January 2019 saw the number of South Korean visitors shoot up 23 percent year-on-year to 389,000, accounting for a quarter of Vietnam’s total international tourist arrivals for the month, according to the General Statistics Office. Correspondingly, the number of Chinese tourists to Vietnam dropped 10.7 percent to 373,500, marking the first time that South Korea has overtaken its neighbor to become a key driver of Vietnam’s tourism boom. Among several factors that are deemed to have led to the robust growth in South Korean interest in Vietnam is the successful run of the Vietnamese football team under coach Park Hang-seo. This seems to have sparked a greater mutual interest in each other's country among both populations. A 15-day visa waiver for South Korean tourists to Vietnam and an increase in the frequency of direct flights connecting major cities in both countries have also contributed to making Vietnam the number one choice for South Korean tourists. South … [Read more...] about More South Koreans than Chinese visit Vietnam in January
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The Hanoitimes - Many South Korean travelers described an impressive experience in Vietnam, for them: “home away from home!” Vietnam opens tourism promotion office in South Korea Vietnam aims to pocket US$30 billion from tourism in 2019 The number of South Korean visitors to Vietnam in 2018 hit 3.48 million, a surge of 44.3% from a year earlier, continuing the upward trend over the past years. South Korean visitors in Vietnam Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are abuzz with Korean culture while beachside destinations like Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc are tailored for Korean tastes, according to both domestic and foreign media. Reasons attributed to the surge in South Korean visitors are as follows. Firstly, geographical proximity. It takes average five hours to get to Vietnam from South Korea. The short distance is a favorable condition for young people who can save time to enjoy their vacation in the country of both modern and … [Read more...] about Why is Vietnam so attractive to South Korean visitors?
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — South Korean A-list actor Ahn Sung-ki will attend the South Korea - Việt Nam Film Festival’s opening ceremony on December 15 in Hà Nội. This is a good chance for Korean movie fans in Hà Nội to meet Sung-ki, who is regarded as a Korean national icon and is one of the most famous artists in South Korea. Along with Lee Byung Hun, he was one of the first Korean actors to leave his footprints in Hollywood in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 2012. "Sung-ki is a legend in Korean cinema," said the Korean Cultural Centre’s director and festival organiser Park Hye-jin. "He is still one of Korea’s hardest working actors and he has made his contribution to bring popular Korean culture and Korean film to the world." Sung-ki began his acting career at the age of five with The Twilight Train by Kim Ki-young. He had a small role in the famous The Housemaid in 1960 at the age of eight. He took a break … [Read more...] about A-list Korean actor to open film festival
Star power: South Korean actor Han Jae-suk and Vietnamese actress Kim Tuyến play the leading roles in Paradise. — Photo courtesy of the production crewViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Shooting on a joint film project between Việt Nam and South Korea has begun in Đà Lạt, the Central Highland Province of Lâm Đồng. The film, entitled Thiên Đường (Paradise) and co-produced by Vietnamese IVonk Pictures and Korean Cion Pictures, tells of the romance between an artist and a video jockey (VJ). The two characters get acquainted with each other through email and find they have a lot in common. Artist Quang Kha’s wife is a heart surgeon and they have a little boy. He loves his wife dearly, however their happy life ends when the wife dies in an accident. Artist Kha cannot forget his wife and sinks into misery. The artist then strikes up a new relationship with the VJ. The script was penned by Nguyễn … [Read more...] about Joint film project features Korean star
In complete reversal, Trump revives summit with North Korean leader North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol talks with U.S. President Donald Trump as they walk out of the Oval Office after a meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump, in a complete reversal, said on Friday he will hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore in the latest twist in the high-stakes diplomacy over eliminating Pyonyang’s nuclear arms program. Eight days after cancelling the unprecedented summit, citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility,” Trump welcomed North Korea’s former intelligence chief - currently under punitive U.S. sanctions - to the White House Oval Office, afterward exchanging smiles and handshakes, patting his arm in a friendly gesture. “Good meeting today. I think it’s a great start,” Trump said after conferring for about 90 minutes … [Read more...] about In complete reversal, Trump revives summit with North Korean leader