Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 24 March 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to South Korea, top travel deals and articles about South Korea.
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Featured Korean Pass: Limited Edition BTS Discover Seoul Pass
Purchasing a Discover Seoul Pass is a great option for most visitors to Seoul, as it provides easy and affordable access to 35 major tourist attractions in Seoul, and also doubles as a T-Money public transport card – all you need to do is load some credit onto the card and you are good to use it in Seoul and throughout South Korea for local buses and trains. The very popular Korean K-Pop band BTS is featured on the Discover Seoul Pass for a limited time, so get in quickly to book your pass to ensure you do not miss out.
You can book your limited edition Discover Seoul Pass through Trazy for pickup on arrival at Incheon Airport – we bought this pass for our recent visit to South Korea and were very happy with how easy it was to use. Trazy is a reputable South Korean online travel agency. Click here to check out the BTS limited edition Discover Seoul Pass and order through Trazy.
South Korea Events
South Korea Upcoming Events
The major upcoming events are below including how to book tickets for each event:
Until 31 March 2019. Lights Festival Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong
The amazing Garden of Morning Calm has an illumination festival running until 31 March 2019. Click here for further details.
24 April 2019. 2019 The Fact Music Awards
The 2019 The Fact Music Awards are a great K-pop music awards show where you get to vote for your favourite bands. Trazy has a great package which includes either standing room or seated tickets, combined with round trip transfer, plus the option to book a one day pass the Everland Theme Park. Click here to check out tickets to the 2019 The Fact Music Awards through Trazy.
27-28 April 2019. Hiphopplaya Festival 2019
Dive into South Korea’s largest representational outdoor hip hop festival — Hiphopplaya Festival over 27-28 April 2019!
Grab your discounted tickets through Klook as soon as possible, on sale for only 5 limited days. Enjoy the perfect lineup of the established, trending, and up-and-coming South Korean hip hop talents. Click below to check out the details and make your booking through Klook.
18 May 2019. 2019 Dream Concert
The Dream Concert is one of the biggest annual K-pop festivals held in Seoul World Cup Stadium. 2019 is the 25th anniversary of The Dream Concert
Trazy has standing zone tickets for the 2019 Dream Concert packaged with a one day pass to Everland Theme Park. Click here to check out and book your 2019 Dream Concert and Everland Theme Park ticket package through Trazy.
29-30 June 2019. 5TARDIUM 2019 EDM Festival – get 32% off with Earlybird Tickets!
Celebrating its 6th anniversary, 5TARDIUM 2019 has announced a stacked lineup with world-class EDM artists. Famous DJs such as Illenium, Markus Schultz, Darren Styles, i_o and other artists are already confirmed DJs ready to put on a jaw-dropping experience.
Featured South Korea Tours and Tickets
South Korea Spring Festivals!
South Korea holds a multitude of spring festivals across the country. You may not be aware that South Korea is also a big cherry blossom destination!
Here is the selection of the most popular options on offer. You can book some great packages through either Trazy or Klook which include transport to and from each event from either Seoul or Busan or both locations – check each tour carefully to confirm the departure and return points.
29 March – 7 April 2019. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is Korea’s biggest spring festival which is located a short distance west from Busan which usually attracts around 2 million visitors! There are a few different day tour options as follows, all of them include visits to Jinhae, Yeojwacheon Stream and Gyeonghwa Station cherry blossom viewing areas, as well as a large selection of cultural shows and activities.
- One day Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival tour from either Seoul or Busan. Click here to book through either Trazy (Seoul or Busan departure) or Klook (from Busan or Seoul).
- Evening Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival tour from Busan, including Yeojwacheon Stream Starlight Festival. Available 28 March – 10 April 2019. Click here to book through either Trazy or Klook.
