Nami Island, Lotte World and Dae Jang Geum Theme Park – these are just the beginnings of how Korea’s tourism boomed with the help of K-dramas or television series early in the millennium. Visiting these places actually made the most impression on me – no, I mean my Mom. Having watched “Winter Sonata” and “Jewel in the Palace 大長今 Dae Jang Geum”, our trip to Korea was filled with photo ops around places where these television programs were shot – needless to say Mom was the giddiest.
Though I’m not a fan of K-dramas myself, they tickled my curiosity to more things Korean. Driving around the Blue House, modeling 韓服 hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), tasting ginseng chicken soup 蔘鷄湯 samgyetang, and making my very own 김치kimchi were more exciting knowing that I am experiencing authentic Korean culture.
And this is probably the same way how Korean entertainment has enticed other Asians to visit Korea. Not sure what interests you, but feel free to look for something that appeals to you in one of the Korea posts.