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Autumn in Gyeongbokgung Palace and Korean national dress in Seoul, South Korea.

Travelling to South Korea?

Get the best rates for South Korean currency online

Planning a trip to South Korea? Get the best exchange rate for South Korean won right here at Manor FX. Kick off your South Korean journey with confidence, knowing you’ve secured the top deals on South Korean won.

Heading to the vibrant streets of Seoul or the tranquil temples of Gyeongju? Manor FX is your go-to. Choose to have your South Korean won delivered directly to your doorstep or collect them from our bureau near Heathrow.

Trust us for rapid delivery and a straightforward online order process. Our unbeatable exchange South Korean won to British pound rates shouldn’t be missed.

South Korean travel money

Eager for your South Korean adventure? Let’s get into the essentials of managing your money in the Land of the Morning Calm.

Where can you get South Korean won?

Looking for the best place to buy South Korean won? You’ve got a few options:

  • High street banks: Convenient but not always the most favourable rates.
  • Airport kiosks: Great for last-minute exchanges, yet fees can be high.
  • Local foreign exchange bureaus: Competitive rates can be found, and Manor FX, located near Heathrow, offers service without fees.
  • Online currency exchanges: Typically, the best rates. Manor FX adds to the appeal with free delivery on orders over £750 and next-working-day delivery options.

Manor FX offers unbeatable deals, and the best KRW exchange rate for all your South Korean travel money needs.

Can I buy Korean won in the UK?

Absolutely! Buy South Korean won currency easily in the UK through Manor FX. Our online service simplifies getting the South Korean won you need for your trip.

Enjoy our excellent rates for pound to South Korean won and stretch your travel budget even further. Plus, we offer free delivery for orders over £750, making your GBP to South Korean won exchange smooth and hassle-free.

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Sunrise at Jeju Do Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju Island, South Korea

Should I exchange money before I travel to South Korea?

Yes, don’t wait until the last minute. Order South Korean won today and be prepared for your journey.

Exchanging your money before heading to South Korea is a wise decision. Having South Korean won on hand upon arrival means you’re ready for any initial expenses, such as transport from the airport and your first meals.

What is the best currency to bring to South Korea?

The best currency to bring to South Korea is the South Korean won (KRW). It’s the official currency of South Korea, and using it makes everything simpler. You can buy things easily and get around without any hassle. 

If you have any leftover South Korean won bills from your recent travels, remember to convert them back to GBP with Manor FX.

Can I use my credit card in South Korea?

Yes, you can use your bank card in South Korea. However, it’s wise to have both cash and card. Smaller shops and food markets prefer cash, while major retailers and restaurants will accept cards.

Friendly tip: Inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid card issues.

Should I bring cash or card to Korea?

In South Korea, both credit/debit cards and cash have their places. Cards are widely accepted in most locations, but cash is king for small transactions. ATMs are common, making cash withdrawals convenient.

Keep a mix of cash and card payments to navigate South Korea easily. 

Manor FX can convert any leftover South Korean currency to GBP, ensuring you get great value even after your trip.

Colourful billboards on the street of Seoul at night.

How much cash should I take to South Korea?

Planning your trip to South Korea and wondering about the budget? Whether you’re looking to stretch your won as a savvy backpacker or indulge in the luxuries South Korea has to offer, there’s a budget plan for every type of traveller.

If you’re backpacking with around 75,000 KRW, around £50 each day, you’re all set for a dorm bed in a hostel, whipping up your own meals, hopping on public and intercity buses, and enjoying lots of free fun like hikes and walking tours. 

Got 135,000 KRW, around £90 a day for a mid-range adventure? You can get cosy in a private Airbnb or a budget-friendly hotel, eat out at casual spots, have a couple of drinks, mix in some taxis with your train rides, and check out cool paid stuff like museums and food tours.

If you’re dipping into a “luxury” budget starting at 255,000 KRW, around £179 daily, the world’s your oyster. Think upscale hotels or swanky Airbnb places, dining wherever tickles your fancy, enjoying evening drinks, zipping around with a high-speed rail pass, and hopping onto guided tours galore.

How can I avoid ATM fees in South Korea?

To minimise ATM fees:

  • Check if your bank has partner banks in South Korea for fee-free withdrawals.
  • Withdraw larger amounts to reduce the number of transactions.
  • Opt for ATMs with lower fees.

How does tipping work in South Korea?

Tipping isn’t a widespread practice in South Korea. Most services include all charges in your bill, making it easy to enjoy without worrying about tips.

How expensive is Korea for tourists?

