Tap Water Safety in South Korea

Can you drink the tap water in South Korea?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in South Korea (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

The most commonly searched cities in South Korea are:

For a full list of cities in South Korea, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

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World Health Organization South Korea Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of South Korea have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and undefined % within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In South Korea, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at undefined % and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 South Korea Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout South Korea includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited
National
200047386---
20175098298%99%1%
Rural
20009477---
20179177---
Urban
200037909---
201741805---

How Do People In South Korea Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of South Korea have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility29%Low
Water Pollution39%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility71%High
Water Quality61%Moderate

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