THE Penang Government plans to hold an annual south Korean cultural festival beginning this year in a move to attract more south Korean tourists.
The Star (May 15, 2008)
I don’t know about you but this is such a crazy idea.
It’s like getting Malaysians to fly to Australia for a Malaysian cultural festival.
It’s like getting Americans to fly to Africa for a hot dog eating festival.
It’s like getting the Japanese to fly to Malaysia for sushi.
It’s like getting the Chinese to fly to India for the Chinese new year festival.
It’s like getting the French to fly to Thailand for a French wine and cheese party.
Maybe Penangites can show the South Koreans how to make “Malaysia Boleh” kimchi 🙂
I remember my Korean friend who visited Penang and stayed with me for several days. All she wanted to do was to eat good food (a lot of varieties in very tiny portions), hit the beach, and get a massage at a great spa. Unfortunately, she went to a highly recommended spa that turned out to be a “hanky panky” massage parlor…..hahaha.
If we want to attract South Korean tourists, we really need to work on our “cleanliness”:
– Clean accessible toilets
– Clean eating places
– Clean beaches
– Clean and safe streets
– “Clean” dealings: Honest prices and good customer service
– “Clean” beauty spas