Visit Korea Committee Activities

Korea Tour Card Forum for Business Partners   The Korea Tour Card, an exclusive card for foreign tourists, provides benefits in public transportation, shopping, tourism, and cultural activities. The card is celebrating its first anniversary. With more than 20,000 cards sold in the past year, the card has grown popular among foreigners. On February 6, a forum for Korea Tour Card business partners was held at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to commemorate the first anniversary. Business partners and regional authorities participated in the forum to provide feedback and share their opinions on future directions. Before the event, the participants dropped their business cards into the collection box for a lucky draw. Rice cakes were handed out in celebration of Korea Tour Card’s first anniversary and to thank the participants for attending the forum. The success of Korea Tour Card would not have been possible if not for the support of its business partners. The forum was attended by Han Kyung-ah, secretary-general of the Visit Korea Committee; Chung Ju-young, general manager of the Marketing Team of the Korea Tour Card; and Choi Hyun-seung, manager of the Cultural Infrastructure Division of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. There was a brief presentation on the benefits offered by the Korea Tour Card, past sales, and future plans. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session. The opinions provided by business partners were constructive and insightful. We hope more foreign tourists can enjoy the benefits of the Korea Tour Card in 2018. Finally, it was time for the much-anticipated lucky draw. Among the attractive prizes were official souvenirs of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The forum concluded with a photo-taking ceremony. Many foreign tourists were able to enjoy a more pleasant stay in Korea thanks to the business partners of the Korea Tour Card! We look forward to their continued support and participation in providing better services to foreigners.
Date : 2018/02/19 | Views : 24
National Smile Team Members Welcome Visitors for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games   On February 7, National Smile Team members of the Visit Korea Committee headed to Gangwon Province. They launched the K-Smile campaign to welcome foreigners visiting Korea for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Upon arriving at Gangneung Station in the early morning, the members embarked on the campaign. They gave a warm welcome to visitors alighting at Gangneung Station, shouting “Welcome to Korea, Welcome to Gangneung, Pyeongchang!” They passed on high fives to liven up the atmosphere. As you see, many foreigners were delighted. The Visit Korea Committee operated the Tourist Service Center (TSC) in front of Gangneung Station. Many foreigners dropped by and enjoyed the various events and comforts offered at the Center. The most popular attraction was the mini curling experience, which allows visitors to get a taste of the winter Olympic sport. With the warm welcome and the opportunity to try winter sports, the foreigners felt fully immersed in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. The K-Smile campaign, launched in celebration of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, will be spread out over three sessions to welcome foreign tourists visiting Korea during the Olympics period. The Visit Korea Committee will continue its efforts for foreigners to make the most out of their stay in Korea and thoroughly enjoy the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Do watch out for more!
Date : 2018/02/12 | Views : 141
27th Seoul Music Awards Held to Commemorate 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year On January 27, when Seoul froze over at a temperature of minus 20 degrees, Gocheok Sky Dome was burning with the energy of K-pop. K-pop fans from around the world gathered to watch the 27th Seoul Music Awards, held in commemoration of the 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year.  The Visit Korea Committee attended the event to join in the celebration of the 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year. 50 winners of the Korea Grand Sale pre-sale event were given two tickets each to the Seoul Music Awards. The tickets were handed out to the winners in person. We were delighted to see them so happy and excited. 🙂 The main event was preceded by a red carpet event. At the red carpet event, we noticed the emblem of the Visit Korea Committee in the background. The K-pop stars seem to add more shine to the emblem.  The lineup of stars walking the red carpet ranged from Super Junior, one of the pioneering idol groups behind the Korean wave, to the increasingly popular Chungha and Pristin.  Before the event, there was a brief video clip on the Visit Korea Committee’s campaign. The audience paid attention to the various benefits targeting foreigners, including the Korea Tour Card and Korea Grand Sale. The main event began with wild cheers from the crowd.  We also saw some familiar faces on stage during the presentation of the Hallyu Special Award. They were Secretary-General Han Kyung-Ah and actor Lee Yi-kyung. The winners were EXO and SHINee’s Taemin. Super Junior’s Leeteuk received the awards on their behalf. Congratulations!  At the reception, we met the big winners of the day. BTS was the winning team of the Grand Prize.  BTS is playing a key role in spreading K-pop around the world. Congratulations to the team for their well-deserved Grand Prize! We look forward to K-pop stars spreading not only the Korean wave, but also raising global awareness of Korea. Of course, the Visit Korea Committee will do its part as well. 🙂
Date : 2018/02/12 | Views : 115
