Overseas tourists happier when traveling both Seoul, local areas

Deoksugung Palace is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seoul.

By Kang Gahui and Yoon Sojung 
Photos = Jeon Han

Research has shown that overseas sightseers who visit Korea seem to be more satisfied when visiting both Seoul and local areas. 

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization announced on Nov. 7 the result of joint research on the satisfaction of overseas tourists who visit Korea based on where they travel.

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Railroad Passes

Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) sells exclusive railroad passes for international tourists or foreign residents living in Korea. These special tickets allow unlimited travel on KORAIL-managed trains for a select period of travel. There are no limits on the number of times you can travel or where you can travel during the duration of your pass.

KORAIL Pass

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Subways in Korea: Stylishly old, tastefully trendy

Subways serve as a convenient mean of transportation, probably the most favored public transportation by both Koreans and international visitors. Subways are currently available in five major cities including the Seoul Metropolitan Area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. Seoul Metropolitan Area subway system covers an expansive area, including Line 1 to 9 with additional lines, such as Sinbundang Line, Gyeongchun Line, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Ever Line, Uisinseol Line, and more branching throughout the metropolitan area.

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Do you know about S. Korea's entry requirements?

From January 2012, any inbound foreign visitor of age 17 or older entering Republic of Korea (herein after Korea) through any port or airport in Korea is required to go through a mandatory fingerprint and facial recognition registration process. The mandatory information registration process is waived for the following persons: foreign government officials and international organization representatives, as well as their family members; and visitors with an official invitation from the central government of Korea.

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Lotte's 123-story skyscraper

 Lotte Property & Development (P&D), the operator of South Korean retail giant Lotte's 123-story skyscraper, said Wednesday it has sold US$200 million in bonds to carry out eco-friendly and social investments.

The debt issued Tuesday will mature in three years with an interest rate of the three-month Libor, or the London Inter-bank Offered Rate, plus 92.5 basis points.

Sustainability bonds are aimed at financing a mix of green and social projects, such as those dealing with renewable energy and employment generation.

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Korea Sale FESTA to take place in September

This year’s Korea Sale FESTA, a countrywide shopping event, is planned to take place from September 28 to October 7.

Despite the shorter event period compared to previous years, the festival is expected to be greater than ever before. An opening concert featuring popular K-pop artists will be held at Seoul Plaza on September 27 in celebration of the event.

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Korea Tourism Organization offers a chance for a free trip to Korea

Partnering with Asiana Airlines the Korea Tourism Organization is back with a new Expedia online campaign offering amazing flights deals aboard the fleet’s Airbus A380 and hotel with flight packages.

To celebrate the campaign, Korea Tourism Organization is offering a giveaway to send ONE lucky winner on their way to beautiful Korea. The promotion starts July 18th and ends on the 15th of August so get in fast with your entries for your chance to win.

 

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