By  on March 18, 2017

SEOUL — While the air was warm and the sun was out on Friday, the normally busy streets of Myeongdong were much quieter than usual. As one of Seoul’s most popular tourist spots, the district is known for its K-pop-inspired cosmetics and fast fashion, trendy coffee shops and wide array of street foods, as well as for being a shopping mecca for Chinese tourists.

Over the past few years, the South Korean tourism industry has looked chiefly to the Chinese as its main clientele. According to the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Chinese tourists made up over eight million of the 17 million tourists who visited South Korea last year.

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