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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.

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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.

Lee Min Ho for 2015 Korea Tourism TVC

Imagine Your Korea, the Korea Tourism Organization, brand slogan was launched in July of 2014 and the brand identity was designed to better promote and communicate Korea’s tourist attractions to international tourists.

The launched last year for the tourism TV ad featured globally known KPOP group, BigBang. Check out the ‘Imagine Your Korea’ ad for 2014 of BigBang here. The ad shows the members introducing popular sites and fun experiences such as skiing underneath the moon, exploring nature, enjoying K-pop concerts and shopping.

This year, ‘Korea. Your Story’ is a new TVC by KTO featuring none other than Hallyu star, Lee Min Ho. He gained global fame from the Korean drama Boys Over Flowers as Gu Jun Pyo, then became a leading man status through his drama, City Hunter, and the rest is history. Get to know more about about him here.

Here is the 30-second Korea Tourism TVC of Lee Min Ho:

‘Korea. Your Story’ introduces fascinating tourist attractions in Korea. It is directed by an award-winning commercial director Wayne Peng. It introduces various wonders of Korea such as Jejudo Island and Hanok Village.

Here is the full 5-minute Korea Tourism TVC of Lee Min Ho:

Check out the behind the scenes during the filming:

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.

[Event] Three-Day K-Festival 2014 in Glorietta, Makati, Philippines

Despite the heavy rains due to Typhoon Mario last September 19, 2014 that triggered severe flooding in several areas of Metro Manila, the opening and the three-day K-Festival from September 19-21 in Glorietta was a success.

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Organized by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCCPhil) and the Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office (KTOManila) and sponsored by Korean Embassy, PTAA, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Jeju Air and Cebu Pacific Air, the K-festival had 20 travel booths showing the best of what Korea has to offer.

Visitors were able to receive free travel kits from KTO and checked out the best deals and the most interesting tours around Korea.

Three Travel Themes and Zones: Ski Korea, K-Beauty and Wellness, and Hallyu

At the Ski Korea Zone was ski tour packages and air tickets by airlines and travel agents.

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At the K-Beauty and Wellness Zone, it offered free beauty consultations were they can check your hair and skin age as well as browse through options on the K-Beauty and Wellness tour.

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At the Hallyu Zone, it featured list of Hallyu packages where you can visit shooting sites of famous Korean dramas. Visitors also experienced traditional Korean culture by donning the Hanbok and playing the Tuho game. Plus there were standees of Hallyu stars that you can have your pictures taken with.

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Yes, me with Jaejoong, T.O.P. and Yoochun. Missing one is Kim Hyun Joong from the F4 of Korea! ^__^ There were still other standees of Hallyu stars, but I chose them because they are my fave.

Kfestival6Tuho (투호) or Touhu (Chinese: 投壺) is a traditional Chinese and Korean game that requires players to throw sticks into a large, sometimes ornate, canister. (source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuho). I played twice but was not successful. Still happy because at least I was able to shoot about 2 sticks from each game. 🙂

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There were free performances like Sachoom, traditional fan dance, taekwondo and KPOP cover dance. I was not able to watch Sachoom during the opening day (because of the typhoon), who flew in from Korea. On the third day, I was able to watch the KPOP cover dance group of SE-EON who was the Philippines representative in the KPOP Festival 2014 in Incheon and they just arrived from Korea days before that. Promotional videos of the best winter destinations in Korea were also shown on the large screen. The activities in stage was hosted by Ms. Kring Elenzano.

Visitors who booked their flights and availed the tour packages from the on-site participating travel agencies and airlines to Korea received special gifts from Korea Tourism Organization.

You can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) and Visit Korea’s website for more details and updates on Korea tourism, culture, travel, events, and promos; and Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines’ Facebook page, Twitter, KakaoTalk (@KCCPhil), and KCCPhil’s website.

Annyeong, until the next KTO and KCC events!

[Event] K-Festival 2014 on Sept 19-21 in Glorietta, Makati, PH

For Filipinos planning on going to Korea especially this winter, drop by at the K-Festival 2014 organized by the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office on September 19 to 21, 2014 at the New Activity Center, Glorietta 2, Makati City.

Check out destinations to enjoy in Korea this winter from activities like skiing, beauty and wellness tour options, and many others. Check out the best deals and tour options. Get more ideas on what to do on your trip. You can also avail of on-site bookings from travel agencies and airlines.

There will also be FREE beauty consultations, experience wearing a Hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) and photo booth, and watch performances by Sachoom, one of the most famous nonverbal performances in Korea.

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Dance Musical ‘Sachoom’ (댄스뮤지컬 사춤) Sachoom” is a nonverbal dance musical that presents a simple plot full of various dance genres including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary dance, break dancing, and more.

More information on Sachoom and for ticket reservations at the Visit Korea’s website.

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

I am a WOW Korea Supporter 2014!

Finally, I am officially one of the 50 WOW Korea Supporters of 2014 based in the Philippines and in partnership with Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office (KTO Manila), we will be helping spread the word about Korea and KTO through the SNS. We are also recognized not only by the Manila Office but by the KTO Headquarters as well.

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source: KTO Manila Office

I love Korea and I am a full-pledged Koreanophile! There has not been any country that has great impact on me and since last year after participating the buzz Korea (KTO) tour in Korea, I have been actively blogging and promoting Korea on my SNS accounts.

I’m very happy that I am among the selected ones. Thank you KTO Manila! I will continue to do what I love and will actively help promote the beauty of Korea to the global community.

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