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Arrival by Air

Korea is connected by air to every major capital in the world, either through direct flights or by connecting flights from major international airports in East Asia. About 37 international airlines maintain regular flight services, with over 1,500 flights into and out of Korea every week. Korea has eight international airports: Incheon International Airport in Incheon, which began its operation on March 29, 2001, plus Gimhae, Jeju, Cheongju, Gimpo, Yangyang, Daegu and Gwangju International Airports. Gimpo, Gimhae and Jeju operate direct flights to and from Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Osaka in Japan.
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Korean Air (KAL), the largest of Korea's two national flag carriers, has opened new routes between Seoul and destinations in Europe, America and the Middle East. The Korea City Air Terminal (KCAT), located next to the Korea World Trade Center in Samseong-dong, provides check-in service, passport clearance and airport departure tax tickets. Nonstop limousine buses make round trips between Incheon International Airport and KCAT every 10 to 20 minutes. Another KCAT opened recently at Gimpo International Airport.

Special airport buses and city buses leave from various points in Seoul every 15 minutes from 5:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., as less expensive alternatives to the KAL Limousine Bus line which connects Incheon International Airport with 19 major hotels in Seoul.

Since 1963, Seoul has been included in the round-the-world air schedule approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This enables any passenger on a round-the-world ticket to visit Korea at no additional charge.

Arrival by Ferry

Various steamship lines provide passenger service to Korea. Among those from the American West Coast are Waterman Steamship, American Pioneer, Pacific Far East, Pacific Orient Express, State Marine and United States Lines. Several companies, such as the BuGwan Ferry, Korea Ferry and Korea Marine Express, provide regular ferry services linking Busan and Jeju-do Island with the Japanese ports of Shimonoseki, Kobe and Hokada. Another ferry line plies between Incheon and the Chinese ports of Tianjin and Weihai.
Temporary entry for private cars is allowed for passengers arriving by ferry, providing that drivers obtain the proper documentation.

General Information

Tourist information and assistance are available at all major tourist sites and airports including KNTO's (Korea National Tourism Organization) Tourist Information Centers. KNTO is also running a tourist information site on the web. (www.tour2korea.com) Since around a quarter of the Republic of Korea's resident population may be on the move to visit hometown and family during traditional national holidays, it is advisable to make travel and accommodation arrangements at least three months in advance for those periods. The busiest holidays are Lunar New Year's Day, summer vacation (the last week of July through the third week of August), and Chuseok (The 15th day of the Eighth Month by the lunar calendar).

During national holidays offices and banks are closed, whereas palaces, museums, most restaurants, markets, department stores, cinemas and amusement facilities are usually open.

A variety of local events, festivals and special performances such as sandaenori (mask dance) and nongak (farmers' music) are held in many locations all year-round, welcoming foreign visitors.

Reservations for hotels in any part of the country can be made in Seoul through travel agencies. Foreign tourists can get an instant assistance by dialing 1330 anywhere in Korea.

Guided Tour Services

Guided tours around Seoul's scenic attractions and historic sites are offered regularly by various travel agents. A wide variety of tours are available, including morning, afternoon and night tours as well as nationwide tours of a week or more in duration.

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