As the distribution of cell phones increases in Korea, public phone booths are rarely to be seen on streets and public facilities. However, there are still some public phone booths at popular sites, bus stops, subway stations and train stations. Korean public phones generally provide local and international call services alike with payment by coins or phone cards. Users can choose a preferred volume level among three levels by pressing the speaker-shaped button on the phone. If the user presses the “L” button, the LCD screen offers English, Japanese and Korean language services as well.
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 in 3,000, 5,000, or 10,000 won denominations. The cards can also be kept as souvenirs, as many cards are printed with a variety of popular Korean tourist sites and beautiful scenery.
① How to make an international call to Korea
When you make a phone call to Korea from abroad, first dial 82 (country code for Korea), then area code (excluding 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.
② 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
* Pre-paid Phone Cards: Since it is quite difficult to find mobile phone rentals, pre-paid phone cards are available at convenience stores or newspaper stands.
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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.
Internet service is often provided 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. Most PC rooms are open 24 hours and some even have snack bars.
Any visitor to a foreign country may naturally want to send postcards or letters to friends and family back home. A few years ago, it was easy to find mailboxes on the street and in buildings. Finding a mailbox today is a bit more difficult because of the Internet revolution. If you cannot find a mailbox, you can ask your hotel front desk to put your letters or postcards in the mail or you can go directly to a nearby post office. Visit http://www.epost.go.kr/ (Korean, English) for more details on post office locations.
Domestic mail fees are divided into four categories: ordinary mail, general mail, registered mail, and express mail. Fees may vary by weight and size.
|Standard-sized||Up to 5g||270 won|
|5g - 25g||330 won|
|25g - 50g||320 won|
|Oversized||Up to 50g||390 won|
|50g – 1kg
(per 50g up to 1kg)
|1kg – 2kg
(per 200g up to 2kg)
(per 1kg up to 6kg)
(As of December, 2014)
※Postage for non-standard sized postcard is 320 won up to 50g.
※400 won is added every 1kg up to 30kg for domestic express mails.
Since international mail services are diverse and have different fees, visit http://www.epost.go.kr/ (Korean, English) for exact details.
You can get stamps, which are also great souvenirs, at post offices or stationery shops. Standard envelopes are also available at these places. Decorated stationery and envelopes are sold at art supply shops and stationery shops. Traditional Korean postcards are available at stationery shops in Insa-dong or those located within large bookstores.