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All about Money in Korea

 

 

Currency

 

Korea’s currency is the won. Paper money comes in denominations of 1,000; 5,000; 10,000; and 50,000 won bills. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 100, and 500 won (1 and 5 won coins are not widely circulated).

 

 

Korea's Bills

1,000 won (cheon won)

1,000 won Front

Front

1,000 won Back

Back

5,000 won Front

Front

5,000 won Back

Back

10,000 won (man won)

10,000 won Front

Front

10,000 won Back

Back

50,000 won (oh man won)

50,000 won Front

Front

50,000 won Back

Back

 

1 won (il won)

1 won Front

Front

1 won Back

Back

10 won (sip won)

5 won Back

Front

5 won Back

Back

※ These are relatively low in circulation.

 

 

 

50 won (oh sib won)

50 won Front

Front

50 won Back

Back

100 won (baek won)

100 won Back

Front

100 won Back

Back

 

 

 

500 won (oh baek won)

500 won Front

Front

500 won Back

Back

 

 

 

Banks

Banks usually offer the best exchange rates to travelers. Banking hours can vary, but most have business hours from 09:00 to 16:00. ATMs typically operate until 23:00, but many are open 24 hours a day. ATMs can also be found at convenience stores, but often charge higher transaction fees. ATMs that accept international cards are common and are marked with a “Global” sign or the logo of the international banks they accept cards from. Most ATMs offer foreign language services, including English, Chinese, and Japanese.

 

 

Currency Exchange

Most banks offer currency exchange services. Government-certified currency exchange booths also offer exchange outside of regular banking hours, and are usually located in areas frequented by international visitors. Certified booths have a sign with the word “Certified” and currency symbols. Visitors should avoid exchanging money at uncertified booths.

 

 

 

Global Tax Free

In Korea, a 10 percent VAT is added on to the price of many purchases. At stores displaying a “Tax Free” sign, foreigners are eligible for a tax refund on purchases greater than 30,000 won. In order to receive your refund, visitors should do the following:

 

global blue1. Purchase merchandise of total value greater than 30,000 won at stores displaying the “Tax Free” sign.
2. Show your passport and ask for a refund check when paying.
3. Present your passport, refund check, receipt, and unopened merchandise at airport customs when leaving the country.
4. Receive your cash, check, or credit card refund at the refund counter located near the departure gates.

 

 

Tipping

 

Tipping is not a Korean custom and will not be expected by service personnel. However, many major hotels and upscale restaurants add a 10 percent service charge (in addition to the 10 percent VAT) to the bill. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, but do appreciate if you let them keep the change.

[Jan. 02, 2016 19:35  Input / Feb. 08, 2016 00:00  Publish]