The Wonder Girls Cover Dance Contest, which was held from November 14 to 30, 2011 by VisitKorea and JYP Entertainment, attracted 1,013 teams from 62 countries. In the heated competition, ten teams (7 from overseas and 3 from Korea) won the contest. Three of these winning teams, which were from Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam, were invited to a 3-night, 4-day tour of Seoul, where they enjoyed an exclusive fan meeting with the Wonder Girls and visited some of the top tourist destinations in the capital.
Exclusive fan meeting with Wonder Girls
On December 15, 2011, three overseas teams from Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam, and two Korean teams had an exclusive fan meeting with the Wonder Girls at JYP Entertainment, which manages popular K-pop groups like the Wonder Girls, 2PM, 2AM, and miss A. The Wonder Girls appeared under the warm applause of the participants, and greeted the winners warmly in return. The participants offered to stage their winning cover dances on the spot, with each team performing 'Be My Baby' as the members of Wonder Girls watched with delight. After the exciting performance, the Wonder Girls recommended top Korean tourist attractions, and then there was a Q&A session. The fan meeting, which lasted for about an hour, ended with a group photo of the participants with the Wonder Girls. Then the participants had a tour of the JYP building, taking a look at the exercise and recording rooms in which their favorite K-pop stars dance and sing.
Five Tourist Sites Recommended by the Wonder Girls!
1. Yeeun recommends N Seoul Tower
Yeeun, who is the lead vocal of the Wonder Girls, recommends N Seoul Tower for a great night view of Seoul. As for food, she recommends dak-bokkeum, which is hot and spicy pan-fried chicken.
2. Ahn So-hee recommends Gyeongbokgung Palace in the fall
Chic Ahn So-hee recommends Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is especially splendid in the fall. For food, she recommends kalguksu, which is knife-cut noodles in a hot and savory hot broth.
3. Sunye recommends a spa
Sunye, who boasts a soft charisma, strongly recommends visiting a Korean spa, which offers traditional medicine- based services at reasonable prices. She also recommends gopchang-gui, a unique Korean dish of tripe pan-fried with vegetables.
4. Yoobin recommends Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil Street
Yoobin, the rapper with a sexy low voice, recommends Sinsadong Garosu-gil Road, which is a cluster of fashion stores, cafes, and restaurants in Seoul. For food, she recommends samgyetang, an invigorating soup containing a whole spring chicken stuffed with ginseng.
5. Hyelim recommends Samsung d'light Bold
Hyelim recommends Samsung d'light, which showcases the latest electronic products of Samsung. She then recommends topokki, a popular street food where cylindrical rice cakes are smothered in a red spicy chili sauce.
Where did the winners of the Cover Dance Contest go?
N Seoul Tower: Symbol of Seoul
N Seoul Tower is located on Mount Namsan in the heart of Seoul. It has an observatory, Korean and Western restaurants that offer a great view of the capital, and a Teddy Bear Museum. After sunset, visitors can see the beautifully lit N Seoul Tower or get a splendid night view of the city.
The Namsan cable car takes visitors up to N Seoul Tower, offering great scenic views along the way, which are beautiful in every season. Also visit the Love Padlock site where couples write messages of love on padlocks and lock them to the fence as a symbol of their love.
* N Seoul Tower Homepage: www.nseoultower.co.kr (Korean, English)
Gwanghwamun Square: Dynamic culture street
Gwanghwamun Square is a place of vibrancy surrounded by bustle of city traffic. Two statues greet visitors: Admiral Yi Sun-shin (1545-1598), who led the nation to victory during a war against the Japanese invaders, and that of King Sejong the Great, who developed the Korean alphabet called hangeul. The expansive square and large rest areas, which connect to an underground exhibition space, are great to unwind. In the summer, various outdoor exhibitions are organized, and the flower beds are beautiful. After sightseeing in Gwanghwamun Square, visit Cheonggyecheon Stream. Here, you will find people walking along the water's edge or enjoying the view while listening to music being performed. In the winter, the area hosts the beautiful lantern festival and the Luminarie light festival.
*Gwanghwamun Square Homepage: www.sisul.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Samsung d'light: Showcase for the Latest Technology
Located in the Gangnam area, Samsung d'light is a trendy showcase exhibiting and selling Samsung's latest smartphones, tablet PCs, 3D televisions, and various electronic goods and accessories. Seminars and performances are also organized here. Visitors can browse the latest electronic gadgets, which are hard to find all in one place, and also get consultations. This hands-on showcase is frequented by early adapters of the latest technology trends in Korea and abroad.
*Samsung d'light Homepage: www.samsung.com (Korean)
Changdeokgung Palace: a World Cultural Heritage site
One of Korea's five major royal temples, Changdeokgung Palace is the only one designated as a World Cultural Heritage site. It is the most uniquely Korean palace, where the buildings blend harmoniously with the surrounding nature. The Jeongak buildings and parks were places where the kings of the Joseon era (1392-1910) rested. The Secret Garden is strikingly beautiful with its pond and pavilions tucked away within a thick grove of trees.
*Changdeokgung Palace Homepage: www.eng.cdg.go.kr (Korean, English)
Bukchon Hanok Village: Traditional Hanok Village
The Bukchon Hanok Village is a residential area with a cluster of Korean traditional hanok homes. It is situated between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. Here, visitors will find Hanok guesthouses, hands-on cultural programs, and traditional restaurants, so it is a must-visit course for foreign travelers. The nearby Samcheongdong-gil has many beautiful cafes and galleries.
*Bukchon Hanok Village Homepage: www.bukchon.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
What did the participants say?
Dina from Indonesia: I liked N Seoul Tower the most. The night view was so beautiful. I also remember Myeongdong and Dongdaemun shopping. It's sad that the trip is now over and we have to go back, but I would like to come back again with my family and visit other places.
Tatiana Solfjell from Canada: All the sites were very impressive, but I particularly liked the Gwanghwamun Square because I could see all the fashion there and some cultural things. Changdeokgung Palace was also interesting with its guardian sculptures and the history of the palace. I wished the weather was warmer, but I would definitely come back to Korea again!
Dao from Vietnam: Changdeokgung Palace was so beautiful! It was similar to what I had seen on Korean dramas. Samsung d'light was much bigger and modern than I had imagined. The weather was very cold, but the people we met were friendly and kind. I won't forget the time I had in Seoul.
* Article from Korea Tourism Organization
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