- Trazy also offers an option to visit both the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival and Busan Daejeo Ecological Park from Busan to see the 3.3km pink cherry blossom tunnel along the Nakdongganag River. Click here to book through Trazy
- Klook also has a separate tour option from Seoul using a tour bus where you can choose either a standard or VIP Package. Click here to check out the details and book through Klook.
30 March – 8 April 2019. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the top cherry blossom festivals in South Korea, and is located one hour drive north from Busan. As well as exploring the lovely streets full of cherry blossoms, you can also enjoy traditional food and market stalls, as well as music performances, Korean arts and crafts.
- Trazy has two different tour options departing from either Seoul over 1-5 April 2019 or Busan from 30 March to 8 April 2019. Click here to book through Trazy from either Seoul or Busan.
- Klook has a day tour option from Busan only, which is available over 30 March to 8 April 2019. Click here to book through Klook from Busan.
6-16 April 2019. Peak Cherry Blossom Season in Seoul
Over mid April will be peak cherry blossom season in Seoul.
Klook has on offer a Cherry Blossom Chasing Day Tour for Seoul which includes visits to three cherry blossom locations and a traditional lunch. Click here to check out the details and book through Klook.
14 April – 12 May 2019. Taean Tulip Festival and Strawberry Farm.
The Taean Tulip Festival is one of the top 5 tulip festivals in the world. This great tour enables you to visit the Taean Tulip Festival from Seoul, and also stop in to pick strawberries. Click here to read more about the Taean Tulip Festival.
- The Trazy tour option operates every day from 14 April to 12 May 2019. Click here to book through Trazy.
- The Klook tour option only operates every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 14 April to 12 May 2019, with the exception of not operating on 5 May 2019. Click here to book through Klook.
13 & 15 April 2019. Ever Cherry Blossom Festival & Everland One Day Tour.
Everland Theme Park also offers a great cherry blossom experience and festival close to Seoul – where you can also go on the rides and explore the theme park! Click here to book through Trazy.
2-6 May 2019. Boseong Green Tea Festival.
The Boseong Green Tea Festival will be held over 2-6 May 2019. The Boseong Tea Plantation was listed on “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN! Learn everything you ever wanted to know about how green tea is made, and enjoy the festival performances.
You can book this one day tour package from either Seoul or Busan for departures only on 3 May 2019. Click here to book through either Trazy (Seoul/Busan departure) or Klook (Seoul departure and Busan departure).
Top South Korea Travel Deals This Week
Voyagin Sakura Spring Promotion
Voyagin is currently running their Sakura Spring promotion to celebrate the upcoming cherry blossom season from 11 February to 31 March 2019 with the following coupon code discounts, note that this deal does not include discounts on Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea tickets or Japan Rail Passes:
- Spend $US 150, Save $US 10, use coupon code`SakuraSpring10`
- Spend $US 300, Save $US 25, use coupon code `SakuraSpring25`
- Spend $US 450, Save $US 40, use coupon code `SakuraSpring40`
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!
Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group
[Seoul] Top 6 Shopping Districts for Shopaholics by For Two, Please
As a trend-setting metropolitan city in Asia, Seoul has become a vibrant fashion hub and popular tourist destination. Hundreds of thousands of boys and girls visit every year to uncover the latest trends and look for the hottest fashion items. Below I have listed 6 most popular shopping districts in Seoul, where you would be dazzled by the latest cosmetics products, clothing and accessories! Click here to read more…
The 27 Best Things to Do in Korea Outside of Seoul by Bobo and ChiChi
There’s alot more to South Korea than Seoul. We have put together a list of the 27 best things to do in Korea outside of Seoul. Don’t limit yourself to the nation’s largest city, you can easily take advantage of the great public transportation this country has to offer and explore more places. Not only is it fairly cheap, but you will have an opportunity to see some magnificent places, whether it be historical, along the countryside, or one of the many gorgeous mountains.
If you want to see more photos or learn more details including how to get to these places make sure you check out the links included for each city. Click here to read more…
Thanks Anne and Tony.
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