Foreign visitors in South Korea 2016, by nationality

This statistic shows the distribution of international visitors to South Korea in 2016, by nationality. During the measured period, Japanese tourists accounted for 39.78 percent of the total foreign visitors in South Korea.

Distribution of international visitors in South Korea in 2016, by nationality

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Release date

January 2018


South Korea

Survey time period


Number of respondents

12,000 foreign visitors*

Age group

15 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* To qualify for the survey, respondents need to have stayed in South Korea for more than one day and less than one year.
Those who just arrived to transfer the flight were excluded;
Pilots, flight attendants and soldiers were excluded, except when their purpose of visit was tour;
Only one of two people in a group was invited to the interview;
Up to two in a group with over ten people were invited to the interview considering age and gender distribution;
Up to four people in a package tour group were invited to the interview.
Figures wee converted into percentages by Statista.

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