Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 13 January 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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South Korea Events
South Korea Upcoming Events
The major upcoming events are below including how to book tickets for each event:
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
Featured South Korea Tours and Tickets – DMZ Tours
Most visitors to South Korea are interested in seeing the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.
You really need to book your DMZ tour at least two months before you plan to visit, and also book it first before you book anything else – otherwise you may have limited options to change to another date. The JSA tours in particular sell out quickly.
For our recent trip to South Korea, we missed out on being able to do a DMZ tour at all as we had not realised that none of the tours operate on a Monday, and they also do not operate on public holidays – and the rest of our schedule was already locked in 🙁 .
We therefore recommend that you book your DMZ tour first before anything else to ensure you can get your preferred date. Also be aware that the Joint Security Area tours do not always operate – so make sure you check your tour options before you book.
There are a range of different DMZ tours available – Get Your Guide has a great selection of DMZ tour options and I suggest that you click through and check out the options at the below link.
Top South Korea Travel Deals This Week
Voyagin Chinese New Year Promotion
Voyagin is currently running their New Year Sale to celebrate Chinese New Year from 7 January to 10 February 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`NEWYEAR5`
- Spend $US 130, Save $US 10, use coupon code `NEWYEAR10`
- Spend $US 350, Save $US 30, use coupon code `NEWYEAR30`
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 Online Expo – 17-24 January 2019
Tour Radar is about to run their awesome Online Expo over 17-24 January 2019 which offers great discounts on multi day package tours from a large selection of providers including Intrepid, Peregrine and many more. Click below to register and receive the great deals before anyone else!
Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group
9 Easy Money Saving Tips in South Korea by Two Wandering Soles
Okay, so now you know just how much money you can earn teaching English in South Korea. Is your head spinning?! Don’t worry… we are about to share with you some of the tips and tricks that helped us save more than $22,000 in one year. You can adapt them to work for you, and start watching your savings accrue.
But before we start talking budgets, I want to emphasize that saving money should never mean sacrificing your happiness. Being away from family and friends can take a toll, and it’s important to focus on the things that bring you joy.
Don’t feel guilty for little splurges here and there – we certainly had our fair share. Furthermore, be sure to experience life abroad to its fullest. Don’t let your budget hold you back when it comes to trying new things. Click here to read more…
How I spent 72 hours in Seoul by The Stylish Trotter
Seoul was the 2nd city I visited in Asia. After spending 5 days in Tokyo, I was looking forward to South Korea. Seoul is a big city, and it had a different feel and speed compared to Tokyo. With only a few days in Seoul, I was determined to make the most of my stay.
I stayed at Golden Tulip M Hotel which was affordable, and the location was perfect. It is located in Jung-gu which is a great neighborhood for tourists. The room was clean, and the whole room was controlled by a remote control which I thought was really cool. I did not want to leave!
The reason why I chose Seoul was because I had a specific list of things I wanted to do in the city. I wanted to ski (it was my first time), and watching their famous comedic theatrical show JUMP. Here are the things I did in Seoul in 72 hours. Click here to read more…
Thanks Anne and Tony.
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