Vietnamese tourists to South Korea on the rise

By Thao Vi, Thanh Nien News

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Korean dancers perform Hongtaryeong, a traditional Korean dance, at a roadshow in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10, 2014. Photo: Thao Vi Korean dancers perform Hongtaryeong, a traditional Korean dance, at a roadshow in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10, 2014. Photo: Thao Vi

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More than 130,000 Vietnamese visited South Korea between January 1 and November 11, a 20 percent year-on-year increase, official figures show.
“We expect the number of Vietnamese tourists visiting South Korea to reach 140,000 this year, significant up from 116,000 last year,” Kang Sungghil, Chief Representative of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) in Vietnam told a recent roadshow in Ho Chi Minh City.
“The number of South Korean tourists visiting Vietnam is also rising, hitting 800,000 so far this year. We hope that the total number of tourists between the two countries will hit 1 million next year,” he said.
At the roadshow, the KTO introduced new tourism slogan “Imagine your Korea” to replace the old slogan “Korea, Be inspired.”
“With the new slogan, we invite foreigners to discover and experience Korea in terms of nature, history, people, culture, etc on their own,” said Le Thi Thu Trang, Marketing Manager of the KTO in Vietnam.
The roadshow featured the performance of Hongtaryeong, a traditional Korean dance combined with drums and gongs, in which dancers wear large hats with long ribbons. While dancing, they shake their heads in tandem with the accompanying music, creating beautiful images with flapping ribbons.

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