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[Graphic News] China dominates cosmetic surgery tourism

Oct. 8, 2017 - 17:28 By Nam Kyung-don

According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, foreigners spent around 270 billion won ($235 million) in South Korea on plastic surgeries and dermatology treatments last year.

The number of foreigners visiting South Korea for medical purposes came to 452,380 in 2016, with nearly 100,000 of them receiving beauty-related treatments, the data showed.

Of the foreign patients visiting plastic surgery clinics, Chinese accounted for 57.7 percent, trailed by Japanese with 5.7 percent. Other major nationalities included the US, Thailand, Russia and Singapore.