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The Rejuvenation of Seoul

A busy commuter highway was transformed into a nature-filled public area. An abandoned stadium was replaced by a world-class exhibition centre. And on the site of the old campus, a man-made canyon was created. Seoul has received a major facelift for the last few years. From a mere industrial centre in the 1960s, it has grown into a modern, eco-friendly capital that many cities in the world want to model after.

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Gangnam: From Zero to Hero

Expensive, exclusive and elite are the most appropriate words to describe Seoul’s Gangnam district. It’s indeed a place to see and be seen, filled with high-end real estate, luxury boutiques and glimmering skyscrapers. But fifty years ago, this area was nothing more than a vast countryside; home to rice paddies and pear farms. And everything you see today has been built since then.

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Off the Beaten Path in West Jeju

Though incredibly beautiful, the western half of Jeju is somewhat wilder and generally less accessible than East Jeju. Tour buses usually don’t halt here and people who go to this area are mostly locals. But for travellers who decided to explore this part of the island, they will be rewarded with unspoilt terrain and experiences that they can find nowhere else.

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The Revitalising Eastern Coast

Evidence of a turbulent creation, the eastern half of Jeju-do is characterised by black cliffs, hundreds of extinct volcanoes and craters. It was a desolate land, filled with rocks and lava stones. But for millennials, Mother Nature has revitalised this part of Jeju, transforming it into a picturesque landscape with impressive rock formations, lush green meadows and silver grass fields.

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Gamcheon: The Artistic Side of Busan

A hillside labyrinth filled with vivid colourful houses, Gamcheon is a destination for travellers with an interest in art and history. The village has emerged from the dust of poverty to become one of Busan’s most unique attractions. Here and there, quirky murals and eccentric figures spring up, adding an artistic touch to a lesser-known part of the city.

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A Simple Guide to Busan

If cities were human beings: Seoul would be an assertive businessman, while Busan would be a rollicking sailor who takes things not so seriously. Indeed, South Korean’s second-largest city is home to several beautiful beaches, numerous hot springs, as well as a fantastic seafood scene. The city also hosts a number of world-renowned festivals, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a more laid-back atmosphere than Seoul.

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Seoraksan: The Autumn Destination

A picturesque landscape in which red and golden autumnal forest dotted by majestic rocks and small mountain streams, Mount Seoraksan has long been a favourite destination for both Koreans and international travellers. The mountain changes its colour according to each season, but fall in the area is considered amongst the most beautiful in the entire Korean Peninsula.

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Autumn in Namsan

A little slice of nature in the middle of Seoul, Namsan is a popular destination for both locals and foreign tourists. The mountain is well-known for its beautiful hiking trails which allow visitors to experience the local wildlife and to enjoy the view over the city. When autumn comes, Namsan is blanketed with vivid golden and red leaves, turning it into the city’s most scenic location.

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