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The mild days of autumn are ideal for seeing the sights of Korea’s capital, from futuristic buildings by the world’s top architects to a bell that has marked the hours since the fifteenth century. To sustain you as you explore Seoul, chi-mc, the chicken-and-beer combo that is becoming a favorite snack around the world, is even more delicious in the country where it was first created. If you are ready to fall for Seoul this fall, Korean Air makes the city more accessible than ever.
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54 Jong-ro, Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Designated as both a Seoul Monument and a Korean National Treasure, Bosingak is a grand, stand-alone belfry in the central Jongno district of Seoul, and its juxtaposition next to hypermodern buildings such as the Jongno 33 Tower makes it even more...
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124-5 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Savory, sweet, and paired with a mug of cold brew, this chicken-and-beer combo has become the go-to repast for late-night cravings or simply socializing. The chi-mc or chi-mek phenomenon (“chi” is short for chicken and “mc” or “mek” for mekju, the...
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Seoul’s long-awaited new arts-and-leisure center has made waves—literally—since its construction in 2011, and grand opening in 2014. That’s because the architectural jewel known as Soem Sevit, a trio of striking glass edifices built on artificial...
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14 Samcheong-ro 2-gil, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
When the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (known as MMCA) opened its new, 560,000-square-foot location in November 2013, the 46-year-old art institution made a heralded return to the center of the capital. MMCA Seoul offers a wide...
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281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Like a spaceship that has alighted on the famous Dongdaemun shopping district, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which opened last March, is Seoul’s sparkling center for design, fashion, art, and more. DDP is one of Seoul’s—and arguably the world’s—most...