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272 Busan International Film Festival & Other Upcoming Events this Fall 2017-10-17 1

Busan International Film Festival & Other Upcoming Events this Fall


The 22nd Busan International Film Festival kicked off to great fanfare on October 12. This year’s festival features over 300 films from around the world. Stand-out films include the works of Darren Aronofsky, Hollywood director of Black Swan featuring Natalie Portman, as well as Hirokazu Koreeda, John Woo, and Jia Zhangke. The festival will run October 12-21 in the area of BIFF Village, located near Haeundae Beach.


Recommended Busan Attractions This Fall

Haeundae, the venue of the Busan International Film Festival, harmonizes tall buildings with the wide open sea. While exploring the modern charms of Busan, take a moment to enjoy the natural attractions of the city as well. Below are some of the city’s most recommended locations, full of history and beauty.


  • Modern History Tour, Choryang Ibagu-gil & Sanbok Road
    Address: 45, Choryangsang-ro 37beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
    Website: www.2bagu.co.kr (Korean, English)


  • Bright and Colorful Cinque Terre of Busan, Gamcheon Culture Village
    Address: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
    Inquiries: +82-51-204-1444 (Korean only)
    Website: www.gamcheon.or.kr (Korean only)


  • Birthplace of Busan International Film Festival, Gukje Market
    Address: 36, Junggu-ro, Jung-gu, Busan


  • Trove of antique books, Bosu-dong Book Street
    Address: 8, Chaekbanggolmok-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
    Website: www.bosubook.com (Korean only)


Additional Festivals in October


  • Busan Jagalchi Festival
    Period: October 19-22, 2017
    Venue: Jagalchi Market, 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
    Description: Enjoy fresh seafood at the largest marine product market in the country.


  • Korea Hot Spring Festival
    Period: October 19-22, 2017
    Venue: Hurshimchung, 23, Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan
    Description: Escape from the busy world while exploring the culture of hot springs in Korea.
     
  • Oryukdo Peace Festival
    Period: October 20-22, 2017
    Venue: Area of Peace Park, 677-1, Daeyeon 3-dong, Nam-gu, Busan 
    Description: Take in the beautiful coastal views from Oryukdo Island, the symbol of Busan.   

  • Dongnaeeupseong History Festival
    Period: October 20-22, 2017
    Venue: Area of Dongnae Culture Hall, 80, Munhwa-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan
    Description: Experience the past through exhibitions, games, and traditional food.
    Website: festival.dongnae.go.kr (Korean only)


  • Busan Fireworks Festival
    Period: 20:00-21:00, October 28, 2017
    Venue: Gwangalli Beach, 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
    Description: Fireworks light up the night sky with showcases from international teams.
    Website: www.bfo.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
     



More Info on 2017 Busan International Film Festival


Busan International Film Festival 2017    ☞ Period: October 12-21, 2017
    ☞ Venues: Busan Cinema Center/Centum City area/Haeundae Beach
    ☞ Addresses
     - Busan Cinema Center, 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu
     - BIFF Village: 47, Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
    ☞ Directions
     - Busan Cinema Center: Centum City Stn (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 12.
     - BIFF Village: Haeundae Stn (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5.
    ☞ Official website: www.biff.kr
    ☞ Busan Tourism Organization website: www.bto.or.kr
    ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330

 






¤ Information courtesy of Busan International Film Festival Organizing Committee


271 PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 Ticket Sales now Open 2017-09-05 29

PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 Ticket Sales Now Open


Tickets for the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

will be available for purchase starting from Sept. 5 at 14:00 (KST) on the official website.


PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 Ticket Sales now Open


Out of the total 1.18 million tickets available, 70% will be sold domestically, while the remaining 30% is allotted to purchase overseas. Tickets will be sold online on a real time basis until the game period in February. Purchase can be made using Visa credit cards or wire transfer after an online registration. Seats will automatically be assigned upon ticket purchase.


