The fascinating and bustling capital of Korea, Seoul is one of the world’s most intriguing cities. It embraces—and often produces—the latest fads and technology, but alongside the bright lights of Myeong-dang and the K-Pop clubs, the city is also home to the ancient palaces of the Joseon dynasty and quieter neighborhoods dotted with temples and traditional hanok style homes. Rooted in Korea’s past, the city has found a new identity as a place where urban designs are tested and perfected, from the Dongdaemun Design Plaza currently being designed by architect Zaha Hadid, to one of the most lauded urban renewal projects of this century, the restoration of the Cheonggyecheon Stream. Covered by an elevated highway in the 1950s, the stream was restored in 2003 and now runs from the Cheonggye Plaza, a cultural arts venue, to the Hangang River, with 22 bridges along the way providing focal points for civic life.
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