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[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. . . .