PORTLAND — Four chefs from high-end hotels in South Korea are continuing their visit to Maine to learn about lobsters.

During their five-day visit that began Monday, the chefs are getting a hands-on education about Maine’s signature seafood by going out on a lobster boat, touring processing plants and attending a lobster-cooking class and an industry meeting.

The program is a joint effort between the Maine Lobster Promotion Council and Calendar Islands Maine Lobster, with support from lobster dealers and processors.

The promotion council says South Korea represents an emerging market opportunity for Maine lobster. Lobster exports to South Korea more than tripled between 2011 and 2012, to $1.5 million.