South Korea is home to over 50 million Koreans and is located in East Asia. It is eight thousand eight hundred kilometres away from the UK and just over nine kilometres away from the US. Due to distance, it is obvious that it is far more convenient to call South Korea from abroad if you need to get in touch with someone.
Just follow our 5 simple steps below if you want to contact someone from Seoul, Incheon, Bucheon and more.
5 Simple Steps in Calling South Korea:
- Dial the international code. UK 00, US 011, Canada 011 – other countries access code see below.
- Add the country code for South Korea – 82.
- Include the area code for the city or town. Seoul is 2 and for Busan it’s 51 – other area codes see below.
- Enter the remaining digits (the phone number you’ve been given).
- Be aware of the time differences.
Step 1: Dialing a South Korea Telephone Number from Abroad
You will need your country’s access code to make a call outside your country. I have listed some of the codes below but for other countries, please see our full list of international dialing codes.
- United Kingdom – 00
- United States – 011
- Canada – 011
- Australia – 0011
- New Zealand – 00
- South Africa – 09
- Philippines – 00
Step 2: South Korea Country Code
The country code for South Korea is 82.
Step 3: Find out South Korea Area Phone Codes
The list below contains the area code for landline numbers in major towns and cities of South Korea.
Step 4: Dialing a Mobile / Cellular phone number
A cellular number includes their own mobile phone prefix code in which case you may need to omit the area code number. Cell phone numbers in South Korea vary in length from 6 to 12 digits but it al starts with a 1.
If you’re in England and you are to call a cell phone in South Korea, dial:
- 00 82 1 ???? ????
Step 5: Know when to call: Time difference between South Korea and Your Country
If you’re making an overseas call regarding your planned vacation, it is always important to remember the time difference between your country and South Korea. Determine what time it is in South Korea before you call – it’s GMT +9 hours. In English, it means that it is:
- +9 hours ahead of the UK but during British Summer Time it’s only 8 hours.
- +13 hours ahead of Toronto and Ottawa, ON, Canada.
- In the States, it’s:
- +16 hours ahead of California
- + 13 hours ahead of New York
Ringing South Korea from other Countries:
South Korea is the 11th largest economy in the world. Thanks to it’s advance technology, highly educated and skilled workforce. It has created global brands such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai. But it doesn’t end there. They’re known for K-Pop as well (Korean Pop songs). The girl and boy bands are adored by their Asian neighbours. And let’s not forget Psy who got the whole world dancing with his Gangnam Style song.
Follow the 5 steps above if you want to ring South Korea. If you’re planning a vacation in Seoul and you live in Britain, this is what you need to dial:
- 00 82 2 ???? ????
But if you’re from a different country, then your international access code will be different. Replace 00 with your own international prefix code. Knowing how to call South Korea from abroad is easy if you follow the 5 simple steps above.