ASEAN-Korea Center to present virtual trip to ASEAN countries

“ASEAN Familiarization Tour” in Brunei (ASEAN-Korea Center)

The ASEAN-Korea Center organized a virtual “ASEAN Familiarization Tour” to strengthen ASEAN-Korea tourism cooperation.

Ulu Temburong National Park in Temburong, Brunei (ASEAN-Korea Center)

The tour, which allows Korean travel journalists and social media influencers to explore tourist destinations in ASEAN member states, went live last year, when global travel restrictions began. The center produced promotional videos featuring tourism sites and resources in ASEAN countries.

This year, Korean actress and artist So Yu-jin and ASEAN Millennials will be taking online trips to four ASEAN countries: Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam (ASEAN-Korea Center)

The first episode, released on August 31, features Brunei tourist attractions that have not been widely explored by Korean tourists – the Temburong region, the ASEAN Amazon, and a wide variety of activities that can be practiced in Brunei, ranging from hiking in the jungle to scuba diving.

The second episode shows Indonesia’s strengths, with contrasts between the country’s present and future – Jakarta, the current capital and new mecca of modern art, and Balikpapan, the city in the jungle heralded as the new capital; surfers’ paradise and Bali; Indonesian soul food chosen as the best food in the world by CNN, rendang and nasi goreng.

Inle Lake, Myanmar (ASEAN-Central Korea)

On September 8, the third episode will be released which looks at the life of the people of Myanmar: the influence of Buddhism on the lives of its people in the golden pagoda of Shwedagon and the city of Bagan, the largest Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Myanmar; the traditional way of life of the inhabitants of Inle Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the cuisine of the country.

The latest episode features virtual trips to various regions and mouth-watering food from Vietnam, one of the most visited ASEAN countries by Korean travelers: Vietnamese dishes familiar to Koreans such as pho, banh mi and banh xeo, as well as Hue royal cuisine, flagship of Vietnamese food heritage; Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where East meets West; and areas where one can enjoy the country’s natural wonders – Tam Coc, Trang An, Dong Van Plateau, Phu Quoc and Nha Trang.

Nusa Penida, an island southeast of Bali, Indonesia (ASEAN-Korea Center)

Videos from the ASEAN Familiarization Tour 2021 are available on the official YouTube channels of the Center and ASEAN tourism agencies.

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])

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