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If your theme park calendar is getting pretty filled here at home during 2014—not a problem—as South Korea has something for you to add to your agenda in just a couple more years. The construction crews have yet to hit the scene, but it sounds like this latest park is going to be all about robots.
The new place will feature all things robot, as it does its best to work on the mechanical men and women into roller coasters, water parks, and even an aquarium—think robotic fish.
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This contest is the brainchild of the folks at Asiana Airlines and you can be entered with just a few clicks of the mouse.
First off, head to the airline's Facebook page and give it a big thumbs up/like it. Besides getting to enter the contest, you'll get all the news of events and promos, so it's kind of a win win.
Then post a comment on the "Best Getaways" post with your picks of the best cities in each of the five categories. Think of your favorite cities for shopping, relaxation, food & drink, people and nightlife and give your reasons for each. Don't worry if a South Korean city doesn't make the list; it's about having fun, getting creative and throwing your name in the hat.
Well, sorta! Dubbed Tower Infinity, it will stand just under 1,500-feet tall and use a series of LED lights and cameras to create “a reflexive skin” that will allow it to “disappear” into the sky and surroundings. That’s right, the world's first invisible skyscraper.
Other than the cloak, our favorite feature is the elevator, where the walls will display “actual views at their corresponding heights from significant observation towers and buildings around the world.” So, for example, when the elevator passes 1,000 feet, it might show the view from the Empire State Building.
The classic pizza feud of New York vs Chicago is old news. These days, it's all about the Pizza Huts of China vs the Pizza Huts of Hong Kong vs the Pizza Huts of Japan vs...you get the idea.
Recently, the pizza place chain even made headline news in China for doing away with their salad bars and whether or not the trend of building salad towers had anything to do with that decision. For real though, we can't even imagine eating any salad at Asia's pizza huts because the pie varieties are just so darn indulgent, and in the case of South Korea's Camembert pizza, even opulent.
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Let's play a game of what's hot and what's not. What's HOT is flying to the other side of the world to land at Incheon International Airport, visiting Seoul, South Korea, and eating and shopping yourself silly in the city. What's NOT is...well, not doing these things, since Seoul is absolutely one of the global capitals on the cusp of everything cool right now. So while we definitely recommend making your stay longer than five days to even begin to scratch the surface, at least these do-not-dos will help no matter the trip length.
So without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In Seoul: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes.
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South Korea is so much more than kimchi.
The Anthony Bourdain wannabes of the world consistently rank Singapore as the number one destination for true food adventures, but Seoul should be right up there as well. The eating's that good. It's so good that we couldn't narrow our favorite South Korean flavors to a list of 10 items, or even 20; nope, we have 31 must-try Seoul foods to share with you.
As always, we recommend taking this mantra to heart: If it looks ugly, it tastes awesome. Now you're ready to have your world rocked.
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No Seoul/soul jokes this week, guys. We're just going to tell it like it is in celebration of American Airlines' new route to Seoul, South Korea, a city so hugely underrated and yet so majorly cool. It's a city that comes with the Jaunted seal of approval many times over and for the next several days we'll be explaining exactly why.
Bibimbap. Bulgogi. Tteokbokki. We're not going to sugarcoat things; Korean cuisine can be just as confusing as attempting to correctly pronouce the name of a dish. Now, that's no reason to spend every evening dining at Lotteria (Korea's version of McDonalds, complete with a ramen burger); in fact, all the etiquette and ingredients and ceremony of a hearty Korean meal means diving in head-first and, yes, tasting the kimchi.
For first timers to Seoul or those who need a refresher, we recommend joining an O'ngo Dining Tour. Depending on your tastes (literally), O'ngo will take you out for Korean BBQ, to nibble from street stall to street stall in bustling Myeongdong, orwhat we bookeddown the alleys and into the local favorites around Anguk after dark. This one tour gave us the confidence (and pronunciation help) to continue devouring only Korean cuisine for the next 7 nights of our stay. Best idea ever, really.
