Disability Access In Korea, South

Accessibility

While in the Republic of Korea, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation different from what is found in the United States. ROK law mandates access to transportation, communication and public buildings for persons with disabilities, and the Korean government continues efforts to improve accessibility and accommodation for persons with disabilities.

Since 2008, the Ministry of Health and Welfare has implemented its third five-year plan to introduce a comprehensive set of policies for individuals with disabilities. This plan encourages public and private buildings and facilities to provide barrier-free access to the disabled. It also calls for more job opportunities for ROK citizens with disabilities and establishes a task force to introduce a long-term care system for the disabled. The ROK government also maintains a national rehabilitation research center that focuses its efforts on increasing opportunities and access for persons with disabilities.

Metro (subway) cars and buses in Seoul offer priority seating for the disabled. Most metro stations have escalators and elevators. Metro platforms include Braille inscriptions for the information and safety of the visually impaired; however, the Braille is for Korean speakers. Travelers are encouraged to contact individual bus companies and subway associations for more information. Cross walks typically have audio signals for the visually impaired. Older buildings and streets are generally less accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Residents of the Republic of Korea who possess ROK alien registration cards can contact their local ward office for information on assistance for individuals with disabilities that may be available to them. The assistance provided may vary by ward.

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