A middle-aged female Korean owner of a tavern was assaulted by eight Chinese tourists in Jeju-do on October 9th at around 10:30 pm. The Chinese tourists were dining at the place but they bought alcohol from a nearby convenience store. They were told that it’s the establishment’s policy to prohibit food brought from outside.
In Korea, there are dining places that prohibit BYOB or “bring your own booze” especially at a place called “술집” (sul jib) ~ the Korean word for a tavern. It is only right for the owner to ask them not to bring booze because that’s her main business.
When the 53-yr old owner asked the Chinese tourists to pay before leaving, they assaulted her and even hit her with a bottle. Three people tried to stop the fight but they also got hurt in the process. The woman surnamed “Ahn” is currently at the hospital for the injuries she sustained.
Three of the Chinese tourists were on a departure hold order. The other five will be served arrest warrants. There is an increase on foreign crimes in the island of Jeju-do. About 70% of of them involve Chinese tourists or residents.
Here’s the video of the news report by SBS:
This is not the first time that Chinese tourists have behaved badly in a foreign country. The magazine website Shanghaiist even came up with the 10 most embarrassing Chinese tourists of 2015.
Like one online news portal said “the Chinese may have the money but not the manners“.
Jeju-do offers visa-free visit to foreigners. Chinese and even Filipinos could come and visit the island without the need of a tourist visa. While the Chinese tourists are most welcome in the island, the citizens hope that they would behave well and as they say “do as the Romans do” ~
I recall that more than a decade ago, the Koreans were the undesirable tourists but now things have changed and they learned.