SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 18, 2019 — K-Travel Bus, a travel bus exclusively for foreigners, will run across the country from March 20. K-Travel Bus was developed by the city government in 2017 to provide international tourists with tourist attractions outside of Seoul, and to make it easier for non-Korean tourists to visit local cities in Korea. It includes reliable accommodation, selected tourist attractions and high-quality guide service.
In addition to the existing two-day travel programs (Seoul & one local city), four-day and seven-day tour programs have been prepared for this year. The two-day tour consists of seven courses (Daegu, Gangwon, etc.); four-day tour composed of two courses (East Zone: Seoul – Daegu – Gyeongbuk – Gangwon – Seoul) & West Zone: Seoul – Chugbuk – Gongju – Jeonnam – Changwon – Seoul); and the seven-day tour combines the two four-day tour programs, visiting eight cities including Seoul (Seoul – Chungbuk – Gongju – Jeonnam – Changwon – Daegu – Gyeongbuk – Gangwon – Seoul). The seven-day tour program can be joined in between to increase conveniences for foreigners living in cities outside Seoul.
This year’s first official operation of the K-Travel Bus is set to begin with a ceremony to be held in front of SM Duty Free Shop located in Insa-dong on March 20. Around 60 passengers of the two-day tour program leaving Seoul for Chungbuk, Gongju and Changwon, and local government officials will participate in the ceremony.
Reflecting the preferences of foreign tourists, the program features at least one specialized cultural experience program for each destination, and diversified accommodations, such as hotels, resorts and hanoks to provide an opportunity for tourists to learn and feel the culture of Korea.
Each stop’s hands-on programs include making “Ttang Ttang Land” chicken and foot bath in Daegu; curling in Gangwon; making handcraft with hanji, or Korean traditional paper in Chungbuk; folk game in Jeollanam-do Province; making traditional masks and winery tour in Gyeongbuk; wearing Baekje royal costumes in Gongju; and tasting soju and wearing a hanbok, or traditional clothing, in Changwon.
Prior to it, the Seoul Metropolitan Government signed a joint business agreement with seven local governments (Daegu-si, Gangwon-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, Jeollanam-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gongju-si, and Changwon-si) in order to further cooperation for better operations and improvements.