Seoul’s transformation from a traditional enclave to a high-tech city is almost complete, yet life here remains communal, revolving around blow-out meals and a market culture that has barely changed in centuries . . .
In South Korea’s thriving capital, Jennifer Cox discovers the roar of technology and Gangnam-style shopping, but also a sense of reverence for nature . . .
Beyond the hypercapitalism of Seoul, Buddhism, shamanism and ancient Chinese philosophies remain a key part of South Korea’s psyche. Nurture your inner self with a temple stay, discover centuries-old rituals in Gyeongju, and travel to Jeju Island, where local myths remain as fertile as the flora. . . .
Welcome to the DMZ – the “scariest place on earth”. Where the Cold War still has an icy grip. Where capitalism and communism stand toe to toe. Where an army stands poised to attack the South… and another is ready to repel it from behind a shield of tank traps, gun emplacements, razor wire and minefields. Welcome to snowy Panmunjom, Continue Reading . . .
It is every tourism authority’s dream…a music video that puts your destination on the map and then goes viral bringing it to the attention of millions or, in this case, a billion. Gangnam Style, the song by South Korean pop star PSY that references an upmarket area of Seoul – Gangnam – has done just that. Having now garnered over Continue Reading . . .
The K-pop phenomenon, spearheaded by that song, has put South Korea’s capital, Seoul, in the spotlight. We visit Gangnam to find out what all the fuss is about . . .
As British Airways launches direct flights to Seoul, the Daily Telegraph travel section offers a guide to Asia’s most trendsetting capital, where cheesy dancing and lensless specs are the latest crazes. . . .