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Korea Incorporates Winter Films To Promote Tourism

By January 26, 2016 at 3:31 am
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Korea takes advantages of the popularity of its winter tourism so they are inviting more people to visit their country and film scenic locations.

The Korea Tourism Organization will incorporate winter scenes for Southeast Asian movies and television shows, which are produced by several productions from the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. For the whole month of February, several winter scenes will be shot in Korea.

One of the scenes is from "Bimbo," a Malaysian TV series that revolves around a couple who takes a business trip to Korea, according to Korea Times. Eight out of the 20 episodes will be shot in various places in Korea including the Gyeonggi Province, Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Gangwon Province.

The TV drama will feature tourist spots like the Vivaldi Park, Nami Island, Pocheon Herb Island, and many more.

"To appeal to individual tourists, we are using various channels, such as the Internet and social networking services, but broadcasting is still the most effective means," said Chung Gi-jung, director of the Asia-Middle East division of the KTO. "Recently, the traveling patterns in Southeast Asian countries have been shifting from groups to individuals."

A Thai show entitled "Wow Wan Wan" will also shot different locations in Korea while an entertainment show in Indonesia already filmed an episode in December, but will be aired this February. This year, TV dramas from Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore will shoot scenes in November and December.

KTO also promoted Gangwon Province to 140 foreign journalists as it is where the much-awaited drama, "Saimdang, the Herstory" was filmed. The effort expects influx of tourists, just in time for the PyeongChang Games in 2018.

"Gangwon Province is both a summer and winter gateway. I hope that this drama will help the region become one of the world's most popular tourist destinations ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics," said KTO CEO, Jung Chang-soo.

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