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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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Seoul: Where Old Meets New

For all the world, Seoul is a megacity filled with skyscrapers and high-tech facilities. It’s widely known as South Korea’s powerhouse and the origin of Hallyu and K-pop. However, hidden beneath this modern facade are 1600-years-old history and traditions. These values coexist with a modern city life, creating the identity for one of Asia’s most interesting cities.

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Mitte – Berlin’s Heart and Soul

More than just the centre of a city, Mitte is the perfect overture to all that is idiosyncratic about Germany’s capital – a dynamic, world-opening city with a chequered history. Tragedies occurred in this borough, but so did joy and celebration. It’s also here that policies are made, art is created and literature is written. In short, Mitte is Berlin’s heart and soul.

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Hanover: There are more than just CeBIT

Lacking the charm of neighbouring Hansa cities, Hanover has never scored high on the list of most favourite destinations in Germany. Most people come here for CeBit – the world’s largest trade fair in the computer industry, and many assume that this place is solely an industrial centre with nothing else to see. Hidden beneath this “hi-tech identity” is, however, a city full of history and cultural heritage which are only visible to those with patience and a keen eye…

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Ha Long: The Bay of the Descending Dragon

Boasting an ethereal beauty, Ha Long Bay is unsurprisingly one of the most popular sites in Vietnam. Its name is recognised globally, and millions of people came here to behold this natural wonder. Nevertheless, not many visitors know about the mystery beneath that name. In Han-Viet (Old Vietnamese), Ha Long literally means “descending dragon” and it originates from a legend on this ancient land.

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A Culinary Journey to Japan: Comfort Food

Centuries-old history, spectacular landscape, and one-of-a-kind culture – Japan is an amazing destination for so many reasons. But for foodies, the Japanese cuisine alone is reason enough to visit. With an endless variety of regional and seasonal dishes as well as international cuisine, Japan is definitely a paradise for any food enthusiast. From intricate haute cuisine at a luxury ryokan to down-to-earth street food, the country offers a wide range of gastronomical delights.

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Searching for Peace in Arashiyama

Appearing like an ink wash painting, Arashiyama in the western outskirt of Kyoto has long been a favourite escape of the Japanese elites. Since the Heian period, the nobles came here to unwind from the hustle of the city. Today, foreign and domestic tourists flock here to see the evergreen bamboo groves of Arashiyama, as well as to find serenity at Tenryūji, a temple with a stunning mountain backdrop.

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