Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 30 December 2018, which includes information to help you plan your trip to South Korea, top travel deals and articles about South Korea.
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South Korea Events
New Year’s Eve in South Korea
Here are some great options to celebrate New Year’s Eve in South Korea.
- The major event is the fireworks in Seoul which is centred around the Lotte World Tower – click here to find out more.
- This article has a great overview of how to ring in the new year in Seoul.
- 31 December 2019. 2019 Coex New Year’s Countdown + Gyeongpodae Overnight Sunrise Tour. This is the best New Year’s Eve package ever! Think tickets to watch the midnight fireworks over the amazing Lotte Tower, enjoying an awesome K-pop concert and watching the sunrise over Gyeongpodae Beach.
- 31 December 2019. The Final Countdown 2018 Ticket. The Final Countdown 2018 is an indoor music festival featuring top hip hop and EDM performers and to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Tickets will sell out quickly so book as soon as possible!
South Korea Upcoming Events
The major upcoming events are below including how to book tickets for each event:
5-6 January 2019. Golden Disc Awards in Seoul
The Golden Disc Awards are the annual 2 day K-pop music awards ceremony with an awesome line up of K-pop talent including the top rated K-pop band in the world, BTS! Tickets will sell out quickly so get in as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out! Tickets are now only remaining for 5 January. 6th January is now sold out…
If you are keen to get tickets to this event the alternative option is through a ticket reseller such as viaGoGo – click on this link to see the options and book your tickets.
15 January 2019. 28th Seoul Music Awards in Seoul
This January 2019, you can be a guest in one of the most prestigious music events in South Korea at the 28th Seoul Music Awards! Don’t miss the chance to see your favorite K-pop superstars and dance to the infectious beats performed by highly acclaimed boy and girl groups that reign supreme the past year and beyond, including guest appearances by BTS, Wanna One, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, and more. Ease into the busy streets of Seoul with convenient return bus services immediately after the event. Book your package now and see the best of the South Korean capital with Klook!
9 February 2019. Gangneung K-pop Concert 1 Day Tour in Gangneung City
Check out this great opportunity to attend a top level K-pop concert in Gangneung City, which includes entry tickets and return transfers from Seoul.
Winter Events in South Korea
13 January 2019 and 27 January 2019 – the VIVA Ski Festival
The Viva Ski Festival is a great option to combine skiing with a cultural experience in South Korea. Klook has on offer a great range of 3 day, 2 night packages from Seoul which includes round trip transfers, accommodation, equipment hire, admission, most meals and many more inclusions. Click here to check out the details through Klook.
5-27 January 2019 – Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is another great opportunity to go ice fishing within access from Seoul. Klook has a great one day package which includes admission and round trip transfers. 1+1 Promotion: Buy one ticket on Klook and get another one for free, promo valid until 27 Jan 2019!
7 January to 15 February 2019. Hwacheon, Cheongpyeong, Pyeongchang & Gapyeong Ice Fishing Festivals
Klook has a great option to book a day tour to one of the Hwacheon, Cheongpyeong, Pyeongchang or Gapyeong Ice Fishing Festivals depending on the date you choose. You have a choice of shuttle bus only or a full day tour including shuttle bus, entry ticket, breakfast, fishing rod and stool rental.
2-24 January 2019 – 2D1N Ski Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort + Trout Ice Fishing Festival
The Alpensia Ski Resort + Trout Ice Fishing Festival is a great option to visit the Alpensia Ski Resort and experience skiing, sledding and to visit the Pyeongchang Trout Festival to go ice fishing. You can easily book a two day package through Trazy which includes:
- accommodation for up to 4 people
- round trip transportation from Seoul
- ski/snowboard equipment and clothes rental
- snow sled hire
- Pyeongchang Trout Festival Entry
- English speaking tour staff
Top South Korea Travel Deals This Week
Klook Summer Promotion for Australians
Klook is currently running a summer discount coupon code promotion for Australian customers, for travel to South Korea and many other destinations. You can get a discount of 8% when you use the coupon code HOLIDAYSAU when you are in the check out stage. Click here to see further information about options you can book through Klook to take advantage of this discount. This deal expires on 11 January 2019 so get in quickly to ensure you do not miss out!
Voyagin Year End Sale Promotion
Voyagin is currently running their Year End Sale from 1 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 with the following coupon code discounts, note that this deal does not include discounts on Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea tickets or whole of Japan Rail Passes:
- Spend $US 80, Save $US 5, use coupon code`YEAREND5`
- Spend $US 130, Save $US 10, use coupon code `YEAREND10`
- Spend $US 350, Save $US 30, use coupon code `YEAREND30`
To see a great range of popular purchase options through Voyagin to take advantage of this sale I suggest you check out the Voyagin Tours and Tickets for South Korea at this link – options include theme parks, shows, Discover Seoul Passes and much more!
Tour Radar Boxing Day Sale
Tour Radar is currently running their Boxing Day Sale over 26 December 2018 to 2 January 2019, where you can get discounts of up to $US600 on package tours to South Korea and many other destinations.
Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group
Best of Seoul in One Day by How’s Korea
Seoul is a city full of places to visit and things to experience, but what if your time in Seoul is limited? You are in luck, as most of the major tourist sites in Seoul are located close to each other, making it possible to even get around on foot. If you start early in the morning, you will be able to stop by these tourist attractions. Click here to read more…
The 10 Things You Want to Know Before Traveling South Korea by Linda Goes East
To be honest, I didn’t know a lot about Korea before I met my husband Jeongsu. Even after we started dating, I couldn’t find a lot of information on what to see and do in Korea. However, since moving to Korea in 2015, I’ve explored a lot of different places and found that there is so much to see and do in South Korea. Are you thinking about traveling to South Korea but aren’t quite sure what to expect? If so, continue reading this post where I am answering all those questions you might have before your first trip to South Korea. Click here to read more…
The most impressive skyscraper of 2018 has the fastest elevator in the world. Take a look. By Business Insider
The world is witnessing a massive boom in skyscraper construction, led by nations like China, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. This year alone, China built more skyscrapers than any country has ever built in a year.
Amid growing competition for the tallest and most innovative towers, one high-rise in South Korea managed to surpass all others. Earlier this week, the Lotte World Tower in Seoul received the Emporis Skyscraper Award, the world’s most renowned prize for high-rise architecture.
The tower’s sleek design pales in comparison to its record-shattering features, which include the world’s highest glass-bottomed observation deck and the world’s fastest elevator. Take a look at how it was built – and what it looks like now. Click here to read more…
Thanks Anne and Tony.
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