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[Reuters] K-pop comes to London as South Korea’s BTS take to stage

South Korean boy band BTS made their London stage debut to a packed O2 arena on Tuesday, with K-pop fever sweeping the British capital ahead of the hugely successful group’s sold-out concerts. Fresh from their stadium performance in New York last week, the seven-member band brought their “Love Yourself” world tour to London, where they will play two nights at the Continue Reading . . .

[Time Out] Euljiro, Seoul selected as number two in Time Out’s list of 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

The Euljiro neighbourhood of Seoul still smells like fresh ink when you walk through its industrial streets. Made up mostly of printing presses, warehouses and old-school fried chicken eateries, Euljiro has become the latest hotbed of hidden bars and cool cafés. The contrast is most noticeable at night as printers pore over tomorrow’s paper and trendy kids crawl into seemingly Continue Reading . . .

[Independent] BTS UK tour: Who are the K-pop sensations and when are they coming to the UK?

South Korean boy band BTS are currently embarked on a major world tour and are coming to the UK this month. Arguably the best known exponents of K-pop internationally – the genre itself celebrated for its wild visuals, cutting-edge fashion and intricate choreography – BTS are the first Korean act to crack the US Top 40, hitting number eight in August with their track “Idol” and have Continue Reading . . .

[Independent] The world’s most popular plane trips

The two ends of the perennially chart-topping link are Seoul’s Gimpo Airport and Jeju Island, which for many Koreans constitutes the most accessible holiday getaway. […] If you like your island to be volcanic with beaches, rather like the Canary Islands, Jeju is a very pleasant place to be. And it is as far south as Crete. Well worth checking out Continue Reading . . .

[Telegraph] 10 of the world’s most magical autumn escapes

From late September, waves of colour sweep south through the Korean peninsula. The most renowned leaf-peeping hotspot is Seoraksan National Park in the north-east – and on Regent Holidays’ 11-day Classic South Korea Group Tour you can roam its hiking trails, as well as exploring Seoul, browsing Busan’s fish market, visiting historic Buddhist shrines and tombs, and experiencing the serenity Continue Reading . . .

[Lonely Planet] Busan Crowned Number One Destination in Asia for 2018

In repose between mountains and sea, Busan is a stunning confluence of scenery, culture and cuisine. It’s long been domestically lauded as the country’s best beach getaway, but South Korea’s second largest city packs an eclectic offering of activities to suit all travellers: hike hills to Buddhist temples, settle into sizzling hot springs and feast on seafood still a-wriggle at Jagalchi, the country’s largest Continue Reading . . .

[BBC] BTS become first K-pop band to top US album charts

South Korean boy band BTS have become the first K-pop artists to reach number one on the US album charts. The K-pop superstars are part of the so-called Korean Wave, the global rise of Korean music, drama and film. Known for their meticulously choreographed dance style and boyish good looks, the seven-member group is one of the country’s best selling Continue Reading . . .

[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 . . .