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Seven art museums and galleries not to miss in Seoul

Seven art museums and galleries not to miss in Seoul

The Hallyu Wave of the 21st century, which has seen an explosion in the popularity of Korean music, movies and dramas, has corresponded with a burst of creativity among Seoul’s gallery scene. With its various art districts to explore, the Korean capital has something to offer every kind of art lover. Here are the best places to start exploring.RECOMMENDED: In case you’re staying closer to home, try Hong Kong’s best galleries or best galleries for street art.

How to spend 24 hours in Seoul

How to spend 24 hours in Seoul

We’d say 24 hours is enough to cover most of the main attractions, events and activities that Seoul can offer. Transform yourself into the perfect city tour guide in one day. 9am-11am: Start your day right at Seokchon Lake The landscape of Seokchon Lake is surrounded by azaleas, cherry blossoms and ample greenery. The colourful flowers offer a refreshing stroll, perfect for the start of the day. There’s also a view of Lotte World Tower, the tallest building in Seoul, and Lotte World Magic Island, an outdoor amusement park. 11am-1pm: Ooh, Cheongdam brunch! ‘Cheongdam brunch’ serves almost as a proper noun in Seoul. The area in Gangnam offers a variety of Western brunch choices in its cafés including eggs benedict, pasta and pancakes. On a chill weekend, you might even spot a K-pop celebrity or two while dining at these brunch spots. Have blueberry pancakes at Queen’s Park, quiche and crêpes at Ciel de Monet, burgers and aged steaks at Vault +82, sandwiches at Rubrica, Fench delicacies at Bistrot de Yountville or fresh pasta at Tutto Bene. It’s brunch done Gangnam style! 1pm-3pm: Royal Guard Changing Ceremony The opening and closing of the Royal Palace Gates and the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony are not-to-miss events. Catch reenactments of the 15th-century Joseon ceremony, which are held twice a day – the Sumungun served as the Royal Guards of the Gwanghwamun main gate of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in those times. 3pm-6pm: Bukchon Hanok Village Amid the skyscrapers stretchi

Little luxuries every Seoulite deserves

Little luxuries every Seoulite deserves

Often, small luxuries can make your life more tolerable. But Seoul, one of the most expensive cities in the world, it feels ways too easy to drain your wallet without doing a whole lot. There are ways, though, to fill your day or night with what would be considered little luxuries of the everyday with just 10,000 won, 20,000 won and for free, even. Check out this list of things you can do and buy to treat yourself without shelling out the big wons.

Hanok during the day

Hanok during the day

Their pitch black roof tiles, golden-orange hues of the pine wood and rusty white walls meet modern elements to create tranquil sanctuaries that the city full of skyscrapers is so in need of. Some of them even have got a gorgeous garden, so perfect for day-drinking or some quality tea time.

Your 24-hour itinerary in Seoul

Your 24-hour itinerary in Seoul

Everyone has a different goal when traveling. Are you looking to discover the quirks and hidden spots of Seoul, party like crazy or travel on the cheap without cutting the fun? Do you need to cover all the main attractions, events and activities as a newcomer or a friend who's visiting for the first time? Or, are you seeking to be inspired by art and culture or simply focused on finding good food that the city can offer? Here are 6 itineraries for 24 hours in Seoul featuring a little bit of everything, from history and culture to nature, food, alcohol, relaxation and party. No need for planning stress or the fear of missing out—just enjoy the ride that fits your style and budget. 

Art exhibitions of kidults, by kidults, for kidults

Art exhibitions of kidults, by kidults, for kidults

“All children, except one, grow up.” This is the starting phrase of the celebrated novel PeterPan. Perhaps J.M. Barrie (the Scottish author of the novel) was correct, as these outstanding individuals continue to pursue their childhood ambitions. Catering to this population and of course, those who would like to return to their childlike state, Seoul is hosting a few exhibitions right now. Pixar’s 30-year anniversary special exhibition at DDP will have you surrender in awe at all the interesting elements that make up the movies we know today. Dukhoo Project at the Buk-Seoul Museum will portray an insight into the cultural phenomenon of "deoku-ism." And lastly, Kidult is The Art exposes local artist who are celebrated for their work in their respective fields, whether it be figure making or Lego dioramas. Learning of the kidult culture through art will most likely be an eye-opening experience for many, even those who kidults right now.

