Only 6km from the North Korea border is the Heyri Art Village, a bohemian cultural centre that exhibits works from some of the finest artists and architects, in Korea and abroad.
The South Korean capital city, awash in economic exuberance, is developing as a design, fashion and technology centre, and breaking out as a key business hub.
China, Japan and now South Korea are helping the region steal the thrill mantle away from the United States.
Seoul rose phoenix-like from the rubble of the Korean War, to become the busy centre of an Asian tiger economy.
Seoul is a city of contrasts where feudal history and futurist architecture combine with Western consumerism and Asian culture.
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