Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to South Korea?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Australia to South Korea. In South Korea, people are using different power plugs and power outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Australia!

South Korea und Australia compared
Flag: Australia
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Flag: South Korea
South Korea
FOutlets of type FOutlets
220 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Country information

About South Korea

Flag: About South Korea

South Korea is a country in Asia (Eastern Asia) with about 49.1 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 100 000 km². The capital of South Korea is Seoul (10.3 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Korean and English.

The only neighbor of South Korea is North Korea.

TLD: .krCurrency: KRWCountry calling code: +82Country Code : KR
Power sockets

Which types of power plugs are used in South Korea?

South Korea uses power plugs of type F. Power outlets of type I, which are common in Australia, are not in use in South Korea.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in South Korea?

The voltage in South Korea is 220 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is lower than the 230 volts in Australia. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Australia:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in South Korea, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in South Korea?

The utility frequency in South Korea is 60 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is higher than the 50 Hertz in use in Australia. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in South Korea, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in South Korea, you should not use the device!