June 30, 2009 12:17
The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization launched the Gyeonggi Tour Bus for domestic and foreign tourists on June 1.
It offers two tours. The first is a visit to Hwaseong Haenggung Palace in Suwon and the Icheon World Ceramics Center for a range of traditional Korean cultural experiences, including archery and ceramic making. The second is a TV drama tour, which combines trips to Yangpyeong English Village, where the popular "Boys Over Flowers" was shot, as well as Guri Blacksmith Village, which is famous as the location for "The Four Guardian Gods of the King" and "Princess Jamyeong."
Following a pilot program in 2008, the organization analyzed problems and improved the marketability of the tours. A spokesman said, "With a professional tour guide, visitors can experience the province's best tourist attractions in a single day. We expect that the program will attract visitors who have not been able to come in the past due to a lack of transport options."
The new product is provided in partnership with Sarangchae, the accommodation facility run by Suwon Hwaseong Management Foundation. Backpackers who stay at Sarangchae also have easy access. The participation of Lotte Tour in the program ensures wider marketing.
The prices are W52,000 for the first and W55,000 for the second tour, and include lunch, a tour guide, and travel insurance (US$1=W1,286).
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