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).