Visit Korea Committee Activities

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 : 3917
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 : 2204
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 : 2169
Korea Grand Sale 2018 Opening Ceremony & Friendliness Campaign Successfully Held The long-awaited Korea Grand Sale 2018 has finally begun! On Thursday, January 18, 11 am, at the Dongdaemun Doota Mall Square, a kindliness campaign was held to celebrate the opening of the Korea Grand Sale, with around 100 guests who work in tourism. The opening ceremony for this year’s Korea Grand Sale was even more relevant, as it marked our hopes for the success of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and our dedication to welcoming visitors to Korea with kindness. Many people who worked hard for the Korea Grand Sale gathered together and were introduced to each other. Visit Korea Committee Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah also attended the ceremony and exchanged greetings with the guests. Despite the cold weather, the excitement at the event could not be chilled. At the opening ceremony, representatives from the Workers’ and University Students’ National Smile Teams recited the pledge of kindness together. To all the members of the National Smile Teams dedicated to welcoming visitors to Korea always with kindness, we look forward to seeing your wonderful and friendly smiles! ^^ From the first day of the 42-day Korea Grand Sale, the Event Center was visited by many foreigners. The Center will lend a helping hand to foreign travelers during the Grand Sale period. Various information about tourism in Korea can also be found at the Event Center. As it was the first day, the Event Center was kept very busy. Foreign visitors were delighted with the souvenirs made to celebrate the 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year and the Korea Grand Sale, along with the Soohorang and Bandabi merchandise prepared in celebration of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games! Together, we visited Doota Duty Free, where many foreign tourists come to visit, to promote the Korea Grand Sale and bring our kindness campaign to the staff working at the duty free shops. As the staff are very experienced at welcoming foreign tourists into their stores, they were eager to respond to our campaign as well! Their cheerful smiles brought smiles to our own faces. For the next 42 days, the Korea Grand Sale 2018 will cover everything from shopping, cultural activities, and tourism to other ways of experiencing Korea. And the Visit Korea Committee will work harder toward a Korea that more foreigners want to re-visit!
Date : 2018/02/01 | Views : 1582
Meeting of Worker’s National Smile Team & Appointment Ceremony for Honorary Members Held with Success   Smiles representing Korea came together! To honor the people who work hard to make a friendlier Korea, a meeting of the Worker’s National Smile Team was held and therein two new honorary members were appointed. The event took place on Tuesday, January 23, at the Ferrum Hall, Ferrum Tower in Jung-gu, Seoul, with the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games ahead.    Everything had all been set to welcome the members of our National Smile Team who practice kindness in their own fields. This year’s first appointee as an honorary member of the National Smile Team was IOC member Ryu Seung-min, who was elected as one of the mayors of the Athletes’ Village for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. As the global Olympic events are going to be held in Korea this year, he has been most active in welcoming visitors to Korea. The next person appointed as an honorary member was actress Kim So-hyun. With her bright smiles and friendly image, she always presents herself positively to the public. And many other members of the National Smile Team appeared to make the event shine brighter 🙂 Visit Korea Committee Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah gave a welcome speech. She delivered a message of thanks and encouragement for the many workers practicing kindness with only 2 weeks left before the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.   An appointment ceremony was held for the new honorary members, IOC member Ryu Seung-min and actress Kim So-hyun. By making a pledge of kindness, now they joined the National Smile Team among many claps from the audience. Congratulations to the two honorary members! Now it was time to reveal the winners of the lucky draw box event, which had been prepared at the entrance of the event hall! The lucky winners were drawn personally by Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah. Three winners were chosen! Congratulations to all three winners. ^^ A delightful atmosphere surrounded the end of the event! A group photo is a must at this kind of event, isn’t it? We hope they will continue to work eagerly toward making a friendlier Korea with these smiles ^^
Date : 2018/01/31 | Views : 1576