Ticket fees vary depending on the game events and seat, ranging from 20,000 won at the lowest and up to 900,000 won at the highest. Tickets for popular events such as short track, figure skating, and speed skating are priced at 150,000 won, while bobsleigh and certain ice game tickets are available at 20,000 won. A-class seats for Men’s Ice Hockey Final Tournament cost the highest ticket price of 900,000 won. Opening and closing ceremony tickets are available from 220,000 won to 1,500,000 won depending on your seat.   


Several benefits come with purchasing a ticket. Not only do the ticket holders have access to free shuttle bus rides to the game venues during the event period, but they are also allowed to enter Olympic game exhibitions, PyeongChang Olympic Plaza, and Gangneung Olympic Park for free. In addition, expressway toll fees will be exempted for ticket holders who drive to the event venue.


Don’t miss this chance to be part of the long-awaited PyeongChang 2018!



More Info on PyeongChang 2018 Tickets Available from Sept. 5

  • Ticket Sale Date (KST): Sept. 5, 2017 14:00
  •  Purchasing method: Register online at PyeongChang 2018 website and select payment method.
  •  Ticket fees (Korean won)
    - Opening ceremony: 220,000 won ~ 1,500,000 won
    - Closing ceremony: 220,000 won ~ 950,000 won
    - Game events: 20,000 won ~ 900,000 won
  • Fees vary depending on the event and seat class.
  • PyeongChang 2018 website: www.pyeongchang2018.com (Korean, English, Chinese, French)
  •  1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 


Information Courtesy of The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)

270 Travelling Around Korea now made easier with new KORAIL PASS 2017-08-07 22

Travelling Around Korea now made easier with new KORAIL PASS


KORAIL is making it easier than ever for tourists and internationals living in Korea to explore the country! Foreigners can purchase a KORAIL PASS, valid for a specific duration, and freely travel all over Korea on all trains within the pass’s activated period.


Previously, KORAIL operated KORAIL PASS for tourists and HAPPY PASS for foreigners living in Korea. As of August 1, 2017, the two passes have been combined into one that is now available for all foreigners to use. In addition, KORAIL PASS is now more convenient to purchase and use. Pass users can purchase tickets and make seat selections through the KORAIL website up to 30 days in advance without having to visit the train station in person.


Thanks to the new and improved KORAIL PASS, international tourists can enjoy Korea with ease!


More Info on Foreigner-exclusive KORAIL PASS


How to use: Purchase the pass and then make seat reservations through the Korail website


KORAIL PASS types
- 1 day pass
- Flexible pass: 2 day select pass, 4 day select pass
- Consecutive pass: 3 day pass, 5 day pass, 7 day pass


KORAIL PASS usage info
- Pass is valid from the start date until the end of the pass type limit
- Pass is available for purchase from 90 days before the planned start date

(One change of date is allowed before pick-up)
- Service charge will apply in the case of cancellation (Refund not available after seat selection is made)


KORAIL inquiries: +82-1599-7777 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


KORAIL PASS website: www.letskorail.com (English, Japanese, Chinese)


1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

269 Enjoy a Delicious Retreat at Hangang Food Truck 100 Festival! 2017-07-25 14

Enjoy a Delicious Retreat at Hangang Food Truck 100 Festival!

Delight your palate with a variety of delicious treats offered by 100 different food trucks to choose from at Hangang Food Truck 2017 Festival!

 

Hangang Food Truck Festival 2017


Photo: Hangang Food Truck 100 in 2016 (Credit: Seoul Metropolitan Government)    


The festival will take place at Dalbit Plaza in Banpo Hangang Park on July 23, 30 and August 6, 20. Visitors are welcome to eat to their heart's content from a wide selection of menus ranging from drinks, desserts, and foods from different countries. One-of-a-kind handmade goods such as accessories and interior props will also be available for sale. 

 

Visitors will be happy to hear that foods and other products at the festival can now be purchased conveniently with either cash or credit cards. Also, don’t miss out on the special Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain Show that takes place every 30 minutes on Sundays from 19:30 - 21:30.


