AIDE Memoire – Travel to Gwangju, Jeollado
Arrival in Korea
a) Incheon International Airport
Passport and Immigration Control.
To receive official permission to enter the Republic of Korea you will need thefollowing documents: (Do not forget to carry all these documents in yourhand luggage!)- Your valid international passport, containing your visa- Your Gwangju International Internship Programme invitation letter- Evidence that you intend to leave the Republic of Korea at the end of the program (normally your round air-ticket will suffice)If you did not obtain your visa before your departure from your homecountry, the immigration officer might refuse your entry. (Note: This mightnot be applicable to all, please check the Korean Embassy in your country).
After passing through immigration, you will collect your luggagefrom the Baggage Claim area and proceed to the Customs area. If you havegoods to declare, fill out a Customs Declaration form; if you have no goodsto declare, you must still go through Customs and notify the Customs officerthat you have nothing to declare.
c) Money Exchange.
If you don’t have Korean won have your moneychanged in any of the moneyExchange counter at the airport. Be sure to have at least 50,000.00 wonexchanged to pay for your bus ticket and meal on the way. Have some coinsas well to make a call to us before leaving the airport.
Volunteers will be available to provide assistance on yourarrival. Please find them at the McDonalds, they will have placards bearingthe title 2008 Gwangju International Peace Forum as an identification.
Make a call
. Before you leave Incheon International Airport for Gwangju,should you not find our volunteers, please call and inform the May 18Memorial Foundation staff (Lynn or Pete) of your arrival time to Gwangju.Refer to the assigned contact numbers below.
Journey to Gwangju
Different modes of transportation are available from Incheon International Airportto Gwangju, in Jeollanam-do Province. The express bus from IncheonInternational Airport to Gwangju Bus Terminal is highly recommended for yourconvenience. Please be advised there is another city in Korea also namedGwangju. Make sure you are going to the one in Jeollanam-do/Jeolla-do Province.
Buses run directly from the Incheon International airport to the city of Gwangju. In the case that you take a bus to Gwangju from Incheon InternationalAirport, you will need to have on hand approximately 35,000 Korean won (aboutUS$35). The bus trip to Gwangju takes approximately four-and-a-half hours. There will be 15 minutes break when the bus stops en route to its destination.