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South Korea's capital city is a living, breathing juxtaposition. Centuries-old courtyards snuggle up to modern high rises, and traditional teashops vie with Starbucks for customers. The contrast of modern and ancient can be found everywhere—from the glitz and glamour of the now-famous Gangnam district to the grand palaces of the Jongno area. This seamless blending of old and new has created a dynamic capital burgeoning with inventive restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and culture. Though once little known on the world travel circuit, Seoul has finally emerged as one of eastern Asia’s most vibrant cities. In short, it’s not just Psy’s K-pop hit that’s put South Korea on the map, Seoul has already done that for itself.
Leslie PatrickSeoul Local Expert
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