Tag Archives: Seoul

2017 Seoul Summer Sale is Back

The 2017 Seoul Summer Sale has begun! It’s from May 23 to July 31, 2017 for 70 days. It will offer foreign travelers and residents great deals and discounts.  With Korean boyband, Super Junior as the sale’s official ambassadors, this year is bigger and better than ever.

* Largest ever in scale!
Enjoy discounts and free gifts from 133 companies across accommodation, culture and entertainment, food and beverage, fashion and beauty, and medical tourism.

* Up to 80% off!
Stores will offer up to 80% off regular prices, as part of the 2017 Seoul Summer Sale!

*Free welcome-kit!
Pick up your free welcome- kit, which includes shopping catalogs and discount coupons, from various tourism points, including Incheon Airport, Gimpo International Airport, Incheon Port, the Airport Railroad, and major tourist offices , Tourist Hotels, and guest houses in Seoul.

Also! Enjoy a variety of activity and festival booths at Myeongdong, every weekend of the sale.
– Festival period : Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays from May 12 ~June 30, 11am~19pm
-Location : <Morning> Myeong-dong tourist police booth and <Afternoon> Myeong-dong station

More detailed information at the 2017 Seoul Summer Sale website.

Source: Seoul Tourism Organization’s website

For updates on Seoul, check out Seoul Metropolitan Government’s official website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I SEOUL U: Love in Seoul Video Series

Last November 2016, Seoul Metropolitan Government had an online event entitled “Love in Seoul” in which you’ll submit touching stories and the prize was a holiday with your loved one in Seoul that included airline tickets to Korea, Seoul tour, and 3-night hotel voucher.

Let us take a look of the Seoul tour experience of the winner, Marie, a French woman residing in Seoul, with her younger sister Camille through the Love in Seoul video series!

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market

Location: 13-6, Noryangjin-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Transportation: Noryangjin Station on Subway Lines 1 & 9

The Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market, founded in 1927, is the largest inland fish market in Korea. The market is where 50% of the capital’s seafood transactions occur with a daily volume of 250 to 300 tons. The auction at Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market which starts at 1am is quite a spectacle to watch. Voted the ‘Most Attractive Site in Seoul’ by foreign tourists in 2011, you can see all kinds of marine products and try fresh raw fish at the market.

 

Kimchi-making

Kimchi is a health food of Korea and an important side dish that provided vitamins during the winter when vegetables were hard to come by. Every family makes kimchi right before the winter. The method is different for each region. In the northern regions, kimchi is mild and lightly flavored while in the warmer south, kimchi is made spicy and salty to last longer. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) hosts the Seoul Kimchi Festival in early winter to provide people with an opportunity to make kimchi.

Visit to Seoul City Hall

Seoul City Hall, unlike municipal offices in other cities, is open to the public. When you step into the City Hall complex, you will first face the vertical garden. The garden, which boosts a height of 28 meters and an area of 1516m², is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. At the basement is “Citizens Hall,” a space for the citizens of Seoul where one can enjoy various cultural events. Visit the Tong Tong Tour website to learn more about Seoul City Hall and make a reservation to receive tour services in Korean, English, Chinese or Japanese.
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Transportation: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 5
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Tour of Ancient Palaces Wearing Hanbok

Visit the ancient palaces in Seoul to discover the traditional beauty of Korea. The five ancient palaces in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonghuigung, are well-known for their unique beauty. Rent a hanbok from one of the many affordable rental shops near each palace and tour the five palaces for FREE. Touring ancient palaces while wearing a hanbok has become a sensation among Korean female students. Recently, foreign tourists are also joining the trend. Tour ancient palaces in traditional Korean garments and take pictures to commemorate your special moment.

Yeonnam-dong & Hongdae

Come out of Exit 3 at Hongik University Station (Line 2) to get to the Yeonnam-dong section of the Gyeongui Line Forest Park. Created as part of a railway regeneration project, the park offers a walkway for residents on top of a discontinued railway section of the Gyeongui Line tracks. People rest in the park while taking a walk with family or enjoy precious moments with friends and lovers. Enjoy the history of Seoul while walking along the tracks with a hundred years of history or visit hot spots in Hongdae and Yeonnam-dong.

 

Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government website

For updates on Seoul, check out Seoul Metropolitan Government’s official website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Fun Spring Festivals in Seoul

A variety of festivals are held throughout Seoul every spring.

