Hallyu star Kim Junsu, ASEAN-Korea Centre promote Philippine tourism

Published February 18, 2021, 7:17 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Hallyu star Kim Junsu (left) with Tourism Director and Attaché Maria Corazon Jorda-Apo and some of the featured Philippine destinations in the promo video (Screenshot from ASEAN-Korea Centre video on YouTube) 

K-pop boy band JYJ member Kim Junsu and the Seoul-based ASEAN-Korea Centre have launched tourism promotional videos featuring the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. 

The ASEAN-Korea Centre prepared FamTour videos as a way of presenting a virtual tour of the countries and allow viewers to experience ASEAN amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Produced in collaboration with the tourism promotion offices of the three countries, the ASEAN FamTour videos aim to let the Korean public experience ASEAN’s travel destinations with ease. 

Kim Junsu acted as the narrator in introducing the different tourist spots in each country. The videos are available on the ASEAN-Korea Centre’s YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/akcsns) and the ASEAN tourism offices’ official channels.

According to ASEAN-Korea Centre Secretary General Lee Hyuk, “The diverse contents offered by the ASEAN-Korea Centre will allow viewers and readers to experience ASEAN in a whole new way. In particular, I hope the photos, videos, and stories offer some comfort to many Koreans who are longing to travel to Southeast Asia.”

The Philippine promotional video introduces “safe tourism” in areas such as Boracay, MIMAROPA and CALABARZON where people can enjoy nature and experience the culture, history and food.

“Like a friend who’s always there for you, the Philippines is always waiting for you. I hope to see you again in the exciting Philippines,” Kim Junsu said in the video together with Tourism Director and Attaché Maria Corazon Jorda-Apo of the Philippine Department of Tourism-Korea. 

South Korea is the Philippines’ No. 1 source of tourists. Despite the pandemic, South Korea remained in the top spot with 338,877 people visiting the Philippines in 2020, representing 22.86 percent of all visitor arrivals, according to the Department of Tourism. The figure is a decrease from 1.98 million Koreans who visited the country in 2019. 

Here’s the Philippine tourism promotional video: