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Arrival / Currency Exchange

When you arrive at Kim-p'o (kimp'o) Airport , you will have to clear customs. Just follow the signs that tell you where to go if you have something to declare or not.

As you gather your luggage and head to the exit from the customs area, you will see the money exchange, where you can change money to won weon (rhymes with lawn), the Korean unit of currency.

The paper money comes in three denominations: 1,000 won, 5,000 won, and 10,000 won. The pictures below are not to scale; the 10,000 won note is larger than the 1,000 and 5,000 won.

1,000 won (front) 1,000 won (back)

5,000 won (front) 5,000 won (back)

10,000 won (front) 10,000 won (back)

Coins come in four main denominations: 500 won, 100 won, 50 won, 10 won. Five won and one won coins exist, but you won't see them in common use.

Coins (number side)

Coins (picture side)

You can also exchange currency at banks and at hotels, where the exchange rates are prominently posted. Bank hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. You get a slightly more favorable exchange rate for traveler's checks than for cash.

Keep your currency exchange receipts; you will need them when you convert your money back to your home country's currency upon departure. When you convert your money back at the airport exchange, you can pay the 9,000 won international departure tax.

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