The number of Koreans traveling abroad hit a record high this year, industry data showed on Oct. 31.
The figure was 19.6 million for the first nine months this year, according to the statistics provided by the Korea National Tourism Organization.
The number compares with 18.5 million for the January-October period last year, when the annual figure was the largest ever at 22.3 million.
The figure for the whole of this year will likely hit a new record, taking into account the unusually long 10-day Chuseok holiday in early October, when more than 1.02 million people took overseas trips.
By Alex Lee and newswires (email@example.com