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Gangwon’s East Coast Cities Becoming South Korea’s Coffee Hub

Gangwon’s East Coast Cities Becoming South Korea’s Coffee Hub

CHUNCHEON, July 6 (Korea Bizwire) – Bounded on the east by the East Sea (erroneously displayed as Sea of Japan on some Internet sites), Gangwon Province is well known for its recent successful hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2018 Winter Paralympics, and for its beautiful beaches and ski resorts including Yongpyong and Alpensia. [...]

Foreign Seasonal Workers Offset Labor Shortage in Agricultural and Fisheries Industry

Foreign Seasonal Workers Offset Labor Shortage in Agricultural and Fisheries Industry

CHUNCHEON, Dec. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign workers have soared in number in Gangwon Province following the introduction of the seasonal foreign worker program three years ago. The Bank of Korea (BOK) Gangwon Branch reported that there are currently 13,755 foreign workers in Gangwon Province. Since 2015, the number rose by 19.6 percent with an [...]

Over 70,000 Foreigners Experienced Temple Stay Programs Last Year

Over 70,000 Foreigners Experienced Temple Stay Programs Last Year

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of foreigners who experienced Buddhist temple stay programs in South Korea increased by more than a quarter in 2017 from a year ago, Buddhist officials said Friday. A total of 70,910 foreigners participated in temple stay programs last year run by the Jogye Order, South Korea’s largest Buddhist group. The figure represents a 27-percent increase from [...]

Number of Airbnb Guests in Gangwon Soars 500 Pct during Olympics

Number of Airbnb Guests in Gangwon Soars 500 Pct during Olympics

SEOUL, March 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Airbnb Inc. said Thursday about 15,000 tourists visited PyeongChang and its adjacent cities via the global room-sharing platform during the 2018 Winter Olympics, which wrapped up last week. The number of travelers who made reservations in Gangwon Province, including the Olympic host town of PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east [...]

Gangwon Province Releases Post-PyeongChang Olympics Development Plans

Gangwon Province Releases Post-PyeongChang Olympics Development Plans

CHUNCHEON, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Gangwon Province has unveiled ‘Gangwon Vision 2040′, a blueprint outlining development strategies for the region in the future. The Gangwon provincial government announced the four-point plan dubbed Gangwon Vision 2040 at a meeting on Friday, as the province is poised to raise quality of life and reach a gross [...]

Price-Gouging Lodgings in Gangwon Spawn Title “Rip-off Olympics”

Price-Gouging Lodgings in Gangwon Spawn Title “Rip-off Olympics”

PYEONGCHANG, GANGNEUNG, Dec. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – With one eye on the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, certain accommodations businesses in Pyeongchang and surrounding areas have set prices sky-high, resulting in voices criticizing the entire area as the “rip-off Olympics”. At the same time, concerns are being raised that come February, large blocks of suites [...]

“Leisure Sports City”: Chuncheon to Host National Leisure Sports Festival

“Leisure Sports City”: Chuncheon to Host National Leisure Sports Festival

CHUNCHEON, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Referred to as “Lake City” for its proximity to water, the city of Chuncheon in Gangwon Province is aiming to adopt a new moniker with its National Leisure Sports Festival to be held on August 25. Chuncheon’s road to becoming a domestic hub of leisure sports is a winding [...]