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Young actress Sue Ramirez made her appearance at the Travel Tour Expo 2017 on February 11, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Manila. This is her first public guesting as the new Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), a government agency dedicated to tourism promotion of the Republic of Korea, since she was appointed last Dec 2016.

Read more here: Sue Ramirez appointed as New Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism

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Sue Ramirez as Honorary Ambassador for Korea Tourism (photo from KTO Manila)

Sue invited everyone to visit the different booths at the Korea Tourism Pavilion at the travel expo and also to book a trip to Korea. The lovely Korea Tourism ambassador also performed onstage and sang “You Are My Everything” (Gummy), one of the songs in the official soundtrack of the mega hit 2016 Korean Drama Descendants of the Sun.

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Sue Ramirez performing at the Travel Tour Expo 2017 main stage (photo from KTO Manila)

Ms. Ramirez then went straight to the Korea Tourism Pavilion and held a meet-and-greet session where around 50-100 fans and attendees at the travel expo got their chance to have some photo ops and signature from the actress.

Sue is one of the celebrity guests invited by Korea Tourism Organization Manila (KTO Manila) to help promote Korea on the  3-day annual travel expo. Comedian and TV host Ryan Bang and I Love OPM Grand Touristar Yohan Hwang were the other guests who appeared at the expo.

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Sue Ramirez and the crowd at her Meet and Greet session (photo from KTO Manila)

Mr. Inshik Park, Director of KTO Manila expressed his delight at the appointment of Ms. Ramirez as their honorary ambassador.  According to Mr. Park, Sue is the right choice as the she is very interested in Korean culture and as a rising star in Philippine showbiz with a million of followers in her social media accounts she has a great reach to promote Korea.

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Sue Ramirez with KTO Manila Director Mr. Park (3rd from left) and staff (photo from KTO Manila)

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Sue Ramirez with KTO Manila Director Mr. Inshik Park at her appopintment as Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism (photo from KTO Manila)

I was able to line up at the meet and greet and finally met her face to face.  As a fan of her, a lover of everything Korean and a KTO Manila WOW Korea Supporter (tasked to promote Korea tourism in social media) back in 2013, I am so happy to have this chance and felt like we are alike in so many ways. ♥♥♥

More photos here from my camera:

As of writing Sue is now in Seoul South Korea for her first ever trip in the enchanting Korean drama land as posted in her official Instagram account (@sueannadoodles) and at KTO Manila Facebook page.

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Feb 15, 2017 ig post of Sue Ramirez captioned #SueLovesKorea (@sueannadoodles)

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Sue Ramirez in Seoul (source: KTO Manila facebook page)

For Sue Ramirez’s travel in Korea  follow her on social media at her official accounts below: 

Instagram: @sueannadoodles
Twitter: @sueanna_dodd
Official FB Page: Sue Ramirez Facebook Page

Also kindly visit and like Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office Facebook page or follow them on twitter @KTOManila for more of Korea travel and tourism information as well as Sue’s activities as Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism.

 

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With the Hallyu or korean wave craze everyone who has been bitten by the k-pop and Korean drama fever wanted to go to Korea. But where to go, how to go there and even what’s the best time to go, it seems overwhelming to plan one’s itinerary.  Places to visit goes beyond filming locations of Korean dramas and cafes owned by idols and actors as the growing interest in Korean food, cosmetic shopping, traditional Korean palaces and awesome sceneries of Korea have been widespread not to mention those k-pop concerts every fangirl needs to catch, these can’t seem to fit in the 4D/3N trip or even a week.

But in my 3 years of loving and promoting everything Korean there is just this organization, a website and a Facebook page that is a one stop shop when it comes to Korean Travel Guide. It’s the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) that can make your life easier.  Listed below are various media or way it can help anyone on exploring Korea at your own fingertips.


The VisitKorea website – Official Korea Tourism Organization website

the VisitKorea website as seen on mobile

the VisitKorea website as seen on mobile

This official website of Korea Tourism Organization http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/ provides various information on everything you need to know about Korea, and of course Korea travel.  This site includes but not limited to general info on Korea, its seasons, transportation system, recommended destinations and attractions, themed travel to food, shopping and accommodation. It’s really a one stop shop guide for travelling to Korea, hence I think it’s from where they get the name “Visit Korea”.  I can still remember how I discovered this site back in 2011 when I was googling about Korea’s seasons and when is the best time to fly.  I was just amazed when I landed on the page.  I didn’t only find the seasons but everything.  At that point in time my favorite part of what I saw on this Visit Korea website is the very comprehensive compilation list of filming locations of famous and well-loved Korean dramas.  From Secret Garden (which is the current fav at that time) to Boys Over Flowers, You Are Beautiful, Princess Hours to as far back as Winter Sonata they have it, and of course My Love From the Star is there.  Check this link for this amazing compilation and see for yourself  and enjoy planning of visiting Korea to see those dreamy filming locations. ^^

