Planning a trip to South Korea?
If you are going to South Korea, don't go without having any travel insurance in place. Read on for some tips on what to consider before selecting a policy:
- The cost of your trip or holiday – Unexpected events sometimes mean you have to cancel your holiday. Although that's disappointing, it's nice to know that you may be able get your money back
- Think about the activities that you might do while you're away - We cover more than 50 adventure activities as standard, but we can also cover other more extreme activities too. Just give us a call on the number above
- The cost of your baggage
- Whether you are covered for civil unrest or not
- Also, don't forget to check the latest travel advice for South Korea from the FCO
Did you know that...?
- Spam is far more popular than Coca-Cola in South Korea. In SK the tinned ham-based luncheon meat has its biggest market outside the US. About 40% of it is bought for other people, with spam gift sets flying off the shelves during festivals.
- In all but the most touristy areas, South Koreans don't expect a tip. Leaving the change is often welcome, but a large tip in some circumstances could be regarded as an insult, especially to a young woman. Just a little tip for you!
- South Korean taxis are colour coded. White are regular and owned by drivers; grey are owned by companies; black taxis are better and more expensive; yellow taxivans are for the disabled; and orange ones are for tourists, with multilingual drivers.
- Try as you might, you can't get to South Korea by land. It's on a peninsula and the country linking it to the rest of continental Asia is North Korea. Relations aren't so good and the border is closed. Air or sea it will have to be...
- In South Korea exotic fruits don't come cheap. A watermelon can cost more than £10. As it's a bit special, it's often presented as a gift with a neat little ribbon tied around it.
- Why are South Korean buildings so happy? Because their roofs smile. Many traditional Korean roofs have curving lines and turn upwards at the corners like a smile. The curves are thought to make use of natural irregularities in the wooden rafters.
- The South Korean equivalent of the US White House is known as the Blue House because of its blue-tiled roofs. It's the official residence of the head of state and is a complex of buildings occupying 62 acres. The US White House sits on 18 acres.
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