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Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

The Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival was held from April 1 to 9 by the Yeouido Hangang River when the cherry blossoms came to bloom. This festival is a leading spring destination attracting over 6 million visitors each spring.

Lotus Lantern Festival

The Lotus Lantern Festival is held from April 12 to 29. Visitors can enjoy variety of traditional lantern exhibitions (Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple, and Cheonggyecheon Stream), a lantern parade (Dongguk University to Jogyesa Temple), and traditional cultural performances/shows (in front of Jogyesa Temple). The Lotus Lantern Festival is one of the most popular folk festivals, continuing the history of the lotus lantern festival held from the Silla Dynasty to the Goryeo Dynasty and the Buddha’s birthday festival of the Joseon Dynasty with a 1300-year history.

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Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival

The 2017 Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival will be held in Banpo Hangang Park from May 13 to 14. You can access Banpo Seoraeseom Island from Sinbanpo Station (Line 9) and Dongjak Station (Line 4 and 9).

The Green Barley Festival will be held from May 10 to 20 in Ichon Hangang Park that has a total area of 10,000 square meters. You can reach the green barley field through Ichon Station (Line 1 and 4) after passing Ichon Interchange.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning to host a variety of festivals and programs so that citizens can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the country in downtown Seoul.

Seoul Rose Festival

The Seoul Rose Festival from May 19 to 21 is known as the most beautiful and fragrant festival of Seoul held in Junghwa Sports Park and Surim Grand Park. The festival is famous for the 5.1-kilometer-long rose tunnel, rose shrine, rose parade, and various photo zones. In particular, the festival provides colorful visual delight using night lighting under the theme of “Nocturnal Rose” this year.

Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government website

For updates on Seoul, check out Seoul Metropolitan Government’s official website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower Opening

On April 3, 2017, the Lotte World Tower officially opened in Songpa-gu, Seoul as the tallest skyscraper in Korea. The tower boasts an altitude of 555 meters and consists of 123 ground level floors and six basement floors. It is the sixth tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (828m) and the Shanghai Tower in China (632m). Shopping and cultural activities are located between floors B2 to 11F, floors 42F to 71F houses residential space, and the SIGNIEL Hotel, the tallest hotel in Seoul, occupies the space between floors 74F and 101F. A fireworks display was carried out during the evening of April 2 in celebration of the opening.

  • Address: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • Transportation: Integrated Exit 1&2 at Jamsil Station (Line 2)
  • Website: www.lwt.co.kr

Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government website

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For updates on Seoul, check out Seoul Metropolitan Government’s official website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Seoul Welcome Week 2017

It’s the Seoul Welcome Week 2017!

In celebration of the peak of the tourist season, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will operate the foreign tourist welcome week between April 28 and May 7. A variety of discounts and events are taking place throughout Seoul city as well as giving out souvenirs for overseas visitors.

Temporary welcome booths will be installed at seven locations in Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Namdaemun, and Itaewon where staff wearing traditional Korean attire (hanbok) will provide tourist information and conduct interactive programs including ‘writing your name in Korean’ and ‘Taekwonmu dance.’ The Myeongdong Tourist Information Center will operate the I‧SEOUL‧U t-shirt making program every day from 11:00 to 17:00 for 30 tourists.

 Seoul Memories Contest.

  • Tourists from Japan and Southeast Asia are eligible to take part in the Seoul Memories Contest.
  • The contest will award 2 travelers with round trip airfare to Seoul each month until September 2017.

Discover Seoul Pass Discount. Visit 16 of Seoul’s best attractions with one pass! Eligible for use by foreign nationals, the Discover Seoul Pass is a great way to visit traditional and historical, Hallyu, cultural, and fun attractions in the city.

  • Get a 30% discount when purchasing a Discover Seoul Pass during Seoul Welcome Week.
  • The 48 hour Discover Seoul Pass is scheduled to launch in 2017.
  • Visit the official Discover Seoul Pass site here.

One More Trip Discount. Seoul’s online open marketplace for cool and interesting Korea and Seoul-related travel experiences and items.

  • Get a 30% discount on select tourist experiences, tours, and items during Seoul Welcome Week.
  • Visit the official One More Trip site here.

A variety of promotions and discounts for tourists!

Seoul City Tour Bus Discounts.  Get a 20% discount on tickets for the Seoul City Tour Bus during Seoul Welcome Week. See Seoul’s attractions in comfort on a Seoul City Tour Bus!