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No Seoul/jokes jokes this week, guys. We're just going to tell it like it is in celebration of American Airlines' new route to Seoul, South Korea, a city so hugely underrated and yet so majorly cool. It's a city that comes with the Jaunted seal of approval many times over and for the next several days we'll be explaining exactly why.
Instead of several boring paragraphs explaining our love for this mega metropolis, we're kicking off Seoul Week by just putting it all out there in visuals, or Vines.
Vine, a social video sharing app, is best deployed for capturing the tiniest moments in travel, those which would be easily lost in the static menagerie of Instagram. Below are six examples, all shot while we tooled around Seoul for 9 days of perfect late spring weather:
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If we were to tell you that American Airlines only just began flying to Seoul, you'd probably say "what, they weren't flying there already?!"
As crazy as it seems, it's the truth. Prior to May 9, any traveler wanting to fly American to Seoul would actually only get as far as Tokyo, where there'd be a connection to a Japan Airlines flight onward to Seoul-Incheon (ICN). Furthermore, this new route means some very nice competition for airlines to Korea and some fresh service enhancements from American (like the bibimbap!).
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At Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace
Forget "Gangnam Style" for a moment and consider what influence the tiny country of South Korea has on the planet. Own anything by Samsung or LG? Ever tried Taekwondo or tasted Red Mango yogurt? These are all Korean contributions to the world. Finally more airlines are figuring out that Seoul is awesome enough to warrant nonstop flightslike American Airlines' nonstop from Dallas-Ft. Worth starting tomorrow (May 9).
If you're not scared off by North Korea's threatsand you shouldn't be because everything is progressing normal as pie in South Koreaand you're hopping a flight to ICN soon, then there are a few steps you can take to prepare for a trip to Seoul:
· Register with the State Department's STEP Program
STEP, or "Smart Traveler Enrollment Program," used to by the less jazzy title of "State Department Travel Registration," but its function is still the sameto make the US embassies to which you're traveling aware of your presence. Should there be a weather disaster, civil unrest, or other emergency occurrence, the embassy will have your contact information and know that you're likely in need of assistance along with other American in the country. In times of peace and sunny weather, the program occasionally sends an email with the latest travel alert news on the destination.
We actually register with STEP for any trip we take lasting over one week, or to any country with even the least bit of weirdness.
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CNN reported earlier this week that Psy has been named South Korea's new tourism ambassador. To which we immediately thought: ummm...he wasn't that already? Who were they using for tourism advertising instead? Because apparently it wasn't the really popular guy whose music videos have been viewed by billions of people in the recent past. And while we're not experts at this sort of thing, it seems to us like maybe they should have been using the really popular guy whose music videos have been viewed by millions of people in the recent past.
It turns out there's an answer to that question. Since October 2012 the tourism ambassador of South Korea has been Kenny G. No punchline. We're just going to let that hang there with no comment. The face of South Korean tourism for the last 6 months? Kenny G.
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It's craxy to think that it's already been 9 months since the South Korean hit song "Gangnam Style" began its viral spread and climb from K-pop success to international movement. Just as crazy is the fact that the music video holds the record of being the first YouTube video to be viewed over 1 billion times.
Last week, Psy released the sequel song and video to Gangnam Style, called it simply "Gentleman." To say it was highly anticipated would be a gross understatement, but we're happy to say that Psy hasn't let us down one bit; in fact, it's reignited our love for Seoul.
For the uninitiated, Psy is a South Korean pop star, though he's also been called a rapper. In this song and video, as in Gangnam Style, he pokes fun at the style and assumed swagger of Seoul's Gangnam-gu, a flashy district with high rents, high expectations and a focus on the high-status lifestyle. Psy traipses about the city as he thinks a gentleman would, although he's unable to part with his un-gentlemanly ways until he finds a girl who puts him in check. No amount of money or indulging in what's construed as classy can fix his pranking ways, but love can.
Without further ado, here's 5 real-life locations from the music video, "Gentleman":