Buy Currency
Home hero arrow

Buy South Korean Won

How much would you like?

Looking for a different currency?

The Low Down on South Korean Currency


South Korean Won

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Bank of Korea

Currency symbol:

Bank notes:

₩1,000, ₩2,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000, ₩50,000


₩1, ₩5, ₩10, ₩50, ₩100, ₩500

The official currency in South Korea is the won; which is issued by The Bank of Korea. 1 Won is divided into 100 jeon; although the jeon is no longer used for regular transactions.

The won in its current form has been used in South Korea since 1962, and officially replaced the previously-used hwan in 1975.

The ‘won’ has been used throughout several periods of Korean history, with the ‘old won’ referring to a cognate of the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan used in Korea prior to 1910.

Learn more about the AUD to KRW Exchange Rate and its economical influences.

What to spend your South Korean won on:

  • *

    Bottle of Coke

    1,659 KRW *

  • *

    One-way train ticket

    1,250 KRW *

  • *

    Pair of Jeans

    67,825 KRW *

  • *

    Movie ticket

    10,000 KRW *

  • *

    Admission to the four palaces

    10,000 KRW *

How many won will I need?**

Please select your budget above.

- +
* * * * * *

- +
* * * * * *

Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
  • *for people for
  • * nights


Must-sees in South Korea

  • Bukchon Hanok Village
  • One of the historic hot-spots that South Korea has to offer, Bukchon Hanok historic village, dates back more than 500 years to the Joseon Dynasty. Narrow streets service a variety of ancient homes, teahouses and pagoda-roofed guesthouses of old Korea.
  • Jeju Island
  • Jeju is affectionately known by locals as the ‘Island of the Gods’ for good reason. One of the most romantic places to visit in South Korea, Jeju sits among lush forested scenery boasting stunning shores, an immersive local culture and astonishing lava tubes.
  • Boseong
  • If it’s breath-taking scenery you’re after, Boseong will not disappoint. Hills upon hills of green tea fields sprawl endlessly throughout this area known as the tea capital of South Korea. Tea culture is strong here with many delicacies to try, including green tea pork belly and ice cream.

Buying South Korean won Online is Easy

Simply order your South Korean won online to lock in the rate, then choose to collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly, or get it delivered to your home!

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Won Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

Travelling to South Korea in the Future?

Travelling to South Korea in the Future?

Track Rates and get notified when the KRW matches your ideal rate so you can decide if it’s a good time to buy!

Track Rates

Prefer to Buy in Store?

Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your real for your trip to South Korea.

Find a Store

How to Keep your Money Safe while Travelling

How to Keep your Money Safe while Travelling

Dealing with lost or stolen funds while taking a trip is not only a hassle, but also extremely stressful. Learn how to keep your money safe while travelling.

Read more
  • What KRW coins are used?

    Coins are used increasingly less each year in South Korea, however you may see coins for won denominations of 10, 50, 100 and 500.

  • Who prints the South Korean won?

    The Bank of Korea is the only institution in South Korea with the right to print banknotes and mint coins.

  • What is the symbol for the South Korean won?

    The symbol for the Sough Korean won is ₩

Read your reviews on trustpilot

A very easy to use system

A very easy to use system from purchase, setup, app and usage while in Europe.


Very easy experience

Very easy experience, simple to order the money and arrived as stated. Will use travelex again.

Very easy to use on line system

Very easy to use on line system, clear followup details and instructions. Friendly efficient Staff. If only all online experiences were this good!

Clare Andriessen

simple and easy

simple and easy

Sidney Raymond Pattison

Process went smoothly

Process went smoothly. Pays to search for promo codes to get a slightly better rate. My only gripe was the inability to choose denominations. Half of the foreign cash I received were $100 notes which is less than ideal. More $20s would have been appreciated. Better yet, they should give you an idea of the notes you'll likely be receiving with an option to increase or reduce (or preference) particular denominations.


Fantastic service and great exchange…

Fantastic service and great exchange rate.


Easy and swift service!

Easy and swift service!


The process was easy and the delivery…

The process was easy and the delivery was on time and there were no charges so I am very happy and would use this service again.

Christine Thompson

Great rate

Great rate, and easy to process, the only let down was picking up from Aust Post, who are useless, not that this reflects on Travelex.

Michael Ianniello

Picked up money from nominated post…

Picked up money from nominated post office on the arranged date. No issues


Easy way to get your currency and the…

Easy way to get your currency and the fact I could get it delivered to the post office around the corner from work was brilliant.

Michelle Lewis McManus

Good Service

Efficient system to order and delivery currency requested

John Alfred Playford

Very easy transaction doing it online…

Very easy transaction doing it online and was ready on time for pickup.


Straight forward process

Straight forward process, collected from Aus post - easy

Becca l.

Ultra reliable and safe process

Ultra reliable and safe process with very good rates. This is my second time and I will continue onwards as so strees free.

George Karapas

Travelex is rated 4 stars by Trustpilot based on over 7618 reviews

*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.