More Info on Hangang Food Truck 100 Festival


Period: July 23, 30 and August 6, 20 (no festival on August 13) 


Location: Dalbit Plaza in Banpo Hangang Park, 40, Sinbanpo-ro 11-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul


How to Get There: Express Bus Terminal (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, or 9), Exit 8-1. Walk straight for approx. 221 m → Cross the street and walk in the direction of Banpo Bridge to Banpo Hangang Park for approx. 550 m (approx. 17 min)


Event hours: 15:00 - 21:00 


Fees: Varies by menu and food trucks 


Website: hangang.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Russian)

 
Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)




Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government/VisitKorea

268 Korea Airport Railroad Express (AREX) now Offers Luggage Wrapping Service 2017-07-25 16

Korea Airport Railroad Express (AREX) now Offers Luggage Wrapping Service

Airport Railroad Express (AREX) has began to offer luggage wrapping services since this July at Travel Center in Seoul Station City Airport Terminal and Travel Store in Incheon International Airport.


AREX Luggage Wrapping Service 2017


Luggage wrapping service lowers the risk of losing contents inside the baggage while providing protection against damage or contamination by carefully wrapping layers of vinyl around the luggage.


Luggage wrapping service offered at the Seoul Station City Airport Terminal Travel Center and Incheon International Airport Travel Store. It costs 11,000 won for luggage below 28 inches and 16,500 won for any items taller than 28 inches. Other convenient services, such as baggage storage and delivery service SAFEX, are also offered by Travel Centers, including Hongdae branch. For more information on SAFEX, please check its official website. 


More Info on Luggage Wrapping Service


Address
-Seoul Station City Airport Terminal Travel Center: B2, Seoul Station City Airport Terminal, 378, Cheongpa-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
-Incheon International Airport Travel Store: B1, Incheon International Airport, Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon

 
Directions
- Seoul Station City Airport Terminal Travel Center: Seoul Station (Seoul Subway, Airport Railroad), Exit 15 -> Takes approx. 7 min to get to Travel Center on B2
- Incheon International Airport Travel Store: Incheon International Airport Station (Seoul Subway, Airport Railroad), Exit 1 > Takes approx. 8 min to get to Travel Center on B1

 
Luggage Wrapping Service hours
- Seoul Station City Airport Terminal Travel Center: 10:00-17:00 (Open all year round)
- Incheon International Airport Travel Store: 10:00-17:00 (Open all year round)

 
Fees: Regular size (28 in. and below) 11,000 won, Large size (over 28 in.) 16,500 won


Inquiries
- Seoul Station City Airport Terminal Travel Center: +82-2-364-0211 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Incheon International Airport Travel Center: +82-32-743-0211 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


※ Incheon International Airport Travel Store offers assistance only in Korean. Please make inquiries to the Travel Center for assistance in other languages. 


※ Assistance in Japanese and Chinese may vary depending on staff hours.  


Official Website: www.safex.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 


Source: AREX/VisitKorea

267 Foreigner-exclusive Bus, K-Travel Bus Ready to Ride! 2017-07-03 29

Foreigner-exclusive Bus, K-Travel Bus Ready to Ride!


K-Travel Bus

Photo: K-Travel Bus (Credit: Seoul Metropolitan Government)


Tourists visiting Korea and international workers alike can take advantage of a special foreigner-exclusive tour bus, operating to select regions in order to promote tourism throughout the country. Travelers using K-Travel Bus can easily visit areas outside of Seoul, which may have been hard to reach before due to the language barrier. Now, travelers can rest assured that their trip will be a success, with guides they can understand and accommodations they can trust.


