12 Best Clinics for Gastric Band Surgery in South Korea [2023 Prices]
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Incheon St. Mary's Hospital
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Incheon St. Mary's Hospital
Incheon St. Mary's Hospital
Incheon St. Mary's Hospital
Incheon St. Mary's Hospital
5.0
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Dongguk University Ilsan Medical Center
MyMeditravel Ilsan, South Korea
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Dongguk University Ilsan Medical Center
Dongguk University Ilsan Medical Center
Dongguk University Ilsan Medical Center
Dongguk University Ilsan Medical Center
Dongguk University Ilsan Medical Center
4.6
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Gangnam Severance Hospital
MyMeditravel Seoul, South Korea
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Gangnam Severance Hospital
Gangnam Severance Hospital
Gangnam Severance Hospital
Gangnam Severance Hospital
Gangnam Severance Hospital
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Gachon University Gil Medical Center
MyMeditravel Incheon, South Korea
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Gachon University Gil Medical Center
Gachon University Gil Medical Center
Gachon University Gil Medical Center
Gachon University Gil Medical Center
Gachon University Gil Medical Center
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Chung-Ang University Hospital
MyMeditravel Seoul, South Korea
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Chung-Ang University Hospital
Chung-Ang University Hospital
Chung-Ang University Hospital
Chung-Ang University Hospital
Chung-Ang University Hospital
5.0
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Sun Medical Center
MyMeditravel Daejeon, South Korea
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Sun Medical Center
Sun Medical Center
Sun Medical Center
Sun Medical Center
Sun Medical Center
5.0
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Hanyang University Medical Center
MyMeditravel Seoul, South Korea
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Hanyang University Medical Center
Hanyang University Medical Center
Hanyang University Medical Center
Hanyang University Medical Center
Hanyang University Medical Center
4.3
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KUIMS
MyMeditravel Seoul, South Korea
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KUIMS
KUIMS
KUIMS
KUIMS
KUIMS
4.0
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Kyung Hee University Hospital
MyMeditravel Seoul, South Korea
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Kyung Hee University Hospital
Kyung Hee University Hospital
Kyung Hee University Hospital
Kyung Hee University Hospital
Kyung Hee University Hospital
3.3
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Seoul National University Hospital
MyMeditravel Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul National University Hospital
2.5
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Asan Medical Center
MyMeditravel Seoul, South Korea
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Gastric Band Surgery
Asan Medical Center
Asan Medical Center
Asan Medical Center
Asan Medical Center
Asan Medical Center
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Severance Hospital
MyMeditravel Seoul, South Korea
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Severance Hospital
Severance Hospital
Severance Hospital
Severance Hospital
Severance Hospital
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TÜV Rheinland - Technischer Überwachungsverein Rheinland
ESQH - European Society for Quality in Healthcare
ISQua - The International Society for Quality in Health Care
CHKS Healthcare Accreditation
The Leading Dental Centers of The World
Nobel Biocare Fellowship Program
Zimmer Biomet Dental Education Program
EVF - European Venous Forum
EFQM - European Foundation for Quality Management
IDA - International Dental Academy
ICA - International Chiropractors Association
MCA - McTimoney Chiropractic Association
UCA - United Chiropractic Association
ICS - International College of Surgeons
IACD - International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology
ISDS - International Society for Dermatologic Surgery
EBOPRAS - European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
IAAFA - International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics
WALT - World Association for Laser Therapy
ISHRS - International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
AAHRS - Asian Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons
ESCAD - European Society for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology
William Glasser Institute - Reality Therapy Certified
EAC - European Association for Counselling
IFSO - International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorde
TÜV SÜD - Technischer Überwachungsverein SÜD
TÜV NORD - Technischer Überwachungsverein NORD
BIOMET 3i Education Program
EURAPS - European Association of Plastic Surgeons
Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery
IAOMS - International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Treatment Abroad Code of Practice
IFFPSS - International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies
FIGO - International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
IFED - International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry
EOS - European Orthodontic Society
AOCMF
IBMS - International Board of Medicine and Surgery
EAFPS - European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
ESCD - European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry
ESCRS - European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
NASS - North American Spine Society
ESHRE - European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
MPS - Medical Protection Society
European Journal of Ophthalmology
ISRS - International Society of Refractive Surgery
JCRS - Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Cornea Society
JPGM - Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
ESPRAS - European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
OSAPS - Oriental Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
RS - The Rhinoplasty Society
FRANZCOG - Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians a
IFOMPT - International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapist
WFO - World Federation of Orthodontists
ITI - International Team for Implantology
ICOI - International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Dentsply Friadent Implant Programme
IMTEC Sendax Mini Dental Implants Systems
IAO - International Association for Orthodontics
AAO - Asian Academy of Osseointegration
WAAAM - World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine
WOSIAM - World Society Interdisciplinary Anti-Aging Medicine
ESE - European Society of Endodontology
ECAMS - European College of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery
IABCLL - International Academy of Body Contouring and Laser Lipolysis
IAFGG - International Association of Facial Growth Guidance
IBCS - International Board of Cosmetic Surgery
IMDHA - International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
EAO - European Association for Osseointegration
ISD - International Society of Dermatology
IFAD - International Federation of Aesthetic Dentistry
IBHRS - International Board of Hair Restoration Specialists
IAHRS - International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons
EDA - European Dental Association
IASP - International Association for the Study of Pain
ADI - Academy of Dentistry International
EAPD - European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
EACMD - European Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders
ESHRS - European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
ICD - International College of Dentists Fellowship
UIME - International Union of Aesthetic Medicine
APACS - Asian Pacific Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
McKenzie Institute International
ITEC - International Therapy Examination Council
ICA - International Cranial Association
I-ACT - International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy
CIBTAC - Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology
IFPA - International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists
ISBI - International Society for Burn Injuries
The Pankey Institute
PEFOTS - Pan European Federation of TCM Societies
URHP - Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners
AACD - Asian Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders
IMSA - The International Medical Spa Association
ACHSI - The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International
CIDESCO - Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétologie
ART - Active Release Techniques
ICPA - International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
CDA - Caribbean Dermatology Association
APAO - Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
FICCDE - International College of Continuing Dental Education Fellowship
GMC - General Medical Council
ISA - International Sleep Academy
ISCG - International Society of Cosmetogynecology
EPA - European Prosthodontic Association
ABSI - Advanced Body Sculpting Institute
EACMFS - European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery
FILACP - Federación Ibero Latinoamericana de Cirugía Plástica
REDLARA - Rede Latino-americana de Reprodução Assistida
ALMER - Asociación Latinoamericana de Medicina Reproductiva
ICP - International College of Prosthodontists
EFP - European Federation of Periodontology
IADR - International Association for Dental Research
IODPT - International Organization for Dental Phobia Treatment
Academy of Operative Dentistry
The Dawson Academy
AAP - Asian Academy of Prosthodontics
AsianAOMS - Asian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
ISCD - International Society of Computerized Dentistry - Certified CEREC Trainer
SAAD - Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry
PFA - Pierre Fauchard Academy
ISCD - International Society of Computerized Dentistry
YDW - Young Dentists Worldwide
APAD - Asia Pacific Academy of Dentistry
ACDNA - Academy Of Computerized Dentistry Of North America
WSLO - World Society of Lingual Orthodontics
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Everything you'll need to know about Gastric Band Surgery in South Korea

What is the cost of Gastric Band Surgery in South Korea?

The cost of Gastric Band surgery can differ greatly, with a broad estimate ranging from $7,400 to $33,000, excluding any insurance coverage. Factors such as your medical profile, specifics of the surgery, the clinic's standard costs, and the fees of the surgeon determine this cost.

Additional costs like pre-surgery tests, post-surgery drugs, and essential consultations form an integral part of this estimated cost. The most reliable way to get a precise cost is to contact your healthcare provider directly. Most insurance policies cater to weight-loss surgery costs, although their coverage and prerequisites can vary. Costs of learning about post-surgery health benefits, potential risks, and dietary guidance should also be factored into the overall expense.

What does a Gastric Band Surgery Procedure Involve?

Gastric Band Surgery involves putting a band on your stomach's upper part to form a tiny pouch where food sits after consumption. Following this surgery, you can't eat big portions of food at once. This pouch fills up rapidly when you eat hence making you feel full much quicker. Therefore, you'll eat less and more slowly, which is beneficial for weight loss.

Your doctor can adjust the gastric band's tightness or looseness by injecting fluid into it through a small opening beneath your skin. This determines the speed at which food moves from your pouch to the rest of your stomach and is aimed at facilitating a steady weight reduction.

The effectiveness of the gastric band surgery largely depends on your lifestyle changes after the surgery. Embracing a healthy diet, becoming more physically active, and avoiding excessive consumption of high-calorie drinks like alcohol are crucial for the surgery's success. These drinks can bypass the band, leading to weight gain even after surgery.

