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[TRAVEL] Experience Digital Exhibitions at National Museum Singapore for Free!

Have you ever visited the Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands, where the Future World exhibition is held? The exhibition showcases 4 different themes, Nature, Town, Park and Space, and it showcases artworks by using digital technology. Prices are at $13 for Singaporeans adults, and $10 for local students, $6 for children. However, there is a new exhibition over at National Museum Singapore where it provides free entry to Singaporeans and PRs!

Under the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, the creators behind Future World, Team Lab brings 69 drawings from the collection to life.  The Story of the Forest exhibition is located at the Glass Rotunda, and it begins with a bridge with floral artworks all around you. (Beware you might feel a little giddy due to the movement of the artworks!)

The exhibition continues with a two-story Rotunda route, where it is surrounded by not only the forest but animals. The Upper Rotunda has a different habitat as compared to the Lower Rotunda but visitors are able to spend as much time as they want in the exhibition. (And it is not only one way, visitors are able to head up to the Upper Rotunda again.)  The weather will change too, from time to time, it will ‘rain’ and visitors will be able to see how the animals in the exhibition react to it.

The experience will be complete when you lie down and look at the different flora in the Glass Rotunda which will ‘grow’ and change.  There is also an application where visitors are able to enhance their visit at Story of the Forest, where they are able to “hunt” and “capture” the flora and fauna with their phone. Visitors will be rewarded with insights to the artworks from the collections which inspired the creations.

Thus, head down to National Museum Singapore for an immersive and educational experience! There are also other exhibition in the museum such as the Singapore History Gallery, We Built A Nation, etc, where visitors are able to learn more about Singapore. 


Open daily from 10am to 7pm, last admission for Story of the Forest is at 6.15pm. Free Admission to all galleries for Singaporeans & PRs. 

 

[REVIEW] K-Live Sentosa: A hologram concert experience in Singapore

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Southeast Asia’s first dedicated K-pop holographic theatre, K-live Sentosa, was launched in Singapore in late February 2016. In its inaugural foray outside of South Korea, K-live Sentosa will be located at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Waterfront. First introduced in Seoul, South Korea, in 2014, K-live has attracted over 200,000 visitors from around the world. The captivating experience of a high definition virtual concert makes K-live an entertaining digital attraction for visitors.

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With its launch in Singapore, K-live Sentosa pays perfect homage to the best of the Korean culture and its cutting-edge digital technologies – by seamlessly combining high-tech holographic content starring popular Korean pop stars such as Wonder Girls, 2PM and GOT7. The Singapore edition has been enhanced through the addition of original traditional and modern dance performances to make for a more holistic experience.

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Mr Sean Park, Director of K-live Sentosa, wanted to provide a platform for the artistes to perform in Singapore as well as fans to see their performance as often, thus K-Live is designed to make visitors feel like they’re attending a real-life concert, the experience is made even more engaging with the use of augmented and virtual reality technologies and a myriad of special effects.

The hologram concert runs everyday, and there are two different types of shows which visitors can choose from.

      1. Full package with Live Performance: The full package comprises a 10-minute live performance, which includes Flying (Korean Modern Dance) or Ego (Krump), and a 5-minute behind-the-scenes look into the production of a holographic concert. After that, the hologram concert will follow. (explained below)
      2.  Holographic Concert: This package starts with a 5-minute Jin-do Drum Dance in holographic form, followed by the 5- minute behind-the-scenes look into the production of a holographic concert. Then, it’s what fans have been waiting for – the 30-minute Holographic Concert, with a line-up of today’s hottest K-Pop stars performing their hit singles every day. The show includes top hits like 2PM’s “Hands Up”, Wonder Girls’ “I Feel You” and “Girls Girls Girls” by GOT7.

To know more about the schedule, please visit K-Live Sentosa Facebook or RWS Sentosa Attractions Page. Student prices are available, please proceed on-site to K-live ticket booths with valid student ID in person. 

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Additionally, the holographic content for K-live Sentosa will be updated every six months, releasing new virtual songs from the top trending K-Pop artists. Similarly, the live performances will be changed every three months!

Experience:

Kpress has recently went down to K-Live Sentosa to experience the hologram concert magic ourselves! It is located at RWS, if you’re walking into Sentosa, it is just after the Alive Museum. If you’re coming into Sentosa by the monorail/bus/car, you just need to find the Korean town food court (Insadong), walk down and you’ll find K-Live!

