The popular American financial publication, the Wall Street Journal, reported yesterday that the country with the highest population in the world has recently overtaken the country next to Korea as the #1 set of tourists visiting the country. Is it “Gangnam Style?” Is it “Hallyu?” Or could it be the recent political tensions that have been boiling between Japan and China? It’s hard to say, but regardless, the visits from the citizens to the west and north of Korea grew 30% from last year.
The Japanese are still growing as a demographic, but their growth in their visits were only up 6.5% vs. the double digit growth by the nation that’s well known for their population. The total number of Chinese visiting South Korea in July were 322,917 vs. 299,477 Japanese according to the Korean Tourism Organization.