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You can also gaze upon the coolest, most sprawling neon-lit cityscape you’ll ever see.
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You can’t go a month without at least one hike. And some Seoul-lites take their hiking gear very seriously.
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Restaurateurs will question your ability to indulge in fiery pepper-laden pickled dishes. Prove them wrong.
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Searing data speeds in Korea, the fastest in the world, mean your phone doubles as a portable television.
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Your boss will probably order you to drink liters and liters of soju, a $1.25 bottle of liquor that tastes like vodka. It’s occasionally mixed with beer to concoct a hangover-inducing cocktail called somaek.
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Jinro soju, the country’s most popular brand, is consumed more than any other liquor label in the world. Vodka comes second.
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They’ve captivated Koreans for centuries as the source of folklore and spiritual beliefs. In myth, the Korean people originated on one, as did the former North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il.
In Korea, it’s called noraebang. Psy and Rain are splashed all over the repertoire.
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Nose jobs and Louis Vuitton handbags are everywhere in this Beverly Hills-style district. More importantly, it’s a place to pay homage to the world’s most famous horse-galloping rapper.
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“Pharaoh’s Fury,” a ride at the Lotte World theme park in Seoul, offers the delights of Disneyland on the other side of the Pacific.
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Is it a giant, erect penis? Nobody knows.
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Ancient spirit work thrives in this high-tech city. Politicians and CEOs regularly consult their shamans, called mudangs, before making tough decisions.
Forget K-pop. The university district of Hongdae is home to one of Asia’s coolest indie scenes.
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Fans go wild for their favorite gamers, who perform against each other at auditoriums and get the 5-star treatment.
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You can live an entire day on Samsung products without even realizing it.
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Yes, there’s a museum for that, with more than 100 varieties of this pungent pickled cabbage.
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The rest of the peninsula is reachable within a couple of hours — except, of course, North Korea, which sits behind a minefield.
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A popular landmark, this quaint retreat runs for more than three miles.
Think the Bible Belt is full of them? In Seoul, they’re everywhere, a staple of this nation’s American-influenced history.
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Japan isn’t the only nation with a whitish pink blanket of flowers.
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Seoul has witnessed a revival of these artisanal, energy-friendly homes that go back centuries. You could be living in one.