February 04, 2015 11:16
One out of every three tourists visiting Seoul is Chinese, and their favorite destination is the shopping district of Myeong-dong.
According to the Seoul Institute on Tuesday, 1.15 million tourists visited the capital last year, up 12.9 percent every year since 2010.
As of 2013, Chinese visitors accounted for 35.9 percent, followed by Japanese (24.2 percent), Americans (6.5 percent) and Taiwanese (six percent).
Until 2012, Japanese made up the biggest proportion, but they were overtaken by Chinese the following year.
The favorite destination in Seoul among tourists was Myeongdong with 72.8 percent, followed by Dongdaemun Market (56.6 percent), royal palaces (39.1 percent), Namdaemun Market (32.8 percent), N Seoul Tower (31.6 percent), Lotte World (30 percent) and Insa-dong (29.4 percent).
The Shincheon/Hongik University areas in northwestern Seoul were also popular (favored by 24.2 percent), while COEX Mall (13.3 percent), Garosu-gil (9.1 percent) and Cheongdam-dong (29.4 percent) in the trendy Gangnam district of southern Seoul were also popular destinations.
Tourists spent the most money on shopping in Myeong-dong in 2013 with 51.2 percent, followed by duty-free shops downtown (32.3 percent), Dongdaemun Market (30.7 percent), and department stores (27.1 percent).
By nationality, the favorite shopping destination for Japanese tourists was Myeong-dong (61 percent), while Chinese favored duty-free shops (59.5 percent).
Tourists from the Middle East also favored Dongdaemun Market, while Americans, Canadians and Russians liked to shop in department stores.
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