[Graphic News] Chinese visitors outnumber Japanese

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Jan 15, 2014 - 20:04
  • Updated : Jan 15, 2014 - 20:04
The number of visitors to South Korea increased 5.4 percent on-year in 2013 according to government data released Monday.

Last year marked the first time Chinese visitors outnumbered Japanese visitors. Justice Ministry officials cited the improved visa review process and a weaker Japanese yen as possible reasons.

Over 82 percent of foreigners arriving in Korea said they came for tourism while 4.5 percent made job-related visits. About 2.6 percent identified themselves as foreigners of Korean descent.

To accommodate the increasing number of visitors, officials vowed to further simplify visa application procedures.