2018.11.14 Travel Calendar
Through Nov. 18
Every fall, the Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul is illuminated with 30,000 spectacular lanterns that visitors can enjoy while walking and enjoying the cool evening. The exhibition starts at Cheonggye Plaza and spans a 1.2 kilometer section along the stream to the Supyo Bridge.
For more information, call 02-3788-0882 or visit seoullantern.visitseoul.net.
Seocheon-Gunsan Geumgang Migratory Bird Travel
Geumgang Migratory Bird Observatory, Geumgang Marsh Ecological Park in Gunsan, and Bird Village in Seocheon, North Jeolla
Visitors will have the chance to take field trips to observe migratory birds up close, watch movies on migratory birds and enjoy cultural events, symposiums and exhibitions. Guided bus tours will also be available. The bird watching corridor, known as Tamjohoerang in Korean, built on the embankment of the Geum River, is the only facility of its kind in Korea.
For more information, call 063-453-7213 or visit gmbo.gunsan.go.kr.
From Jan. 17 to Feb. 28
Visit Korea Committee will host the nation’s annual festival of shopping, tourism, and culture - the 2019 Korea Grand Sale - in order to promote foreign tourists to visit Korea and spend more during the winter.
Throughout the event’s 43 days, the Korea Grand Sale will offer discounts, including on air and hotel fares. Jin Air is set to offer an up to 85 percent off, while Jeju Air will offer an 80 percent discount. Ski park Vivaldi Park and Daemyung Resort are offering up to 75 percent off to use their facilities.
K-Travel Bus, a bus travel package available in English, is providing a buy one, get one free policy on its seven different routes to various regions in Korea, including Daegu.
The 10th Korea Grand Sale is set to be the event’s best edition. Through a collaboration with global tourism activity platform Klook, the event plans to present a special package that provides more attractive shopping advantages. For those customers who visit and shop in Korea, opportunities to win gift boxes or flight tickets to Korea will be available.
During the Korea Grand Sale, foreign visitors can also get a taste of Korea through various events and promotions. Over 60 hotel restaurants all over the country are participating in the “Korea Grand Tasting - Special Taste of Korea” in order to introduce Korean food to visitors.
“Korea Road Trip with Famous Chef” and “Cultural Wine Tasting with Wine Master” events will provide daily tours that present the history and culture of Korea through food and wine.
Korean food cooking classes and other food-related events will be available as well as a chance to taste some temple food in cooperation with Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism’s Temple Food Experience.
For more information go to en.koreagrandsale.co.kr/index002
Asean Culinary Festival 2018
From Nov. 28 to Dec. 1
Coex third floor, Hall D
The Asean-Korea Centre is hosting its third food festival to introduce the different flavors of the 10 Asean nations, which include Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines. This time, the countries will show off dishes made with rice, a staple of most of the region’s dishes.
Before visiting the center’s food festival at Coex, make sure to check when food will be available, and make sure to go as early as possible to avoid missing out before you get your hands on it. Tickets are free for the first 1,000 people who visit Ticket Monster (www.ticketmonster.co.kr). The ticket includes the entrance fee as well as coupons for tasting food. One coupon allows individuals to taste four different dishes available from two countries. Each country will present one rice dish and one dessert.
There will also be cooking demonstrations by chefs from these 10 countries as well as a chef from Korea. A variety of cultural performances will also be available to inspire people to visit the region.
For more information, call (02) 550-2615
World Week of Italian Cuisine
Italian restaurants across Seoul, The Westin Chosun Seoul
l’ENIT Seoul Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo, an Italian tourism organization in Korea, is offering Koreans the chance to win a four day trip to Italy if they share their own Italian food recipes online.
Anyone interested should share pieces they posted on their personal blogs or on YouTube after Oct. 1, 2017, by Nov. 15.
The recipe that receives the most likes online will take the prize.
The event is part of a global Italian food week promotion, which starts Nov. 19 globally.
The Italian government launched the third edition of the event in order to promote Italian food culture around the world. Last year, about 1,400 small and large events took places in about 100 countries.
The Italian food event also offers culinary experts a chance to learn more about Italian cooking products.
This year, the festival organizers will host the “Discovering Italian Olive Oil Seminar” during the seven-day event to show off a variety of olive oil products available in Korea. The seminar will explain how olive oils from different regions of Italy are different.
For more information about the event, go to enit.kr/event_2018/
Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board Campaign
The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board has launched a travel campaign with actor Daniel Henney to inspire Koreans to visit the city featured in the movie “La La Land.” Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board Chief Marketing Officer Don Skeoch said that working with Henney, one of the most popular actors in Korea, could encourage Koreans to visit many of the city’s best tourism spots.
The tourism board plans to offer promotions through social media, as well as travel packages that will appeal to Koreans.
In the campaign released earlier this month, Henney is seen visiting world-famous theme park Universal Studios Hollywood, the Petersen Automotive Museum where car fanatics can check out classic vehicles, as well as Dodger’s Stadium where Korean player Ryu Hyun-jin pitches for the LA Dodgers.
He also suggests Park’s BBQ, a popular Korean barbecue joint.
More promotional information about traveling to Los Angeles is available at kr.discoverlosangeles.com or facebook.com/DiscoverLosAngelesKorea.
By Lee Sun-min, Yonhap