K-pop artist Soyou coming to Manila for Korea Tourism Organization’s travel fair 

Published September 6, 2022, 9:06 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is celebrating its 10th year of opening its Manila office and a two-day festival will be held to mark the milestone.

In partnership with the Korean Embassy in the Philippines and the Korean Cultural Center (KCC), the KTO will hold the 2022 Korea Festival at the Glorietta Activity Center and Palm Drive Activity Center in Makati on Sept. 10-11.

The Korea Travel Fair will be held on Sept. 10 and 11, and K-pop artist Soyou will be gracing the event on Sept. 11 (KTO, Instagram)

The 2022 Korea Festival will showcase the past and present of Korean culture and increase the interest of Filipinos in experiencing Korea through a grand Korea Travel Fair. This is the first time that the embassy, KTO and KCC will be celebrating Korean Thanksgiving or Chuseok for an event together.

K-pop artist Soyou, former member of group SISTAR, will be coming to Manila for the event. She will be performing for Filipino fans on Sept. 11 with some of her hits including “I Miss You” from the Korean drama “Goblin,” “Rain” and “Some.”

Besides Soyou, Korean talents Painters and Superstick will also come to Manila to grace the event.

The Korean Embassy, KTO and KCC invite all Korean culture and tourism lovers to visit and enjoy the activities prepared during the two-day event.

To highlight the tradition and Korea’s history-rich culture, the activities that the attendees may participate in include wearing of hanbok or Korean traditional clothing; playing Korean traditional games such as ddakji, dalgona candy and jegichagi; and learning Hangeul or Korean calligraphy.

In addition, to mark Chuseok, there will be songpyeon or half-moon-shaped rice cake making and tasting session. Meanwhile, modern activities include busking and picnic experiences just like spending time on the streets of Hongdae or riverbanks of the Han River in South Korea.

South Korea is welcoming back Filipino tourists, which started on June 1. From June to August this year, South Korea recorded over 60 percent increase of Filipino tourist arrivals compared to last year.

To reignite the interests of Filipinos and make Korea their first international destination after the pandemic, KTO is partnering with seven airlines and five local travel agencies to offer special promo fares and installment deals just for the Korea Travel Fair.

These seven airlines are Korean Air, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, Fly Gangwon, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia.

The partner travel agencies–Ark Travel Express, Horizon Travel & Tours, Pan Pacific Travel Corporation, Rakso Air Travel & Tours, and Travel Specialist Ventures–will offer flexible payment terms and installment options available to BPI credit and debit card holders.

As a bonus, visitors who will purchase within the promotion period from any of the participating partners may redeem special gifts from KTO.

Live musical performances, travel quizzes and talk show, fun games, and a mix of modern and traditional activities will complete the two-day program lineup on stage.