How Long Should I Stay in South Korea for a Gastric Band Surgery Procedure?

Often, patients are discharged the day after the operation however, it is advisable to stay a minimum for a week to allow for a postoperative check and follow-ups with the doctor.

What's the Recovery Time for Gastric Band Surgery Procedures in South Korea?

For Gastric Band Surgery methods in South Korea, the restoration time frame can vary among patients. However, most individuals can commonly resume normal activities one week following the system. Few may additionally require a bit more time, about 1-2 weeks, to go back to day by day sports and employment.

What's the Success Rate of Gastric Band Surgery Procedures in South Korea?

The achievement rate of Gastric Band Surgery procedures can range primarily based on numerous factors just like the character's age, preliminary weight, dedication to way of life alterations, and the presence of other health situations. Generally, however, many medical research suggest exceptional long-time period weight reduction effects.

It's important to not forget that Gastric Band Surgery is a tool to help you shed pounds. In the give up, the achievement of the system will heavily rely upon your determination to making the specified way of life adjustments that contain vitamins and exercise. Obtaining expert guidance in these regions can substantially fasten the process.

What sort of Aftercare is Required for Gastric Band Surgery Procedures in South Korea?

The aftercare process for Gastric Band Surgery strategies in South Korea comprises numerous steps. You would want to stick to a particular prescribed weight-reduction plan, starting up with liquid meals and progressively incorporating pureed after which solid foods. This sluggish transition helps your belly alter to its new size and forestalls complications like stretching the pouch or band slippage.

Additionally, regular exercising and conferences with dietary and mental fitness professionals would form important parts of your aftercare. Regular follow-ups with your healthcare provider also is an important part of the aftercare, allowing the tracking and vital adjustments of your band to ensure powerful weight loss and minimal headaches.

Are there Alternatives to Gastric Band Surgery Procedures in South Korea?

Yes, numerous options to the Gastric Band Surgery are available in South Korea. Some alternatives may also contain non-surgical strategies like food plan and workout plans, prescription medicinal drugs, weight-control bariatric-surgical procedure and different bariatric techniques like gastric pass, gastric sleeve, and duodenal switch operations.

However, consulting with your doctor is advisable. Additionally you may check your health and appropriate weight loss approach for you.

What Should You Expect Before and After the Procedure?

Before the process, you must go through a comprehensive medical assessment to deem your suitability for the treatment. Your doctor may additionally suggest you a weight loss program and exercise routine to make the process simpler to perform.

After the manner, expect modifications challenging for your physique but additionally to your way of life. You'll need to comply with a strict diet regime, exercise mechanically, and frequently monitor your progress along with your healthcare provider. Remember, your Gastric Band Surgery is an useful resource to weight reduction however dedication to life-style change is the key to long-term fulfillment.

How Safe is the Gastric Band Surgery in South Korea?

There is continually a hazard associated with any surgical treatment, and the Gastric Band Surgery in South Korea is not any distinct. However, because it's far minimally invasive and commonly achieved laparoscopically, the associated risks are significantly lower in comparison to other surgical weight loss treatments. The technique also avoids intestinal rerouting, reducing complications like malabsorption and diet deficiencies.

Common ability complications consist of band slippage, pouch enlargement, and band erosion, that could require comply with-up techniques. Rarely, greater critical complications may also arise, which includes contamination, blood clots, or complications from anesthesia. It's vital to speak about capacity risks and headaches together with your doctor earlier than your method to make knowledgeable selection about the operation.

What are the Potential Long-term Outcomes of Gastric Band Surgery in South Korea?

The potential results of a Gastric Band Surgery operation is widespread weight reduction, frequently resulting in advanced widespread health and a decrease in weight problems-associated illnesses like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea. You can anticipate to lose approximately 40-60% of your excess weight inside the first 12 months, with solid weight reduction generally executed 18-24 months put up-procedure.

Incorporating life-style changes, which includes a diet regime and ordinary physical activity, is certainly essential for maintaining your new weight and normal health. Continual follow-ups with your doctor will even help make sure that your gastric band is running efficaciously and address any ability issues. Remember, weight loss surgical treatment isn't a brief restore but the start of an ongoing adventure towards a more healthy way of life.

What Impact does a Gastric Band Surgery have on Nutrition and Exercise?

