Emergency numbers in Korea

Telecom Operator: 100
Directory Assistance: 114
Faults: 110
Fire & Rescue: 119 (interpretation service available)
Police: 112 (interpretation service available)
Electrical Faults: 123

Police Interpretation Service

The Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) has established a nationwide interpretation telephone service in "112 Emergency Response Centres" so that foreigners can have the same service from the police as Korean speakers. It operates from 08:00-23:00 on weekdays and 08:00-18:00 on weekends. To use:

  1. Dial "112" from anywhere in Korea (no area code required).
  2. A police officer will ask you to wait until you are connected to an interpreter.
  3. Wait - Do not hang up upon hearing a beep or waiting signal.
  4. A police officer and an interpreter will come onto the phone.

The KNPA can help you:

  • to report a crime (eg assault, theft)
  • when you are in a dispute over a car accident
  • to report transnational crimes (eg terrorism, drug or people trafficking)
  • when you're being overcharged a taxi fare
  • when you're lost and need directions to your destination
  • treated unfairly by your employer or a colleague
  • when you need any assistance from police
Legal Assistance
Korea Legal Aid Corp 132 www.klac.or.k(external link)
Seoul Bar Association 02-3476-8080(#1) www.seoulbar.or.kr (external link)
Lawyers - Seoul district
Barun Law (Kim, Chang & Lee) 02-3476-5599 www.barunlaw.com(external link)
Yoon Yang Kim Shin & Yu Law Office 02-6003-7000 www.hwawoo.co.kr(external link)
Kim and Chang Law Office 02-3703-1114 www.kimchang.com(external link)
Kim and Cho Law Firm 02-737-8001 www.kimandcho.com(external link)
Sojong Partners 02-2112-1114 www.sojong.com(external link)
Lee International Law Office 02-2279-3631 www.leeinternational.com(external link)
Bae, Kim and Lee 02-3404-0121 www.bkl.co.kr(external link)
Korea Legal Aid Corp 132 www.klac.or.kr(external link)
Seoul Bar Association 02-3476-8080(#1) www.seoulbar.or.kr(external link)
Lawyers - Busan district
Law Firm Kukje 051-463-7801/7755 www.kukjelaw.co.kr(external link)
Busan Pacific Law Office 051-244-9697  
Lawyers - Taegu District
Kim, Seon Myeoung 053-753-0012/3

Police Interpretation Service

The Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) has established a nationwide interpretation telephone service in "112 Emergency Response Centres" so that foreigners can have the same service from the police as Korean speakers. It operates from 08:00-23:00 on weekdays and 08:00-18:00 on weekends. To use:

  • Dial "112" from anywhere in Korea (no area code required).
  • A police officer will ask you to wait until you are connected to an interpreter.
  • Wait - Do not hang up upon hearing a beep or waiting signal.
  • A police officer and an interpreter will come onto the phone.

The KNPA can help you:

  • to report a crime (eg assault, theft)
  • when you are in a dispute over a car accident
  • to report transnational crimes (eg terrorism, drug or people trafficking)
  • when you're being overcharged a taxi fare
  • when you're lost and need directions to your destination
  • treated unfairly by your employer or a colleague
  • when you need any assistance from police
Other Government Services
Immigration Office 1345 www.immigration.go.kr(external link)
National Tax Office 126 www.nts.go.kr(external link)
National Pension Service 355 www.nps.or.kr(external link)
National Health Insurance 1577-1000, 390-2000 (English) www.nhic.or.kr(external link)
Ministry of Labour 1350 english.molab.go.kr(external link)
National Police agency 02-363-0112 www.police.go.kr(external link)
Seoul Global Centre 1688-0120 global.seoul.go.kr(external link)

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