MORE THAN 10 MILLION PEOPLE live in Seoul, South Korea’s dynamic capital city, where towering skyscrapers, including Lotte World Tower, the world’s fifth-largest building, rub shoulders with Buddhist temples and ancient palaces. But while the inhabitants respect and remember the past, the city’s main focus in the 21st century is on modern life. No wonder it is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s most innovative technology-driven cities and claims to be the world’s most wired metropolis with the widespread integration of 4G and WiFi in all stations and subway cars.
MUCH LIKE THE NORTHERLY capital of Seoul, Korea’s second city, Busan, doesn’t truly come alive until after dark. When the sun goes down and the Diamond Bridge across Busan Harbour lights up, Busaners start their evenings with soju (Korean alcohol) and barbecue and often end at the noraebang (karaoke room), belting out K-Pop ballads until the wee hours of the morning.