Yosemite is one of California’s, and the nation’s, most renowned national parks, but the overwhelming majority of visitors to the park are white, according to the most recent data available. However, change may be afoot, reports the Korea Daily, with growing numbers of visitors from the Korean community boarding tour buses or other modes of transportation to visit Yosemite.
With tickets ranging from $100 to $300 per person, tour buses have become a popular way for Koreans young and old to visit the park.

According to a 2009 visitor survey conducted by park authorities, roughly 11 percent of the park's visitors that year were of Asian descent, with a similar number of Latinos. Nearly 80 percent were white, the survey showed.

The Korea Daily reports that a Korean couple that purchased Pines Resort near Bass Lake, a town just 14 miles from the park entrance, is hoping to attract more Korean visitors to Yosemite. Sun-hwa Min and her husband Kyu-sun Choi are the only Koreans to own a major resort in the vicinity, according to the Korea Daily.

Min says that since they bought the 20-acre resort, which USA Today ranked as one of the area's 10 best, more Koreans have started visiting.

"Korean visitors differ from some of our other guests in that they typically prefer to cook for themselves, so they usually stay in one of our 42 cabins instead of in the rooms," said Min, adding that she hopes Asian business ownership will serve as a catalyst for greater diversity among Yosemite’s visitors.