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South Korea wins most powerful Global passport

  The Passport Index ranking for the first time, ever.   The Passport Index is the world authority on passport ranking. Used by governments from around the world to monitor and increase the power of their passports, The Passport Index is the most recognized and trusted service with over 12 million users and counting. Although European countries historically dominated the charts, with Germany at the top, 2017 saw the rise of Asia. In late 2017 Singapore…

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Urbanist’s Guide to Seoul, From Soy-Brined Fried Pickles to Sneaker Bars

Even as Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump continue playing their high-stakes game of chicken, K-pop, K-beauty, and other pillars of contemporary South Korean culture have spread like wildfire across the globe. The phenomenon is called the Korean Wave, or hallyu, and it’s the result of the country’s fast-moving, trend-obsessed, hyperconsumerist culture. The engine driving the movement is Seoul, a city of roughly 10 million and a collision of old and new, permanent and fleeting. This…

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Korea Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Rules Holiday Weekend

  isney’s “Black Panther” became the first non-Korean film for nearly a decade to top the Lunar New Year box office in Korea. Opening on Wednesday, the film earned $25.3 million from 3.1 million admissions over four days. Partly shot in Busan, the film enjoyed a 51% share of the weekend box office and claimed the biggest opening of the year. Korean costume drama, “Detective: Secret of the Living Dead” slipped to second. The Showbox…

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– ASIA

Asia offers very diverse travel options. There are ultra modern, largely democratic countries like Japan and the East Asian Tigers (regions and countries) of Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea which are very prosperous and in which people enjoy very high standards of living. On the other hand, Afghanistan, Laos and East Timor are extremely poor countries where people struggle even to get a few grains of rice each day. Of course, there are…

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