Daejeon is geographically located in the heart of the nation and functions as the nation’s transportation hub. Other major cities are accessible within 2 hours to reach Daejeon and is only 50 minutes by high speed train (KTX) from Seoul. Cheongju Int’l Airport and Dangjin Harbor are within short reach. Daejeon is considered to be the science and technology capital of Korea because of several decades of important research institutes and 18 universities, including the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), the Korea Aerospace Research Institute(KARI), Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology(KRIBB), Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM), etc. Daejeon citizens take pride in a large international community and an impressive population of over 7,500 people with Ph.D. degrees in the applied sciences and an equal number with M.A.s and other advanced training programs. Daejeon has acknowledged its name as Asia’s “Silicon Valley.” For more information, visit the Daejeon website.
Passport and Visa
Any foreign visitor wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport. Visitors with confirmed outbound tickets may stay in Korea up to 30 days without visas. For those of some countries who require visa, please contact the Secretariat. They will forward an invitation letter only to presenters with accepted papers. Please contact the Korea Embassy locally first.
Korean winter is from December to February. Many people go skiing on the mountains or go skating downtown of cities. Korean temperature is expected to range -10℃ to 0℃ in winter season during the conference. It is windy and snowy in Korea. Relative humidity is 40~70%. The weather is subject to change.
The Korean peninsula extends southward from the eastern end of the Asian continent. It is roughly 1,000 km (621 miles) long and 216 km (134 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Mountains cover 70% of the land mass, making Korea one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The standard meridian of the peninsula is 135 degrees, 9 hours ahead of GMT. A city located 400km from the nation’s capital, Seoul, lies at 126° 37´ of east longitude and 37° 28´ of north latitude.
In Korea, outlets for 220 volts 60 Herz are dominant. Always check the power supply before using your equipment.
Currency and Credit Cards
The unit of Korean currency is the Won. Foreign currency and traveler’s checks can be exchanged into Korean Won at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. Credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and JCB, are accepted at major hotels, department stores, and large restaurants. The exchange rate is subject to fluctuation.
Tax and Tipping
Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods at a standard rate of 10%. In major tourist spots, a 10% VAT plus a 10% service charge is added to the bills.
The Korean language, like Hungarian, Turkish, Mongolian and Finnish, is classified into the Ural-Altaic language group. Hangeul (the Korean alphabet) is composed of 10 simple vowels and 14 consonants. A group of scholars under the patronage of King Sejong the Great developed this systematic rendition of spoken sound in 1443.