Tourists Fascinated by Korean Freeway Rest Stops

  • By Chae Sung-jin

    May 31, 2018 12:07

    Foreign tourists are much less taken by Korea's cultural heritages than by rest stops along its expressways, a study suggests.

    Cosmojin Tour asked 1,050 foreign visitors what they found unique in Korea, and 54 percent pointed to these unexpected places.

    In addition to serving as toilet breaks on long drives, rest stops surprised foreigners with generous facilities and a wide selection of food, from spicy tteokbokki to fish sticks and barbecued skewers.

    Some tourists said they made it a point to stop whenever they see them on expressways.

    Next in popularity were jjimjilbang or Korean saunas (23 percent), where tourists said they were fascinated by how Koreans wrap towels around their heads and eat there.

    Third were superstores (10 percent) and karaoke bars (seven percent), which suggests the tourists polled were not exactly positioned at the high end of the market.

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