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Stopover in Seoul

The South Korean capital is a dynamic 24-hour city, both deeply traditional and cutting-edge, mashing up temples, palaces, contemporary design and mountain trails.
People gather at Cheonggyecheon Stream by night
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Protected within a 109-hectare park and crowned by N Seoul Tower, Namsan is the most central of the city’s four guardian mountains. Locals come here to keep fit on hiking paths, including one that follows the line of the old Seoul city walls. The summit is commercialised but still worth visiting (; 10am–11pm Mon–Fri & Sun, to midnight Sat; tower £7).


In a city at the cutting edge of 21st-century technology, this neighbourhood stands as a testament to an age of craft when citizens of Seoul lived in one-storey hanok (wooden homes). Get lost wandering the labyrinthine streets and visit the hanok exhibition inside the Bukchon Traditional Culture Center (; subway Line 3 to Anguk, exit 3).

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In the June issue… We are heading to some of the world's most exciting cities. Discover the spirit of Havana through the eyes of five of its citizens, experience two sides to St Petersburg a century after revolution pitted tsars against Soviets, and touch down in two dozen more cities around the world, with new openings to find in places including Seattle, Johannesburg, Mexico City and Dublin. Our Great Escape this month is to the charmed coastline and stirring moors of South Devon, plus we also have a recipe-filled tour of Japan's best regional cuisine, and much more