Category Archives: WOW Korea Supporters

2017 Korea Tourism TVC Teaser with Lee Jong Suk

Imagine Your Korea is the Korea Tourism Organization‘s brand slogan and brand identity designed to better promote and communicate Korea’s tourist attractions to international tourists.

In 2014, it featured global KPOP group, BigBang with ‘Imagine Your Korea – To:ur Imagination’ (watch it here); in 2015, it featured Hallyu star, Lee Min Ho with  ‘Korea. Your Story’ (watch it here); and in 2016, it featured Hallyu star, Song Joong Ki with ‘Enjoy your Creative Korea’ (watch it here).

This year, it is ‘8 faces of Korea, 8 types of trip! What’s your dream trip to Korea?’

Here is the official teaser of the upcoming TVC of Korea Tourism Organization starring Hallyu Star, Korean model-turned actor, Lee Jong Suk, the endorser for 2017 Korea Tourism, sharing his own 8 ways to enjoy Korea.

Stay tuned as each 8 episodes of Korea is coming soon!

Imagine Your Korea, the tourism brand of Korea Tourism has events in their official Facebook and Instagram where you can win Lee Jong Suk goods. If you’re a fan, be to sure to like their SNS accounts and join the event!

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/imagineyourkorea/videos/1390913297670466/

Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWoz_2wH7FT/

Event Period : July 17 ~ July 23, 2017
Event Process :
– Step 1. Watch the video
– Step 2. Share the video and comment below which types of trip you want to travel
Winner Announcement : July 31, 2017
Prize : Lee Jong Suk goods

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

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Lucky 2016 For Me

The year 2016 has been a lucky year for me! Although, it ended not on its best for me with the death of my father after Christmas, I would still consider it as one lucky year. As a Korea Tourism supporter for years, it is normal for me to be following Korea tourism related websites and SNS accounts. As I was also chosen as one of the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s 20 WOW Korea Supporter of 2016, it was normal for me to be sharing news, updates, and events from those SNS accounts. With that, luck was with me as I won various online events from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram just by sharing and commenting. I even lose tracked on some events I joined and about 2-3 prizes were forfeited for not sending the required identification details. Here are the prizes I won and I am very thankful for these gifts!

From answering a survey of Seoul Metropolitan Government.

From Visit Korea Committee Facebook event.

From Visit Medical Korea website event.

From Imagine Your Korea Instagram event.

From Gangwon Korea Facebook event.

From Imagine Your Korea Facebook event.

From Imagine Your Korea Facebook event.

From Talk Talk Korea Facebook event.

From Gangnam Medical Tour Center Facebook event.

Aside from the gifts above sent from Korea, I also won Amazon gift cards from:

ISeoulU Instagram – 10 USD
Daegu Travel Facebook – 10 USD
Korea MICE Bureau Facebook – 25 USD
ISeoulU Twitter – 30 USD
WOW Korea Supporters Facebook – 50 USD
Visit Seoul Facebook – 30 USD

The best of course is being chosen by Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office as the Best WOW Korea Supporter of 2016 and winning an Asiana Airlines round-trip ticket to Korea! I’m excited for my trip in November and definitely will be having a blast as I miss Korea so much! You can read more about my blog entry about that here.

Thank you Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office for this award, 2016 Best WOW Korea Supporter and for the Asiana Airlines roundtrip ticket to Korea! I received this during the Korea Travel Awards 2016 at the Makati Diamond Residences on December 14th. I've learned more about Korea as I promoted it to other Filipinos and my SNS followers. I have fallen in love more and there is unending curiousity about the country. Rest assured, I will continue to support Korea Tourism and KTO activities. Kamsahamnida! Thank you to my friends and followers who liked, commented, and shared my posts, you are all part of this! Hope you get to visit Korea in the future and/or again soon! #KoreaTourismOrganization #KTOManila #wowkoreasupporters #wowkoreasupporter #visitkorea #imagineyourkorea #koreatourism #koreatravel #travelkorea #koreatrip #igersmanila #igmanila #igers

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Thankful for these and hoping the luck would continue this year! Join too in the various online events, it is just as easy as sharing and commenting their posts.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

KTO Manila’s Best WOW Korea Supporter of 2016

Last March 2016, I was selected as one of Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s WOW Korea Supporter of 2016.  There were 20 of us, which our role was to help promote Korea Tourism and KTO Manila’s SNS posts and events in our SNS accounts from April to November 2016.  The most active one with the most likes, comments, and shared in his/her SNS postings will win a free round-trip ticket to Korea and other gifts.  There were also times when the Top 2 or 3 most active supporters get invited to a KPOP concert which KTO Manila was one of the sponsors (BTS Epilogue in Manila) and the Korea Travel Night last September 22, 2016 at Fairmont Hotel Makati which I was one of the Top 3 active supporters.

