CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTINE BRUNS
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is an amazing resource for foreigners living in South Korea. Their website is extensive, they offer great FREE opportunities throughout the year, and they have an excellent on-site headquarters that you can visit. They are open 365 Days a year from 9:00- 20:00.
Once you reach the building’s plaza, where they hold periodic events and contests, there are above ground computerized kiosks for your use. The real score, however, happens after you head down the stairs to their main facilities.
Inside you will find a plethora of services at your disposal, including a Help Desk, a K-Pop station, a snack machine, a gift shop, and pamphlets galore.
Since Medical Tourism is a huge industry here in South Korea, there is an entire section dedicated to it. They even offer free blood glucose tests and other experiences.
They also have a Cultural Art Center, a FREE internet station, a Tech Library, and an auditorium for scheduled events.
Items of note:
They have a FREE Cultural Experience Event during the 3rd week of every month, with traditional crafts, a Hanbok wearing opportunity, and performances.
There is a FREE Help Line for Foreigners – Dial 1330 and someone will be able to help you with directions, translations, facility times, etc. Use this number!
Ticket purchasing – need a ticket for an event or K-Performance? They can help you with that, as well!
Fun things to visit nearby:
Cheonggyeon Stream – walk along this reclaimed waterway and relax in the heart of the city.
5-Story Daiso – have some affordable fun shopping for a bit of everything – craft supplies, shoes, cookware, plants, toys, plastic trays, stickers, cleaning supplies…
YP Book Store – large book store with an entrance attached to Exit 5 of Jonggak Station
Hours: 0900 – 1800 daily
Address: 410 Da-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Google Maps Coordinates: 37.5684894, 126.98161340000001
Take Subway, Line 1 to Jonggak Station and use Exit 5. Go straight after exiting, and you’ll see the building through the trees, on the opposite side of the Cheonggyeon Stream.