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265 Airport Express Travel Center opens in Hongdae 2017-05-17 2

[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 11

[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 12

[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

262 [Announcement of Winners] 2017 Korea Convention Program Pop Quiz 2017-03-29 463

[Announcement of Winners] 2017 Korea Convention Program Pop Quiz

261 Enjoy an Extraordinary Fireworks Festival on April 2 at Lotte World Tower! 2017-03-29 36

Enjoy an Extraordinary Fireworks Festival on April 2 at Lotte World Tower!


Lotte World Tower Fireworks 2017 - Refer to the text content for the image content.
 


Photo: Lotte World Tour Fireworks Festival (Credit: Lotte World Tower Fireworks Festival Management Department)

 

Lotte World Tower will be hosting a fascinating display of 30,000 fireworks on April 2 at 9 p.m., the night before their grand opening, at the Lotte World Tower Fireworks Festival.


Lotte World Tower will mesmerize visitors with fireworks that light up the night sky in accordance to eight different background music of diverse genre such as jazz and pop, along with the fascinating musical fireworks display at Songpa Naru Park (Seokchonhosu Lake). The fireworks display is expected to gain the attention of many domestic and international visitors as it will continue for 11 minutes, longer than the world famous fireworks display held at Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan (5 minutes) and Bruj Khalifa in Dubai (10 minutes).


Before the anticipated fireworks display take place, various K-pop celebrities will entertain visitors at a special performance stage nearby Lotte World Tower. Featured celebrities include D.I.A, Hong, Jin-Young, DJ DOC, and others. Recreational activities and prize giveaway events will be held after the fireworks display at 9:10 p.m.

The fireworks display will light up Seoul’s night sky with a theme of “Miracle of Korea,” and will be visible from any observatory spots in Seoul, including the areas of Songpa Naru Park, Olympic Park, Ttukseom Hangang Park, and even while on aboard the Hangang River Ferry Cruise.


More Info on the Lotte World Tower Fireworks Festival

☞ Period: April 2, 2017 / 19:30-21:30
☞ Location: Lotte World Tower and Songpa Naru Park (Seochonhosu Lake) area
☞ Directions: Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 and 8), Exit 2. Walk approx. 5 min.
☞ Fee: Free
☞ Website: www.lwt.co.kr (Korean only)
☞ 1330 Korea Tourism Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Information courtesy of Lotte World Tower Fireworks Festival Management Department


260 World’s Third Highest Observatory, Seoul Sky Opens March 22 2017-03-15 44

[Korea] World’s Third Highest Observatory, Seoul Sky Opens March 22


Seoul Sky, set to be the third highest observation deck in the world, will open March 22. The observatory is located on the upper floors (117-123F) of Seoul’s tallest building, Lotte World Tower. Seoul Sky is designed with the concept of “The Beauty and Pride of Korea."

 

Seoul Sky Tower Korea

Photo: Seoul Sky (Credit: Lotte World Tower Observatory Seoul Sky)



Even before opening, Seoul Sky is drawing in attention by breaking three Guinness World Records. The sky deck on the 118 Floor will be the “world’s highest glass-floored observation deck.” The Sky Shuttle elevator is being recorded as both the fastest double-deck elevator, with a speed of 600 meters per minute, and the elevator covering the longest distance.


Visitors can board the elevator to Seoul Sky from the lobby levels on B1 and B2. Seoul Sky will provide a complete view of the entire city through the glass walls on all sides. On clear days, visitors will be able to see as far as Songdo, Incheon and the Yellow Sea.


More Info Seoul Sky
☞ Address: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
☞ Directions: Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 8), Exit 2. Walk approx. 5min.
☞ Operating hours: 09:30-23:00
※ Note, grand opening scheduled for 11:00 March 22. Subject to change
☞ Admission
- General ticket: Adults 27,000 won / Children 24,000 won
- Fast Pass: 50,000 won (Same price applies to all ages)
☞ Website: seoulsky.lotteworld.com (Korean only / English, Japanese, Chinese added April 1)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Information courtesy of Lotte World Tower Observatory Seoul Sky

259 2017 Cherry Blossom Forecast in Korea 2017-03-03 40

[Korea] Cherry Blossoms Reach Seoul April 6!


Kweather Co. has predicted the blooming of cherry blossoms in Korea will be 2-5 days earlier than average. The blooming will start March 21 in Jeju, spread to the southern region March 26-31, and finally reach the central region April 2-9.

 

2017 Cherry Blossom Forecast in Korea


Cherry blossoms tend to take approximately one week from blooming to reach their peak. Therefore, it can be expected that Jeju will be in its prime around March 28, the southern region April 2-7, and the central region April 9-16. Please be aware that the forecast may change based on various weather conditions, including temperature differences and precipitation levels.


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


Information courtesy of Kweather Co.

258 Catch the Spring Blooms in Korea as early as March! 2017-02-17 37

Spring Blooms in Seoul March 26-27!


2017 Spring Bloom Forecast in major cities(Forsythia, Azalea)



2017 Spring Bloom Forecast in major cities (Credit: Kweather Co.)


Kweather Co. has announced this year’s spring blossom forecast, with the news that this year’s peak season will be 1-4 days earlier than previous years.


Signaling the start of spring, forsythia will being blooming from March 13 in Jeju, arriving in the southern region March 14-24, before spreading to the central region March 24-April 3.


Another popular spring flower, azaleas will be brightening Jeju Island from March 16, the area around Busan and the southern coast March 17-27 and finally arriving in the central region March 27-April 5.


The flowers generally require one week after the start of blooming to reach their peak. Therefore, it is expected that Jeju will be at its most beautiful state after March 20, the southern region around March 21-21, and the central region March 31-April 10. Please be aware that the forecast may change based on various weather conditions, including temperature differences and precipitation levels.


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


Information courtesy of Kweather Co.

257 [Korea] PyeongChang 2018 Olympics G-1 Festival Begins Feb. 9 2017-02-07 31

[Korea] PyeongChang 2018 Olympics G-1 Festival Begins Feb. 9


The PyeongChang 2018 Olympics G-1 Festival, celebrating the one-year mark before the Games begin, is kicking off on February 9.


Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018


Operating under the slogan 'It’s you, PyeongChang,’ the G-1 count-down celebration is planned to be grand, including a variety of smaller events such as an international firework show at Gyeongpo in Gangneung and the K-Drama Festa in PyeongChang.


The opening ceremony will take place on February 9 at Gangneung Hockey Arena. The ceremony will include a countdown performance, a choir of 2018 participants, and a large countdown clock will be placed at Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall on February 8 to increase the excitement.


From February 9 to 19, various cultural and artistic performances will be taking place daily at venues such as Gangneung Special Stage, Haeram Cultural Center, and Gangneung Dano Cultural Center.


Other cultural festivals and events taking place throughout the Gangwon region include Pyeongchang Winter Music Festival, Pyeongchang Winter Festival, Gangneung Winter Culture Festival, and Jeongseon Godeureum Festival.


More info on PyeongChang 2018 Olympics G-1 Festival
☞ Period: February 9-19, 2017
☞ Venue: Areas of Pyeongchang-gun, Jeongseon-gun & Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
☞ Website: www.pyeongchang2018.com (Korean, English, Chinese, French)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Information courtesy of Gangwon Headquarter for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Culture & Arts Division

256 Korea MICE Bureau Website Satisfaction Survey - Announcement of Winners 2017-01-26 76

Korea MICE Bureau Announcement of Winners