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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...
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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Originally built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest and greatest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces. Burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592, it was reconstructed in 1867. Today, the palace grounds, filled with lotus ponds,...
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110 Sejong-daero, Taepyeongno 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul’s City Hall is a swooping mass of glass and steel tucked snugly into the heart of the city at Seoul Plaza. This modern architectural marvel stands out starkly behind the small stone building of the Seoul Metropolitan Library—the building...
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511 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The COEX Complex in Gangnam is more than just a mall, convention center, and exhibition hall. It’s a few city blocks filled with cool buildings that will thrill those who have a penchant for unique architectural design. Perhaps the most iconic of...
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종로51 종로타워 17층, 공평동 Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
One of the most distinctive buildings in central Seoul is the 33-story Jongno Tower, a triangular glass and steel tower topped with an oval floating above seven stories of emptiness. Across the street is the traditionally reconstructed...
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513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
During my last stay in Seoul, I spent most of my time in the historic heart of the city north of the Han river. I did take a Sunday afternoon, though, to walk around the Gangnam district—the chic high rise–dominated neighborhood south of the...
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105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Look to the top of Seoul’s 860-foot-tall Namsan Mountain and you’ll see the N Seoul Tower, which rises an additional 777 feet. This aerial perch is the highest point in the city and offers incredible views. Far below, Seoul sprawls out...
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Seoul, South Korea
The traditional curves of the sloping roofs and intricate patterns adorning doors and gates are the benchmarks of Bukchon Hanok Village in central Seoul. Set on a gently rising slope with views of the modern metropolis in the distance, the...
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Seoul, South Korea
If your visit to Seoul consists of only one day, there is nothing that will get you into the spirit of Korea faster than a meal at a “galbi” restaurant, aka Korean barbecue. Each table is equipped with its own charcoal or gas grill, where...
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28 Toegye-ro 34-gil, Pil-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A must-do experience in South Korea. Visit any traditional teahouse or take a lesson in the art of tea making. Lessons last 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the group. You will see that tea making is a skill that requires a lot of patience!...
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272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
If you have a few hours to kill before your next flight, don’t sweat the downtime at Incheon Airport. Packed with possibilities, Incheon’s international terminal is a wonder of airport entertainment. A movie theater, ice-skating rink, jimjilbang...
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367-39 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Koreans take Karaoke very seriously. But instead of belting it out in front of a large crowd, private rooms for singing with friends are all the rage. One of the largest and most popular karaoke bars (or as Korean's call them noraebangs, meaning...
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240 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 3(sam)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The world’s largest indoor amusement park, Lotte World gets more than 7 million visitors annually. Seasonal festivals like the Rio Samba Carnival and the Happy Christmas Party dictate the themes of the daily parades and performances, while...
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Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Located 18 miles south of Seoul in the bedroom community of Suwon, the Toilet Culture Park showcases a toilet-shaped house, museum, and a collection of outdoor sculptures all dedicated to the latrine. Guests take an interactive journey through the...
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Dang-dong, Gunpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Ever been to Central Park in New York? Well, Seoul Grand Park is a bit like that, but instead of buying a hot dog, you’ll nosh on dried squid or fish cakes. Stroll through the botanical gardens, ogle gorillas at the world’s 10th-largest zoo, and...
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Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Every Korean school kid dreams of Everland, and for good reason. As far as amusement parks go, it's 247 acres of festive fun, with coasters, a zoo, and even a water park—don’t forget your swimsuit! Whether you are visiting Seoul with children or...
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Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Beans & Berries may seem like just another Korean coffee shop chain, until you step inside and realize that they serve frozen yogurt. This is a relatively new concept in Korea, where Baskin Robbins ice cream shops abound in even the country’s most...
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94 Wausan-ro, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
If the name of Seoul’s favorite new ice cream shop sounds familiar, maybe it’s because the moniker is gleaned from an intersection in San Francisco where the owner used to live. This small-batch parlor serves up imaginative flavors of ice cream,...
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Seoul, South Korea
UK cookie favorite Ben’s Cookies has recently established a presence in Korea’s capital, and Seoulites are hooked. As I sat eating a warm chocolate chip cookie smothered with vanilla ice cream, I watched as a never-ending line queued at the cookie...
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Seoul, South Korea
A whimsical logo of little girl riding an oversized bird demarks each location of Coco Bruni Barista & Chocolatier scattered around Seoul. This chic, upscale café is a culinary treasure, particularly renowned for its scrumptious cakes. Sample a...
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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In the Samcheong-dong neighborhood, I saw this whimsical mural on the side of a bakery—perfect for a Francophile Korean sweet tooth. I became a lover of macarons (not to be confused with macaroons) when I lived in Paris. I had no idea that the...
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18 Insadong 4-gil, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
"Yeot...what?" The closest approximation in English for one of Korea's favorite street-sweets might be "taffy." It ranges from sticky-soft all the way to jaw-breaker-hard. Traditional vendors announce their confectionery presence by loudly and...
