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Welcome and Business Centers for Overseas Koreans open in Songdo

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As it marks its first anniversary, the Overseas Koreans Agency is opening a Welcome Center and a Business Center in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea.

Overseas Koreans arriving at Incheon International Airport will now be able to stop by Songdo to access comprehensive tourism information and business services.

On June 20 (Korea Time), Incheon City announced that the Overseas Koreans Agency, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is preparing to open the “Overseas Koreans Welcome Center and Korean Business Center” in the second half of the year at the Booyoung Songdo Tower, where the agency is headquartered.


Key Cheol Lee, Commissioner of the Overseas Koreans Agency, holds a Q&A session with overseas Koreans at the event celebrating its first anniversary on June 5. [YONHAP]

Once these centers open in the same building as the agency, overseas Koreans visiting Korea will be able to manage various tasks in one place. The Booyoung Songdo Tower is a 30-minute airport bus ride from Incheon International Airport.

According to Incheon City, the Welcome Center will be located on the 30th floor of Booyoung Songdo Tower. It will feature conference rooms, meeting rooms, consultation booths, shared offices, and exhibition spaces.

Overseas Koreans will be able to obtain information on housing (real estate transactions and moving), healthcare (medical facilities and emergency rooms), tourism (accommodations and major tourist attractions), and education (admissions and Korean language education) at the Welcome Center.

Additionally, the Korean Business Center within the Welcome Center will support overseas Koreans with business information, investment consultations, and the establishment of networks with entrepreneurs.

The Overseas Koreans Agency, which oversees policies and projects related to overseas Koreans, is currently headquartered on the 34th to 36th floors of the Booyoung Songdo Tower.

This year, the agency’s key projects include supporting education to strengthen the identity of overseas Koreans, expanding invitations for overseas Koreans to visit Korea, and building a global Korean network to support economic activities.

Currently, the Overseas Koreans Agency offers online services through the website (www.g4k.go.kr).

The call center (02-6747-0404) and web call service (webcall.g4k.go.kr) provide consultations in five languages, available 365 days a year.

BY HYOUNGJAE KIM, YOUNGNAM KIM [kim.ian@koreadaily.com]