Asia is one of the places where I always feel the time losts any continuity. Each time I am there I feel like in a dream, who’s end and beginning are not very clear. I have not been to South Korea till now, but I always associate this country with a lot of serious learning and high-end academic attitudes.
Curious to find out more what can a Western visitor find here, I addressed a couple of questions to the representatives of the South Korean tourism board in Germany. Here are the main recommendations for German tourists, and not only.
What a tourist from Europe should know before visiting South Korea?
Please find general information here:
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_4_1.jsp and Travelers’ Essentials.
Details about weather and seasons in Korea: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_1_2.jsp
Plan your trip: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1011_Plan%20Your%20Trip.jsp
What is the most recommended destination of this year?
We always recommend Seoul as the capital city and Busan as the biggest seaport. This year there will be the Special Olympics in Pyeongchang which shows Korea as a winter sports destination.
Also there will be the International Garden Expo in Suncheon Bay which shows Korea’s beautiful gardens.
More recommednations: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_8_1.jsp
Where you can find relevant information about South Korea in terms of food, safety and health?
Please check our website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1051_Food.jsp, http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_5_9.jsp,http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_5_10.jsp, http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_5_11.jsp
When is the busiest season?
The busiest season is summer and autumn. We recommend autumn to travel Korea because of the mild weather and the colourful landscape
How do you brand South Korea in Europe?
We have 5 offices in Europe promoting Korea as a travel destination. We give information via e-mail and via phone. We promote Korea on fairs and we do several online, print and other marketing campaigns.
What is your advice for the expats looking to relocate to South Korea?
There are some villages on the south coast of Korea and near Seoul where people from Germany and Korea settle after retirement.
If you are in Germany and are looking for more information, please contact:
Korea Tourism Organization / Baseler Str. 35-37, 5.OG, D-60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
www.visitkorea.or.kr (Webpage in German available)