Guess what? After our time of SNS promotions and submitting monthly Excel reports of our SNS postings, I was chosen as the Best WOW Korea Supporter of 2016! All the hard work paid off.

Me awarded by KTO Manila Director, Mr. Inshik Park. My award certificate and the Asiana Airlines voucher of a RT ticket to Korea.

 

I was invited to attend the Korea Travel Awards 2016 organized by Korea Tourism Organization Manila that was held last December 14, 2016 at Legaspi I Ballroom, Makati Diamond Residences. The annual prestigious event has been conducted to acknowledge the efforts of KTO Manila’s partner travel agencies and airlines. Given awards also included Best Press Award to ABS-CBN’s Matanglawin and my award, Best WOW Korea Supporter 2016.

Inside the ballroom and the Korea inspired photobooth.

Inside the ballroom and the Korea inspired photobooth.

 

The event also showed highlights of KTO’s 2016 marketing activities and its marketing plan for 2017.

Thank you KTO Manila for the award and for the Asiana Airlines roundtrip ticket to Korea which I will use in November this year. I’ve learned more about Korea as I promoted it to my friends and my SNS followers. I have fallen in love more on Korea and there is unending curiousity about the country. Rest assured, I will continue to support Korea Tourism and KTO Headquarters and Manila Office’s activities. Kamsahamnida!

Thank you to my friends and followers who liked, commented, and shared my posts, you are all part of this! Hope you get to visit Korea in the future and/or again soon! Most of all, I want to thank God for all the blessings!

Giveaways during the Korea Travel Awards. KTO wall and desk calendars, vouchers, hand creams, and Descendants of the Sun posters.

 

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

Discover Seoul Pass, Enjoy Seoul for 24 hours!

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Discover Seoul Pass allows you to enjoy Seoul for 24 hours!

The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Tourism Organization have put a lot of time and effort into designing the ultimate tourist pass especially for independent tourists for Seoul!

With Discover Seoul Pass, you may visit any of Seoul’s 16 designated tourist attractions over a period of 24 hours and the pass comes with a map. The Discover Seoul Pass also functions as a transit card (T-money, for paying the subway, the bus, the taxi) and for paying items at the convenience stores, Starbucks, and others. The transit card function does not expire and can be used throughout your stay in Seoul.

The Discover Seoul Pass users can also get a 10 – 20% discount on tickets on the Seoul City Tour Bus’s many tour courses.

Is it possible visit the 16 attractions within 24 hours?

It is possible! Plan your itinerary well by area, maximize your time, and visit the attractions first that opens the earliest and with the latest closing times (like N.Seoul Tower and Grevin Museum) later in the day so that you can fit in all 16 attractions in 24 hours. The pass gives you the freedom to plan your own itineraries, so that you can optimize your budget and time.

Pass Usage Duration

– Entry to tourist attractions : 24 hours (2days/1night). The pass is activated as you visit the first attraction.
– T-money function : No expiration date. Top up as needed and you can get a refund of the remaining balance before your departure.

Price

39,900 won (Save over 70% in admission fees with the Discover Seoul Pass)

Retail Locations

○ Offline

– Incheon Airport : KEB Hana Bank currency exchange booths (4 locations), KEB Hana Bank branch (B1 level), CU convenience stores (3 locations)
– Seoul : Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center, the Hongdae branch of KEB Hana Bank, Seoul City Tour Bus ticket booths in front of Gwanghwamun Dongwha Duty Free Shop and in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP).

○ Online

– Purchase online at the Discover Seoul Pass Official Seller

App Release

The Discover Seoul Pass App is a free smartphone app with service in 5 languages (Korea, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese). Sync your pass with the app to get useful travel information and the remaining time on your pass.

