South Korean Food Promotions Center Opens for Foreign Visitors

David Lee, April 11, 2016, 8:01 a.m.

South Korea opened a Korean food information center to showcase Korean cuisine and food culture and promote culinary tourism among foreign travelers, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Monday. The "K-Style Hub" opened in the previous headquarters of the state-run Korea Tourism Organization in downtown Seoul. The KTO relocated to Wonju, 132 kilometers east of Seoul, last year.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Korea Food Foundation jointly operate the Korean traditional food center from third to fifth floors. A variety of traditional Korean dishes are on display on the third and fourth floors, while a store on the fifth floor sells red ginseng and fermented foods as well as craftworks by local artisans.

The Korea Food Foundation runs the fourth floor to showcase special Korean cuisines, including North Korean food, as well as an education center that teaches how to make traditional Korean dishes. During the opening ceremony, President Park Geun-hye and Song Joong-ki, the ambassador of Korean tourism and actor in the popular TV series "Descendants of the Sun," toured the K-Style hub and attended a traditional desert cooking class at the food promotion center.

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