South Korean pop culture is swimming in the mainstream; and now, you can even get a specialized visa to live the Hallyu life.
The History of Hallyu
Hallyu is a Chinese term which, when translated, literally means “Korean Wave”. It is a collective term used to refer to the phenomenal growth of South Korean culture encompassing everything from music, movies, drama to online games and Korean cuisine, just to name a few.
Hallyu has given Korean tourism a shot in the arm and helped tremendously in repositioning the Korean country image globally. The Korean Tourism Office has been very active in offering package tours, which include a visit to iconic K-Drama shooting locations, such as resorts, restaurants, and towns.
To top it all off, the South Korean government has launched a new special visa for such advert Korean fans and has sent the internet into a frenzy!
About the Hallyu Visa
Whether you're a fan of BTS, Stray Kids, Aespa, SHINee, Squid Game, Descendants of the Sun, Park Bo Gum, Park Seo Joon, Lee Min Ho, fashion week, or just love eating kimchi; you will find value in the Hallyu visa program.
The Hallyu visa program is specially designed to support the entry of foreigners who are interested in learning about South Korean culture and their blossoming entertainment industry.
A senior Justice Ministry official explained that those who plan to stay more than 90 days in South Korea and who enroll in entertainment-related education there will be eligible for the Hallyu visa.
Further details of the new program will hopefully be confirmed in the first half of 2022; including the maximum length of stay to be granted and other specific requirements.
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SOURCE: The Korea Herald