Canadians Set Their Sights On Seoul


A growing number of Canadian travellers are setting their sights on Seoul, reports Ann Ruppenstein in this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.

According to the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), the number of visitors from Canada has increased an average of 4% to 10% during the past three years and just over 145,000 Canadians visited the destination last year.

In celebration of Air Canada’s recently launched non-stop service between Toronto and Seoul Incheon International Airport, the airline and KTO hosted a VIP fam trip, attended by Travel Courier, highlighting some of the many things for visitors to do in and around the capital city.

Here is a sampling:

  • For a bird’s eye view of the city, see the skyline from the N Seoul Tower and the adjacent Namsam Park.
  • Have a celebrity encounter (through the magic of technology) and get photos taken with the likes of K-pop stars like Psy at the K-Style Hub, the information centre for Korean tourism.
  • Shop until you drop: Whether it’s cosmetics and face masks, dress shirts or shoes – the city has it all. Myeong-dong is a primary shopping district, while the Gwangjang Market offers everything from food stalls to traditional Korean costumes, and shops like Lotte Duty Free Shop are a crowded hotspot for tourists.
  • Learn how to make local dishes like Bibimbap and Bulgogi during a cooking class at the Hansik Experience Center of the K-Style Hub.
  • Cool off by indulging in ice cream like the popular mango shaved ice or Baekmidank ice cream, available in soy, milk and red bean.

For more on all of the activities that visitors will find in Seoul, check out this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier by clicking here.