Get 20% off on hanbok rentals. Get a 20% discount at hanbok rental stores in the 4 Great Gates area. Visitors wearing hanbok are granted free admission to Seoul’s palaces.

Find out more details at Visit Seoul website.

Sources: Visit Seoul and Seoul Metropolitan Government

For updates on Seoul, check out Seoul Metropolitan Government’s official website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I SEOUL U: Between You and Me

Between you and me is Seoul!

Credit: Seoul Metropolitan Government

 

City brand is a philosophy. It is not a mere message but a media platform in and of itself. Seoul’s definition of a city brand is, “A playground for all citizens and the accumulation of their wisdom and experience.”

The I Seoul U city brand was chosen in late October of 2015 after a series of public voting. Seoul Metropolitan Government selected three finalists from all the entries and decided on the winner based on a combination of an online vote open to all (50%), voting by 1000+ citizens in person (25%), and the evaluation of a professional panel (25%). The brand “I SEOUL U” beat out the other two, “SEOULMATE” and “SEOULing,” and replaced the old campaign Hi Seoulwhich had been used since 2002.

I Seoul U is very reminiscent of other successful city brandings using a mix of the city’s own name like I love New York, I Amsterdam or Be Berlin.

By positioning ‘Seoul’ between I and U, the slogan conveys a message that Seoul is a city of coexistence.

 

So what does “I.SEOUL.U” convey?

Seoul connects people.
You and I, citizen to citizen, citizens and the world: Seoul is the heart of all human relationships. Inside the city of Seoul, generations, nationalities, mountains and rivers, ancient palaces and skyscrapers coexist harmoniously.

Seoul connects two dots symbolizing passion and composure.
Next to ‘I’ is a red dot that symbolizes ‘passion.’ Next to ‘U’ is a blue dot that symbolizes ‘composure.’ In Seoul, passion and composure co-exist and mingle harmoniously.

The ‘O’ from SEOUL is common to Hangeul and the Roman alphabet.
The ‘O’ was taken from both the Roman letter ‘O’ and the Korean consonant ‘ieung’ (i.e. ‘ㅇ’) to represent Seoul’s friendly relationship with the rest of the world. The ‘ieung’ also has the form of a traditional door knob, inviting people to open the door to Seoul and enter.

Seoul is a constantly changing city. In this decade, Seoul is considered one of the smartest cities in the world.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government website quotes policy advisor Simon Anholt: “Without city branding, nation branding is an illusion. The way you brand a city can change the status of a city and highlights the differences between your city and others.” It conveys that Seoul is South Korea, just as Paris is France and London is England. Thus, a city brand can define an entire nation to the rest of the world.

More details on Seoul and the city brand are at the city’s official website.

Also for updates, follow Seoul Metropolitan Government on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government

Recommended Wellness Destinations in Korea

Medical Tourism in Korea has been actively promoted worldwide for years. Medical tour packages that include Western and Oriental medicines, cosmetic surgery, and wellness that suits that patients and/or tourists are offered.

Wellness is emerging as a major tourism theme worldwide today. Wellness tourism is about taking a break from the complex and boring daily life, and traveling to destinations where we can soothe our tired bodies and minds. Did you know that Korea is a great destination for wellness tourism?

Visit Medical Korea, the platform for Korea Medical Tourism, recently featured seven wellness destinations in Korea!

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Cheongkwanjang Spa G. Type: Cafe/Tea Shop/Health Center

A spa facility recently launched by Cheongkwanjang, a high quality hongsam (red ginseng) brand of the Korea Ginseng Corporation. The specialized spa programs at Cheongkwanjang Spa G use six-year-old ginseng roots that have gone through rigorous testing and quality management. Spa G consists of five individual hongsam therapy rooms. Guests can receive water massage to stimulate blood circulation at the Hongsam Spa Room, detoxify and provide nourishment to the body through heat and steam treatments and application of red ginseng concentrate at Hunjeungyok, get stress relieving foot massages at Foot Spa Zone, and restore scalp health using red ginseng products at Head Spa Zone. All spa programs require reservations, and spa programs vary from 1 to 6 hours depending on the choice of treatments. The spa is open from 9 am to 11 pm.

Address: 416, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 416 (대치동,(주)케이티앤지 서울사무소)

Directions: [Subway] Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2. Go straight 200m to arrive at the SPA G (Kosmo Tower, B2) on the left.

