Busan ranked first in the “10 Gastronomy Cities Taiwanese Love” survey conducted by booking.com, an online accommodation booking site.
Busan has been widely promoted in Taiwan through the hit movie release, “Train to Busan”. As well, Busan’s popular tourist destinations, including Haeundae Beach and Gamcheon Village have been introduced with their local foods online and in publications in Taiwan.
Busan’s local specialties that tourists should try - dwaeji gukbap (pork and rice soup), milmyeon (wheat noodles), naengchae jokbal (pig's trotter(s) salad), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), jajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce) and fresh seafood caught from the sea in Busan – were all introduced to Taiwanese citizens.
Early this year, Busan ranked 48th among “52 Places to Go in 2017” by The New York Times, and Ctrip, a Chinese online provider of travel services selected Busan as one of the World Top 10 popular tourist destinations in 2016. It shows the city’s popularity has been heightened, not only in Asia, but also worldwide.
According to a city official, the number of Taiwanese travelers has been tremendously increasing this year compared to last year. As of March, 2017, the total number of visitors from Taiwan was 38, 377 for this year. The number of visitors to Busan from Taiwan is fourth highest after China, Japan and the United States.
The opening of the Busan tourism promotional office in Taiwan on June 5th will attract more and more tourists to Busan in the months to come.
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