Oh did I mention that this site also hosts a lot of contests or “event” as they call it with various prizes at stake ranging from Korea souvenir items, gadgets and yes Trip to Korea. It’s truly everything about Korea. 🙂

The Korea Tourism Organization Facebook Page

This is the Facebook version of the VisitKorea website.  What’s amazing on this page is that every day it features one aspect of the website with a very enticing picture that you would want to click the link on it redirecting you to the website to discover more of what the picture is saying.  May it be a feature on the current season, a contest or a destination that is a must see.  One particular favorite post in this FB page is their Seoul Subway Tour series.  It features attractions per Subway line that would save your time and energy and helps tourist maximize their time in Seoul.  Amazing, awesomeness right, Thanks KTO!  Below are sample pictures from this Seoul Subway Tour album they have posted (Full credits to KTO).

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Check below link for the full album post.

To those who are booked or are in planning stage of visiting Korea you really have to bookmark this.  So useful.  And of course like the Korea Tourism Organization Facebook page  for the whole experience. 🙂 Click here to get into the page https://www.facebook.com/koreatourism

The VisitKorea Mobile App


With the mobile phone era where every one seems to depend on their mobile phones and the increasing trend of “smart tour” where travelers prefer using mobile applications instead of traditional tour package program Korea Tourism Organization created this VisitKorea mobile app which offers in depth Korea travel information guide with user friendly design and even offers interactive on the go guide while you are at the moment in Korea.

VisitKorea mobile app home screen page as seen on my mobile phone (English version)

VisitKorea mobile app home screen page as seen on my mobile phone (English version)

So what does this application offers.  As you can see in the photo above it has categorized information on attractions, shopping, hotels and dining in Korea.  Essentially it is what you can find in the VisitKorea website but is more updated and handy since it’s on mobile.  Aside from this main feature it also boasts of Travel Highlights may it be a compilation of seasonal festivals or attractions or shopping destinations such as what you can see in the photo above (Beautiful cites at night).

You can also plan your itineraries via Travel Course which offers recommended/popular itineraries shared by other travelers.  You can also use it while you are on the go as this application can recommend what dining/shopping/attractions are near your location right at the moment you are in Korea.  For more information and sample navigation on the VisitKorea app you can go and click on this link.

By the way it also offers discounts and coupons so it’s really so cool.  What are you waiting for download it now.  It’s free and available in English, Chinese and Japanese languages.

VisitKorea mobile app as I downloaded it on the Play Store ^^

VisitKorea mobile app as I downloaded it on the Play Store ^^

Korea Travel Guide Books and e-books

For those who still prefer the traditional travel guide books and maps printed, Korea Tourism Organization still has them ready. Had my recent take-aways from the KTO Manila booth at the 2015 Korean Film Festival hosted by Korean Cultural Center Philippines below. That “Easy Korean Cooking” one is such a bonus that everyone wanted to have it. ^_^

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And as these are usually available in a KTO sponsored or organized event friends asked me if I can get copies for them.  I know you can do this by contacting KTO Manila (in the Philippines case) online in Facebook at Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office or through twitter @KTOManila or you can drop by their office at Makati. I think you can also do this with other KTO Overseas offices in other countries. But don’t worry if you can’t have a printed copy since these are also available in e-book from the VisitKorea website. How great it is right. Click here for the e-book versions of Korea Travel Guide and more books from Korea Tourism Organization.

With all of these ways listed above I think anyone can travel and enjoy Korea with ease.  Thanks to Korea Tourism Organization that truly we can imagine, visit and explore Korea at our own fingertips.  Hopefully we all can say Annyeonghaseyo right there in Seoul soon.  Aja!  😀

Hope this blog post helped you.

Sending Korean Goodvibes,
pinkyreg ♥

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Some weeks ago I saw this press release post by Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office (KTO Manila) in their Facebook page.  My heart seemed to leap when my eyes came to these words: Filipinos who have visited Korea at least once are now eligible for a one-year multiple-entry visa under the new rules.”  OMG! I’ve been to Korea once in 2010 and I’m planning to visit again by end of this year.  So this is really very good and timing news not just for me but to all Filipino Korea lovers out there.  I think this is the time to visit Korea again and tag along first timers.

Read on the full article below on relaxed South Korean Visa rules.  Credits to KTO Manila Facebook page.  As I googled more about it I discovered that it has been out in Philippine publications websites as well since the latter part of August this year.

“Press Release: Pinoy tourists to South Korea expected to increase following relaxed visa rules

When the South Korean government relaxes its visa rules starting September 1, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Manila Office expects more Filipino tourists to Korea.

Filipinos who have visited Korea at least once are now eligible for a one-year multiple-entry visa under the new rules.

Those who have visited Korea more than twice are eligible for a three-year multiple-entry visa.

And visitors who previously held a three-year multiple-entry visa can now obtain a five-year visa.

Rules have been relaxed for Chinese and other Southeast Asian nationals, too.

Mr. Sangyong Zhu, director of KTO Manila, is positive that easing visa rules will translate to more visitors to Korea.

