SEOUL, The number of nights that foreign guests stayed at hotels and other accommodations averaged 5.66 in the first half of the year, with 55.3 percent of them visiting the South Korean capital for recreation, fun and holidays, a survey showed Wednesday.
According to the survey conducted by the Seoul metropolitan government and the Seoul Tourism Foundation, 83.8 percent of 3,000 foreign respondents picked the Myeongdong shopping area as the most popular destination in the city.
More than 92 percent of the respondents said they enjoyed shopping the most, while the first thing about 79 percent wanted to do during their stay in Seoul was to taste the local cuisine.
Fifty-seven percent and 50.5 percent visited duty-free stores and traditional markets, respectively, for shopping. Cosmetics topped the list of goods they bought with 68.1 percent, trailed by garments with 55.1 percent and food with 39 percent.
The survey also revealed an overwhelming 94.3 percent of the respondents tasted Korean food, with street food, and cafes and coffee shops enjoyed by 64.5 percent and 49.6 percent, respectively.
It found 48.6 percent of the respondents made a second visit to Seoul, compared with 42.5 percent in the same period last year. Almost 90 percent of foreign visitors to Seoul said they wish to visit again, it said.
Source: Yonhap News Agency