South Korea

Very much undersung as a tourist destination, Korea's home to the temples and various other sites of its ancient culture, scrumptious food, great bargain shopping, and lovely scenery. You can sneak a peek at the DMZ and the forbidding North, too.

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South Korea Experts & Info

MEDIA Nancie McKinnon
TOUR OPERATORS Walter L. Keats/Asia Pacific Travel, Zoe Woods, travel agent Eugene Nicewonger

countrywide info sites:
Korean National Tourist Office: www.VisitKorea.orkr
Korean Airlines:
Busan (Pusan):
Ganwon-do (Ganwon Province):
Goeje (Koeje) Island:
Gyeonggi-do (Kyonggi Province):
Jeju-do (Cheju Island):
Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province):
Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province):
learning the lingo:

What have we left out? Let us know, juseyo!

Discussion Forum

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Why Busan should be on your travel list

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Comment by Gerald Park on January 15, 2010 at 4:36pm
Yes...I've heard of this as well. I know people have been going to Thailand as well. I know that there is a high demand for plastic surgeons in Korea, so I can only imagine that there would be a demand from abroad.
Comment by David Paul Appell on May 1, 2009 at 8:14pm
Interesting article I came across this week re medical tourism in South Korea:

South Korea Sees Medical Tourism Boom Under New Law
by Thomas Steinmetz, 4/28/2009

SEOUL - Hospitals will be allowed directly to seek foreign patients from May as part of South Korea's efforts to become Asia's new medical tourism hub, officials said Tuesday.

"We expect about KRW300 billion ($221 million) in revenue this year in this sector, which will grow fast thanks to our aggressive overseas marketing to be legalized this week," said Lee Young-ho, a marketing director of the Global Healthcare Business Center.

The center, which is controlled by the health ministry, is forming a network of hospitals and travel agencies which will be officially allowed to seek patients abroad under a law which takes effect Friday.

"We expect more than 40 local travel agencies and hundreds of hospitals and clinics to apply for state licenses," Lee said. He forecast that about 50,000 foreigners would visit South Korea for treatment this year compared to 27,480 in 2008. "In 2013 about 200,000 foreign patients are expected to come," Lee said, adding foreign residents are excluded from the data.

Hospitals are currently barred from directly advertising for patients or accepting them through dedicated referral services. U.S. citizens accounted for 34% of total overseas patients last year, but the center hopes to attract more patients from Russia, Mongolia and China this year.

Lee said South Korea could surpass Singapore and Thailand to become Asia's new medical tourism hub in five years, citing a pool of skilled surgeons. The government has eased regulations on visa issuance for overseas patients.
Plastic surgery cornered about 4% of foreign patients treated by clinics associated only with the center last year. But many plastic surgeons did not report foreign patients.

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