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20-17 Bukchon-ro, Jae-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For some reason there are many Filipinos in my life. My dad's best friend, my cousin's husband, my aunt, my old roommate, etc....and when I came to Seoul to study at Yonsei University, it was to my pleasant surprise to find out I had a Filipina...
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40 Hangang-daero 21na-gil, Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In Korea, nothing spells relaxation like a jimjilbang, or Korean bathhouse. For over a thousand years, Koreans have used public bathhouses not only as a means to get clean, but as a social gathering place to chill out with family and friends....
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Seoul, South Korea
Korea’s traditional costume is called hanbok, which just means “Korean clothing.” These vibrant dresses and pantsuits—characterized by loose, flowing lines—were primarily worn during the Joseon Dynasty for ceremonial occasions. Nowadays, however,...
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65 Hangaram-ro, Jamsil 2(i)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Han River is Seoul’s main artery, and the fourth longest river on the Korean peninsula. This glistening waterway bisects Seoul’s bustling neighborhoods, while modern bridges span the divide and pretty pathways meander along the banks. Han...
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21 Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul's Folk Flea Market is a place where you can buy anything, I mean anything! This scary contraption looks like an invention of a comic book super-villain, but for the small price of 5 dollars you could be tightening those crow's feet and...
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99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While in Seoul, stop by Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace, where you can see semi-daily changing of the guard ceremonies.
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Mexican food in Asia sounds like an oxymoron. However, in Seoul, that is not remotely the case. Mexican food has been popping up around the city over the past decade, and it was with great happiness that foreigners living and traveling through...
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651-4 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tucked in neatly amongst the designer boutiques in trendy Apgujeongdong is Ceci Cela. This quaint little café looks as though it’s been transported from the streets of Paris or SOHO, the sidewalk seating and European flair a nice change from Seoul...
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Jugyo-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Evidently Lord Stow's Bakery is a Macau-based chain with a handful of locations in Asia, but we weren't aware of that as we found it while strolling through Seoul on a frigid February morning. We simply saw the cute-as-a-button, closet-sized space...
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4 Itaewon-ro 23-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Off of Itaewon’s main thoroughfare is a tiny alley containing one of the best bakeries in all of Seoul: Tartine Bakery and Pie Cafe. Sunny yellow tables and chairs decorate the sidewalk and cheerfully beckon passersby to sit and stay a while....
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266-73 Seogye-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Walk the streets of Seoul for even one day, and you will begin to notice that Paris Baguette—the most popular of Korean bakery shops—is ever present. Located in train stations, bus depots, malls, the airport, and on practically every street in...
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Dosan-daero 13-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
No, it’s not your imagination. Everyone—men, women, children, even dogs—dresses up in Seoul. Sure, you’re bound to see the odd denim-clad dud, but on the whole you’re more likely to spot bow ties and blazers or blouses and heels walking the...
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137 Seobinggo-ro, Seobinggo-dong, Yongsan-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
The National Museum of Korea is the largest museum in Korea and houses a comprehensive collection of Korean cultural artifacts that tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient days to the modern era. There’s also the Children’s...
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135 Sejong-daero, Taepyeongno 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This wax display attempts to capture the suffering of the South Korean people during the active fighting years of the Korean War. This museum is not to be missed. It offers everything from live black-and-white footage of the war to real airplanes...
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136 Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Expecting a stuffy museum, I found the King Sejong Story was a pleasant surprise. This monument in the center of Seoul, housed underneath one of the hippest areas, is worth a look. No amount of rambling can present how great King Sejong was for...
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61 Deoksugung-gil, Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul Museum of Modern Art 서울시립미술관 is a beautiful space perched up on top of a hill behind Deoksugung Palace. It is not only one of the most innovative museums I have been to, but also it happens to have a wonderful little cafe on the 3rd floor...
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Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Korean alphabet, known as hangeul, is the only alphabet in the world where the letters were created to resemble the shape the mouth makes as you voice them. Created by King Sejong in the mid 15th century as a way to educate the illiterate, the...
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Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Has a giant spaceship landed amidst the high-rises of Seoul? No, it’s only the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The futuristic façade encloses multiple museums and exhibition halls, and a design market featuring a myriad of work created by local...
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Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Korea isn't only about K-Pop, kimchi and computer technology. It is also a haven for antiques and, in Insa-dong, Seoul has the perfectly quaint neighborhood in which to shop for them. The focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts,...
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Sincheon-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Bodega is a Spanish wine & tapas bar in a funky neighborhood in Seoul. Nothing strange about that. In fact, there's nothing strange about the food or the wine at all—the sparkling brut is cheap as chips, and the albariño blend comes to the table...
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29-4 Bukchon-ro 6-gil, Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In a metropolitan area of 20 million people, finding an oasis is a must for keeping your sanity. Seoul's Bukchon neighborhood still has a plentiful supply of traditional courtyard gardens—many of the "hanok" (traditional houses) have been opened...