“Korea is always ahead in visa processing compared by other countries. We are confident that visitor arrivals to Korea will surpass more than 12.5 million visitors again this year, “he said.

From January to July 2013, Korea welcomed more than 6.3 million visitors.

This year, tourists from Philippines alone increased by 61.5% in March, 8.5% in April, 12.1% in May, 47% in June, and 74.4% in July compared to 2012.”

Isn’t this info so adrenaline-rushy? 🙂 I personally called the KTO Manila office and posted a question on this post. I asked them if I’m eligible for a one-year multiple entry even when my first visit was 3 years ago and they replied back that “Yes you are eligible, but it still depends on the Consul’s decision”.  So that explains it, it’s not a 100% guarantee but still the chance of a multiple entry is there and it’s easier now compared to before that you have to have visited SK multiple times in two years (as far as I know and have read in blogs).  And they also mentioned that the visa application procedure is still the same, they just relaxed the multiple entry visa eligibility.  Just a disclaimer though that KTO Manila is not in any way responsible for approving or granting South Korean visa.  The application is made through the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines.  You can refer to this link for the requirements and procedure.

I can’t wait to go to the Korean embassy to apply for my second South Korean Visa.  I might be given a multiple entry for a year, and so that means I can go back and forth next year to experience the different seasons and at the same time to wave goodbye to my well loved k-drama and k-pop celebrities who are rumored to enter the military by 2014, hahaha, OMG!!! So excited, but then again I’m just praying for an approved visa may it be single or multiple.  I do really hope to see and feel Seoul again, the happiest land for a k-fangirl by heart. ♥ Hwaiting! 🙂

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“Be one of KTO’s 20 WOW KOREA SUPPORTERS!”

I can still recall when I saw this post in Facebook when a fellow Korean fangirl friend tagged me last Aug 31.  My initial reaction is “OMG! WOW!  What’s this?” Everything Korean sounds like a happy pill to me so I immediately clicked on the post and found these details.

“Korea Tourism Organization Manila is in search for some of the biggest Korea lovers who will help us spread the word about Korea and KTO through SNS.  KTO Manila will pick 20 Wow Supporters and the most active and the best of the 20 will win a round trip ticket to Korea.  This is exclusively open to the members of the Philippine Kpop Committee, Inc. fanclub affiliates…”

Here is the photo posted by KTO Manila in their Facebook page detailing the mechanics and requirements of the search. Basically applicants should:

1st -Like Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office page
2nd – Like and Share this post on your wall (Make sure to set it as public)
3rd – Download & Fill up the application form

Kindly click here to get into KTO Manila’s post to join ♥ 

KTO 20 Wow Supporters Search

I am really super thrilled knowing this thing.  One of the important qualifications to join aside from being a Filipino citizen of legal age and active in social networking sites one must be a member of Philippine Kpop Committee, Inc. or PKCI affiliate fanclubs.  I’m so lucky enough that one of the Korean fan clubs I’m a member of is affiliated.  Yey!  Wahhhhhh! It really pays to be a true blue k-fangirl.  Super thanks that Eels Philippines (a Jang Keun Suk fanclub) is included in the list. Love you more Sukkie. ♥  You can click here for a full list of fanclub affiliates of PKCI.

Alright so much for the fangirl mode, in short I sent my application form through Facebook message on the very first day of application period which is the 1st of September.  What a way to start the Christmas “ber” months. 🙂

I’m really crossing my fingers on this thing.   More than the chance of winning that round trip ticket to Korea (every k-fangirl’s dream) the rare chance of being an official KTO WOW Korea Supporter and be recognized not just locally but also by the Korea Tourism Organization headquarters in Seoul is a true privilege.  It’s like winning an SVIP ticket to a k-pop concert multiplied a hundred times. LOL!  I’m really dreaming of being a K-ambassador-like personality and spread not alone the k-pop fever but all the other aspects of Hallyu or Korean wave and their culture as well here and there.  Been a lover of Korean dramas since the early 2000’s and now been into these hallyu fever like crazy – K-pop,  Korean food and fashion, blogging about Korean stuff and just recently even attended a Korean culture caravan event hosted by Korean Cultural Center and my alma mater University of the Philippines Diliman. To be chosen as a WOW Korea supporter will be a dream come true to complete the list of being an official and full pledged koreanophile. Fighting!  🙂

So for all of you who have the same aspirations as me and haven’t submitted their application yet, hurry come and join the fun.  And for those who have applied we still have roughly a week or so to spread the Korean vibes and promote KTO Manila’s activities and all.  Application period runs until September 30.  So excited for the announcement of the 20 lucky ones on October 1. 😉 Aja and good luck to all of us! Hwaiting!

KTO Booth at 2013 Korean Film Fest

at KTO Booth during 2013 Korean Film Festival at SM Megamall Cinema

Kindly visit Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office Facebook page or follow them on twitter @KTOManila for more details and updates on Korean tourism, culture and travel. 

 

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