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Heart Full of Seoul

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The Korean capital has evolved at dizzying speed, refusing to be overshadowed by other metropolises in East Asia. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Detailing a Dynasty

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In the 1700s Korean painters brought fresh insight and reality to traditional art, cataloguing the country’s landscapes and society in exquisite detail.

Secondary Benefits

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Often overshadowed by Seoul, the port city of Busan is an unsung highlight of South Korea. Here are seven ways to get the most from the coastal conurbation.

Screen Grabs

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South Korean movies and television series have taken the world by storm. Here’s our pick of eight essential K-dramas to binge on Netflix before heading to the country.

Seoul Deep Cuts

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South Korea’s capital rewards destination diggers with a variety of underappreciated gems that rival its more popular hits.

Full of Fire

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Introduced to Korea by invading Mongol armies, fermented rice alcohol (or sool) forms the basis for a range of widely-consumed spirits including the country’s beloved soju.

Tal tales

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Ancient folk traditions such as talchum — a mask dance drama — belie South Korea’s reputation for tech-obsessed modernity