Forget Tokyo: Seoul’s got style

I love that the New York Times either does one article a day or least mentions Korea every day in their news. Goes to show how Korea is becoming a world player and persona in the global market.

And the latest mention has put Seoul over Tokyo, so to speak.

In the New York Times’ “31 Places to Go in 2010,” Seoul was ranked third! With this picture, which makes my mouth water like the snow dripping from the trees and gutters.

Here is what they have to say about it:

Forget Tokyo. Design aficionados are now heading to Seoul.

They have been drawn by the Korean capital’s glammed-up cafes and restaurants, immaculate art galleries and monumental fashion palaces like the sprawling outpost of Milan’s 10 Corso Como and the widely noted Ann Demeulemeester store — an avant-garde Chia Pet covered in vegetation.
And now Seoul, under its design-obsessed mayor, Oh Se-hoon, is the 2010 World Design Capital. The title, bestowed by a prominent council of industrial designers, means a year’s worth of design parties, exhibitions, conferences and other revelries. Most are still being planned (go to wdc2010.seoul.go.kr for updates). A highlight will no doubt be the third annual Seoul Design Fair (Sept. 17 to Oct. 7), the city’s answer to the design weeks in Milan and New York, which last year drew 2.5 million people and featured a cavalcade of events under two enormous inflatable structures set up at the city’s Olympic stadium. — Aric Chen

Rock on, Korea!