Get lost in these kidult cafés

Get lost in these kidult cafés

The inevitable truth is that we have grown older and will continue to do so. Some of us have already reached that age where that one gigantic football field in your elementary school, just seems so awkwardly small now. Most of the toys and dolls we used to play with are probably stored away in storage spaces or forgotten and left behind as we move on in our lives. All those fond memories you had playing make-believes at home—well, you can revive those nostalgic memories at these select kidult cafés!

Join kidult pilgrimage to these character shops

Join kidult pilgrimage to these character shops

One of the sub-groups of the kidult community are those that focus on one item, one brand, or one character and become crazed maniacs about it. In Korean we politely refer to them as "odeokoo." There are a few worthy places in Seoul that are catering to these ‘maniacs’, they include the Gundam store, Marvel store, Lego store, and the two very Korean Line and Kakao Friends stores. See what kind best suits your likings.

They’ve got it all, Mega kidult markets

They’ve got it all, Mega kidult markets

These places don’t just offer a stress-relieving session of shopping, they will offer a thrilling experience. Going through the vast amount of shops within each complex, you have a plethora of options to choose from that suit your distinct taste. Seriously, these places will have everything you dreamt of as a child.

Wonder through these fantasy stores, kidult boutiques

Wonder through these fantasy stores, kidult boutiques

These boutiques are unique in the sense that, what they sell usually depends on the owner’s taste. Glancing through the shops, don’t be surprised if you find something that just completely confuses you. “Why would anyone buy that?” Don’t worry, if it’s not you, there’s going to be someone who’ll want it. From vintages Barbies to all those ‘useless’ stationery items you wanted as a child, you’ll be able to find so much more at these kidult boutiques.

아보카도로 차린 초록빛 테이블

아보카도로 차린 초록빛 테이블

영양가 높은 과일로 기네스북에 이름을 올리기까지 한 아보카도는 이제 제법 익숙하다. 그냥 먹어도 맛있지만 다른 식재료들과 함께 요리될 때 더욱 더 그 풍부한 식감이 살아나는 아보카도. 아보카도를 활용한 다양한 요리를 찾았다. 예쁜 초록빛을 띄며 도도한 비주얼을 뽐내는 아보카도가 싱그러움을 선사한다.

Find fun and unique children's gifts

Find fun and unique children's gifts

Take your children to one of these stores and you'll see a smile on their face—and you'll surely have some fun, too! They offer both affordable and specialized items so you can make the day special for your child at any budget.

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19 things we learned about David Bowie from his Time Out interviews

19 things we learned about David Bowie from his Time Out interviews

Our love affair with David Bowie dates back to the early '80s, when his hair was blond and voluminous, watching him lean jadedly in the Australian heat in the "Let's Dance" video and torment Jennifer Connelly's baby brother in Labyrinth. Years later, we discovered his eternally cool Berlin period and watched him continue to shapeshift into a cyberpunk godfather. But Time Out has a relationship with the pop icon that dates back to the beginning. Time Out started in London in 1968, not long after struggling rocker Davy Jones took the name David Bowie, from the large American hunting knife. Time Out was there when Bowie played the Rainbow in April, 1972 (where Lou Reed told our rather psychedelic reporter, "The kid's got everything…everything"). We reviewed Ziggy Stardust upon its release ("flamboyant, thrusting aggression"). We rang him up at his home in Bermuda in 1998. Bowie even wrote a tour journal for us in 2000. Digging through the archive, it is fascinating to see the rock god go through his ch-ch-changes—and to seem human. Who knew he liked football? Here are our favorite factoids and moments from Time Out's Bowiefeatures in 1973, 1983, 1998 and 2000.   He wrote book reviews for Barnes & Noble. "I've started doing book reviews for Barnes & Noble! They saw that I did a lot of book reviews on the site, and they figured that it might not be a bad thing if they got me to do some for them as well. I gave them five categories I'd be interested in reviewing, from art to fictio