Due to the backlash from China over the deployment of a U.S. missile system outside Seoul, Chinese government ordered the boycott of their tourists to South Korea.
A South Korean internet user created a post that went viral all over Korea. The fake advertisement says: “Feel freedom from loud Chinese Tourists! South Korea!”, “Chinese free country!” and “South Korea is safe, clean, calm and no Chinese”, good reasons to visit South Korea according to the original poster. The creator of the post said that it was a joke to make fun of the Chinese boycott and of the Chinese tourists, and it shouldn’t be taken seriously.
The deployment of the first elements of the advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea came as North Korean state media said leader Kim Jong Un had personally supervised Monday’s missile launches by an army unit that is positioned to strike U.S. bases in Japan.
The planned installation of the U.S. anti-missile defence system has led to a diplomatic standoff between China and South Korea. China closed nearly two dozen retail stores of Lotte Group, which approved a land swap with the country’s military last week to allow it to install the system. Investors feared a decline in Chinese tourist dollars as well as a repeat of a backlash against Japan in 2012 over a territorial dispute and interpretations of history and Lotte group website. South Korea’s Lotte Duty Free said also website crashed after attack from Chinese IPs. Chinese tourists are by far the biggest spenders in South Korea’s tourism industry, propping up the world’s biggest duty free market which generates about $8 billion in annual sales.