Operating Hours: 09:00-23:00

Reservations: Tel: +82-2-557-8030 (Available languages: English, Japanese)

Website:  www.spag.co.kr  (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1461568

Tea Therapy. Type: Cafe/Tea Shop/Health Center

Turning away from the conventional concept of a tea shop, Tea Therapy offers not only healthy tricks for home-brewed teas but also a relaxing foot bath experience.

The shop aired on KBS’s “Muhanjidae Q” due to its interior design and unique programs available where visitors can enjoy a tasty cup of tea but also rejuvenate by meditating, consulting with a professional dietitian, trying blending their own tea and more.

The tea selections and dessert menu items are plentiful, providing international visitors with a chance to become easily acquainted with Korea’s tea culture.

Address:  16, Eonju-ro 173-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul  서울특별시 강남구 언주로173길 16 (신사동)

Directions: [Subway] Apgujeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2.  Go 300m to arrive at the first corner, and turn left. The cafe is located on the left.

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-23:00 and Sunday 10:00-22:30

Reservations:  +82-2-518-7506

Webiste:  www.teatherapy.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FOD/FO_EN_6_4_4.jsp?cid=2020905

Sulwhasoo Flagship Store. Type: Beauty Complex/ Spa/ Boutique/ Culture Lounge

Sulwhasoo Flagship Store is the signature venue of the leading Korean cosmetic brand, Sulwhasoo, and is popular as a unique place of relaxation in the heart of downtown Seoul.

It offers tours for visitors, enabling them to experience the journey of beauty. It consists of spa, a boutique, a culture lounge, a gift wrapping center, and a roof deck. Guided tours start at 15:00 and 18:00 every day (duration: 40 minutes, not available on the second Monday of every month, New Year’s Holiday and Chuseok).

  • B1F- Sulhwasoo Spa- This is a premium Korean Herbal Medicine Anti-Aging Spa.
  • 1F- Heritage Room & Boutique- This is where guests can explore all of Sulwhasoo Flagship Store’s exclusive and new products, and seasonal offerings.
  • 2F- Gift Packaging Service & Boutique- Guests can test Sulwhasoo products and can get personalized consultations. The exclusive gift wrapping service uses the Ji Ham Bo which means a box and cloth containing wisdom.
  • 3F- VIP & Culture Lounge- The VIP Lounge is an intimate space for premium Sulhwasoo. Clients while the Culture Lounge is where guests can try various cultural and beauty classes.
  • 4F- Sulwhasoo Balance Spa- This is a contemporary Korean Herbal Medicine Balance Spa.
  • 5F- Rooftop- Guests can also relax and enjoy the view at the outdoor lounge at the top of the building.

Address:  18, Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul  서울특별시 강남구 도산대로45길 18 (신사동)

Directions: [Subway] Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, Bundang Line)

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 – 21:00

Reservations: Sulwhasoo Spa(B1) 02-541-9272 and Sulwhasoo Balance Spa(4F) 02-541-9273

Website:  http://www.sulwhasoo.com/

Yakdabang Bomdong.  Type: Tea house/Traditional Korean Medicine Clinic

This traditional tea salon run by a traditional medicine clinic is famous for its tea masters who recommend and customize teas for patrons depending on their emotional and physical conditions.

Guests can enjoy customized teas, foot spa, and even consult traditional medicine doctors on site about their physical constitutions.

Features and services : 48 tea blends for tasting, traditional tea food, medicinal liquors (tinctures),
physical constitution diagnoses, consultation with doctors, and foot spa (30 minutes)

Address:  12-13 Worldcupbuk-ro6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul.

Directions: [Subway] Hongik University (Line 2, Airport railroad ), Exit 1. Exit Gate 1, Hongik University Station (Metro Line 2). Turn right at the Hongik University Intersection. Cross the first crossroad and walk straight on. Turn right at the alley marked by the convenience store “Ministop”. Turn left at the building right next to Hanmi Pharmacy on the first three-way junction you encounter.

Operating Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm

Telephone: 070-4639-2221Operating Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm

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Cheongna Sparex. Type: Hot Springs/Bath Houses/Spas/Jjimjilbangs
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Cheongna Sparex, a major establishment located in the center of the Cheongna International City in Incheon, draws well over 1,000 guests daily.

Features on site include an outdoor charcoal-heated sauna, a sauna steamed with medicinal herbs, a germanium-steamed sauna, a cypress green shower room, a Himalayan salt sauna, an outdoor hot spring and outdoor earthenware tubs, as well as an outdoor pool and outdoor hot springs, which are open in summer.

