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Myeong-dong Street Stalls Accept Cards!
Starting in March 2024, some 300 street vendors in Myeong-dong will be accepting payments via bank card through newly installed card reading machines. This comes in the effort to combat price gouging and unpleasant interactions with stall owners. The stalls accepting card payments will have information signage in English, Japanese, and Chinese. The district office is taking steps to provide reliable street foods. Efforts include monitoring pricing for common street foods such as bungeo ppang (fish-shaped bread), eomuk (fishcake), and ojingeo gui (grilled squid), as well as clearly specifying the ingredients and cooking methods to ensure prices remain reasonable. The addition of a unified safe food handling requirement (hair nets, gloves, masks, etc.) is also planned. Visitors no longer have to prepare cash before visiting Myeong-dong, or limit their menu based on how much cash they have on hand. They can fully immerse themselves in the tasty world of K-street foods!
20% Discount with ZeroPay QR Payments
A mobile payment discount event that had started over the Seollal holiday period will continue until March 31, 2024. The event provides a 20% discount for purchases at any of the 1.8 million shops nationwide that allow ZeroPay when paying with Alipay or WeChat Pay, used by many tourists visiting from China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia. Participating in the event is easy. First, scan the coupon QR code for Alipay or WeChat Pay on the ZeroPay marketing sticker to get the 20% discount coupon. Next, scan the ZeroPay payment QR code to pay and the discount will be automatically applied. The discount is applicable for up to 100 Yuan through Alipay CN and WeChat Pay, the equivalent of 20,000 won through Alipay PLUS, and is limited to one use per user. More events and promotions are planned for these three companies, allowing tourists to enjoy saving while they shop in Korea!
Travel Made Easier for Malay Language Speakers
Malay language speakers can now enjoy more information services during their travels in Korea. Malay has been added to the information signage at 20 major subway stations in Seoul that see the most number of international tourists. While at the subway station, international tourists can also make use of the Real-time Interpretation System using AI technology. The service supports 13 languages, including Malay, and provides immediate interpretation between the tourist and Korean station worker through the use of a touch screen and microphone. Additional services available through the touch screen include searching for subway routes and checking for T-locker and T-luggage facilities. Be sure to look out for the signage and the interpretation system service when exploring Seoul’s hottest attractions! Malay Language Signage Stations: Myeongdong Station, Itaewon Station, Hongik Univ. Station, Seoul Station (Lines 1 & 4), Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Lines 2 & 4), Jamsil Station (Line 2), Hoehyeon Station, Dongdaemun Station (Line 4), Anguk Station, Gyeongbokgung Station, Sinsa Station, Chungmuro Station, City Hall Station (Lines 1 & 2), Ehwa Womans Univ. Station, Euljiro 3(sam)-ga Station (Line 2), Gangnam Station, Samseong Station Real-time Interpretation System Locations: Customer Support Center, Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) * Machines to be added to Seoul Station, Itaewon Station, Gimpo Airport Station, Gwanghwamun Station, and Hongik Univ. Station in 2024 ▶ Korea Travel Cheat Sheet: 3 New Transportation Services
Korea Travel Cheat Sheet: 3 New Transportation Services
The language barrier at subway stations in Seoul has been knocked down! Hailing a taxi in Seoul is as easy as in your home country! All your questions about using a public bicycle are easily answered
Guide to Winter Festivals
Winter in Korea is dynamic and ever-changing as the weather. In December, the cities are adorned in colorful lights, and when the year draws to a close, people gather at sunrise festival locations ac
Cast of “Sister Act” Discover Korea’s Charms!
“Sister Act,” the international mega-hit musical that has drawn in more than 6 million audience members in just six years, has finally come to Korea! From auditioning to final casting and staging, th
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