Thursday, June 3, 2010

Free bus ride from Seoul to Gyeongju and Jeonju for international tourists

According to the South Korean tourism organisation

Starting from June 1, the Visit Korea Committee will be providing a free shuttle bus service for international tourists that will travel along two separate routes: one to Gyeonju and one to Jeonju. Gyeongju, the 1000 year-old capital of the Silla Kingdom (B.C. 57 - A.D. 935) and Jeonju, a city widely known for its historic architectural sites, ancient relics, and traditional festivals, are two of Korea’s most famous historical towns.

The free shuttle buses to Gyeongju and Jeonju (28 seats each) leave from the Gwanghwamun area in downtown Seoul at 8 a.m., every day of the week except Monday. To make the travel experience even more comfortable, the limousine buses are equipped with an Internet connection, DVD systems with personal earphones, and various tourist guidebooks.

The same free bus program will be made available from Busan starting from July 1, with bus routes to Gyeongju.

Those who want to use the free service must sign up in advance through the Visit Korea Committee official home page at (two tickets per person). If more than 28 people make reservations for any given day, there will be a random drawing to decide the winners of the free tickets. Winners will be announced on the homepage or individually notified by phone.

** Information

Operation Period: June 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010
Eligible Applicants: Non-Korean Nationals
Schedule: Once a day (except Mondays)
Free round-trip ticket, guidebook of Gyeongju and Jeonju, booklet about Korean culture and tours, welcome-kit and a souvenir of “Visit Korea Year”

Apply now at (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Inquiries: +82-2-6272-7301 (English)
Korea Travel Phone: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Boarding Locations:
Seoul- Gwanghawmun area (Donghwa Duty Free Shop), Gyeongju-Bomun Lake Resort (Hyundai Hotel-Hilton Hotel-Concord Hotel), Jeonju-Riviera Hotel, Busan-Haeundae

Bus Route Departure Time Arrival Time
Seoul - Gyeongju Seoul 08:00 Gyeongju 13:00
Gyeongju 16:00 Seoul 21:00

Seoul - Jeonju Seoul 08:00 Jeonju 11:00

Jeonju 17:00 Seoul 20:00

Busan - Gyeongju Busan 09:00 Gyeongju 10:30

Gyeongju 17:00 Busan 18:30

Related Columns:
Gyeongju, Capital of the Silla Kingdom for a Thousand Years
Jeonju: Hanok and Bibimbap Aplenty in Korea's Cultural Heartland


The Visit Korea Committee also offers an Airport-hotel premium chauffeur service for international tourists as part of its online incentive program. Through the program, those traveling between the airport and their hotel are eligible to be picked up by a professional chauffeur in a luxury sedan.

Those wishing to be eligible for the chauffer program must apply in advance on the Visit Korea Committee official homepage. Winners will be announced following drawings on the 1st and 15th of each month. The free service will be available 11 times a month.


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