The number of foreign travelers to South Korea reached 1,485,684 in May, up 20 percent from the same month of last year, according to the Korea Tourism Organization.
Chinese tourists jumped 35.2 percent to 500,413 in the period, followed by Japanese travelers, the number of which advanced 26 percent to 286,273 in the month. U.S. tourists to South Korea also picked up 13.3 percent over the year to 95,815 last month.
During the Labor Day holiday in early May, the Chinese travelers visited South Korea, while many Japanese in 20s who have an interest in the South Korean pop culture traveled to the country in the month, the tourism agency noted.
The number of South Korean people, who went abroad for travel, was 2,401,204 in May, up 3 percent from a year earlier.