

17.3

11.3

37.4

39.7

32.5

56.1

63.3

68.9

75.5

78.2

71.7

63.1

52.3

   
Food
  Credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and JCB are accepted at major hotels, department stores, restaurants, and retail outlets.
   
Currency and Foreign Exchange
 

The unit of Korean currency is Won (KRW). Korean monetary denominations are KRW10, KRW50, KRW100, and KRW500 coins, and KRW1,000, KRW5,000, KRW10,000, and KRW50,000 notes. For higher denominations, negotiable cashier’s checks are used. Major currencies and traveler’s checks can be exchanged into Korean Won at the airport, hotels, and at all Korean banks. Credit cards, e.g. VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club, are also widely accepted. The exchange rate of USD1 to Korean won is about KRW 1,200 as of August 2009. For up-to-date information, go to the Universal Currency Converter at www.xe.com/ucc.

   
Credit Card
  Credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and JCB are accepted at major hotels, department stores, restaurants, and retail outlets.
   
Business Hours
 

Government office hours are from 09:00 to 18:00 during the week. The five-day work/week was introduced in Korea and government offices are closed on weekends. Business hours for banks are generally from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays. All banks close on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Automated teller machines are widely accessible. Business hours for most department stores are from 10:30 to 19:30.

 
Tip & Tax
 

- Tip   
Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. Service charges are often included in the bill for rooms, meals, and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive.

   
  - Tax  
Upon request, visitors can receive 10 percent VAT refunds for purchases at the "Duty Free Shopping" outlets. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Only foreign tourists in Korea can apply for this tax refund. Visitors can receive a refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase of KRW 50,000. To receive this refund, present refund receipts with the purchased goods at the customs desk at the Incheon or Gimhae International Airport at the time of departing. These receipts can be cashed in at the Cash Refund Office in front of the Airport Duty Free Shop.
   
Insurance
 

Participants are advised to take adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their respective countries.

   
Electricity
 

The standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC/60 cycles. Outlets for 110 volts may not be available at most hotels.

   
Time Zone
  Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and does not have daylight savings time (as of August 2009). Korean government plans to introduce daylight savings time from 2010.
   
Emergency Calls
   
 

Police

112

Fire and Ambulance

119

Medical Emergency

1339

Police Station near Venue (BEXCO)

(051)1566-0112

   
 

English call services are not always available but a hotel front desk or manager can make emergency arrangements for an emergency medical treatment. If you need assistance on the street, a policeman or a passer-by is a good bet for help. Emergency call boxes are found on every major street. In addition, a commercial service, International SOS Korea (02-3140-1700) provides 24-hour emergency service for foreigners, acting as a link between patients and Korean hospitals. In addition, BBB offers a volunteer-based translation service. For more information about BBB, please visit http://www.bbbkorea.org/

   

 

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