Each two-day course visits representative tourist attractions of Korea and includes cultural experiences international visitors are sure to love. The five courses are full of things to see and do. In Daegu, travelers will enjoy a foot bath at Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine and picking fruits at Guam Farm Stay Village. Incheon’s Ganghwado Island features a traditional tea ceremony at the birth home of Kim Koo, a famous Korean politician. A visit to the ski jump deck to be used in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics is in store for tourists on the Gangwon course. Tourists more interested in history will enjoy either the Jeollanam-do Course, with a hanbok experience and gayageum performance at Naganeupseong Folk Village, and a Hahoe mask-making experience on the Gyeongbuk course.

Each course operates once a week, with reservations accepted via phone, email, and online website. For more detailed information, please visit the official website.

 


More Info on K-Travel Bus
☞ Operating period: June-December, 2017
☞ Routes: Daegu, Incheon, Gangwon-do, Jeollanam-do, Gyeongbuk
☞ Reservations
- Online reservation: k-travelbus.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- E-mail reservation: hanashuttle@hanatour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) * No specific format
- Phone reservation: +82-2-365-1500 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) * Telephone operating hours: 09:00-18:00 KST
☞ Fare: Varies by course ($175~200) * On-site payment available
☞ Directions (Bus departure point):
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3-1 -> Continue straight approx. 130m and turn right at the first intersection -> Continue approx. 70m to arrive at Hana Tour Headquarters
☞ K-Travel Bus website: k-travelbus.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Information courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government

266 Refreshing Festivals all Summer Long at Korean Theme Parks 2017-07-03 16

[Korea] Refreshing Festivals all Summer Long at Theme Parks


Popular theme parks in Korea are ready to help you cool off this summer with fun festivals. 

Everland, located in Yongin, is holding the Summer Water Fun festival until September 3. In this refreshing event, visitors can cool off directly with lots of water splashing about. Some activities planned include missions and a water gun fight among visitors and staff alike, as well as drawing pictures at the LED Water Gravity experience. This event in particular is best when viewed at night.


Seoulland, located just out Seoul city limits, is hosting Cool Summer Music Festival from June 28 to August 27. Water Wars is the highlight of this festival, with guests fighting off staff members dressed as pirates. If you’re still feeling hot after the water gun fight, take a walk through the 15m-long ice water tunnel to really cool down. In the evening, guests can enjoy fried chicken and beer while listening to a variety of musical genres at the Chimaek Concert.

Have a great time in Korea this summer, making fun memories while saying cool!


More Info


Everland Summer Water Fun
☞ Period: June 15 ? September 3, 2017
☞ Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions: Transfer to the Yongin-Ever Line at Giheung Station (Bundang Line) → Get off at Jeondae-Everland Station → Walk approx. 110m from Exit 2 or 3 to Everland (Approx. 2min walk)
☞ Everland website: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Seoulland Cool Summer Music Festival
☞ Period: June 28 ? August 27, 2017
☞ Address: 181, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions: Get off at Seoul Grand Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) → Walk approx. 500m from Exit 1, 2, or 3 toward Seoul Grand Park → Turn left at the main information center and continue along the path another 500m (Approx. 18min walk)
☞ Seoulland website: www.seoulland.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Information courtesy of Everland & Seoulland

265 Airport Express Travel Center opens in Hongdae 2017-05-17 22

[Korea] All you need for your trip to Seoul, AREX “Travel Center” is now open in Hongdae!


A one-stop destination that provides everything you need for your trip to Seoul, Airport Express (AREX) “Travel Center” is now open in Hongdae.

 

AREX Travel Center in Hongdae 

 

 

AREX Travel Center not only assists tourists by providing useful information related to accommodation, attractions, and more, but it also offers convenient services such as baggage storage and delivery services and selling SIM cards.

English, Japanese, and Chinese speaking tour managers are readily available at any of the AREX Travel Centers, including the newly opened Hongdae branch, so that visitors can seek language assistance during an emergency, or even when making accommodation reservations.


AREX Travel Center Hongdae Branch is located on floor B2 of Hongik Univ. Station, Seoul Subway Line 2. The wall is colored in bright orange, making it hard to miss.


