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The Korea Meteorological Industry Promotion Agency said it will begin offering foreign language weather forecasts via phone starting from next week to make daily weather more accessible to both tourists and non-Korean speaking residents.

The English service will be launched on Monday, and the meteorological call center will expand its language choices, said the agency. Starting from April 1, Chinese service will be available.

Since 1996, the Korean Meteorological Administration has offered foreign language service on its official Web site at www.kma.co.kr, currently offering services in English, Chinese and other languages.

Through its mobile application at m.kma.go.kr, the administration began offering English language service since 2011 and Japanese and Chinese last year.

The call center will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and offer daily and weekly forecasts of cities nationwide, as well as international cities.

It plans to include other language options gradually, such as Vietnamese and Japanese, and also expand the call hours.

To hear the forecast, tourists and residents can dial 131-8 without an area code.

By Sarah Kim, Kang Chan-su [sarahkim@joongang.co.kr]

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