South Korea offers a mix. It’s pricier than some other Asian countries but offers many affordable options. Finding delicious and affordable food is a breeze, especially if you know where to look. Here’s a rundown of some popular types of cheap eats and where you might find them:

  • Bunsik joints – Bunsik (snack food) joints are great for cheap, quick meals. They specialise in simple, comforting dishes like ramyeon, udon, and various fried items. Prices are low, making it an ideal spot for budget-conscious diners looking for a quick bite.
  • Convenience stores – Don’t overlook convenience stores for cheap eating options in South Korea. Chains like CU, GS25, and 7-Eleven offer a surprising variety of ready-to-eat meals like triangle kimbap, instant noodles, and microwaveable dishes. They’re perfect for grabbing a meal on the go without spending much.

Tips for Eating Cheap

  • Eat like a local: Venture away from tourist hotspots to find better deals and more authentic experiences.
  • Use apps: South Korea is very tech-savvy, and apps like MangoPlate can help you discover popular local eateries that are both delicious and affordable.

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South Korean banknotes and coins

South Korean won banknotes 

South Korean won notes are a tribute to some of the most revered figures and cultural milestones in Korean history. South Korean won banknotes are also admired for their robust security features, which include watermarks, security threads, and colour-changing inks, making them hard to counterfeit.

The Central Bank of South Korea issues the national currency, and the South Korean won denominations are 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 KRW.

South Korean Won banknote series

Coins in South Korea

South Korean won coins: Include 10, 50, 100, and 500 KRW, each featuring iconic aspects of South Korean life.

South Korean Won coin series

South Korea’s currency import and export regulations

Carrying money into South Korea is straightforward. There’s no limit to how much you can bring in or take out. However, amounts over 10,000 USD (or equivalent) must be declared.

Ordering South Korean won online

Get competitive GBP to South Korean won rates with Manor FX. Buy South Korean won easily for delivery or collection. We use secure delivery methods for your peace of mind.

Selling back South Korean won to pounds

Have you got some leftover South Korea money? Manor FX offers competitive South Korean won exchange rates to convert South Korean won to GBP. Choose the ‘Sell currency’ option on our website for an easy process and great rates.

range of Korean foods served on a dining table.


If you’re from the UK and planning a trip to South Korea, you can enter South Korea for up to 90 days without a visa for tourism or business. 

Just ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from your entry into South Korea. It’s always a good idea to check the latest travel advice before you go, as visa requirements can change,

If you are heading to South Korea, you’ll be glad to know there are no specific vaccination requirements for entry.

The best time to visit South Korea depends on what you’re looking to do, but there’s something special every season!

Spring (March to May): This is a magical time with cherry blossoms in full bloom. Cities like Seoul and Busan are painted in soft pinks and whites. It’s perfect for outdoor festivals and picnics under the blossoms.

Summer (June to August): It gets hot and humid, but it’s a great time for beach trips to places like Jeju Island and try the local seafood and Jeju black pork.

Autumn (September to November): The weather cools, and the foliage turns brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Hiking in the national parks is a must-do to see the autumn colours at their best.

Winter (December to February): This is your season if you love winter sports. Hit the ski slopes in Gangwon-do or enjoy the serene beauty of snow-covered traditional villages. The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is a unique experience too.

No matter when you go, South Korea offers a mix of activities, from cultural experiences to outdoor adventures!

Ready to dive into some fantastic Korean cuisine? Here are the top 5 Korean dishes you’ve got to try:

  • Korean BBQ (Gogi-gui): A broad term encompassing the communal grilling of meat at your table. Choices range from marinated beef short ribs (galbi) to various parts of pork and chicken. The experience is interactive and social, letting you cook your food exactly how you like it, accompanied by an array of side dishes (banchan).
  • Bibimbap: A colourful bowl of rice topped with vegetables, beef, a fried egg, and spicy gochujang (chilli paste). Mix it all up and enjoy the burst of flavours.
  • Bulgogi: Thin, marinated slices of beef or pork grilled to perfection. It’s sweet, savoury, and so tender. Bulgogi is a real crowd-pleaser.
  • Samgyeopsal: Juicy slices of pork belly grilled right at your table. Wrap them in lettuce leaves with garlic, green onion, and sauce for a delicious bite.
  • Japchae: A stir-fried noodle dish with sweet potato noodles, mixed vegetables, and sometimes beef. It’s slightly sweet and very satisfying.

If you’re heading to South Korea, Google Maps might not be your best buddy for getting around. This is due to local regulations that limit its functionality, especially regarding detailed routes and real-time information. This is why Naver Map is the preferred choice for locals and visitors. 

Naver Map is the ultimate guide for zipping around South Korea, packed with all the insider info and updates to make your trip smooth and full of fun.

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South Korean Won Fast!

  • Free home delivery over £750
  • with Royal Mail Special Delivery 1pm
  • Better rates than the banks
You exchange:
You get:
You exchange:
You get: