On November 6, Hallyu superstar Lee Min Ho and AOA's singer-actress Seolhyun stood next to South Korean President Park Geun Hye to launch the Visit Korea Years event in advance of the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Read more about how South Korea will welcome international visitors, and check out these great photos at the auspicious event.

South Korea is preparing to host an increased number of tourists in advance of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Pyeongchang. President Park officiated at the Visit Korea ceremony to highlight Korea's welcoming message to international visitors and to pledge government support for the tourism industry in an overall effort to improve national image.

The ceremony was conducted in the compound of Geunjeongjeon Hall. “We need to upgrade the nation’s tourism industry to make it a country where foreigners want to visit again,” Park said in her speech at the ceremony to launch the 2016-2018 Korea Visit Years. 

The Korea Tourism Organization will also embark on a K-smile campaign with the slogan "Korea smiles and world smiles back.” The nationwide project involves the assistance of all citizens to spread the spirit of a warm welcome at all places that may be frequented by international visitors.

Lee Min Ho and Seolhyun were named honorary ambassadors for the Korea Visit Years during the ceremony. Lee Min Ho is already appointed honorary ambassador for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. He is also the new face of Korean tourism with new commercials reaching millions of international viewers.

Seolhyun is a singer in the AOA girls group and a rising actor, having starred with Lee Min Ho in the movie Gangnam Blues and recently completing TV drama Orange Marmalade. She was beautiful clad in traditional hanbok at the ceremony.

Are you planning on visiting Korea? Wouldn't it be exciting to visit Korea for the Olympics?

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