8 Ways to Have Fun at K-Style Hub! - Korea Tourism Organization
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8 Ways to Have Fun at K-Style Hub!

The comprehensive information center offers information through ICT technology about all tourist attractions in Korea as well as experiences with tourist places and Hallyu stars.

K-Style Hub, a famous attraction that is less known to most international tourists! Recently opened on April 11, this is one-stop complex that has the information to meet all tourists' needs, from a tourist information center to various experience zones, exhibition halls and even sales of local specialty products! The hub is divided into four segments, with the Tourist Information Center found at second level, Korean Food Exhibition and Experience Halls on the third and forth levels respectively, as well as an Art Market Hall on the fifth level. 

The biggest attraction of K-Style Hub lies in the fact that visitors may enjoy the Korean food culture through various hands-on programs. Though exploring the diverse range of experience zones that can be found in every level can be fun, read on more to find out eight different ways to have fun at K-Style Hub! Don’t miss out the hidden fun factors that you can find here!

1- Obtain Travel Info or Simply Have a Rest!



Photo: Visitors reading brochures on tourism information classified by regions

The Tourist Information Center (TIC) found on level 2 offers a wide range of useful travel information and services to tourists visiting Korea, and it also serves as a great rest place for travelers who need a short break while sightseeing around the city. Comfortable sofas can be found along the windows and visitors may relax while sipping a cup of coffee from the café, or read up on Korea tourism through the broad selection of tour-related brochures, such as travel guide books and maps provided. 

Not only are there travel brochures and maps on Seoul attractions, travel information on other regional attractions, as well as festivals are also widely available. For those who are unable to find your desired information from these print materials, you may also proceed to the tourist information desk where staff awaits to attend to your travel inquiries.

If you need help in purchasing train tickets or making reservations for accommodation, simply look for the ‘Travel Concierge’ located on the same level. Professional travel agents are available to provide consultation and help in reserving train tickets, flight tickets, accommodations and payments can also be made on-site. Besides, sales of SIM cards or transportation cards exclusively for international visitors, and even Wi-Fi device or mobile phone rental services are also offered.

2- Experience Korea’s Major Attractions through VR!​



Photo: Virtual Reality (VR) Experience Zone

At the front section of the TIC in level 2 is the VR Experience Zone. Instead of reading off a typical brochure or guidebook, visitors can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view experience via the VR devices that offers a selection of about 40 major tourist attractions around the nation. One may feel as if he or she had personally visited the particular attraction as the virtual experience may just seemed to be so real. Get a feel of walking around popular sites including Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeong-dong or even experience ski jumping at the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics, all in one setting!

3- Photo Memento with Hallyu Stars!​


Photo: BIGBANG standing signboard (left) / Photo memento with G-DRAGON (right)

For all K-Pop fans, the Hallyu Experience Zone on level 2 is a section that you definitely should not miss! You may take photos with K-pop singers including BIGBANG, PSY, 2NE1, Rainbow and many more. Fans may also find BIGBANG standing signboards right at the entrance of this experience zone. There are three types of photo taking experiences available. Press the bell to visit the idol’s house, imitate top idol’s trademark gestures, show your love for your favorite star and a variety of other concept photos can be taken here.

Photos taken with stars at the experience zone only last for about 3-4 seconds, and will disappear thereafter. Thus, it is best recommended to take pictures with your own cameras for photo keepsake purposes.

4- A Better Understanding of Your Body at Medical Tourism Center!



Photo: Kiosks to test what is your most suitable medicinal herbal tea

There are countless activities international tourists may find at the K-Style Hub and one of them includes the Medical Tourism Information Center. Though the center may not be seemingly eye-catching at a first glance, there are in fact several hidden interesting experiences that you may enjoy here.


Photo: 4 types of medicinal teas categorized in jars (left) / Tourist trying the facial analysis system (right)

There are four experience programs that you can enjoy here! The programs range from a test to find out what is the most suitable medicinal tea, to a facial analysis or even a program to check one’s stress level. These programs are open to all with no reservations required. Take this chance to learn more about your body and health!

The Medical Tourism Information Center is hosting an exclusive event for all foreigners visiting Korea through their social media. Simply take a picture at the Medical Tourism Information Center, upload to your personal social media and show the staff your post to redeem a free sun block lotion or gyeongokgo (a type of herb medicine for promoting blood circulation). Gifts for this event are while stocks last!

