The main Tourist Information Center (TIC) is located on the basement level of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) headquarters in Seoul. At the TIC, maps, leaflets, and other promotional materials are provided at no charge and visitors can get information on tourist attractions, accommodations, food and much more from professionals fluent in English, Japanese, and Chinese. The TIC also offers simple medical services as well as free internet access and phone services. Visitors can browse travel-related books and data at the Tourism Technology Library or visit the souvenir shop and Hallyu zone. Hanbok experience and other cultural programs are offered regularly throughout the year.
The Korea Tourism Organization currently operates 4 Tourist Information Centers, one at each of the following locations: downtown Seoul (B1 of the KTO Headquarters), the Incheon International Airport, Gimhae International Airport (Busan), and the Jeju International Airport.
At the TIC's Information Desk, well-trained specialists fluent in English, Japanese, and Chinese offer information on accommodations, tourist attractions, and more. Travel information in the form of leaflets, brochures, books and audio-visual presentations are available free of charge and staff members are more than happy to provide print-outs of sites and information of special interest to each visitor.
Hours: 09:00 - 20:00 (Open all year round)
Services in: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese
To help ensure visitors have a pleasant and convenient journey, the KTO provides both free international phone services and free internet access. At the TIC's computer corner, travelers can search for Korea-related information online at sites like the KTO's official website (www.visitkorea.or.kr).
The library includes numerous reference books and travel guides to the nations of the world. Here you can read about specific destinations in Korea and other countries.
Hours: 09:00 - 17:30 (Monday-Friday)
Brochures and pamphlets are available for visitors to take. Materials provide travelers with accurate and useful information on Korea's tourist attractions, regional festivals, performance events, tour packages, etc.
Located on the ground floor of the Korea Tourism Organization headquarters building, the automated Tour Guide System allows visitors to search travel information, photos, video clips, and maps using a touch screen. Services are available in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese and can directly connect visitors to the KTO's tourist information hotline, the 1330 tt call center.
The Korea Tourism Organization's Tourist Information Center (TIC) offers a range of hands-on cultural experience programs such as wearing Hanbok, getting your name written in Hangeul, making Hanji crafts, and more. Anyone visiting the TIC is welcome to participate in these free programs (no reservations necessary).
☞ Venue: TIC Hall
☞ Regular Event Dates: Monday - Saturday (third week of every month)
☞ Special Event Dates: Lunar New Year, Chuseok, Golden Week (April 29 – May 4), etc.
☞ Participation Fee: Free
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330, +82-2-729-9497~9 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 2013 Event Dates
This hall displays and sells approximately 500 pieces of art that have been created by artisans preserving Korea's rich cultural history.
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (Monday-Friday)
Selected through the National Tourism Souvenirs Contest, a variety of products are on display for purchase.
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
* Closed on Sundays and National Holidays during the winter season (November-February)
Visitors may buy red ginseng, kimchi, and other local specialties at discounted prices (10% off) from the Exhibition and Sales Center for Regional Specialty Products.
Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
* Closed on Sundays and national holidays.
The Korean Wave (Hallyu) Hall has K•Star Gallery, a photo zone where visitors can take pictures with life-size cutouts of some of Korea's most famous celebrities. Hallyu celebrities' handprints are also displayed here. At the nearby K•Star Shop, guests will find a selection of Hallyu celebrity products.
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
* Open all year round.
The Medical Tourism Information Center provides information on medical services in Korea. The center provides a one-stop information service, introducing visitors to Korean medical institutions that treat international travelers. The center provides information on the institutions' different specialties and offers free consultation services from medical experts. Visitors to the center can also check their health using a free body composition analyzer, stress monitor, blood pressure monitor, and skin analyzer.
Hours: 09:00 - 19:00 (Open all year round)
Related site: Medical Tourism
Last updated on March 11, 2013