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Get Close to Your Oppa as South Korea Allows Visa-Free Entry to Filipinos

Ever since the first Korean dramas were aired in the Philippines, the Korean wave has taken Filipino binge-watching to a different level and certainly since then, the rich and multifaceted culture of Koreans and Korea itself have well seated into a part of our own.

In fact, some of our shows here in the Philippines are an adaptation from Korean shows like, the popular game show I Can See Your Voice hosted by Luis Manzano which is a Filipino adaptation of the South Korean game show of the same title.

Many have been taken into a frenzy by the hottest challenge in the world, the Spicy Noodle Challenge, a challenge where people film themselves attempting to complete a bowl of Buldak Bokkeum Myeon,  a hot chicken-flavored ramen variety of the ramyeon Korean instant noodle dish.

And of course, who doesn’t know what OPPA means? In the Korean language, Oppa is a term that is used by Korean girls to refer to a man who is older but not less than about 10 years of her. In the Philippines, “oppa” refers to a guy that girls (and girls at heart) find attractive. And in order for you to become an oppa you should have the qualities of these oppa of Korean dramas:

Lee jong suk from W

Nam joo hyuk from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Ji soo from Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

 

Source: HaB Korea Net

Song jong ki from Descendants of the Sun who recently married Actress Song Hye Kyo

Source: aminoapps.com

Lee min Ho, Gu Jun Pyo of Boys Over Flowers, Legend of the Blue Sea

Source: weheartit.com

Park Bo Gum from Love in the Moonlight

Source: Dramafever

Kim Soo Hyun from My Love From the Star

Source: Pinterest

Park Hyung Sik from Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth

Source: dramafever

Lee Dong Wook from Goblin

Source: fanpop

Gong Yoo from Goblin, Train to Busan

Luckily, your hopes on seeing the “oppa” of your life are now made easier as the South Korean government has allowed Filipinos to travel to the country visa-free up until April 2018, according to the reports released by ABS-CBN News.

Aside from the Philippines, residents from Indonesia and Vietnam were also given the same opportunity to visit South Korea without a visa. However, this is only possible if you enter South Korea at the YangYang International Airport in Gangwon province, which is located 158 kilometers from Seoul.

This settlement is part of South Korea’s efforts to boost their tourism which has been slacking lately due to security and political issues. It is also a way for them to promote the upcoming Winter Olympic Games which will be held in Pyeongchang on February next year.

Meanwhile, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, cleared that no official announcement has been released yet as to any updates regarding the visa-free travel.

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