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About South Korea







While visiting South Korea every practical details that entails the South Korea Information should be well rehearsed by the traveler.
The first necessity to enter South Korea is a valid passport for all the foreign visitors to the Republic of Korea.If the validity of the passport is a month, it's advisable to get a new passport. There should be enough validity range for visas and entry/exit stamps in passport.

A valid visa is required for all the foreign visitors except the Canadian citizens to the Republic of Korea.

The best time to visit South Korea is autumnthat is September to November. It's sunny, the skies are clear and Korea is spectacular. Spring is the most popular time with Japanese tourists and it may be trouble getting accommodation. The places that should never be missed while visit to South Korea are:
  • Seoul
  • Gyeongju
  • Dadohae Haesang National Park
  • Songnisan National Park
  • Gyeongbokgung
  • Dodong Mineral Spring Park
  • Seongnamsa
  • Korean Folk Village
The South Koreans are a storehouse of any kind of art you can imagine. Traditional music is almost same as Japan and China, with an extra emphasis on strings. The two main forms are the traditional Chongak and the folksier Minsogak. Seoul is not just a city but also a canvas of modern and traditional architectural designs. Chosun-era Gyeongbok Palace are worth visiting sites in South Korea.

South Korea information is unlimited in the aspects of its progress. South Korea hopes that eventually a trans-Korean railroad will be constructed for easier access to other parts of Asia.

Hospitals
The Hospitals in South Korea offers medical treatment of the international standard to Koreans as well as foreigners. The South Koreans receive medical attention on the Korean Health Insurance System. The foreigners too can get medical treatment on the Korean Health Insurance System. Some hospitals do not accept overseas health insurance from the foreigners who may have to end up paying cash payment. But such is not the case if you are on the purpose of a business trip to South Korea and your employer pays taxes. In that case, you will by law be entitled to the health insurance through your employer.

A few of the South Korea hospitals located in its capital Seoul are listed below:

Kyung Hee University Medical Center - Medical, dental, and oriental medicine are available here. It also conducts education and research.
Seoul National University Hospital - Inpatient as well as outpatient services are offered to the foreigners as well as Koreans. Samsung Hospital - Medical attention is offered to both Koreans and foreigners.
Ewah Woman's University Hospital - The women are taught here to treat the patients with the utmost care.
Yonsei University Hospital - Education and research are extensively carried out here.
St. Mary's Hospital, Catholic University Medical College - Patients from Korea as well as foreign countries are attended. Research and education are also the prime concerns of this Hospital.
Kangnam General Hospital - It is meant for the public and municipal hospital.

The other South Korea Hospitals in Seoul that offer general medical services to the Korean and foreign patients include:
  • Asian Medical Center
  • National Medical Center
  • Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Severance Hospital
  • Seoul Red Cross Hospital
Ambulance
To call an ambulance in South Korea, one needs to call the fire department at 119. Once the fire department is called, the person should tell the purpose of the call. The call attendants ask the cause of the medical problem, and if the caller verifies the purpose of his/her call, the attendant will ask your location. Whenever the caller tells of the location, the call attendant will assure the caller that the ambulances will arrive soon to the caller's recommended address. The hospitals in South Korea do offer emergency ambulance services. The fire department contacts the hospitals, who send the ambulance with a rapid action to the patient's location. The ambulance will be accompanied with staffs and equipments.

The medical staffs in the South Korea ambulance can take care of any minor medical problem of the patient. The oxygen cylinder is one of the definite equipments present in the ambulance. The patient with breathing trouble will be attended by the medical staff in the ambulance. The medical staffs are well trained to apply the oxygen masks to the patients. The major operations can rarely be done in the South Korea ambulances. The ambulances in South Korea are equipped with hooters that help them to move very fast on the busy roads of South Korea. The ambulances take the patients fast to the hospitals where they can get proper medical attention. Few of the South Korea ambulances are air-conditioned. It comforts the patients extensively.

