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  • Seoul Hosts Welcome Week for Foreign Tourists

  • Culture & Tourism news SMG 2024

    Seoul will designate the eleven days from April 26 to May 6 as the spring “2019 Tourist Welcome Week.” During this week, the city will hold a major event to welcome foreign guests and tourists.

    On April 26, the 2019 Tourist Welcome Week will take off with an opening ceremony at the Myeong-dong Welcome Center. The opening ceremony will be full of events, such as an opening band performance, the unveiling ceremony of the Myeong-dong Welcome Center, street campaigns, and other events that will greet foreign tourists.

    Seoul Hosts Welcome Week for Foreign Tourists
    2017 Welcome Week Street Campaign 2018 Tourist Welcome Week event participation

    In addition to the opening ceremony, visitors can feel the welcoming atmosphere at the Incheon and Gimpo International Airports, as well as at popular tourist attractions throughout Seoul. During the welcoming period, Incheon Airport, Gimpo Airport, Seoul Station, Yongsan Station, and other major areas throughout Seoul will be delivering welcome messages with tourist information signs. At the Welcome Centers in Hongdae and Gangnam, interpretation services will be offered mainly for Chinese and Japanese tourists.

    ※ Welcome Center Venues and Operation Schedule

    Welcome Center Venues and Operation Schedule
    No. Place of Operation Venue Operation Dates and Hours
    1 Myeong-dong Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center April 26-May 6, 11:00-20:00
    2 Hongdae Hongdae Pedestrian-Friendly Street
    (near Hongik University Station, Exit 8)
    3 Gangnam COEX COEX East Gate entrance
    4 Cheonggye Plaza Cheonggye Plaza
    (Near Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 5)
    May 2-May 4, 11:00-20:00

    Each Welcome Center will offer △traditional Korean culture experiences, △the opportunity to find Seoul tourist attractions, △VR experiences of Seoul’s tourist attractions, △K-Beauty (nail art) experiences, △K-Star photoshoots, △Seoul Wish Trees, △the opportunity to send postcards, △certification for the exploration of Seoul’s tourist attractions, △One More Trip product experience events, △lucky draws, and more ONOFFMIX events to promote a viral effect among foreign tourists.

    The Myeong-dong and Hongdae Welcome Centers will provide photo zones displaying the globally sensational artist group BTS, as well as photo printing services.

    For three days, from May 2-4, Welcome Booths will be operated for five local tourist organizations at Cheonggye Plaza near Gwanghwamun Station. At the welcome booths, there will be various offers and benefits available for foreign tourists for shopping, experiences, performances, exhibitions, and more.

    ※ 2019 Tourist Welcome Week Souvenirs and Discounts (offered at the Cheonggye Plaza Welcome Booths)

    2019 Tourist Welcome Week Souvenirs and Discounts
    No. Category Details
    1 Lotte Department Store 10% discount coupon, free beverage coupon
    2 Lotte Duty Free Discount coupon, mask pack
    3 L’atelier 30% discount coupon, souvenir
    4 Trickeye Museum 20% discount coupon, souvenir
    5 The Painters HERO Souvenir
    6 Nanta Merchandiser goods (nametag, pen, magnet, etc.)
    7 Fireman Sock set
    8 COEX Aquarium Curling postcard set
    9 Seven Luck Casino Lee Min-ho postcard set
    10 Dr. Phamor Mask pack
    11 InterContinental Seoul Hotel Discount coupon
    12 LugStay 50% discount coupon
    13 I’m Doctor 15% discount coupon
    14 Musical “Only You” 20% discount coupon