Have you just picked up our magazine on your first trip to Seoul? Or are you a long time resident who’s already mastered Line 2 at rush hour? Either way, we’ve compiled a list of 24 reasons you should be in Seoul now (and it’s not just the Korean BBQ). We’ve done our best to shed light on something new, maybe remind you why you’re here, or at least make you laugh. Limiting it to 24 was tough. Here’s to the Seoul we love!
The old and new side by side
One of the most frustrating things about being in a foreign country can be the language barrier. While visiting Seoul, it’s actually pretty simple to learn and sound out the Korean language, Hangul, if you put your mind to it. Of the world’s 6,000 odd languages, only around 40 were deliberately constructed, and Hangul (in our humble opinion) is one of the most elegant, with an interesting history, too. Its 24 consonants and vowels, created by the one and only King Sejong, make up a phonetic system that’s easy to pick up, so get started on your ga-na-da if you haven’t already. (Note: We say easy to pick up, not master).