- Author: Monocle
- Editor: Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck, Joe Pickard
- Release date: March 2018
- Format: 14 × 21 cm
- Pages 148
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The South Korean capital is energetic and sprawling; it’s a 24-hour city that’s home to some 10 million people and plenty of brightly lit billboards, skyscrapers and shops. The Monocle Travel Guide to Seoul looks past the dazzling lights to discover what, and who, have brought this late-blooming city careering into the 21st century. Its streets may be tricky to navigate but Seoul’s inhabitants are turning it into an accessible and playful metropolis that respects its roots while embracing the future.
“We’ve amassed our favourite architectural feats – from a women’s university to an ivyclad red-brick church – and sipped our way through the snappiest coffee shops, including one in an old printing press. The hotels we long to hunker down in vary from glittering glass towers to traditional hanok. Plus, we’ve mapped out four top-notch itineraries.
Whatever you want and whenever you want it, Seoul has you covered, be it late-night trips to the sauna or early-morning treks around the hills. Hike up your hanbok and come and meet the people putting their hearts into Seoul.”
“In 2013 we launched our first book in collaboration with Berlin publisher Gestalten. The Monocle Guide to Better Living proved an instant hit and has since been joined by The Monocle Guide to Good Business, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes, How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide, The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining, The Monocle Guide to Hotels, Inns and Hideaways, The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities and The Monocle Guide to Shops, Kiosks and Markets. We also have a series of travel guides that cover more than 35 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Mexico City. In 2020, Monocle has released its first self-published titles, The Monocle Book of Japan, a 306-page celebration of all things Japanese, and The Monocle Guide to Gentle Living, both distributed by Thames & Hudson. Keep your eyes peeled for more book releases in spring 2021.”
Monocle-founder Tyler Brûlé is a former war correspondent, founding editor-in-chief of Wallpaper*, and columnist for the Financial Times. Based in London and acclaimed the world over, Monocle delivers a unique global briefing on global affairs, business, culture, and design. Alongside the magazine, Monocle has created a 24-hour radio station, a film-rich website, retail ventures around the globe, and cafes in Tokyo and London.