Seoul is Lonely Planet #7 travel cities in 2017

Seoul has been picked by popular travel guide publisher Lonely Planet as the number seventh city in its Best in Travel 2017 list. The Korean capital city was picked for it’s many modern urban ideas; quoted from Lonely Planet

For over a decade Seoul has been striving to become a greener, more attractive and user-friendly metropolis.

Following on from successful projects such as the Cheonggyecheon, where an aging elevated highway was torn down and replaced with a central park and waterway, the city will unveil in the latter part of 2017 the Seoul Skygarden.

This time, the old highway in question – a 938m-long, 17m-tall overpass next to transport hub Seoul Station – will become the platform on which trees, shrubs and flowers will be planted to create an arboretum of local species.

Korea Sale Festa 2016

Korea Sale Festa is a grand shopping tourism festival starting September 29th to October 31st, 2016. It’s a combination of events for foreign tourists, special shopping offers and Hallyu cultural festival.

Korea Sale Festa 2016

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Jeollanamdo, The Land of Life

Cool tourism PR video for South Jella Province which is well known in Korea for its nature beauty and cultural heritages.

Source: KoreaTourismKL

Seoul is the world’s 10th most popular destination city

Seoul is ranked number 10 in the latest MasterCard’s annual Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI). It’s reported that 10.2 million overnight visitors traveled to the city, with December-January and October the peak months.

Seoul tourists spent 58.7% of their expenditure in shopping, which is a lot compared to other cities in the index (most in 15-25% range). It proved that Seoul is Asia’s shopping mecca, but it also affirmed recent concerns that Seoul is too reliant on “shopping tourism” and neglecting other possible attractions and city image.

Another possible problem is the dominance of Chinese tourists, which contributed 50% of the foreign visits. It’s not a bad thing in short term but it again showed a lack of diversity in Korean tourism planning. The flow of Chinese tourist could easily be affected with political issues like the recent THAAD plan.

The top 10 cities in the ranking are Bangkok, London, Paris, Dubai, New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Tokyo and Seoul.

Source: MasterCard

Conan visits Noryangjin

Popular American TV talk show host Conan O’Brien visited Korea earlier this year and made a trip to the famous Noryangjin fish market in Dongjak-gu, Seoul.