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Over 500 Korean Tourists Stranded in Phuket
Over 500 Korean tourists stranded in Phuket.

About 500 South Korean tourists have been stranded on a Thai island as anti-government protesters there forced its airport to close, Yonhap News quoted travel agencies here as having said on Aug. 31, 2008.

The South Korean travellers have been forced to stay at hotels on Phuket as the resort destination's international airport was closed for a third day.

Protesters have blocked the runways at some of Thailand's most popular beach resorts, leaving thousands of foreign tourists stranded.

Travel agencies said the Thai government is working to normalize Phuket airport's operation, but it is still unclear when flights will resume.

Meanwhile, all South Korean flights to the island were canceled on Saturday and the South Korean Foreign Ministry advised citizens to avoid travelling to Thailand due to worsening political unrest in the Southeast Asian nation.

Phuket is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia among South Koreans.






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