Hurrah to the beach-loving populace of Dubai for Jumeirah Open Beach is back, and its back way cooler than ever. The former sand-shore-few-benches public beach was given a face-lift and is now the trendiest and hippest hangout place in town. It’s now being called La Mer.
If you tell me that the word “café hopping” was created in South Korea, I would totally believe you. Their massive collection of coffee shops have set the bar so high, for when you visit the country you wouldn’t be able to avoid the café craze. With around 17,000 coffee shops to choose from in Seoul alone (source), coffee addicts and dessert junkies wont have a hard time getting their fix.
No one does art villages better than South Korea; this country’s penchant for transforming poor neighborhoods into must-see attractions is truly remarkable. Gamcheon Culture Village is a real testament to that. This vibrant multi-tiered village is not just rich in art and colours but in history as well.
Taejongdae is known for its seascapes and landscapes. It is designated as a Busan Monument. Taejongdae is a natural park with lush evergreens, which includes 200 types of trees and stunning coastal cliffs facing the blue-greenish ocean waters. Named after King Taejong of Silla, this place is one heck of a geological and historical wonder.
Busan is the go-to city when you’re in need of a breather from the relentless exuberance of Seoul. South Korea’s second largest city is not just known for its beaches; it is a city where contemporary and tradition perfectly coexist. That is why Busan is perfect for a laid-back weekend escape.
Petite France is located in the midst of Gapyeong Mountains and is perfect for a detour from Nami Island. Its European-esque structures and colorful yet quaint surroundings will momentarily make you forget you’re still in South Korea. Every corner in this tiny adorable village is totally instagramable.
Feb and I finally went to visit Busan for a quick getaway of 1 night and 2 days last autumn. Probably too short to explore all of amazing places Busan can offer, but just right amount of time to appreciate the perfect juxtaposition of its vibrant villages, glossy skyscrapers and quaint shorelines.
Dubbed as Seoul’s most picturesque coffee shop, Sanmotoonge Café is also the hardest to find café in Seoul. Tucked in a mountain corner of the charming Buamdong, Sanmotoonge Café not only serves coffee, they also serves much needed quietude and tranquility.
Landfills turned into picturesque parks that have incredibly breathtaking views, Seoul’s park game is definitely strong and winning with this one. Situated at the highest plateau of Seoul World Cup Park is a former mountain of garbage, transformed into a Eulalia paradise also known as Haneul Park.
For the love of all things free, never ever miss any opportunity of touring Singapore if you have time to spare till your connecting flight in Changi Airport.