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South Korea

It’s not the divide to the north that defines South Korea; a tumultuous history of destruction and rebuilding has seen fault lines develop between headlong modernisation and long-valued tradition, resulting in a diverse and dynamic culture. If you prefer to experience the very cutting edge look no further than capital city Seoul, raised from the ashes of WWII to position itself as the world’s leading megacity. Such a formidable skyline stands in stark contrast to the crumbling temples, shaded grottos, and smiling pagodas of southern ancient city Gyeongju, a millennial throwback to the days of the Dynasties.

The adversity of the 20th century has instilled an infectious lust for life in the residents of Seoul, a motivated desire for a fast-paced and multifarious society. If you crave a more lackadaisical existence, escape the city into the verdant mountainous countryside, still largely untouched by visitors. Here you can hike through dense rainforest and stumble from the tree line into serene fishing villages and placid paddy fields furnished with the sky’s reflection.

Did you know

  • The only way to access South Korea is by sea or air, as mainland China is only accessible through North Korea – a border that currently remains closed.
  • Around 50% of South Koreans are atheists, the remaining 50% comprising of Buddhists and Christians.
  • South Korean taxis are colour-coded; grey or white means a basic vehicle with a less-experienced driver, whereas black grants you a little more luxury.
  • The majority of South Korean buildings have no fourth floor. This is due to a common Asian superstition around the word ‘four,’ which sounds like the word for ‘death.’
  • Locals greet each other with ‘Aneyeong hasseyo?’ – ‘Are you peaceful?’

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