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General Info


Location: East Asia
Capital: Seoul
Official Language: Korean (English is widely known and spoken)
Population: Circa 51.5 million
Time Zone: Turkey time +6
Monetary Unit: Won (1 USD : 1000 Won (KRW)
Traffic: Right

Korean National Flag: Taegeukgi
Korean flag, namely Taegeukgi, has its inspiration from the yin and yang in oriental philosophy. The circle in the center is divided into two equal parts: The upper red responds to the active cosmic forces of the yang; whereas, the lower blue section represents the passive cosmic forces of the yin. It represents the eternal motion of active and passive forces. The circle is surrounded by four trigrams, one in each corner, characterizing continual movement, balance and harmony. Each trigram symbolizes one of the four universal elements: heaven, earth, fire, and water.

Korean National Flower: Mugunghwa
The national flower of Korea is mugunghwa (Hibiscus syriacus, rose of Sharon) which comes into bloom from July to October every year. The flower’s symbolic meaning comes from the Korean word ‘mugung’ (immortality); and as its name the flower gracefully decorates the entire nation during summer and autumn. 


Korean National Anthem: Aegukga
In Korean, Aegukga means 'a song expressing one’s love towards their country.' Korean national anthem was composed by Maestro Ahn Eak-tai in 1935, was adopted by the Korean Government in 1948 as the national anthem; and began to be used at all official ceremonies since then.

In emergency cases these numbers below can be called.

Emergency Call
Police Department Tel: 112
Fire Department Tel : 119
Medical Emergencies : 1339

Turkish Embassy
Republic of Turkey Seoul Embassy (+82) 3780 1600

Tourism Info
1330 Korea Travel Hotline and Complaint Center

As one of the KTO’s services, 1330 Korea Travel Hotline and Complaint Center is helping information seeking people, who are visiting Korea or planning to visit Korea, in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese.

Dialing 1330 for Korea, +82 2 1330 for outside Korea is enough to reach this help desk for 24/7 through land lines and Skype as well.