Following a Gastric Band Surgery, your weight-reduction plan will trade substantially. The size of the brand new belly pouch way you will be restrained to ingesting tons smaller meals. Your doctor will usually offer a detailed put up-operative diet regime, often starting with drinks, shifting directly to pureed ingredients, and then to regular ingredients through the years. As your body adjusts to the brand new stomach structure, it's essential to make sure that meals are nutrient-dense to meet nutrients needs.

Overeating or ingesting the incorrect varieties of food can cause soreness or vomiting. You may want to take vitamin and mineral supplements to prevent deficiencies due to reduced meals intake. Exercise is also a critical thing of a wholesome way of life following a Gastric Band Surgery. An exercise software tailor-made for individual abilities and choices can help with the protection of muscle mass, growth electricity expenditure, enhance nicely-being, and similarly promote weight loss.

How can this treatment benefit Your Mental Health?

Undergoing a Gastric Band Surgery procedure also can make a contribution toward an improvement in intellectual health.  According to the World Journal of Psychiatry, bariatric surgery may also reduce signs and symptoms of melancholy and tension, which can be generally skilled through human beings with weight problems.

However, it's vital to bear in mind that last emotionally balanced during the submit-surgical operation duration might be challenging due to lifestyle changes, feasible headaches, or unrealistic expectations approximately weight loss. Therefore, acquiring intellectual health help, such as therapy or counseling, may be critical to handling these mental elements and making sure a a hit transition for your new life-style.

Whilst the information presented here has been accurately sourced and verified by a medical professional for its accuracy, it is still advised to consult with your doctor before pursuing a medical treatment at one of the listed medical providers. This content was last updated on 23/11/2023.

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About South Korea

South Korea’s population is 51 million and it's capital Seoul is a major world city. 50 percent of the country’s population lives within the Seoul Capital Area which includes Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi-do. The capital is situated in the north-west region of the country.

The Republic of Korea has immense potential for medical tourism with futuristic hospitals, sophisticated technologies, and advanced procedures. The government is taking all measures to make the country a top medical tourism destination. By 2022, it is looking to receive 998,000 medical tourists in the country.

Tourists from the USA, UAE, and Japan travel to Korea for affordable treatments. Some medical institutions in South Korea offer price packages, especially for plastic surgery, and help the medical tourist to save up to 40 percent on the treatment, even after adding travel and accommodation costs.

The Country has 27 accredited JCI-certified state-of-art hospitals. Severance Hospital, Seoul National University Hospital, and JK Plastic Surgery Centre are the most renowned hospitals within South Korea for medical tourism. The Doctors are well-educated to international standards of certifications and training.

The country is popular for treatments and procedures in several medical specialties, with an excellent track record for success and survival rates. Cancer treatment, plastic surgery, cardiovascular procedures, orthopedics, and preventive health check-ups are the top five areas for medical tourism in Korea.

Popular Parts of South Korea

When considering South Korea, it would be a mistake to overlook its many offerings that stretch way beyond the confines of its dynamic capital, Seoul. This vibrant nation is the embodiment of a perfect blend of advanced urban slickness, serene yet majestic rustic charm, awe-inspiring scenic beauty, and serene coastal landscapes with pristine beaches. Everywhere you go, each region unravels a story and invites you to become part of its unique narrative.

Notably, South Korea teems with places that make for intriguing and memorable visits. These locales, scattered across the country, are an intriguing cocktail of experiences, extending from modern high-tech cities shrouded in electrifying energy to tranquil, time-honoured folk villages nestled amongst nature's wonder, where tranquillity prevails and tradition holds sway.

  1. Seoul – The capital city is a mix of pop and party culture, modern architecture, scenic parks, and glittering promenades and it is also rich in history and culture. The National Museum, War Memorial, Changdeokgung Palace, and Bukchon Hanok Village are some of the key attractions in Seoul.
  2. The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – DMZ is one of the most important places in South Korea as you will get a better knowledge of the troubles between North and South. When you book a DMZ 3rd tunnel tour, make sure it includes the tram ride up and down the tunnel, or you will be in for a long walk. You can also get a glimpse of North Korea from the Observation Post in DMZ.
  3. Busan - Is the second largest city of South Korea and is well known for hosting Asia’s biggest international film festival. It is also a unique blend of modern skyscrapers, majestic mountains, picturesque beaches, and magnificent Buddhist temples. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and the Jagalchi fish market are some of the popular sites.
  4. Jeju Island –Has beautiful white sandy beaches, volcanic craters, and lava caves, and the botanical gardens will take your breath away. Hyeopjae & Hamdeok beach, Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls, and Seongsan Sunrise Peak are some of the interesting places on this island.
  5. Gyeongju –This coastal city has a large collection of cultural and historical sites dating back a thousand years. It gives you a peek into its cultural roots through the UNESCO World Heritage site, Bulguksa Temple, and the National Museum.

