Phone & Internet
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To make a domestic phone call within Korea, dial the area code followed by the phone number.
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)
Dial any of the following international exit numbers:
001, 002, 005, 008, 00365, 00700, 00770
Next, dial the country code of the country you are calling ( > List of country codes )
Example: To call the United States, begin with any of the international exit numbers listed above, and then dial the country code +1, area code (555), and phone number 123-4567.
When calling Korea from abroad, first dial
your country’s exit code (if applicable), then + 82 (ROK country code) + area code (omit the 0), and the phone number.
Example: To call Seoul from Australia, dial 0011+82+2-123-4567.
Mobile phones can be rented from major telecom companies such as LG, SK, and KT in the arrivals lobby at Incheon and Gimpo International Airports. To rent a phone, you will need to provide your passport and a credit card. Your rental phone must be returned to the same counter from which it was rented. Phones are also available for rental at most major hotels. Each carrier charges approximately 3,000 won/day in addition to the 100 won/10 seconds charge for outgoing calls. Incoming calls do not incur any charges for the recipient. Mobile data charges can vary, but are usually around 5,000 won per day. Both 3G and 4G are available in all but the most remote areas of the country.
Once you’ve rented a phone, please download Visit Seoul's mobile application, i Tour Seoul. This app will put all the essential information you’ll need to navigate and enjoy Seoul right at your fingertips.
More information on phone rentals
Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased online and picked up at Incheon International Airport. It is also possible to purchase prepaid SIM cards at the airport.
Incheon International Airport
Arrivals Hall (1st Floor)
- CU convenience store: By Gate 5 (open 24 hrs.)
- CU convenience store: By Gate 10 (open 24 hrs.)
- CU convenience store: By Gate 13 (open 24 hrs.)
- Bookstore: By Gate 7 (open 08:00 - 20:00)
- Level B1, AREX Airport Rail Service Transportation Center (data SIM only; open : 09:00 - 19:00
Gimpo International Airport
- 3rd Fl, 7-11 convenience store (open 24 hrs.)
- 3rd Fl. past security, 7-11 convenience store (open 24 hrs.)
Prepaid SIM cards are also available for purchase at most convenience stores around Seoul, such as CU, 7-11, and GS25. Though it's possible to purchase a prepaid SIM card outside of the airport, making a purchase at the airport is more convenient and hassle-free.
Payphones can be found at the airport, subway stations, and major tourist attractions. In Korea, you'll find phones that accept coins, prepaid cards, and credit cards, as well as phones that only accept coins and phones that only accept cards. To use the phones that accept cards, you must purchase a prepaid phone card from a convenience store (cards come in 3,000; 5,000; and 10,000 won increments), use a T-Money card or credit card, or dial collect.
Coin phones accept 10, 50, and 100 won coins, while phones that take cards accept prepaid cards, T-Money cards, and credit cards. Visitors should be aware that payphones can be difficult to find in some areas, since most Koreans rely on mobile or smartphones.
If you're using a phone that takes cards, first pick up the receiver and then insert your card. The remaining balance will be displayed. Enter the phone number you wish to dial. To use a T-Money card, hold the card up to the card reader. The phone will make a sound when your card has been read, after which you can dial the number you wish to call. For coin phones, deposit the required amount and then dial the number.
Local calls are 70 won for every 180 seconds. Calls placed to a mobile phone cost 70 won for every 38 seconds.
Internet access is widely available throughout Seoul. Airports, hotels, tourist information centers, public facilities such as subway and railway stations, and many restaurants and cafés have Wi-Fi, LAN Internet access, or both. You can even connect to the Internet on KTX trains. You can also go to an Internet café, called a "PC bang” (“PC room"), which are found in most commercial and residential areas of the city. They cost about 1,000 to 2,000 won an hour.
Wireless Internet is widely available in Seoul, which boasts nearly 10,000 free Wi-Fi hot spots. Public service centers and institutions such as transit centers, airports, libraries, hospitals, universities, and even many tourist spots offer free public access. Most hotels, stores, cafés, restaurants, and even taxis offer complimentary Wi-Fi access, although you may have to ask for the password (“bimil beonho”) or log in to their system.
Visitors can also pay for access from telecom companies such as KT, SK, and LG by logging in and paying by credit card at hot spots. Prepaid cards are also available for purchase at most convenience stores, and cost approximately 1,000 won per hour or 3,000 won per day.
Visitors who need consistent access to Wi-Fi can also rent portable routers (often called “eggs” or “pocket Wi-Fi”) to create hot spots from major telecom providers such as KT and SK at Incheon and Gimpo International Airports. They can be reserved online in advance and picked up directly at the phone rental service desks of the telecom provider. Other rental agencies can be found in major tourist spots such as Seoul Station, Insa-dong, and Myeong-dong. A portable router usually costs between 5,000 and 10,000 won per day to rent.