Over 10 Million Tourists Visit Seoul Last Year

D-Bo, Jan. 24, 2014, 2:38 p.m.

Tourists’ numbers in Seoul are on the rise, and not declining anytime soon. Foreigners surpassed the 10 million mark this last year, rising over 1 million additional tourists from the previous year. K Pop has a bit hit abroad, and has attracted even more tourists from neighboring countries.

Shopping malls in Dongdaemun provide prices, information, and even their service announcements in Chinese, Japanese, and English, in addition to their native tongue.  When surveyed which area they like the best, the tourists all sided with Myeong-dong. Shopping districts such as Dongdaemun Market, Gwanghwamun, Namdaemun Market, and Insa-dong are all popular tourist attractions that lie north of the Han River. One popular site south of the river though has been Gangnam, attracting youthful visitors ever since Psy’s hit, “Gangnam Style.”

The tourists will stay in Seoul for a total of over 5 days from their average 7 day trip to Korea. Chinese tourists are on the rise, marking 73.7% of newly visiting Chinese Tourists, stomping on the average 29% of Japanese tourists. On the other hand though, the Chinese visited Seoul an average of less than 2 times, while Japanese visitors mark over 8 trips!

"Seoul has now become a world-class tourist destination," state Keum Ki-yong, from The Seoul Institute. "We need continued policy support and help from citizens to make Seoul city foreigners want to visit again rather than just once."


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