5- Adorn Korea’s Traditional Costume, Hanbok!



Photo: Free hanbok fitting experience

One of the most highly seek activities among foreign visitors to Korea is none other than the hanbok fitting experience! Currently, a free hanbok fitting experience is available at level 5 of the K-Style Hub. Whether it is the typical royal hanbok, or the recent trendy fusion-style hanbok, a diverse selection of hanbok designs is available for you to choose from. Not only are there pretty hanbok for the ladies, hanboks for males are also offered. This free hanbok fitting experience is only available till December this year; henceforth you are encouraged to try it before it ends!

You are allowed to wear the hanbok and go out of the building to take pictures. However, an identification card or passport is required for deposit in order to rent the hanbok.

 

6- Discover Korea’s Charisma at the Korean Food Exhibition Hall!



Photo: Entrance of Korean Food Exhibition Hall

The entrance to the Korean Food Exhibition Hall on level 3 has an eye-catching design. It is decorated in a way to let foreign visitors to have a feel of an authentic traditional Korean atmosphere whereby long windows with wooden bars are aligned in a row. A total of 24 windows with bars can be found, and each of them exhibits a section on Korea’ seasonal food.


 

Besides, visitors may also find a variety of Korea’s grains and seasoning, as well as, a performance screening video onto the various onggi (Korean pottery) displayed at the jangdokdae  (a platform where the potteries are stored), along with arirang music as the background music. This performance was an exhibition held in Italy ‘Milano EXPO’ last year and was given high praises for displaying Korea’s beauty with its melodious tune.

The Korean Food Exhibition Hall offers foreign language services for all foreign visitors. This service is available upon request on-site and operating hours vary according to languages as follow: English (11:00, 15:00), Japanese (12:00, 17:00) and Chinese (10:30, 14:30, 16:30).

7- Making Your Very Own Korean Food!



 Photo: Pan-frying an egg (left) / Platter of seven delicacies and Bibimbap (right)

After understanding the Korean food culture at the exhibitions on level 3, visitors may proceed onto level 4 to have an experience of cooking your very own Korean food. The Korean Food Experience Hall is divided into three segments. You may choose to make a wide assortment of Korean food at the ‘Korean Food Learning Center’, or have a taste of the representative Korean food at the ‘Korean Food Experience Zone’, or obtain valuable Korean food recipes at the ‘Korean Food Sarangbang’. Please kindly note that separate program fees are applicable to the first two aforementioned segments. 

The Korean Food Learning Center operates daily excluding Tuesdays. Bulgogi, platter of seven delicacies, and bibimbap are some of the representative Korean food on the menu. Schedules for these cooking lessons vary according to programs. For those who are interested, reservations have to be made at least three days prior to the visit, and lessons may be cancelled if there are less than 10 people signed up for the program.

Detailed information about the courses​ : http://www.hansik.org/en/lecture/lectureIndex.do  
E-mail : hansikculture@hansik.org 

8- Purchase Souvenirs!​



Photo: Art Market Hall where visitors may purchase various Korea’s specialty products

The Art Market Hall is a place where you should drop by before leaving the K-Style Hub. Visitors may find a display of traditional Korean hanbok and small dining table, as well as special locally made products by venture or creative enterprises on sale. With Korean food and culture as the theme, the hall is designed in a way that is similar to a gallery, great for exploring around. Cute and charming works of art made from heart undoubtedly serve as great souvenirs or even gifts for your family and friends.

·  Address: KTO Seoul Office 2F-5F | 40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul,

·  Directions: Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 5 and walk for about 4-min. / Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 and walk for about 5-min. / Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 and walk for about 8-min.
·  Operating hours: 10:00-10:00
Closed on every Tuesdays. Tourism Information Center (2F) 09:00-10:00 (Open all year round)

·  Web site: www.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Russian)

Inquiries
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 Korean Food Exhibition Hall: +82-2-6053-7179 (English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Korean Food Experience: +82-2-6053-7177/7179 (English), +82-2-6053-7178~7179 (Japanese), +82-2-6053-7179 (Chinese)

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1030 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)