It’s often overlooked in favour of Tokyo, but Seoul is no less exciting. It marches to the beat of its own K-Pop drum, and has an exciting, vibrant and unique culture all of its own. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this sprawling neon metropolis, which is as kitsch and eclectic as it is modern and cutting edge. You could spend hours simply wandering around the interesting streets and stumbling across tea houses, restaurants, bars and incredible imperial buildings. From the towering N Seoul Tower to the dance-til-dawn bars and clubs of Hongdae, to the quirky boutiques of Myeongdong, there’s so much to discover in the city that you’ll likely be reluctant to leave.
Make sure you experience the karaoke culture while you’re there. Also called a Noreabang, karaoke booths are easy to find. If you’re the sort of person who frequents Kung’s in Barsha Heights, you’ll be in your element. In Seoul, people are serious about their singing and booths come with complicated remote controls for skipping instrumental bits, adding echoes and even changing vocal ranges.
Korea has a unique and intriguing culinary scene, too. Visit Hongdae after dark when street carts appear piled high with all manner of skewered meats that range from chicken to stuffed intestine. And the best ramen bar in the city, Menya Sandaime (www.menyasandaime.com) is unforgettable. Book your trip now.
Emirates flies direct to Seoul from around Dhs3,620. www.emirates.com.