Date
23 September 2017
This sign at the school entrance says it all in simplified Chinese, Korean and English. Photos: Ewha Womans University
This sign at the school entrance says it all in simplified Chinese, Korean and English. Photos: Ewha Womans University

Top Korean university says no to Chinese tourists

A South Korean university is seeking to ban Chinese tourists after students complained about disruptions caused by camera-happy visitors.

Ewha Womans University, a private school in central Seoul, has asked the Korea Tourism Organization to help it ward off the unwelcome guests, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Meanwhile, students have posted a giant sign at the school entrance telling visitors to refrain from entering buildings and taking pictures, and warning them that the campus is not a tourist site.

The notice is in simplified Chinese, Korean and English.

Up to 15 tourist groups visit the campus each day and dozens of souvenir seekers snap away with their cameras, the report said, citing a security guard.

A Taiwanese student, surnamed Wang, complained that tourists enter classrooms and disrupt classes.

Controversy recently erupted after a Chinese blogger posted thousands of pictures of students, hundreds of them taken secretly.

In recent years, the school has been drawing tourists to its food stalls and shopping streets.

Most of the shops have Chinese signs and sell cosmetics, and nearly all have Chinese-speaking clerks.

Ewha became a must-go site for Chinese tourists after state broadcaster CCTV named it as one of the top nine Korean tourist attractions.

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Ewha Womans University was founded in 1886 by American missionary Mary F. Scranton.


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