One of the models much in vogue for the ambulance in South Korea is Hyundai Starex Ambulance. This fine model helps the patient to reach the hospitals with the maximum comfort and safety.

Emergency Numbers
The Emergency Numbers of South Korea assist anyone in South Korea to call the ambulance services or fire services or police services. The ambulance and fire services emergency numbers are the same which is 119. To call police, the emergency number is 112. These numbers are open for both local citizens as well as the tourists.

The other emergency numbers coming to the help of the tourists in South Korea are 1330. If the tourist needs any information on tourism in Seoul, he/she just needs to call 1330. You will even be assisted in the English language. If the tourist needs to gather any touring information beyond Seoul, he/she has to enter the area code of that region before pressing 1330. This service is available for 24 hours. If you call this number, the bilingual operator will assist you with informations regarding the tourist sites, restaurants, transportation, etc.

Police Stations
The number of Police Station is pretty big and each one of them is under the control of the respective police agency. Though, the head police organization in South Korea is the National Police Agency or NPA. And the total Police Agency is run under the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs. The NPA offers all the policing services all over the country. The headquarter of the NPA is located in Seoul and it is divided into the local police agencies. The local police agencies though work on their own structure are bound to be dependent on the national police. The 2004 records say that there were a total of 96,000 police officers posted in the different police stations under the respective police agencies.

The crime rate in South Korea is not very steep. But the criminal cases like purse snatching, pick-pocketing, residential and hotel room burglary, assault are in regular practice in South Korea. The police take prompt actions to solve out these cases. The culprits are taken into custody. The culprits are first put behind the bars of the police station before they are handed over to the judicial courts in South Korea.

The different local agencies with their respective number of police station are listed below:
  • Seoul Police Agency with 31 police stations
  • Daegu Police Agency with 8 police stations
  • Chungnam (South Chungcheong) Police Agency 19 police stations
  • Gyeongbuk (North Gyeongsang) Police Agency with 24 police stations
  • Daejeon Police Agency with 5 police stations
  • Incheon Police Agency with 8 police stations
  • Gwangju Police Agency with 5 police stations
  • Gyeonggi Police Agency with 30 police stations
  • Chungbuk (North Chungcheong) Police Agency with 11 police stations
  • Ulsan Police Agency with 3 police stations
  • Busan Police Agency with 14 police stations
  • Gangwon Police Agency with 17 police stations
  • Gwangju Police Agency with 5 police stations
  • Jeonnam (South Jeolla) Police Agency with 26 police stations
  • Jeonbuk (North Jeolla) Police Agency with 15 police stations
  • Jeju Police Agency with 2 police stations
  • Gyeongnam (South Gyeongsang) Police Agency with 22 police stations

Lifestyle
The South Korea Lifestyle offers the majestic pleasure to the minds of not only the citizens of South Korea but also the foreigners. The music forms one of the major part of the lifestyle of South Korea. The jazz performances in the nightlife programs in South Korea create sensation in the mind of any one in the audience. The Government of South Korea has adopted a liberal economy that has helped to secure a stable economy for South Korea. And the economically stable citizens enjoy a pleasure in their mind which has led them be congenial to any foreigner touring South Korea. This rich economy supports the citizens of South Korea enjoy the above par lifestyle.

The lifestyle of the South Korean citizens depends a lot on their work culture. Their work culture has earned them a fame in the entire world. Even the World Trade Center has been built at Seoul in South Korea. The inflation rate is moderate; the unemployment rate is pretty low; the export is surplus; the income is fairly distributed. These factors lead to the healthy lifestyle of South Korean citizens.

The Korea health is well taken care of by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of South Korea. The citizens can avail subsidized medical treatment from the hospitals in South Korea. The South Koreans now rarely die of respiratory diseases like tuberculosis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. But the one concern that is haunting South Korea is the growth of AIDS cases. The consumption of heroin is one more concern. Too much of liberty is therefore tried to be curbed in the South Korea lifestyle to bring back a healthy normalcy in the society.


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