Guide for Living in Korea

Health and Safety

    Hospital Visit

    SNU Boramae Medical Center

    How to get there:
    • from Sillim Subway Station (Gate 7) : Bus 5525, 5516, Gwanak 03, 5522B
    • from SNU Main Gate : Bus 5516, 6514, 6513, 6511, 6515
    • from Dormitory : Bus 5516

    Gangnam Koryo Hospital

    How to get there:
    • from SNU Subway Station (Gate 7) : walk 8 minutes (545m)
    • from SNU Main Gate : Bus 750A/B,501, 6511, 5513
    • from Dormitory : Bus Gwanak 02 (transfer to 650, 641, 5524)


    International students are advised to receive vaccinations for hepatitis B, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), measles-mumps-rebella (MMR), and influenza. Before you leave your country, it is wise to get a medical health checkup (which you already may have to do if you are going to live in the dormitory). While visiting your doctor, you should tell him or her that you are going to South Korea for a significant amount of time. The doctor will likely want to give you a vaccination for Hepatitis B, a test for tuberculosis/TB (which the dormitory will require you to get anyway if you choose to stay at one) and possibly other things. 

    National Emergency Numbers

    Additional Helpful Contacts

    • +82-1330 for tourism and translation Service
    • +82-120 (Press 9 for English speaking) for Seoul Dasan Call Centre (Information related to services about living and life in Seoul)
    • +82-1331 for human rights helpline
    • +82-129 for health and welfare call center
    • +82-1366 for women’s helpline
    • +82-1345 for Immigration Contact Centre
    • +82-182 for missing person and stolen vehicle
    • +82-1588-5644 for volunteer services for translation

    Emergency Response guidelines and procedures

    Emergency Response Procedures

    1. Call +82-119 and Campus Security
    2. Proceed to nearest exit using stairs, not elevators (in case of Fire, Building Flood and Earthquake).
    3. If you cannot evacuate in case of Fire and Natural Gas Leak, use stairwells as refuge areas and stay low.

    In case of earthquakes, drop, cover and hold on under a table, desk or inside wall until the shaking stops. If shaking lasts for more than 30 seconds or there is visible damage to the building, evacuate after the shaking stops to the campus assembly area.

    Emergency Response Guidelines

    1. In case of an emergency, the information will be disseminated via text messages, SNS, and/or e-mails. Please keep us updated with your latest contact information.
    2. If you are unsure of what the current situation is like, please consult with your department office, SNU OIA, or the embassy of your nationality. Please keep their contact information with you.

    Guideline for National Emergency

    1. If you are near the blast when it occurs:
      Turn away and close and cover your eyes to prevent damage to your sight.
      Drop to the ground face down and place your hands under your body.
      Remain flat until the heat and two shock waves have passed.
    2. If you are outside when the blast occurs:
      Find something to cover your mouth and nose, such as a scarf, handkerchief or other cloth.
      Remove any dust from your clothes by brushing, shaking and wiping in a ventilated area - however, cover your mouth and nose while you do this. Move to a shelter, basement or other underground area, preferably located away from the direction that the wind is blowing. Remove clothing since it may be contaminated. If possible, take a shower, wash your hair and change clothes before you enter the shelter.
    3. If you are already in a shelter or basement:
      Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask or other material (such as a scarf or handkerchief) until the fallout cloud has passed.
      Shut off ventilation systems and seal doors or windows until the fallout cloud has passed. After the fallout cloud has passed, unseal the doors and windows to allow for some air circulation. Stay inside until authorities say it is safe to come out.
      Listen to the local radio or television for information and advice. Authorities may direct you to stay in your shelter or evacuate to a safer place away from the area.
      If you must go out, cover your mouth and nose with a damp towel.
      Use stored food and drinking water. Do not eat local fresh food or drink water from open water supplies.
      Clean and cover any open wounds on your body.
    4. If you are advised to evacuate:
      Evacuate to temporary shelters ASAP.
      Take disaster supplies with you (such as a flashlight and extra batteries, battery-operated radio, first aid kit and manual, emergency food and water, non-electric can opener, essential medicines, cash, credit cards and sturdy shoes).
    Seoul National University Office of International Affairs, CJ
    International Center(Bldg, #152), Seoul National University, 1
    Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826 Republic of Korea

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