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50. From bomb shelters to bull marketsSpringing from the ruins of the Korean War, Seoul has boomed in just 50 years to become the world’s 10th-most economically powerful city and second-largest metropolitan area. No matter how large or small, Seoulites have never met a job they couldn’t finish ahead of schedule.
Be grateful you're not doing the dishes.
49. More side dishes than main dishesA typical Korean meal comes with seven or eight separate side dishes. And free refills. There’s more color on a Korean table than at Lotte World on Children’s Day.
48. World’s most wired cityWelcome to the next generation IT mega-city. In Seoul, you can’t avoid wireless access even if you want to -- a staggering 95 percent of Korean households have broadband connection.
47. Best airport in the worldFor five years running, Incheon International Airport, which services Seoul and other nearby Korean cities, has been ranked the best airport in the world by Airports Council International. The sprawling, über-efficient facility is equipped with a golf course, skating rink, Museum of Korean Culture, casino, high-end spa and restaurants serving just about any kind of pre-flight meal you’d want.
Beef broth, red pepper, scallions, congealed cow blood. Yum.
46. Hangover stewDrinking and partying is such a staple of Korean culture that an entire cuisine has sprung up around curing the hangover. If a steaming bowl of haejangguk (spicy beef broth with congealed cow blood and bean sprouts) doesn’t put you right, you’re probably getting wheeled to the morgue. Get the authentic taste at ultra-casual Chungjinok restaurant.
Chungjinok, 24 Jongno-gu Jongno-1-ga (종로구 종로1가 24); +82 2 735 1690
45. Sleeping is for losersCafés, PC bangs, restaurants, spas, shopping centers and fast food chains are open any hour of any night. The streets of Gangnam, Hongdae or Dongdaemun offer countless anytime venues for drinking, eating and all kinds of play.
44. BookingFinanciers and consultants fly to Seoul from all over Asia on weekends for the booking experience at Seoul nightclubs. A unique form of speed dating in which waiters escort girls into rooms rented by groups of guys, booking can be both awkward, ego crushing and ruthlessly efficient. If the girl doesn’t like what she sees, she leaves with minimal singing, drinking or fake-number-exchanging involved.
43. Beautiful womenWho cares if a lot of them are plastic? We’ll keep staring.
42. Beautiful menWho cares if they wear BB cream? We’ll keep staring.
41. Most committed celeb stalkersReal-time updates in the world’s most connected city are every Korean celebrity’s nightmare. Check the personal blogs of crazy sa-seng (stalker fans) and decode the mono-character posts for hourly updates on your favorite hallyu star. If you want to join the fans on a star search, the posh Apgujeong hair salons and Sinsa karoakes are solid bets for a sighting and acceptable public freak
The surefire way to finish a sogeting in Seoul? With the green tiramisu at Duex Cremes. 40. Green tiramisuJust when you thought you’d had enough tasty desserts in Seoul, you bump into the famed green tiramisu from tart café Duex Cremes in Sinsa-dong. Rich and creamy with just a hint of green tea tang, this is one dessert you definitely want to venture out for. Most of the tarts at this sleek date spot are sold out by the time the café closes, another reason to postpone that visit to the museum.
Duex Cremes, 533-11, Sinsa-dong, Gangam-gu (강남구 신사동 533-11); +82 2 545 7931
Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. - midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
39. Live octopusSure, Oh Dae-su went a little overboard in “Oldboy” by swallowing that thing whole. But aside from fighting with your parents, nothing connects you with your primal self like a set of tentacles sucking on your tongue while you eat. Douse liberally with sesame oil at seafood restaurants such as the popular and unpretentious Gasiri.
Gasiri, 210-3 Nonhyun-dong, Gangnam-gu (강남구 논현동 210-3); +82 2 3443 2614
38. 24-hour study roomsIn a country where education is one of the most sensitive topics (15 percent of the average household income is spent on after-school tutoring), 24-hour study rooms provide an intense and quiet atmosphere. Rooms are divided into rows of cubicles that can be rented for as little as ₩7,000 a day.
Yonsei Study Room, 56-17 Noryangjin-dong, Dongjak-gu (동작구 노량진동 56-17); +82 2 826 3200
She can sing, she can dance, and, she's not a bad skater.
37. An ice princess you actually likeLuminous ice queen Kim Yuna is the pride of every Korean’s heart. The first female skater to place first at the Olympics, World Skating Championships, Grand Prix Final and Four Continents Championships, Kim was one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. She currently serves as global ambassador for the Visit Korea campaign.
36. Groupon is so yesterdayWith the massive popularity of Coupang and Ticketmonster, social commerce sites are springing up in Seoul at the rate of one per day.
35. Our tech is bigger than yoursOnce a giant landfill, Seoul’s Digital Media City’s 557,00 square meters of electronic nirvana is the home for broadcasting, film production, games, telecom companies, cable channels, online shopping centers and e-learning. The 133-floor Digital Media City Landmark Building, slated for completion in 2015, will become the second-tallest building in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
34. Couple couches at movie theaters
Delivering Happy Meals right to your door.
It’s not just that the popcorn is easier to share. At Seoul theaters, no more arm rests means nothing gets in the way of snuggling, hand-holding or a sneaky grope.33. McDonald’s deliversMcNuggets brought to your door 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Probably not conducive to dieting, but it’s hard to care when you have the 2 a.m. munchies.
McDonald's; +82 2 1600 5252
32. Girl group domination
Welcome to idol world.
From TV and billboards to ramen packages and water filters, dancing, baby-faced and short-shorted girl groups are everywhere in Seoul. Armed with innocent (sort of) side braids and mesmerizing legs, they’re now going global, with the Wonder Girls infiltrating New York and the U.S. fashion scene, 2NE1 dominating Sandara Park’s native Philippines and Kara and Girls' Generation battling it out for supremacy on Japan’s Oricon charts.31. Smart homesSmart phones and robot vacuum cleaners -- yawn. Apartments in Seoul can now be controlled from cell phones and central keypads. Samsung Electronics reps say that facial-recognition will soon be introduced as an addition to bio-recognition security systems.
G-Dragon really needs to start his own fashion line.
30. G Dragon Since debuting in 2006, the audacious leader of Big Bang has thrilled Seoul fashionistas with fierce fashion -- Alexander McQueen silk skull scarves, wedge loafers, skirts! Best fashion moment: head-to-toe vintage Chanel -- complete with a retro headband -- and Kanye West Louis Vuitton neon high tops for the group's concert Big Show 2008.