The friendly staffs will guide you into the show area, which is an open space. You can either choose to stay at the back where you will be able to see all the three huge screens or stand all the way in front and get a closer view at your idols. The show will start off when the Jin-Do drum dance, followed by some behind-the-scenes snippets of the idols.


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The show will start with the beast-ly dols, 2PM with their top hit, “Hands Up”. Together with the lighting effects as well as the amazing sound quality, it feels like you’re in a club with them! They introduced themselves as a group and individually like what idols always do in concerts, before performing their recent song, “My House”. And here comes an interactive part with the boys! One of the staff will ask one of the audience to sit on a swing, which will be projected in the concert with 2PM! What an experience!

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Next up, Wonder Girls with “I Feel You” and then Got7 with “Just Right”, “Girls Girls Girls” and “Stop Stop It”. All the songs were performed with lighting effects, as well as some other effects such as white foams falling down matching the song/screen, bubbles on the concert as well as the show area, which will make it feel like the bubbles are coming from the screen!

In a nutshell, we feel that this experience is a fun and interesting one. For those fans who has not been to a real concert before or you simply want to save the concert hassle (Buying tickets, Q-ing to get into the concert venue, squeezing with other fans, etc) , you should totally give this hologram concert a try! Especially when the show changes every three months, you should catch the show now if you like the songs that are being performed now. Also, the friendly staffs you will encounter is totally different from the staffs that you will meet at real concerts. K-Live staffs are so friendly and they are always seen welcoming everyone with a smile; they make the whole experience feel so complete. So, we recommend everyone to experience K-Live Sentosa now!

Kpress would like to thank K-Live and Nadiah for the invite to review the concert as we had a really enjoyable experience.


 

[TRAVEL] Recommended Airbnb Apartments to Stay UNDER $100: Seoul, Myeongdong

Hello everyone, this will a guide for you to consider while booking your accommodations over at Seoul. Airbnb has been a much cheaper option for travelling, especially with you are travelling with your friends. Also, most Airbnb hosts provides portable Wi-Fi, which means that you will be connected throughout your stay in Korea!

But where in Seoul should you stay? For this post, we will list out some recommended apartments near to Myeongdong under $100 per night. Myeongdong is where all the cosmetic shops are lined up, with several clothings stores and food options. Myeongdong is also near Dongdaemun, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Gwanghuamun, Gyeongbukgung Palace, etc. Apartments listed includes the entire home, means the whole place is yours alone.

(This is not a sponsored post.)

House1

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2383253?guests=2&s=_gSih4gq

Nearest Station: Chungmuro subway station

Price: $65 per night

House2

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7923903?guests=2&s=_gSih4gq

Nearest Station: Chungmuro subway station

Price: $72 per night

House3

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6694258?guests=2&s=_gSih4gq

Nearest Station: Chungmuro subway station

Price: $69 per night

House4

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7878128?guests=2&s=_gSih4gq

Nearest Station: Chungmuro subway station

Price: $58 per night

*In the same building as the previous apartment!*

House5

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4072891?guests=2&s=_gSih4gq

Nearest Station: Jongno 3 ga station

Price: $94 per night

House6

Nearest Station: Jonggak Station

Price: $87 per night

Airbnb Tips:

  1. Enter dates to see full pricing. (Different dates may have different pricing)
  2. Additional fees apply (Such as Cleaning Charges, Airbnb Fee).
  3. Taxes may be added.
  4. Read reviews of the apartment before booking.
  5. Chat with the host for any enquires.

[TRAVEL] Extended public transportation hours for Seollal holiday

Seoul Metropolitan Government is expecting a huge crowd of people converging at the bus terminals and major subway stations in Seoul on the way to visit their hometowns over the Seollal holidays. To accommodate the increased number of people, public transportation will be extended February 20-21, 2015.

Major transportation stops in Seoul include Seoul Station, Cheongnyangni Station, Yeongdeungpo Station,Yongsan Station, Central City, Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, Seoul Nambu Terminal and Sangbong Bus Terminal. City buses and subways heading to these locations will extend their operating hours until 2 a.m., the next day.

