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More than 16,000 Joined Year-end Bell-ringing Festival in Metaverse

More than 16,000 Joined Year-end Bell-ringing Festival in Metaverse

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 16,000 people joined a year-end bell-ringing festival hosted by the Seoul city government in the metaverse, the digital arm of the city said Thursday. The Seoul Digital Foundation said an accumulated 16,067 people joined the metaverse festival marking the new year during its eight-day run from Dec. [...]

Foreign Travelers to S. Korea Expected to Have Fallen Below 1 mln Last Year

Foreign Travelers to S. Korea Expected to Have Fallen Below 1 mln Last Year

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of foreign tourists who visited South Korea last year is expected to have fallen below the 1 million mark due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. The data from the state-run Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) showed 877,000 foreigners visited the country from January to November, down 64.3 percent [...]

Year-end Bell-ringing Ceremonies Canceled Across Country for 2nd yr amid Pandemic

Year-end Bell-ringing Ceremonies Canceled Across Country for 2nd yr amid Pandemic

SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Annual year-end bell-ringing ceremonies have been canceled across the nation for the second year in a row amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Friday. The country’s most popular bell-ringing ceremony, which used to be held on New Year’s Eve at Bosingak Pavilion in central Seoul, has been called [...]

Omicron Woes Dash Growing Hopes for Overseas Travel

Omicron Woes Dash Growing Hopes for Overseas Travel

SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Fears over the omicron coronavirus variant are dashing hopes for the resumption of overseas travel, forcing many to cancel or postpone travel plans, including honeymoons, only a month after the country’s “living with COVID-19″ policy revived expectations for a return to normal. South Korea confirmed five omicron infections a [...]

Tourists Arrive in S. Korea from Singapore on ‘Travel Bubble’ Agreement

Tourists Arrive in S. Korea from Singapore on ‘Travel Bubble’ Agreement

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The first tourists from Singapore since the start of the coronavirus pandemic arrived Monday in South Korea under a bilateral travel bubble agreement. A travel bubble refers to a quarantine-free travel partnership between two or more cities or countries with similar levels of COVID-19 cases. The tourists landed at [...]