16 Featured Attractions

– Seoul’s Historical Attractions : Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine, Seodaemun Prison History Museum
– Seoul’s Cultural Attractions : Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA Seoul); Museum Kimchikan
– Seoul’s Amusements : N Seoul Tower, MBC World, K-live, Trick Eye Museum, Grevin Museum Seoul, Figure Museum W, Alive Museum

Seoul City Tour Bus : 10 – 20% discount on tickets

How to Use?

1. Plan your itinerary.
2. Top up the T-money.
3. Use the passs as admission tickets to Seoul attractions.
4. Download the app and synchronize it with your pass. Here, you’ll know how much time remains on your pass.

More detailed information at the The Discover Seoul Pass’s official website.

Sources: Visit Seoul website and Discover Seoul Pass website.

Follow Seoul Tourism Organization (Visit Seoul) on Facebook and their website for more information about Seoul.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

Five Reasons Why You Have to Take the K-Travel Bus in Korea

UPDATE: K-Travel Bus resumed its operation as of June 2017.

Last August, I blogged about the launched of K-Travel Bus with Hallyu Star, Jung Il Woo, as the Honorary Ambassador, and the subsequent campaign of 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year, offering a foreigner-exclusive coach bus traveling a 2-day round trip from Seoul to South Korea’s famous local attractions in Daegu, Gangwon Province, Southern Jeolla Province, Northern Gyeongsang Province, the Southeast Region, and new courses being added or changed when the season changes.

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You probably don’t want to miss this great opportunity to travel beautiful regions of Korea and here are the five reasons why you have to take the K-Travel Bus!

✓ Affordable Price!
✓ Substantial Discount Promotion!
✓ Can find out hidden attractions of Korea!
✓ Can enjoy fun experience!
✓ Can make new friends!

Every K-Travel Bus package is 1 night 2 days tour! Hotel is included and it’s going to be a shared room (2 people). If a person wants to use a single room, there is additional charge of 60USD!

Personal expenses and meals (except breakfast on the second day) are the only things that are not included.

Here is my favorite among the offered tour courses, the Jeollanam-do course!

For more detailed information on the courses, promotions and discounts, and how to reserve a seat on the bus, visit the official website. You can also follow them on Facebook for updates and promos.

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

K-Ribbon Selection Exhibit in the Philippines

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In an effort to increase Korea’s culture and brand awareness, Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korean Embassy and Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines (KCC) held its “K-Ribbon Selection” Exhibit, a 10-month long worldwide promotion, from November 2 to 8, 2016 at the Shangri-La Mall Plaza Grand Atrium, Mandaluyong City.

The K-Ribbon Selection, Constancy and Change of Korea is the Korean government`s recognition of excellent cultural products that convey the cultural value of Korea. Its unique Logo is inspired by the Hanbok coat string (Traditional Korean Clothes).  It is aimed at creating a “Korea Premium” concept through systematic management and brand marketing activities. Its implementation began in November 2015, and covers cultural products that can represent Korea, including Korean food, handicraft, Hanbok (traditional Korean dress), and cultural contents.

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Korean traditional premium handicrafts were displayed of wood crafts, metal and ceramics mostly used by the royal and noble families in Korea and up to now. A Royal Heritage Crafts Exhibition was also held which was managed by Korean Women’s international Network and Korean Women’s Association in the Philippines. The exhibit for Korean handicrafts was supported by the Korea Craft Art’s Association and sponsored by Korean Royal Heritage Gallery. In this area, traditional and modern designed pots and vases were displayed.

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Vibrant colors of Hanbok welcomed the guests. Hanbok is Korea’s traditional clothes and is made up of layers of different colored textiles perfect for festivals and important events. Aside from the usual designs, modern twists for the traditional clothes were introduced. Just beside the Hanbok displays was the photobooth where you could try Korean traditional clothes! You just need to select the design you want, fit your face on the screen, and you get a printed copy of you wearing a Hanbok!

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A wall that played music videos of renowned KPOP groups was situated at the center of the venue dedicated for the Korean-pop enthusiasts. A Virtual Reality Experience Zone let you walk under the moon and check on the paintings during the Joseon period. The Moon vol. 2 was designed to show Koreans’ practices in the Joseon dynasty including their beliefs that praying to the moon would give them blessings and protection.