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Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Covering 78 acres of hilly forest in the middle of Seoul, the Huweon, or "Rear Garden" of Changdeok-gung Palace is better known by the city's millions as Biweon, or "The Secret Garden." Once exclusively for the royal family, today it's a favorite...
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Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The upswept rooflines of Korean architecture are beguiling: intricate eaves are a symphony of patterned color...and every once in a while, a face pops out, like this scowling end-tile 'guardian'--a face only a roofer could love. I spent a couple...
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Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
One would think that all toilets are created equal, but that is certainly not the case in Korea, where many loos are equipped with fancy gadgets to ensure you a comfortable visit to the restroom. Most common of these is the etiquette bell. This...
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A church service may not find its way onto your must-see list, but maybe it should if that church is Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, aka the largest church in the world. More than one million people consider themselves members of the...
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Seoul, South Korea
Carts of street food abound on the sidewalks of Seoul, but if you think you’ll find a simple hot dog, sandwich, or bagel, think again. Korean delicacies rule the roads, and you’ll find culinary delights like dried squid, red bean pancakes, and...
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6 Yulgok-ro, Junghak-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Perhaps not your average sightseeing activity, but a visit to the Japanese Embassy each Wednesday at noon is quite a spectacle. In fact, the gathering of protestors has been causing a scene every week since 1992 when the Korean comfort women and...
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Euljiro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Arguably Seoul's most memorable and most exotic street snack, buhn-deh-ghee (silkworm larvae) are pure protein. If you've ever had boiled peanuts, they're quite similar! They're a snacking ritual in the Korean capital, so sooner or later, if you...
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Dongjang-ri, Jangdan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Located between the two Koreas in the Civilian Control Zone along the 38th Parallel, Dorasan station has recently awakened as though from a spell. Once only used as a showcase boasting of hopes for reunification between the divided peninsula for...
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Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
You don't need to go to back alleys or historic markets (although those are great!) to sample traditional snacks in Korea; almost all the major boulevards in the center sprout mini-kitchens, set up on the sidewalk even across from chic...
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Cheonggyecheon, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Seoul
Chong-gye-cheon stream and park is a several-miles-long ribbon of pedestrian tranquility in the heart of Seoul. For decades, an elevated expressway ran through the heart of Seoul. The air pollution and congestion made people forget that a stream...
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When Seoul's Gyeongbok-gung Palace was built in the 1390s, it was the centerpiece of the newly established Joseon dynasty, which had just named the city as its capital. Six centuries later, after invasions, fires, colonization, and wars, its...
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Hoehyeon-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Among the biggest and most chaotic markets in Korea, Seoul's Namdaemun Market is the capital's oldest, dating to the 1400s. Today you can find ANYthing here, if you're willing to brave the crowded alleyways tucked in behind skyscrapers:...
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531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Modernization. Westernization. Globalization. These words are sometimes used synonymously, but while all three certainly might be used to describe East Asia, distinctions should be made. South of the Han River in Seoul is the Gangnam district; the...
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175 Sejong-daero, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The major thoroughfare of downtown Seoul, Sejong Street, is brimming with art, fountains, statues, palaces, embassies and, of course, people. There couldn’t be a better place to walk through the city and take it all in. Pause to read the plaques...
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South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, Yejang-dong, 삼일대로 231
Forget the tower at the top, head to Namsan to take a walk in Seoul’s green heart. If you’re very ambitious, a stairway leads to the top of the mountain and makes for some inspiring views of the city. But if fresh air and exercise are what you’re...
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Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Seoul, South Korea
A walk along the Han River may be one of the most peaceful things to do in this city of 10.5 million. In spring or fall, take in the vibrant foliage, while in summer it’s fun to watch the many parties and picnics taking place in the sprawling...
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Seongsan 2(i)-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Here’s the thing about sports arenas in Korea: They are so much more than just a place to watch a game. After the Korea/Japan World Cup in 2002, the Seoul World Cup Stadium turned into a diverse cultural space, a place where parks and gardens...
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Cheonggyecheon, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Seoul
An artery of calm running through central Seoul is the Cheonggyecheon stream. This soothing green space proffers a respite from the bustle, with tranquil waterfalls, bridges, and landscaped rock formations adorning the 5.2 miles of wooden walkways...
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Seoul, South Korea
I went to Seoul in November, and I have never seen such beautiful, vibrant fall colors. The foliage is everywhere—in the parks, by the museums, and surrounding the ancient palaces.
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South Korea, 서울특별시 Gangnam-gu, Cheongdam-dong, 학동로 지하 508
The Korean holiday called Chuseok is a celebration honoring the major harvest in autumn. The celebration is on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calender and is celebrated for three days. The celebration typically consists of going to...
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Seoul, South Korea
A massive fall hit occurring each October is the Seoul International Fireworks Festival. This explosive evening boasts a carnival atmosphere, with concerts and games to distract visitors between fireworks sets. Teams of pyrotechnicians from Italy,...