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You can now rent an 'oppa' to be your tour guide in South Korea Tourists can use the service, Oh My Oppa, to hire good-looking local men to show them the sights of the country (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A South Korean software company has launched a speciality tour service targeting foreign visitors hoping for their own oppa, as depicted in Korean TV dramas. Korean women use the term oppa to address an older male family member, friend or romantic partner of the same generation. The service, Oh My Oppa, allows foreign visitors to rent an oppa. It จอง โรงแรม ฮ่องกง started out as a joke that foreigners coming to South Korea expect to find men like the ones they see on dramas, but no, there arent any men on the streets that are as good-looking, tall and nice as the TV stars, said Mr Lee Joon Woo, CEO of Winwincook, in an interview with The Korea Herald. Mr Lees company conducted a test run of the Oh My Oppa service last month and is preparing to launch a full-fledged service in April. We thought we would present these tourists with men we can be proud of. Although it was a joke at first, we followed up with an actual websiteand the social media reaction has been beyond our expectations, Mr Lee said. The Oh My Oppa website currently features seven Korean men, who are not professional tour guides but friendly local bros willing to offer assistance for a fee. They may cut up steak for tourists, take flattering photographs and offer encouraging comments. However, as they are real Korean men with minimal training, English may not be their forte. During the tour, the guides and tourists may visit pet cafes or do activities that require extra payment, but only if they agree. For paid activities, bills are split. For paid activities, the bills are split. PHOTO: THE KOREA HERALD Mr Lee said demand for the tour guides has mainly come from European countries such as France, England and Germany, and South-east Asian places including Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia. The idea of renting an oppa might seem bizarre, even ludicrous to some, but its hardly the first of its kind. Chinese app Hire Me Plz offers instant dates to bring to occasions such as family events that demand a presentable plus one.
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Visitors to this months Winter Olympics, in the unassuming ski resort of Pyeongchang, can take in a sleepy backdrop of Buddhist temples and dreamy peaks, such as the imposing Seoraksan which forms part of the backbone of the Korean peninsulas mountainous landscape. The country also has 2,413 kilometres of seaside, with wide coastal plains to the west and south, and nearly 3,000 small uninhabited islands just offshore. Korean food has been making waves across the globe, with kimchi, ทัวร์เกาหลี among other dishes, popping up on restaurant menus everywhere. It received the official haute cuisine stamp of approval in 2016 when the Michelin Guide launched its first Seoul edition, and there are now 24 Michelin-starred restaurants. Beyond kimchi: How to eat your way around South Korea 11. Its the breakdancing capital of the world South Korea danced its way onto the world map with Gangnam Style back in 2012. But theres more to the countrys music and dance scene than K-pop. South Korean singer PsyCredit:Kin Cheung, For one thing, South Korea has been home to some of the worlds best breakdancers for years after it was introduced to the country in the Nineties by American soldiers. South Korea is home to the worlds best breakdancers Credit:Getty South Korea, which offers some of the world's best skincare products, has also been reported to have the highest per capita rate of cosmetic surgery in the world, with one in three women in the country aged between 19 and 29 reported to have gone under the knife, according to a 2015 survey by Gallup Korea. The most popular procedures were reported to be eyelid surgeries.
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