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  • Seoul Metropolitan Government Offers ‘Welcome Post Cards’ to Foreign Tourists

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Government is offering a “free overseas mailing of welcome post cards” service, which enables foreign tourists visiting Seoul to write messages on blank post cards available at tourist information centers and other sites and post them home free of charge.

    Post box at the Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center, Foreigners writing post cards

    The designs of the post cards include major tourist hotspots in the capital city such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul Seonggwak (Fortress Wall), and Bukchon Hanok Village; major festivals including the Seoul Summer Sale and the Seoul Lantern Festival; and images of Seoul City’s overseas advertisements. On the back of the post cards, tourists can write their feelings and stories about their time in Seoul before sending them to family and friends back home.

     Post card featuring Seoul fortresses, Post card with Seoul City’s overseas advertising

    Currently, the post cards are available at the Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center, the Information Desk at Incheon International Airport, the Samilgyo(Bridge), Itaewon, and Hongik Univ. Tourist Information Centers, the Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae (guest hall), and Jonggajip Kimchi World. The service, which was introduced last June, has received more than 1,000 post cards every week, and has post-mailed a total of more than 15,000 so far.

    This service is being introduced at Visit Korea Year with Seoul Website (http://welcome.visitseoul.net/eng/index.jsp), which offers a multi-language interpreting service, including English, Chinese (simplified and traditional Chinese characters) and Japanese.

    The welcome post card mailing service will continue to be provided to tourists through 2012, the last year of the Visit Korea Year campaign. The City Government will run an online promotion campaign to ensure that as many foreign tourists use the service as possible.