For those heading to Seoul this summer and are looking for some inspiration on shopping and eating locations, be sure to check out “Seoul Summer Sale 2011” which will be happening from 24 June 2011 to 31 July 2011.
Seoul city is currently hosting the “Seoul Summer Sale 2011” for 28 days starting from 24 June through July 31. The “Seoul Summer Sale” is a great opportunity for visitors to get bargains and good deals when shopping from items like clothes and cosmetics to accommodations, dinning and even discounts for visiting tourist attractions. With over 5,000 shops ranging from departmental stores, duty free shops, large shopping malls, performances, movie theatres, amusement parks, beauty salons and restaurants participating in this event, it sure has something for everyone.
Asia’s top idol group, Super Junior has been selected as this year Seoul Summer Sales Honorary Ambassadors. In a survey conducted earlier this year among foreigners, Super Junior clinched an overwhelming 76% of the votes when asked which celebrities should represent the Seoul Summer Sale.
The mayor of Seoul, Oh Se Hoon, noted in his address, “Super Junior is a group that is not only popular in Asia, but even in Europe as well. I hope we all, including Super Junior, do our parts in representing Seoul beyond what Hallyu has to offer.” He also claimed that this year’s Seoul Summer Sale will be critical in attracting more tourists to the city.
Here’s a greeting from the official Seoul Summer Sale ambassadors – Super Junior
The Seoul Summer Sale 2011 Discount Card
The Visitor’s Savings Coupon is made available on the official Seoul Summer Sale 2011 website where tourists can do an online download and printout to instantly enjoy all the discounts offered at participating outlets. Alternatively, visitors can access the mobile coupon by using the QR code scan or access the m.seoulsale.com to download the coupon. Last of all, the Visitors Savings Card which has the same functions as the coupons, will be made available at Korean Air and Asiana Airlines counters (Japan, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia), Incheon International Airport (at windows 41 and 42 located near Gate 8 ) and Seoul Tourist Information Centers.
Getting the Seoul Summer Sale Visitor’s Savings Card
This year, the Seoul Summer Sale 2011 has also launched a new weekly theme-specific sales promotion where there are different themes such as ‘Brand Week’, ‘Beauty Week’, and ‘Restaurant Week’ and tourists can enjoy exclusive and special promotions such as special discounts at participating sponsor shops of the week, designated by theme.
Events and Contests
Along with the weekly themed promotion, the Seoul Summer Sale 2011 has also planned two events separately online and on-site. The online event is a ‘free gift event’ whereby is a lucky draw where tourists can stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as a Korean Air round trip air ticket, Super Junior Clay Art, Super Junior Autographed T-Shirts, Amazon. Com and iTunes Gift Card when they spend more than KRW 100,000 in a single receipt with the participating sponsors. Tourists can submit their receipts to the official website or at the Myeongdong booth during the Seoul Summer Festival. The event will take place from June 24st – July 31st and a grand draw will take place early August and winners will be informed by 10 August 2011.
An on-site event will also be held for a period of 28 days through June 24th to July 31st at the Myeongdong, Seoul Summer Sale booth. At the Seoul Summer Sale 2011 booth, visitors can take their picture with life-size panels of musical sensation Super Junior. Also, special gifts such as an exclusive Seoul summer Sale Eco-bag or umbrella can also be won at the raffle. Any receipts from Seoul Summer Sale 2011 participating stores can be used as raffle tickets and drawings will be held at the booth.
Besides winning exclusive souvenirs for themselves, visitors can also get their name written in Korean and also get a chance to send a FREE postcard from Korea to their family and friends around the world.
A ‘mobile event’ will also be held from Friday, June 24 and Sunday 31 July for 12 days every weekend where tourists can meet Haechi, the mythical symbol of both Seoul city and the Seoul Summer Sale in Myeongdong and Insadong. Visitors who meet with Haechi can take a picture with the cute Seoul ambassador as well as enjoy playing traditional Korean games with it.
Lastly, visitors can also enjoy tax refund with Seoul Summer Sale 2011 by using the Seoul Summer Sale discount card to receive discounts and take advantage of the Tax Refund to receive even further discounts. Tourists can double their discounts by applying for a tax refund on the discounted prices at these participating shops when you purchase over KRW 30,000. For more detailed information, please visit here.
For more information on Seoul Summer Sale 2011, please visit the Official Seoul Summer Sale 2011 website.
Source of information & photos: Korea Tourism Organization Singapore & Official Seoul Summer Sale 2011 website.