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[M&IT] Incheon Airport reveals programme of events to soothe business travellers

The airport has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, an ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens, a video game centre and a Museum of Korean Culture. Music is well known for its soothing qualities and the South Korean airport has hosted regular summer season concerts. A classical concert was performed on 24 July, under the theme of Drawing Motion with Music. High-quality Continue Reading . . .

[Travel Daily Media] Europe’s first direct service to Busan, South Korea

Finnair has unveiled its latest flight today, connecting Europe to South Korea. From next year the Nordic carrier will be the first airline to operate direct flights between Europe and bustling Busan when the new three-times a week service starts. The new gateway to southern South Korea will offer super smooth connections to Finnair’s 100 destinations across Europe, via its Helsinki Continue Reading . . .

[M&IT] Heart and Seoul: Shopping and unique venues in South Korea

Even though humidity is at 70 per cent, last night it seemed that everyone in Seoul was out either shopping or window shopping.To say it’s crowded is something of an understatement as South Korea’s capital city has a population of more than 10 million, and a density of about 17,000 people per square kilometre. Shopping is Seoul’s national sport and at Continue Reading . . .

[Telegraph] My walking holiday along the world’s most notorious border

The crescent of sand is marked only by occasional chunks of driftwood. Lazy waves roll in from the Pacific, washing over rocky outcrops, and the ocean’s salty tang hangs in the air. The beach is utterly pristine – and there’s a good reason why. It lies beyond parallel lines of chain fence topped with barbed wire, is swept at night Continue Reading . . .

[New Statesman] The BTS Phenomenon

So here I am, on a muggy June evening at Wembley Stadium, a 50-year-old dad in a predominantly female and teenage crowd of 60,000 fans shrieking and roaring – “shroaring”? – at Beatlemaniac levels as seven young South Korean men appear onstage, their images flashing up on to the giant stage-side screens. . . .

[Independent] Cannes 2019: Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ wins Palme d’Or award

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho has won the Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his social satire Parasite. It is the first Korean film to ever win the Palme and the second straight victory for an Asian director, following last year’s award for Shoplifters by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. . . .

[BBC] Blackpink: Meet the K-pop superstars backstage at their first UK tour

They’re one of the world’s biggest K-pop superbands, and their YouTube views currently stack up to more than 6 billion. Recently, Blackpink played at Coachella where they continued to break records as the first ever female K-pop stars to take to the stage. They were even spotted by Will Smith when they were ‘K-pop trainees’ in Korea eight years ago. The band have Continue Reading . . .