Say it aloud: "Pause." South Korea is one hour ahead of China's central time zone. We are now in the Asia/Chongqing time zone. Select individual cities for each location for more precision. Compare, for example, Shanghai, China to South Korea and Beijing, China to South Korea.
China's time zone is eight hours ahead of Japan's so Tokyo is six hours behind Chongqing. The United States uses Eastern Standard Time, which is five hours behind Chongqing.
There are two ways to describe China's time zone: It is either two hours behind Japan or three hours behind Japan depending on where within China you are. Because China is large and spans two time zones, there is no single capital city that determines its time zone. Instead, China has adopted the eastern portion of its territory as its time zone. The western part of China remains on UTC+8 until recently when it switched over as well.
For countries that use Central Standard Time, such as most of North America and much of Europe, China is three hours ahead. For Australia and New Zealand, China is twelve hours ahead.
These are the major time zones used around the world. As you can see, they all share the same idea of dividing the day into hours and minutes but they differ in exactly how many hours they are divided into each day.
Please keep in mind that China may have numerous time zones. Compare, for example, Dazhou, China to South Korea with Hotan, China to South Korea. The difference is that China has eight time zones while South Korea only has one.
The Korean Peninsula is divided into four regions: Northern Korea, North Hamgyong Province, South Hamgyong Province, and Southern Korea (the latter three together form what is known as the "ROK" or "Republic of Korea").
Korea and China are separated by the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a heavily fortified border area where the Korean War ended in 1953 with no clear winner. The DMZ comprises some 470 miles of land, much of it mountainous forest and defensible terrain. It can be traversed by cars but also includes several large military bases where soldiers from both countries meet daily to trade information and exercise their armed forces.
In terms of geography, Korea is an island nation located in East Asia. It lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan and is separated from mainland China by the Chinese province of Manchuria. Land borders include Russia to the north-northwest, Japan to the northeast, and China to the south-southeast. Oceania lies to the west across the Indian Ocean.
Japan is one hour ahead of China's central time zone. Compare, for example, Beijing, China to Japan and Hotan, China to Japan.
The time difference between Japan and China is about 9 hours. In Tokyo it's 4:29 a.m.; in Hong Kong it's 2:49 p.m.; and in Shanghai it's 11:49 a.m.
China's time zone spans the fourth and fifth days of the week, which means that when Friday morning comes around, China is still on Thursday night at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning in China will be Sunday afternoon in the United States.
Japan's time zone covers only three days out of the week, so by the end of its time zone on Monday morning, Japan is already back on Sunday evening at 12 a.m. Tuesday morning in Japan is Wednesday morning in the United States.
There are two main time zones in Japan: the Eastern Time Zone (ETZ) and the Pacific Time Zone (PTV). The eastern part of Japan is five hours behind ETST, while the western part is four hours behind. Therefore, Japan as a whole is seven hours behind ETST.
South Korea is 15 hours ahead of the United States' central time zone. Western and eastern times for South Korea are the same: midnight. Japan is one hour behind South Korea, so its western time is five hours after South Korea's at midnight. The Philippines is two hours behind South Korea, so it's four hours west of midnight.
There are no daylight savings time in South Korea. Summer time starts at a different time each year. Spring forward at 0300 on the 21st of March; fall back at 30000 on the 30th of September.
The official language spoken in South Korea is Korean. However, most people also speak English because of the large number of international students that live in South Korea. In fact, around 5 million people in South Korea can speak English.
People in South Korea have a very short life expectancy. When they die, they usually do so very young. A child under five years old is likely to die before reaching his or her fifth birthday. The average age people live after birth is 79.9 years old for men and 84.3 years old for women.
Mountain Standard Time residents in Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado are 16 hours behind PyeongChang due to the time difference between South Korea and the United States. During winter months, the time difference is even greater because the Korean Peninsula is on a different calendar year than most of North America.
Korea has the same daylight saving time policy as China, which means they switch back and forth between standard time and daylight time each year. When they switch back to standard time, they go back one hour at 2am on March 11th; when they switch back to daylight time, they go back two hours at 3am on October 27th. This process repeats itself every summer and winter with no real interruption to their day-to-day lives.
In South Korea, there are three time zones: Seoul Time (UTC+9), Eastern Time (UTC+4), and Western Time (UTC+0). In North Korea, there is only one time zone: Pyongyang Time (UTC+9). The capital city of South Korea is nine hours ahead of Washington D.C. and London, so it's lights out for most people in South Korea around 5pm Pacific Time when the sun is still shining brightly on the west coast. In contrast, North Koreans stay up late into the night during winter and early morning during summer.
South Korea is 13 hours ahead of the United States capital of Washington, D.C. Japan is eight hours behind South Korea and 18 hours behind Washington, D.C.
Korea uses the Korean Standard Time (KST), which is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) in America and one hour ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST).
When traveling in Korea, it is important to remember that you are in another country where local laws apply. Please be sure to follow local customs when visiting churches, eating out at restaurants, having meetings, or attending events with colleagues or friends.
People in South Korea like to sleep early and rise late. Thus, there is a lot of traffic on the roads during morning and evening rush hours. If you're planning to travel by car in South Korea, make sure to bring a good set of car keys with you. The people here love their vehicles and will not hesitate to use them as weapons if needed!
The best way to get around Seoul is by subway or bus. The subway system is easy to use and will take you anywhere in the city. Buses are also useful for getting around small towns outside of Seoul.