Seoraksan National Park, Incheon, and Pyeongchang County are a few other places to visit in South Korea.

Weather and Climate in South Korea

South Korea's climate is particularly noteworthy as it is blessed with distinct four seasons, each acquiring a unique charm. The rhythm of nature's cycles is quite pronounced and experienced vividly throughout the country. Spring flamboyantly arrives with blooming flowers and warmth, followed by summer's bright and sunny constitution. Autumn then takes over, painting the landscapes with artistic hues of red and gold, and finally, winter wraps up the cycle by painting the country white with its quiet snowfall.

  • Summers are from June to August and are hot, humid, and rainy. There can be heavy rainfall in July and August.
  • Winters are from late November to mid-March. During winter, it is freezing cold in the north and the interiors and mild along the southern coasts and snowfalls are rare.
  • Spring is from mid-March to May. It is cold at the beginning of the season and gradually becomes milder. Rainfall becomes more frequent with the formation of low-pressure systems.
  • Autumn is from September to late November and this is a pleasant season and during October the highest temperature is around 68 to 72°F. Rainfall is considerably less than in spring.

The average temperature in Seoul in January is around 73.4 to 81.5°F and in July its 71° to 75°F.

Getting Around in South Korea

Incheon International Airport at Seoul handles many daily flights from North America. Many of which are non-stop from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Korean Air, United, and Delta Airlines operate a lot of these flights. Seoul is also reachable from its other Asian neighbors, Europe, and the middle-east. Other international airports in South Korea are located in Busan, Cheongju, and Jeju.

Gimpy International Airport, also in Seoul, handles domestic flight operations. You can connect to the Seoul Subway System, and to Incheon Airport by the Arex Train System.

Train travel is the most convenient and economical way to get around in South Korea. You can buy a KORAIL rail pass when you arrive at the airport. South Korea’s high-speed bullet train, the KTX, connects Seoul to Busan within 3 hours and It also connects to the other major cities within South Korea.

The Seoul Bus Terminal and the Central City Terminal operate buses to all of the cities. Bus travel is inexpensive and efficient, and fairly empty traveling to the smaller cities. Renting a car is also an option, but expensive.

Tourist Visas in South Korea

South Korea has an agreement with 117 jurisdictions for a visa-waiver. Visitors from countries under the visa-waiver program, such as the USA, Japan, EU countries, and New Zealand can enter the country without a tourist visa. Tourists can stay for up to 90 days with a valid passport. Canadians can enter visa-free and stay up to 180 days.

For citizens hailing from most Asian countries, including India and China, and also from Russia, planning a trip to South Korea involves obtaining a tourist visa. The South Korean government enforces travel protocols that require individuals from these nations to secure proper documentation prior to their visit, ensuring that travel regulations are adhered to and creating a simple and systematic process.

This prerequisite visa policy is a standard procedure which intends to streamline the influx of tourists and visitors from these specific nations. Each application undergoes a careful assessment to guarantee that all rules and regulations proposed by the South Korean authorities are in place. It constitutes a critical aspect of aiding security measures, maintaining immigration transparency, and promoting cultural exchange in a regulated manner. Thus, it is an imperative that citizens of these countries, such as India, China, and Russia, procure a tourist visa before embarking on their journey to discover the marvels of South Korea.

Additional Information

  1. Korean Republican Won (KRW) is the currency of Korea. One US dollar converts to 1,342.95 KRW.
  2. You can exchange most of the major currencies to KRW in banks and currency exchanges. US dollars and Euros are the easiest to convert.
  3. You can withdraw money from the many ATMs. Or you may even use credit cards for payments in South Korea.
  4. Korean and Korean Sign Language are the official languages of South Korea. Hangul is the formal script.
  5. 56.9% of the people are non-religious. Among the religious population, the majority are Christians. Others follow Korean Buddhism.
  6. The culture of South Korea is a blend of ancient Korean culture with ancient Chinese and Japanese cultures. Respect for elders is an important aspect of their culture.
  7. New Year Day (falls in February as per lunar calendar), The Birthday of Buddha (early May), Independence Day (March 1), Memorial Day (June 6), Constitution Day (July 17) are a few important holidays in the Republic of Korea.