A small town in North Yorkshire is expected to become an essential stop-off point for Asian tourists after a famous Taiwanese musician had his wedding there.
Labelled the ‘New King of Asian Pop’ by the continent’s version of Time magazine, pop star Jay Chou caused an online storm after posting snapshots to Facebook of his special day in Selby.
The ceremony saw the singer married to model Hannah Quinlivan in the town’s picturesque, 1,000-year-old Selby Abbey.
According to Vicar John Charles Weetman, while the abbey does not normally draw Asian tourists, the last week and a half has seen hundreds of Chou’s fans flocking to see the place where the singer tied the knot.
Speaking about the influx, the vicar said:
“The morning after Jay’s wedding visitors starting turning up from around 8.30am. Most of the visitors are Asian students who are already living in the UK but they have come from as far away as Edinburgh and Glasgow. We have also had an increase in wedding enquiries.”
Castle Howard, the 18th-century stately home where the newly married couple later had their reception, has even decided to translate some of its promotional material accordingly.
ITV News reported that some Asian tour operators could start including both Selby Abbey and Castle Howard on their lists of recommended spots to visit in England.
The North is home to some of the most beautiful British landscapes, making it perfect for wedding photography. Lancashire and Cheshire, in particular, offer truly breathtaking natural scenery.