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  • Special edition of Discover Seoul Pass for Pyeongchang Olympics is ready to offer discounts and benefits to international tourists

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    • –Special edition of Discover Seoul Pass, exclusively designed for international visitors, is available for purchase as of November 1
    • –Pass holders get discounts of up to 50 percent at around 95 tourist attractions in Gangwon-do, where Pyeongchang is located, and Seoul
    • –It can be purchased at the same price of the previous Discover Seoul Pass, but more benefits are added including a free ticket at Seoul Plaza Skating Rink

    SEOUL, November 2, 2017 – In celebration of 100 days to go until the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and the Seoul Tourism Organization (STO) have started to sell a special edition of the Discover Seoul Pass as of November 1, 2017.

    With the new edition, the pass offers discounts of up to 50 percent at around 95 tourist attractions in the Gangwon-do area where Pyeongchang is located, as well as in Seoul.

    Pass holders can book rooms at discounted prices at about 10 resorts including Alpensia Resort, High1 Resort and Phoenix Pyeongchang Resort and can enjoy 60 discount deals at the Daegwallyeong sheep ranch, Jeongseon Rail Bike and other popular tourist destinations in Gangwon-do.

    In addition, this special pass is linked to online accommodation and hospitality service (“sharing room service”), offering pass holders various incentives such as gifts and additional 10 percent discount coupons for Hanok (traditional house) Stay. They can also enjoy skating for free at the Seoul Plaza Skating Rink, on open-air ice rink located in Seoul City Hall, and get discounts at Paradise Casino Walker Hill and Marigold Hotel in Seoul. Especially those who purchase two 48-hour passes at Paradise Casino Walker Hill will have a chance to win one night free at the hotel. A total of 100 winners will be selected in random drawings.

    The 5,000 limited edition passes are available for purchase at One More Trip Website (www.onemoretrip.net) and CU convenience stores at the Incheon International Airport and some 25 other locations, including Myeongdong Tourist Information Center in central Seoul.

    The 24-hour pass costs 39,900 won ($35.8) and the 48-hour pass is 55,000 won ($49.5). The passes can be used until March 31, 2018.

    The Discover Seoul Pass, exclusively designed for foreigners visiting Korea, was first introduced in July 2016 and became a popular item for international tourists visiting Korea. It allows users to enter 21 top tourist sites in Seoul for free and buy tickets for performances and duty-free items at discounted rates. This pass can also be used as a rechargeable, pre-paid transportation pass on buses and subways in the city.

    “We expect that this special Pyeongchang edition of Discover Seoul Pass will contribute to the balanced development of tourism by spreading tourists who visit Seoul to other regions in the country. The city government will develop a better tourist pass that is more customized to individual tourists (FIT: Foreign Independent Tour) and a mobile pass as well to meet the needs of tourists. We will make continuous efforts to give more benefits to pass holders,” said an official at the SMG.