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Korean food products with seal of excellence were displayed so that guests will be familiar to premium brands. A K-Food Open Kitchen also gave a complete experience of Korean foods, with few recipes and food samples handed out. An authentic taste of Samgyetang (Chicken in Ginseng soup), Bulgogi (marinated beef) and seaweed rice rolls were few of the samples!

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The event was a must-see event for all Korean culture enthusiasts like me to truly see the beauty of Korean culture and products. Hope there would be more Korean-related exhibits here in the Philippines in the future.

For Filipinos, you can follow Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines for more updates and future events, KCC’s Official Facebook Page and KCC’s website. They are located at the 2F Mancor Corporate Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

You can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

Grab a chance to “Enjoy Mobile Korea” for FREE!

Visiting Korea? Here’s your chance to “Enjoy Mobile Korea” for FREE!

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has collaborated with Samsung and SK Telecom to provide international visitors to Korea with a free smart phone rental experience.

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Chosen participants of 250 people every week will be offered free rental of a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for five (5) days including free data, local voice calls and SMS messages, and the pre-installed Visit Korea app to make traveling to Korea more convenient, to access useful and latest information such as themed travel, directions, discount coupons, and more! International incoming calls and messages can also be received.

For more detailed information, please visit the official promotion website (http://emk.visitkorea.or.kr/).

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

Korea Grand Sale 2016

Korea Grand Sale is back again! It will run from October 1 to October 31, 2016.

For those who are traveling to visit Korea in October, you’re just in time! Held throughout the month of October, a variety of benefits, promotions, and discounts ranging from shopping to transportation, entertainment, beauty and health, food and more will be offered to all international tourists.

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Don’t miss #KoreaGrandSale’s updates and follow them on Facebook. Check out their website for more detailed information.

Have a great time shopping and enjoy exploring Korea too!

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

KTO Manila’s Korea Travel Night 2016

As one of Korea Tourism Organization Manila‘s Top 3 WOW Korea Supporters 2016, I was invited to the  Korea Travel Night 2016 held last September 22 at Fairmont Hotel Makati. KTO Manila organized the event to promote Korea Winter Tourism.

A B2B session was held before the event with 7 land operators and 5 regional tourism offices namely: Goyang City, Busan Tourism Organization, Gyeongsangbukdo Tourism Corporation, Jeju Tourism Organization and Gangwondo Provincial Government which aimed to promote the beauty of each region in Korea.

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Mr. Inshik Park, Director of Korea Tourism Organization Manila made an opening remark at the seminar. Ms. Hyejin Jang, Senior Assistant Manager of KTO Manila, together with the 5 regional tourism offices presented during the seminar namely Ms. Minjeong Lee, Marketing Manager of Gangwondo Provincial Government; Ms. Namshin Sung, Assistant Manager of Goyang City; Mr. Jinwoo Kim, Manager of Gyeongsangbukdo Tourism Corporation; Mr. Wooyong Kim, Assistant Manager of Busan Tourism Organization; and Ms. Dahye Choi, Assistant Manager of Jeju Tourism Organization.

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After the dinner was served, there was a presentation and we had a glimpse of the Korean nonverbal performance called Fireman which has shows at Cecil Theater in Seoul. The anticipated part of the attendees was also the two-part Raffle Draw which prizes include Round-Trip tickets to Korea. Luck was not in me that night as I did not win any.

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Here are the brochures and gifts given during the event. Thank you KTO HQ, KTO Manila, and to the 5 Regional Tourism Offices for these. Hoping to attend your future events too! Looking forward to visiting Korea soon!

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Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

2016 Korea Tourism TVC of Song Joong Ki

Enjoy your Creative Korea’ is a new TVC by Korea Tourism Organization featuring Hallyu star, Song Joong Ki.

‘Enjoy your Creative Korea’ introduces a variety of creative attractions you can experience in Korea.

Meet the creative people
Taste the creative cuisine
Feel the creative vibe
Love the creative nightlife

Enjoy your Creative Korea!

Here is the full 60 seconds Korea Tourism TVC!

 

Watch the special scenes of Song Joong Ki that were not shown in the official TVC, the online exclusive!

 

In 2014, a Korea Tourism TV ad featured global KPOP group, BigBang (watch it here) and in 2015, it featured Hallyu star, Lee Min Ho (watch it here).

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, you can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.