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FAQ | Korea Blessing Experience 2020

How can I register?

To register to participate in the Cosmic Blessing, all participants must complete their online application by January 12, 2020: Regsiter Here.

How can I stay updated ?

To stay updated, sign up for the exclusive mailing list at bfm.familyfed.org/blessing2020/signup/.

A Facebook Group will be created later on for those who sign up.

When should I arrive in Korea and depart from Korea?

Arrival & Departure

Participants and their guests should plan to arrive in Korea on Wednesday Feb. 5 (ideally by 2:00 PM) and depart anytime on Sunday, Feb. 9. If it is difficult for you to arrive and depart within that timeframe, please let us know by email: bfmadmin@unification.org.

Arrival

If possible, please try to arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) before 2:00 PM on Wednesday, Feb. 5, as Orientation will be in the evening. Seil Travel will provide bus transportation from Incheon Airport to the accommodations at multiple times throughout the day.

Please do not arrive through Gimpo Airport or any other airports other than Incheon.

Departure

Plan to depart on Sunday, Feb. 9. There will be shuttle buses from the resort to Incheon Airport on the 9th.

If you must depart on the 8th, please let us know by email: bfmadmin@unification.org.

What accommodations will be provided?

Accommodations for American participants and guests will be at Elysian Ski Resort in Gangchon (address: 688, Bukhangangbyeon-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do). The resort is located about 1 hour from the Cheong Shim Peace World Stadium, where the Blessing Ceremony will take place

For Participants: Accommodations will be provided from the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5 to the morning of Sunday, Feb. 9. Additional nights at the resort will be available for a cost. Details on the cost of extra nights are forthcoming.

For Guests: Expenses for transportation, food, accommodations, and activities will be provided for family and guests for $100 per person per day from Wednesday, Feb. 5 to Sunday, Feb. 8.

Rooms are suite style and will be organized by gender. Parents of participants will have the option to room together with other parents.

How do I submit my flight info?

Once you’ve reserved your flight to Korea, please submit your flight info using this form.

Each individual flying to Korea must submit the form.

What's the general schedule in Korea?

Feb. 5 (Wed): Arrival in Korea and transportation from Incheon Airport to accommodations.
Feb. 6 (Thu): Orientation, Preparation, and Holy Wine Ceremony
Feb. 7 (Fri): Cosmic Blessing and Celebration, Relaxation & Recreation
Feb. 8 (Sat): Married Life Education and Organized Activities
Feb. 9 (Sun): Transportation from accommodations to Incheon Airport

Can my family or guests come too?

Of course! Feel free to encourage your family and guests to attend the program together with you. They will also be staying at the same resort as the couples.

Expenses for transportation, food, accommodations, and activities will be provided for family and guests for $100 per person per day.

Guests must submit payment using this link: https://hsa.regfox.com/korea-blessing-experience-guest-payment

How can I get a Blessing Ring?

Option 1: Purchase in the USA

Email Michael Brunkhorst to place an order for your ring and ring size.

Email: mcbrunk@verizon.net

Please submit and confirm your Blessing ring order at least one month prior to departing for Korea to ensure timely delivery.

Features

14k yellow or white gold rings.

Optional diamond.

Inscription and shipping included in price.

Price

Depending on the style, the price for men is $340 or $380, and for women the price is either $225, $275, or $340.

View Options & Price List


Option 2: Purchase In Korea

You can purchase a Blessing ring at the accommodations in Korea before the Cosmic Blessing.

Rings will be available for purchase at the resort before the day of the Cosmic Blessing. You may use either US Dollar or Korean Won to purchase rings.

What costs should be expected?

The expenses of traveling to Korea for a four-day experience and to receive the Marriage Blessing from True Parents at the Cosmic Blessing is considerably affordable. It is best to start budgeting and saving now for such an important occasion.

All expenses for transportation, food, accommodation, and activities will be covered for all Cosmic Blessing participants. Any other expenses (outlined below) will be personal expenses.

For Family Members and Guests, please see “Can my family or guests come too?”

Budgeting Overview

Blessing Offering:
The Blessing Offering amount depends on the status of each participant. To find out the amount for your situation, please click here.

Flight to Korea:
Flying to Korea can generally cost anywhere from $1000 to $1500 depending on when you purchase your flight, which airline you use, and other factors. Be sure to research flights well in advance.

Blessing Ring:
If you intend to purchase a Blessing Ring in Korea, be sure to budget for that, as well. See “How can I get a Blessing Ring?” for details.

Other Expenses: If you choose to extend your stay in Korea, purchase souvenirs, or do other activities, be sure to budget enough to cover any personal expenses.

Is there a Travel Grant available?

Yes! Information about the Korea Travel Grant can be found here. Application deadline is January 12, 2020.

How can I receive the Level 3 Blessing Education?

Level 3 Blessing Workshops will be organized through the United States in the months of December and January. Please find all the information here.

We encourage all matched couples to receive the Level 3 Blessing education in person in order to experience the full impact of the educational content. However, for those who cannot participate in the live workshop, there is an option to receive the education via an online course. Click here for details.

What is the attire for the Blessing Ceremony?

Men: Dark suit and white dress shirt. Suit can be either black or dark blue. As in recent years, grooms will be provided with a bow tie in Korea for the Blessing Ceremony. Bow ties will be distributed at the resort.

Women: White or ivory wedding dress. Gloves and veils will be provided in Korea.

My spouse is from Japan or Korea. Where will he/she be staying?

If your spouse is from Japan or Korea, he/she can join the American accommodations. It is up to you to decide whether you will join the Korean program or the Japanese program. We recommond joining the American program 🙂

Which airport should I fly into?

Incheon International Airport. The staff will not pick up from any other airports.

Do I need a visa to enter Korea?

USA passport holders are not required to apply for a tourist visa to enter Korea.

However, some holders of certain passports are required to apply for a tourist visa in advance in order to enter Korea.

Please check with the Korean Embassy of your nation of citizenship to confirm whether or not you require a tourist visa.

If you are a national from a country that requires a visa to travel to South Korea, please contact us at bfmadmin@unification.org as soon as possible with your full name, date of birth, passport number, and dates of travel.

Can I get a letter of Excused Absence for Religious Observance to request time off school or work?

Yes, we will provide you with an official letter for excused absence. Just contact bfmadmin@unification.org and request a letter with the title “Request for a Letter of Excused Absence for Religious Observance.”