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games G-100 FAM Tour for Korea Tourism Ambassadors PART 2 The ambassadors arrived safely in Seoul after exploring Gangwon Province. The first stop in Seoul was the Seoul Music Awards. Gocheok Sky Dome was fueled with the passion of K-pop fans who attended the Seoul Music Awards despite the freezing cold. The 27th Seoul Music Awards, organized in commemoration of the 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year, was hailed by fans as a must-see event even before tickets went on sale. Let’s all shout together! The Seoul Music Awards kicked off with the Sky Dome filled with wild cheers from the crowd. Before the awards ceremony, there was a brief video clip introducing the Visit Korea Committee Actor Lee Yi-kyung and Visit Korea Committee Secretary-General Han Kyung-Ah went on the stage to present the Hallyu Special Award. The winners were EXO and SHINee’s Taemin, who were unfortunately unable to attend. Congratulations! After a fun-packed night at the Seoul Music Awards, the last day of the FAM Tour dawned on us. The ambassadors got on the subway using the Korea Tour Card and headed to Lotte World Mall, a new landmark of Korea. The highlights were Seoul Sky and the Lotte World Aquarium. The weather was almost as cold as Siberia, but thanks to the cloudless sky, the ambassadors were able to enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul. In the afternoon, the ambassadors visited the main event center of the Korea Grand Sale 2018 in Dongdaemun. Here, you can get tourism information, WiFi, and other related services. They were reportedly blown away by the range of events and benefits offered to foreigners. By now, everyone knows about the nationwide shopping festival taking place from January 18 to February 28. If you’re visiting Korea during this period, do check out the sale and take advantage of the benefits. Next, the ambassadors dropped by the experience center for Running Man, a popular Korean variety show. They were given fun and exciting missions to complete. Visit the center with your friends, family, and loved ones to enjoy fun-packed indoor activities on a cold winter day. The last item on the itinerary was the Hangang River Cruise. Many people enjoy eating chimaek (chicken and beer) by the river, but a fancy dinner on the cruise while taking in the night view will also be an unforgettable experience. The FAM Tour came to an end with a lovely dinner. The ambassadors learned a great deal about Korea during their stay. They were already fond of Korea before the trip, but now, they had a deeper level of affection. We hope they will continue to play their role as Korea tourism ambassadors back in their home country. Together with the ambassadors, the Visit Korea Committee will do its part for Korea to be remembered by tourists as a place to return to.
Date : 2018/02/07 | Views : 201
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games G-100 FAM Tour for Korea Tourism Ambassadors PART 1 Do you remember the online event recruiting ambassadors for Korea tourism held by the Visit Korea Committee to mark the G-100 ofthe PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games? After beating off stiff competition at 500 to 1, the four ambassadors finally made it to Korea. For five days from January 23 (Tue) to January 27 (Sat), the four ambassadors actively promoted Korea tourism in Seoul and Gangwon Province. Their five-day trip revealed the charm of Korea, which offers a ton of things to see and enjoy. Welcome to Korea! This was the first meeting with the four ambassadors, who came all the way from Thailand, Taiwan, the United States, and Japan, respectively. They were filled with anticipation for the trip. On the first day, they enjoyed dinner at the L7 Hotel, located in the heart of Gangnam, and attended a brief orientation. The recently-opened hotel is equipped with an advanced check-in/out kiosk—perfect for showing off Korea’s modern edge. The FAM Tour officially kicked off the next morning. Everyone got on the K-Travel Bus and headed to Gangwon Province. The ambassadors, selected in celebration of the G-100, dropped by the Olympic Promotion Hall. The sneak preview of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games left us with higher expectations for February. Jungang Market is a must if you’re in Gangneung. There is no better place to experience the local culture than markets. The ambassadors were fascinated and impressed when we introduced the local specialties of Gangneung. If you have foreign friends visiting Korea, do recommend a visit to traditional markets. After visiting the busy market, it was time for a more leisurely place. At the café street along Anmok Beach, you can admire the vast blue sea over a cup of tea.   The ambassadors were surprised that such a beautiful beach awaited just two to three hours away from Seoul. They picked it as one of their top recommendations for foreigners.  Next on the itinerary was Phoenix Park, the venue for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The ambassadors were delighted to take a look around the actual Olympic venue, albeit from a distance. It was a rare opportunity to get a feel of the event. The next day was all about Pyeongchang. Despite the temperature falling to minus 27 degrees, Woljeongsa Temple on Odaesan Mountain was so breathtaking that it made the ambassadors’ list of top attractions. They were captivated by the charm of the temple. Wondering how it would look in spring, summer, and fall, they look forward to visiting the temple at other times of the year. 🙂 Having nourished their mind and body at the temple, the ambassadors were ready to fill up their bellies. Jeonggangwon is where you can experience Korea’s food culture. They had the opportunity to make bibimbap, which is rice mixed with various ingredients. They gave the dish two thumbs-up for its simplicity and taste. The ambassadors headed back to Seoul at the end of the short but satisfying trip. Check back for more of their adventures in Part 2 of the FAM Tour.
Date : 2018/02/07 | Views : 460