Seoul ranked 16th on the list of the Top 100 City Destinations released by global research firm Euromonitor International on Thursday. Korea dropped six slots from last year due to a decline in Chinese tourists.
Hong Kong was the most visited city in the world last year. It maintained the top spot for nine consecutive years. Most visitors were from the mainland, while the number of foreign visitors decreased.
Bangkok came second, and London third thanks to a weak pound.
Asian cities dominated this year's rankings. Six cities were among the Top 10, with Singapore in fourth, Macau in fifth, Shenzhen at ninth and Kuala Lumpur in 10th, mostly thanks to Chinese travelers.
"In 2010, 34 cities from Asia Pacific were present in Euromonitor International’s rankings. This jumped to 41 cities in 2017 and is expected to grow to 47 cities in 2025," the company said.