More info

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Courtesy and credits from Seoul Metropolitan Government & Visit Korea

[TRAVEL] Kpass

The special tourism card Kpass, specifically designed for foreign travelers, officially launched on December 22, 2014. With Kpass, travelers from overseas have access to a variety of customized services to meet their travel needs in Korea. Services include travel concierge (International Taxi, SIM card, luggage storage services, etc), transportation and airport care services.

For Free Independent Travelers (FIT) in particular, the card can be used in conjunction with special tourism taxis operating on various courses, as well as for courses tailored to meet travelers’ specific requests.

The card holder has access to an array of additional benefits, not only limited to transportation usage but can also be used in shopping centers, restaurants, theaters and more.As Kpass is equipped for use with public transportation, tourists can conveniently travel around Korea without needing to buy a separate transportation card.

☞ Website: http://www.k-pass.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
☞ Venues for purchasing:
Premium Travel Center (Seoul Station, Myeong-dong Station, Hongdae)
Incheon International Airport (International service booth in front of gate C)
Gimpo International Airport (International Terminal Level 1, International Taxi Booth)
☞ Inquiries: +82-2-1644-1493 (Korean, English, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Courtesy of Premium Pass International Co., Ltd.

Credit: Visit Korea

[TRAVEL] Lotte Mall – Dong Busan Branch

Asia’s largest premium outlet, the multi-shopping complex Lotte Mall – Dong Busan Branch began operations on December 23, 2014.

Comprised of two basement levels and four above-ground floors, the Lotte Mall – Dong Busan Branch was constructed with the concept of Santorini Island in Greece as a motivation. The mall consists of a total of 551 brands including 407 outlet stores and an additional 114 shops in the shopping mall, selling a variety of items such as electronic appliances, daily goods, and more at discounted prices. Entertainment facilities include not only a cinema comprised of 6 theaters, but also a lighthouse observatory overlooking the sea, fountain square and rose garden.

In addition, many delicious and famous restaurants around Busan have opened branches in the food court on the third floor, allowing visitors to feel as if they are on a food tour around Busan.

More Info

Lotte Mall – Dong Busan Branch

☞ Location: 147, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan-si
– From Songjeong Station (Donghaenambu Line), a 10-minute walking distance
– From Jangsan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), take Bus 100, 139, 182, 200, or 1001 and get off at Bravo Gas Station Bus Stop.
☞ Opening date: December 23, 2014
☞ Operating hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-20:00 / Friday-Sunday 10:00-21:00
☞ Homepage: Lotte Department Store
http://store.lotteshopping.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Courtesy of Lotte Shopping

[Travel] Travel Korea with a single ticket of ‘Rail-Ro Pass’

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An open ticket that allows multiple rides on rail services in Korea, Rail-Ro (내일로, Rail 路 (read “ro”)) Pass, is resuming its sales from November 25, 2014 until February 28, 2015.

Korail has been offering the tickets to young adults, ages 25 and under, giving the crowds the opportunity to go and see beautiful tourist attractions in Korea by train. Ticket holders can use any non-express rail service and may occupy standing or ‘first-come’ seats available on that day.

The tickets can be found at the ‘Korail Travel Center’ on the 3rd floor of Yeongdeungpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), available for on-site purchase as well as pick-up after phone reservation.

<User’s Guide>

 Eligibility  Travelers under 25 years of age (based on the date of departure)
 Ticket types  Naeillo 5-day pass (56,500 won),
Naeillo 7-day pass (62,700 won)
 Available trains  ITX–Cheongchun, ITX-Saemaeul, Saemaul-ho, Nuri-ro,  Mugunghwa and
commuter trains for standing and ‘first-come’ seats.
*Discount offered if seats are reserved: two times per passenger
(available for one-way trip only)
1) Discounts for regular trains on weekdays (Mondays through Fridays)
2) Discounts for tourism trains (O-train, V-train, DMZ-train)
(available for the entire operating period except on national holidays)
 Operating period  December 1, 2014-March 6, 2015
 Ticket sales  November 25, 2014-February 28, 2015 (total of 96 days)
 Requirement  ID cards (passports)

 

More Info

☞ Phone inquiries (weekdays only 09:00-18:00)
-English: +82-2-2678-7723, +82-2-2639-3650
-Chinese: +82-2-2678-7723, +82-2-2639-3638
☞ Email inquiries
    -English: withcjh@korail.com / klhg81@korail.com
-Chinese: s5phi2@korail.coom
☞ Website: www.letskorail.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Cr: Visit Korea/Korail