Korea (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Statistics | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Contact between South Africa and the Republic of Korea dates back to the South African participation in the Korean War (1950-1953), when South Africa sent an Air Force squadron, the "Flying Cheetahs", as part of the United Nations contingent to the Korean peninsula. Full diplomatic relations were only established on 1 December 1992. South Africa's first Ambassador to the Republic of Korea presented his credentials in April 1993. The first Korean Ambassador in South Africa presented his credentials in August 1993.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Korea

H E Ms N G Bam
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Korean Representation in South Africa

H E Mr Park Jong Dae
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Pretoria.

Health Requirements

Immunisation against hepatitis A and hepatitis B is strongly recommended before departure from South Africa. Malaria is not really a problem in Seoul, although it does exist in some parts of Korea.

For further information go to:

         Alameda Travel Vaccination Centre

         Travelers' Health

Climate Info

Korea is not a large country, yet it has a quite diverse climate changing drastically from season to season. Most of Korea is quite mountainous and it is situated on a peninsula.

There are four distinct seasons and a variety of different weather types. Located in the East Asian monsoon belt, the peninsula has hot, humid summers and long, dry, bitter cold winters. Spring and autumn are rather short with autumn being the most beautiful and the most invigorating.

Temperatures range from a low of -15C in winter to a high of 30C in summer.

For up-to-date weather information, click here

Currency Info

The South Korean unit of currency is the won (W) with coins of W50, W100 and W500. Notes come in denominations of W1,.000, W5,000 and W10,000.

The US dollar is the most widely accepted foreign currency. Tourists have no difficulty in exchanging Won into US hard currency or bank cheques. The currency is not freely convertible outside Korea.

Private individuals, including diplomatic and foreign business representatives, are limited to savings accounts only. Cheque accounts are usually reserved for business purposes only.

The local and international Banks offer electronic banking facilities for cash withdrawals in Won only.

Link to www.oanda.com/converter/classic

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to: vanderwaltr@dirco.gov.za.

Trade Info

Trade between South Africa and Korea is of a complementary nature and encompasses a broad range of products, minerals and semi-finished products to sophisticated high-technology electric and electronic products. South Africa is a large supplier of bulk raw materials and semi-processed minerals and metals essential for numerous production processes in Korea such as gold, coal, ferro-chromium, ferro-manganese, iron ore, stainless steel, lead, copper, nickel and zinc.

South Korean exports to South Africa are predominantly made up of value-added or manufactured products. Products such as automobiles, auto tyres, woven fabrics, apparel as well as industrial electronic and consumer electronic goods are increasingly making inroads into the South African market.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Korea, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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