Korea has a variety of places where foreign residents and visitors can safely follow quarantine measures and stay safe from COVID-19 while enjoying the three-day National Liberation Day weekend from Aug.15-17.
For taking a break from routine life and going somewhere a little far, going back to nature is recommended.
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) selected 100 non-contact vacation spots where people can enjoy nature without crowds. They include the serene Gosalli Forest Trail on Jeju Island, the nature-rich National Baekdudaegan Arboretum in Bonghwa-gun County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, and Guleopdo Island in Incheon, with great views of the sky and the sea.
Beaches, a favorite summer destination among Koreans, are open but visitors must strictly follow quarantine measures.
Cultural programs are also being held in Seoul over the period.
During "2020 Museum Week" from Aug. 14-23, the National Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and others offer a variety of programs and discounted admission.
"Museum on the Street," a media art exhibition with a modern spin on relics, is also available in front of Gwanghwamun Gate at Gyeongbokgung Palace. The Korean Symphony Orchestra will hold a performance on Aug. 15, National Liberation Day, at the National Museum of Korea to mark the nation's independence.
For those who love to stay home, online concerts are scheduled such as "Daily Gugak" by the National Gugak Center and "Concert in My Hands" by the orchestra. Museums and art galleries with cultural heritage nationwide are also showing online virtual reality exhibitions.
To ensure safe leisure and culture, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism from Aug. 14 offers discounts on lodging, movie tickets, museums and exhibitions. Discounts on accommodations are found at the websites of 27 tourism agencies including Interpark.
Movie discounts can be downloaded on multiplex websites for use at indie and arthouse theaters. A 40% discount on admission to museum exhibitions is offered on the Culture N Ticket website.
The most important rules to follow during the extended weekend are quarantine measures. Many cultural facilities and tourist attractions require reservations to prevent COVID-19, so checking requirements before visiting a venue is recommended. Wearing a mask, washing hands and following social distancing guidelines will all ensure a safe and pleasant time.
- Korea Tourism Organization: english.visitkorea.or.kr
- 2020 Museum Week: 뮤지엄위크.kr
- Cultural activities at home: culture.go.kr
- Discounts on lodging: ktostay.interpark.com
- Culture N Ticket website: culture.go.kr/ticket