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Public phones

Many Koreans carry cellular phones nowadays, eliminating the need for public telephone booths. Though many public telephone booths have now been removed, they still exist on streets where there are many pedestrians, near bus stops, inside subway stations, and in most public transportation facilities. Public telephones in Korea not only provide domestic call services, but services for international calls as well.

Korea's public telephones are separated into two main types: those that accept coins and those that accept only cards. The public coin telephone booths can generally take both credit cards and coins. Telephone cards can usually be purchased at convenience stands or stores near the telephone booths, and cannot be exchanged for cash. The cards are valid for a period of three years and can be purchased at 3000, 5000, or 10,000 won denominations. The cards can also be kept as a souvenir, as many cards are printed with a variety of popular Korean tourist sights and beautiful scenery.

[Public Phone Rates]

- Local: 70 won/3 minutes(within 30km)
- Domestic Long - Distance(over 31km):
08:00-21:00 70 won/43 seconds21:00-08:00 70 won/61 seconds
- Cellular phone: 70 won per 38 seconds
* Note : Coin phones return coins that are not charged, but do not return change for partially used 100 won coins.

[How to make a phone call with telephone cards]

1. Pick up the receiver and insert the card into slot.
2. Listen for a dial tone and dial the phone number.
3. After you finish your phone call, hang up the receiver and your card will be ejected.

[How to make a phone call with coins]
1. Pick up the receiver and insert coins (70 won for local calls).
2. Listen for a dial tone and dial the phone number.
3. Hang up the receiver. Though you may have change leftover, change will not be given for partially used 100 won amounts.

[Domestic Long- distance Calls (Area Codes)]
Metropolitan Cities
Seoul (02), Incheon (032), Gwangju (062), Busan (051), Daegu (053), Daejeon (042), Ulsan (052)

Gyeonggi-do (031), Gangwon-do (033), Chungcheongbuk-do (043), Chungcheongnam-do (041), Jeollabuk-do (063), Jeollanam-do (061), Gyeongsangbuk-do (054), Gyeongsangnam-do (055), Jeju-do (064).
International Calls
[How to make an international call from overseas]
When you make a phone call to Korea from abroad, first dial 82 (Country Code for Korea), then Area Code (except for the first number 0) , finally, dial the Phone Number you wish to call.
For example: Calling Seoul (Area Code 02) with 777-7777 as the phone number, dial +82-2-777-7777.

[How to make an international call from Korea]
* First dial any of the following international call company numbers and then the country code, area code and finally the number you are calling.

* International Phone Call Carriers: 001, 002, 005, 008, 00365, 00700, 00770

* Pre-paid Phone Cards: Generally, since it is almost impossible to find budget mobile phone rentals, pre-paid phone cards are available at any convenience stores or news stands.

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* Last updated: May 2011

Cell-phone Rental Service

Mobile rental services are available at the Incheon International Airport. Online reservations are accepted through each service provider's website. Additional discounts (etc.) may be offered to those making reservations online. However, reservations are not required in order to use cell phone rental services.

Online Resrevations
☞ Click here forCell-phone Rental Services
* This page includes information on cell-phone fees, rental locations, and online reservations.

SIM Card Purchase (Korea Roaming SIM Card)
You can purchase a prepaid SIM Card that can be used in Korea and most foreign countries. Below are the sales locations of the Korea Roaming SIM Cards.

☞ Incheon International Airport
A. Arrivals & Departures Areas
 ○ K-Books: Gate 7, Arrivals (1F)
  * Tel: +82-32-743-0091 / Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
 ○ K-Books: Counter F, Departures (3F)
  * Tel: +82-32-743-0092 / Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
 ○ CU(Family Mart) Convenience Store: Counter G, Departures (3F)
  * Open 24 hours a day
 ○ CU(Family Mart) Convenience Store: AREX Airport Rail Service,
  Transportation Center (B1)
  * Open 24 hours a day

B. Duty Free (Departure Terminal)
 ○ K-Books: East Wing Duty Free, Departure Terminal (3F)
   *Tel: +82-32-743-0095 / Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
 ○ K-Books: West Wing Duty Free, Departure Terminal (3F)
  *Tel: +82-32-743-0096 / Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
 ○ K-Books: Central Wing Duty Free, Departure Terminal (3F)
 *Tel: +82-32-743-0097 / Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
 ○ K-Books: Central Floor, Boarding Building (3F)
 *Tel: +82-32-743-0098 / Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00

☞ Gimpo Airport (Domestic Passengers Terminal)
A. Arrivals Area
 ○ CU(Family Mart) Convenience Store: Arrivals (1F)
  * Open 24 hours a day
B. Duty Free (Departure Terminal)
 ○ CU(Family Mart) Convenience Store: Departure Terminal (3F)
  * Open 24 hours a day

☞ Seoul N Tower
A. CU(Family Mart) Convenience Store Namsan Park Branch
 * Address: Seoul-si Yongsan-gu Yongsandong 2ga san 1-1 (near the bus stop close to the Seoul N Tower)
 * Open 24 hours a day

☞ Hotels (Established partnership with SimCardKorea, and also sell SIM cards)
 ○ Mercure Seoul Ambassador Gangnam Sodowe
 ○ Renaissance Seoul Hotel
  ※ For detailed information, please visit SimCardKorea Homepage

[Customer Center]
• Hours: 09:00 - 18:00 (Korea Time, GMT+9)
• Tel: +82-505-648-7000(+82-2-2088-2851)- Korean
     +82-505-649-7000(+82-2-2088-2852)- English
• Mobile: +82-10-7979-3479 (English)
• Web:
• E-mail: (English),


Internet service is offered in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Korea. PC rooms and internet cafes are also great places to get internet service and easy to find throughout the country. Many PC rooms are open 24 hours and some have snack bars with beverages, noodles, and other snacks available.

* Last update on August 21, 2012
* Photo courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization

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