The Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) Tourist Information Centre (TIC) locates in the heart of Seoul and main centres servicing tourists who needs assistance while travelling in Korea. The centre also provides an introduction about the Korean culture and is particular useful to tourist who knows little about the country. Other than collecting information that you need for your travel, the building is situated next to the Cheonggyecheon, a 5.8km stream that runs from the west to east of Seoul, running through downtown Seoul and connects to the Han River. The stream has been converted into a recreation public place in the recent years.
The TIC is located at the basement of the KTO headquarters. Watch out for the sign and take the stairs to the basement.
There are 5 main sections in TIC namely, Tourist Information Desk, Cultural Experience, Traditional Crafts and Experience, Korean Wave Hall and Medical Tourism Information Centre.
Travel maps and brochures can be obtained at the tourist information officers, who are fluent in English, Mandarin, Japanese and of course in Korean. Tourists can also make free international phone call and make use of the internet service available.
The K-Star Gallery at the Korean Wave Hall is the photo zone for visitors. Grab the chance to take photos with your favourite idols and celebrities.
It is quite fun to experince wearing the traditional Korean costume, Hanbok at TIC. The staff are professional and has quite good fashion sense in selecting the hanbok and matching accessories to suitable your personality.
The Medical Tourism Information section provides information on medical services available in Korea. You can do a quick check on your health status, such as blood pressure level, Bodyfat analysis and stress monitor! Sadly, I didn't do very well for the stress monitor! =( I need to watch my stress level... isn't that stressful? :P
That's the machine for check the blood pressure level and fortuately, my blood pressure was within the healthy range.
Apparently, there is some science in choosing tea that is beneficial to one's health. Take a short survey and at the end of it, you will be advised on the type of tea that is suitable for you.
Besides Seoul, the TIC can also be found at Incheon International Airport, Gimhae International Airport (Busan) and Jeju International Airport.
[This trip is made possible by the Asian On Air programme, organised by the Korean Air and Korea Tourism Organisation].
Korea Tourism Organisation Tourist Information Centre (KTO TIC)
Jong-gu, Cheonggyecheon-ro 40, 100180 Seoul
Opening Hours: 0900 to 2000 hrs daily
Tel: +82-2-7299-497 to 499
Getting to Seoul downtown TIC:
Take the subway to Jongjak Station (Line 1) and use Exit 5. Wait straight ahead and as you reach the first traffic junction, cross it and turn right. Walk along Cheonggyecheon-ro for about 3 minutes, and KTO office is just right ahead.
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