Seoul has designated the ten days from September 27 to October 6, 2019 as the Seoul Welcome Week 2019 (fall season) to hold large-scale welcome events to greet foreigners.
The foreign tourist welcoming week this fall will revolve around the theme “EAT & STAY,” offering the largest discounts to foreigners at restaurants and lodging facilities in Seoul. Seoul plans to provide information for about 190 locations in six tourism business areas (lodging, food, concerts/exhibitions/culture, entertainment/leisure/experience, shopping, reservation services) so that foreigners visiting Seoul can receive more practical discount benefits.
The 「Welcome Week Online Coupon」, offered for the convenience of Free Independent Tourists, will be made to provide foreigners with various discounts and services. Offers and event schedules for the 190 businesses and the 「Welcome Week Online Coupon」 are available on the Seoul Welcome Week website (http://seoulwelcomeweek.com).
Popular tourist attractions, such as Namsan Mountain, Dongdaemun, and Namdaemun, will provide mobile welcoming centers (Tourist Service Center) operated together with the Visit Korea Committee. The mobile welcoming centers will feature △foreigner multilingual tourism information, △Seoul tourist attraction VR experiences, △traditional dance performances, △Taekkyeon performances, and △nail art experiences to fully contribute to the creation of a hospitable atmosphere for foreign tourists.
※ Tourist Service Center installment locations and hours of operation
|No.||Installment Area||Installment Location||Operation Period|
|1||Gwanghwamun||Gwanghwamun Square||09/28 (Sat.) – 10/06 (Sun.), 12:00 – 21:00|
|2||Namsan Mountain||N Seoul Tower Plaza
(Palgakjeong Pavilion Plaza)
|09/27 (Fri.) – 09/30 (Mon.), 12:00 – 21:00|
|3||Dongdaemun||Dongdaemun Doosan Tower Square||10/01 (Tues.) – 10/03 (Thurs.), 14:00 – 22:00|
|4||Namdaemun||Entrance of Namdaemun Imported Goods Shopping Center
(Namdaemun Park-across Sungnyemun Gate)
|10/04 (Fri.) – 10/06 (Sun.), 10:00 – 19:00|
The welcoming atmosphere can also be felt at the Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport, places heavily sought by foreign tourists, in addition to tourist attractions throughout Seoul. During the Welcome Week, images and welcoming messages will be displayed on electronic boards in Seoul and at Incheon and Gimpo Airports. Welcoming messages will be delivered through streetlamp banners in Jung-gu, Songpa-gu, Mapo-gu, and Yongsan-gu, neighborhoods that are frequently visited by foreigners.
|Lodging||Provision of and discounts for accommodations
(10-20% guestroom discount or discount and voucher for subsidiary facilities)
|Lotte Hotel Seoul: EX TOWER (Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower), Lotte Hotel World, Lotte City Hotel, Lotte L7, InterContinental Hotel, Traditional Hanok B&B, Grand Mercure Ambassador Hotel and Residences, Chiwoonjung, Gongsimga Hanok Guesthouse, 121 Bukchon, etc.|
|Free guestroom upgrade||Mayfield Hotel|
|Casino game coupon, souvenir, free buffet||Paradise Casino Walkerhill, Seven Luck Casino|
|Samcheonggak, Floating Island, Tuppul Deungshim, Pizzeria Cotto, I Love Hansik, etc. /td>|
(15-30% ticket discount)
|COEX Aquarium, Seoul Marina, Alive Museum, Running Man Thematic Experience Center, Poopoo Land, Lotte World, Eland Cruise, etc.|
(10-40% ticket discount)
|Kyungsung Style, Dringkingdrawing, Jeo Jip, Football Fæntasium, Geumhaerang Korean Class, Mizi Company, Lettering Jewelry Lab, etc.|
(20-50% ticket discount)
|Musical “Only You,” Musical “You Are My Destiny,” Jump, Jeongdong Theater, Fireman, Musical Fanta-Stick, Musical “Let’s Dance, CRAZY,” etc.|
(Souvenir, discount coupon, 20% discount)
|Hyundai Department Store Duty Free, Dr.Phamor, Shinsegae Department Store, Village 11 Factory, Lotte Duty Free, etc.|
(Free admissions ticket, 10-50% discount)
|LugStay, KoreaTravelEasy, Kim’s Travel Service, US TOUR Agency, Yellow Balloon City Bus Tour, Seoul City Tour Bus (Seoul Tiger Bus), etc.|
* Discounts differ depending on the participating company. Details are available on the Seoul Welcome Week website.
|2019 Seoul Welcome Week Opening Ceremony||2019 Seoul Welcome Week event|
|2018 Seoul Welcome Week event|