People dressed in traditional Korean clothes enjoy "tuho" (arrow throwing) on the Lunar New Year holiday.
By John Redmond
In celebration of Seollal (Lunar New Year), the Tourist Information Center (TIC), located in the basement level of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) headquarters, will be hosting a special holiday event over a 10-day period.
Visitors to the center can participate in various cultural activities such as trying on "hanbok" (Korean traditional clothing) and having their picture taken, a traditional tea ceremony, making "bokjumeoni" (good luck pouches) and playing traditional folk games such as tuho (arrow throwing), yut-nori (a stick-tossing board game), and "paengichigi" (top spinning).
The TIC staff will assist visitors with explanations of the programs in Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese.
The event will be from Feb. 7-16 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be no entrance fee and walk-ins are welcome. No reservations required
Activities schedule includes the Hanbok Experience (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), Joseon Dynasty Royal Court Clothing Experience (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), Handcraft Experience (making bokjumeoni) (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), Korean Folk Games Experience (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.), Traditional Tea Experience (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.) and Traditional Calligraphy Experience (1 p.m. -5 p.m.).
The KTO headquarters is in the Tourist Information Center in Jung-gu, Seoul.
To get there, leave Jonggak Station (subway line 1) via exit 5 and turn right after crossing the Cheonggye Stream. The KTO building is the second one on the left. From Euljiro 1-ga Station (subway line 2 or 5), leave from exit 2 and walk straight for 350 meters and turn right at Cheonggye Stream (don't cross it) and it is the second building on the left.
For more information, call 02-729-9497~9 or 02-1330.