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[Independent] How Seoul transformed a disused overpass into a garden in the sky

South Korea’s bustling capital city is crammed with gleaming skyscrapers, packed with lower-slung commercial and residential developments, and woven with a network of multi-lane, gridlocked roadways. Yet amid all these trappings of urbanisation, hovering above a jumble of railroad tracks, curves a spectacular, half mile-long park that has totally revitalised a derelict streetscape. This is Seoullo 7017 Skygarden, a €60m (£52m) project Continue Reading . . .

[CNN] How Asia’s airports are changing the way we travel

Passengers arriving at Seoul’s Incheon airport (number two on this year’s best airports list) for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February were among the first to try out the airport’s state-of-the-art new Terminal 2, opened only weeks before. As well as adding much-needed capacity to the country’s main international gateway, developers designed the building around passenger needs by Continue Reading . . .

[Guardian] A Foodie Tour of South Korea

I’m not particularly hungover, having stuck to local Hite beer the evening before, but the restorative effects of Korean haejang-guk, or “hangover soup” would probably cure even the pain of a truly big night out. At 8am there’s already a queue outside the tiny cafe at the back of Nambu market in provincial capital Jeonju (has the whole city been on Continue Reading . . .

[Geographical] South Korea – The funfair of life

Tracing an old metaphor in modern South Korea – a country permanently calm and thriving, despite the threat coming from the North My first, indirect impression of South Korea goes back to 1988, when a Moscow-based journalist colleague became one of the very few Soviet reporters to be sent to Seoul to cover that year’s summer Olympics. On his return, Continue Reading . . .

[MEETPIE] Korea expands incentive travel market

The number of incentive travel tourists who visited Korea in 2017 – excluding those coming from China – increased by 25 per cent year-on year to 183,307. The South East Asian market is showing a particular upward trend, with big increases in incentive travel visitors from Vietnam (91 per cent), Philippines (129 per cent), and Malaysia (27 per cent). . . .

[Guardian] Where to go on holiday in 2018 – the hotlist

When Seoul hosted the summer Olympics in 1988, it was an opportunity to bring international attention to a little-known destination. Thirty years of economic growth later, this is a modern, hi-tech country, whose preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appear to be going swimmingly – with no construction delays, and a record 102 gold medals up for grabs. . . .