Myeongdong and palaces are top places to visit for foreign tourists: Korea Tourist Organization

Myeongdong and palaces are top places to visit for foreign tourists: Korea Tourist Organization


With more and more foreigners coming back
to visit Korea again…. what are some of their favorite tourist spots here in Seoul? Seo Bo-bin tells us more. Foreign tourists to Seoul have selected the
shopping district of Myeongdong and Seoul’s palaces are their top places to visit in the
capital. According to research by the Korea Tourism
Organization, out of the tourists who visited Korea in 2017, Chinese and Japanese tourists
favored Myeongdong with 30 percent choosing it as their top place to visit, followed by
Dongdaemun market. American and European tourists favored the
palaces with 20 percent choosing this as their top place. The main reasons given for visiting Seoul
were shopping and visiting historic and cultural heritage sites. And the main shopping items for Chinese tourists
were perfume and cosmetics. Other tourists said clothing was the main
thing they shopped for in Seoul. Over 50 percent of tourists from the U.S.,
Europe and Asian countries other than Japan and China had visited Korea just once, whereas
51 percent of Japanese tourists had visited Seoul more than 4 times. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said tourists’
image of Korea became more positive after their visit, with positive views of Korea
increasing from 77 percent to 97 percent, and that Seoul tourism is helping develop
Korea’s brand. Seo Bo-bin, Arirang News.

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