South Korean Ambassador to China Kim Jang-soo said Wednesday that an "emotional solidarity" between Seoul and Beijing is deepening as more people visit each other's country.
Kim made the remarks at a meeting with about 100 Chinese bloggers after naming them civilian delegates to promote South Korea's image in China.
"An emotional solidarity between the people of the two countries has been deeper than ever before as the number of the two nations' visitors to each other's country surpassed 10 million people last year," Kim told the Chinese bloggers.
The move is part of the embassy's public diplomacy drive aimed at enhancing friendship between the two countries, embassy officials said.
The number of Chinese visitors to South Korea soared 46 percent from a year ago to 6.33 million people last year, while the number of South Korean visitors to China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, grew 3.6 percent to 4.1 million, according to the South Korean Embassy.
The surge was fueled by a growing popularity of Korean pop music and TV dramas and the falling Chinese currency. (Yonhap)