The number of tourist visas issued by South Korea to Chinese visitors jumped 66.1 percent on-year in the first five months of this year, the South Korean Embassy here said Monday, as more Chinese people visit South Korea due to the gradual appreciation of the yuan currency and a rising popularity of K-pop culture.
South Korea issued 1,140,000 visas for Chinese tourists from January to May this year, compared with 686,225 for the same period last year.
The embassy expected the number of tourist visas for Chinese to top 3 million for all of this year, compared with 2,135,000 last year.
South Korea, which introduced double-entry visas for Chinese nationals in 2010, has stepped up efforts to attract more Chinese tourists, which overtook Japanese in the annual number of visitors to South Korea.
Source: Busan eFM News