The inside of the entire venue is decorated in traditional Korean architecture, and displays classical features such as jeongja(wooden pavilion) and pyeongsang(Korean-style sunbeds). The place is also equipped with a food court serving Korean food, a café, and a staff of professional masseuses.

Address: Cheongna Sparex (10F), 16 Cheongna Canal-ro 260-Beongil, Seo-gu, Incheon

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CENTUM SPA LAND. Type: Hot Springs/ Bath Houses/Spas/ Jjimjilbangs

Spa Land, equipped with all the benefits of a traditional Korean spa, is located in ‘Shinsegae Centum City’ in Haeundae, Busan. Spa Land consists of 22 spas fed by two different kinds of all-natural spring water pumped up from 1000m underground, 13 distinctively themed ‘Jjimjil-bangs’ and saunas, and an open-air foot spa.

The 1st floor houses the Korean traditional ‘Jjimjil-bang’ and traditional saunas from all over the world. Visitor favorites include a radiant heat-based ‘Roman Sauna,’ which recreates the ancient roman bath using modern technology, and the traditional ‘Finnish Sauna,’ which is an all-natural, Finnish-style sauna said to keep you healthy during the freezing winter months.

Entertainment Zone on the second floor provides a range of beautification programs, a PC room, a restaurant, and a conference room. Spa Land is a refreshing place for relaxing with your friends and family.

Address:  35, Centumnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan  부산광역시 해운대구 센텀남대로 35 (우동)

Directions:

[Subway] Centum City Station (Busan Subway Line 2). The subway station is directly connected to the complex.

[Bus] From Gimhae Airport, take the Airport Limousine Bus for Centum City.
Get off at the Shinsegae Centum City. It takes about 50 minutes.

Operating Hours: 06:00 – 24:00

Telephone: +82-51-745-2900

Website: www.shinsegae.com

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1000306

Cimer Ocean Spa, Paradise Hotel Busan. Type: Hot Springs/Spas

A space providing a fantastic view as if floating on the sea. The floor is designed to be a little higher than the existing spas so you can enjoy the horizon view of Busan’s Haeundae Beach.

Dipped in a spa and looking at the wide-open sea, you get to focus on the comfort of the moment as if surrounded by the broad sea. The spa is famous for its odorless, colorless, and weak alkaline hot spring of seawater that boasts of great skin-improving properties.

Cimer is open for staying guests only. The guests can however invite friends and family to join them at the spa for higher admission fees.

Address: 1408-5, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Operating Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Telephone: +82-51-742-2121

Website: https://www.busanparadisehotel.co.kr/spa

Source: Busan Paradise Hotel website

Which among the seven wellness destinations would you choose? Participate in the 2017 Visit Medical Korea’s Wellness Tourism Promotional Event for a chance to win round-trip tickets to and from Korea or a three-night stay in a Korean hotel. Choose a wellness destination in Korea and tell them why you would like to visit that place.

Event period: April 11 to April 25, 2017

How to Participate:

  • Step 1. Go to the event website.
  • Step 2. Select one from the seven wellness destinations in Korea recommended by Visit Medical Korea (VMK), and share the reasons why you would like to visit that particular destination. (*Make sure to indicate the country of your current residence.)
  • Step 3. Share the news of the event and the reasons with your friends on social media.
  • Step 4. Wait until the results are announced.

More information on Korea Medical Tourism at the following links:

http://english.visitmedicalkorea.com

https://www.facebook.com/visitmedicalkorea/

~~~ Personally, I would choose Cimer Ocean Spa in Busan, optimal venue for relaxation while enjoying the panoramic horizon view of Haeundae Beach. I love Busan and I’ve experienced the hotel spa at Westin Chosun Hotel which is also overlooking Haeundae Beach but indoor but basically was a luxurious Jjimjilbang, and seeing the pictures, Cimer Ocean Spa is much more beautiful and what is great is the outdoor pools and saunas. As a person who has a problem with acne, the spa’s hot springs which boasts skin-improving properties is what I need. Not only will it help improve my skin, but also relax my body and mind from all the stress in life. Cimer Ocean Spa has been on list and I will really save for at least staying at Paradise Hotel for a night to be able to try out the spa. That will complete an unforgettable Busan and Korea trip.

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

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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.

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.