More Info on AREX Travel Center Hongdae Branch

☞ Location: B2 FL, Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)
☞ Operating hours: 08:00-21:00 (Open all year long)
☞ Available services
- Korea travel and transportation information
- Online search
- Hotel, accommodation, performance, city tour bus reservation
- Baggage storage and delivery
☞ AREX website: www.arex.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 



Information courtesy of Airport Railroad Co., Ltd.


264 Don't miss the Seoul Welcome Week 2017! 2017-05-10 25

[Korea] Don’t miss the “Seoul Welcome Week 2017” for international visitors!

 

Seoul Welcome Week 2017 


Spring season’s Seoul Welcome Week kicked off on April 28th and continues to receive positive feedbacks as the event welcomes international visitors from all over the world. Seoul Welcome Week will continue until May 7, offering useful information and convenient services to international visitors during their stay in Seoul. “Welcome Center” booths installed in Seoul’s seven Special Tourist Zones, including Myeong-dong, Namdaemun, Itaewon, Gangnam, and Hongdae, provide interpretation services and guide maps as well as useful tips to enjoy Seoul to the fullest. Provided language services are English, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian languages such as Thai and Indonesian.


International visitors can also participate in cultural experience events like designing a personal Seoul T-shirt, making a Korean nametag, experiencing a virtual tour of tourist attractions, and trying on hanbok. Hanbok experience is available for free at the “Welcome Center” booths in Dongdaemun, Namdaemun, and Hongdae. Visitors wearing hanbok are allowed to enter the royal palaces such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace for free.

In addition, international visitors are also eligible to receive special discount offers during this special week. Visitors can receive 30% off when purchasing Discover Seoul Pass, a special pass that offers free admission to Seoul’s 16 main attractions. Visitors can also get a 20% off on six of Seoul City Tour Bus tour courses, such as the Royal Palaces Course, Night Tour Course, Gangnam City Tour Course, etc.


Don’t miss out on these special offers and convenient services for a memorable journey in Seoul only available during Seoul Welcome Week 2017!


More Info on Seoul Welcome Week 2017

☞ Period and Location: April 28 - May 7, 2017 / Areas of Myeong-dong, Dongdaemun, Namdaemun, and other main Seoul tourist attractions
☞ VisitSeoul website: english.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Chinese, Thai, Russian)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

263 Prepaid Sim Cards for Foreign Tourists are now available in Korea 2017-04-25 29

[Korea] Prepaid Sim Cards for Foreign Tourists now Available at Airport Convenience Store


Prepaid Sim Card in Korea


Photo: Prepaid SIM cards in stock at emart’s With Me convenience store in Airport Railroad (credit: EG Mobile)       


International visitors no longer have to worry about where and how to buy SIM cards in Korea! Prepaid SIM card exclusively prepared for non-Korean tourists called EG SIM has been released in March. EG SIM is currently purchasable at all emart’s With Me convenience stores, including Airport Railroad branch within Incheon International Airport.


EG SIM is a chargeable prepaid SIM card that offers data and voice calls anywhere in Korea. Many tourists find EG SIM more convenient and budget-saving compared to costly roaming service or pocket Wi-Fi.


EG SIM is also available in GS25 convenient stores, but because the GS25 store within Incheon International Airport has closed and is no longer in service, tourists are advised to check With Me Airport Railroad branch within the airport or other With Me stores for their convenience.


EG SIMs are available in two options - 1GB data with 40 minutes voice call for 30,000 won and 2GB data with 80 minutes voice call for 50,000 won. Both come with free Wi-Fi service provided by KT.



More Info on SIM cards exclusively for international tourists, EG SIM

☞ Purchase method:

  • Online: Order and purchase at EG SIM website  (English, Chinese) and choose to either pick-up on site or request for mail delivery service.
  •  Offline: Any emart’s With Me and GS25 convenience stores in Korea. Must present passport upon purchase.

☞ EG SIM card website: www.egsimcard.co.kr (English, Chinese)


☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 




Information courtesy of EG Mobile