The Chinese tourists are scheduled to arrive in Seoul, in two groups of 4,000, and will be served ginseng-chicken soup, a popular local specialty, on May 5 and May 9 at Banpo Hangang Park.
The banquet will start at 6:00 p.m., and singers from “Descendants of the Sun,” a popular South Korean TV drama, will take the stage at 7:00 p.m.
Considering the enormous size of the visiting delegations, the local police advised people to keep away from the routes around Jamsu Bridge from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on those two particular days, saying there may be traffic jams as the buses of the delegations pass.
The meal, following a party of fried chicken and beer held on South Korea’s Wolmido Island in March this year, is a commercial campaign to help stimulate exports of ginseng-chicken soup to China, China News Service reported.
The 8,000 employees will stay in Seoul for five days before returning home and the group tourism will contribute roughly 49.5 billion South Korean Won (US$43.4 million) to South Korea’s economy.