SOUTH KOREA

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South Korea is a com­pact play­ground of Asian moder­nity. High-rises soar in the fu­tur­is­tic cap­i­tal, Seoul, which in 2017 re­ceived a huge facelift with the open­ing of the Seoullo 7017 “sky gar­den,” an el­e­vated lin­ear park with cafés, bars and li­braries. South Korea has em­braced its host­ing of the 2018 Win­ter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and a new high-speed rail­way line will whisk trav­el­ers across the coun­try to the Fe­bru­ary Games. South Korea is an un­sung outdoor won­der­land. You can hike peaks and raft pris­tine rivers, or surf, swim and sun­bathe along 1,500 miles of coast­line. Ur­ban cen­ters Seoul and Bu­san are packed with high-tech de­lights, and yet

South Korea re­mains a coun­try rich in tra­di­tional cul­ture, where you can get a breath of Zen on an overnight stay in a peace­ful tem­ple or un­cover his­tory at Joseon-era palaces.

Mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture in Seoul » Don’t Miss In Seoul’s chaotic Gwang­jang Mar­ket, ven­dors sling bowls of bibim­bap (rice and veg­eta­bles) and siz­zle up crispy seafood pan­cakes, best washed down with mak­ge­olli (rice wine).

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