Wallpaper* City Guides are a ruthlessly-researched, design-conscious guide, for the discerning traveller who wants to come away with a true taste of the best a city has to offer.
Editors of Wallpaper Magazine
Brand: Phaidon Press
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this series of books and have found other to be helpful in navigating a city but the Wallpaper guide to Seoul somehow manages to sterilize the city. For example when using the guide to Copenhagen i went to nearly every spot listed in the book and found amazing and unique places that i would never have known of otherwise. The majority of the Seoul guide's content was either vastly out of my budget or simply didn't look interesting. At least it looks nice in the company of others on my bookshelf.
This book is half photos, and it's a book more about upscale style, modernism, and architecture of Seoul. Perhaps that's what all Wallpaper Guides are about, but this was my first one and it will be my last. 101 pages minus roughly 50 pages of pictures leaves ~50 pages of content. Only three quarters of each page are used for text, although many of the pictures have additional blurbs. Overall, it's as if a photographer wrote the book instead of a traveler. I found this book utterly useless as a travel guide.
As one of the many expats living the surrounding area of Seoul, I can appreciate the suggestions that this book makes, specifically with regard to the urban life and the focus on the areas of the city that emphasize the art scene. However, the fact that I am able to find this book helpful at all, is only based on the fact that I go to Seoul often and am confident navigating around the city.
This book is NOT for someone just visiting the city for a long weekend or even a couple of weeks. There are three main reasons for this.
First, this book fails to divide the city into districts. This is an absolute necessity in a travel guide about a city with 10 million people. It is huge. You can look at the subway map and count how many stops from one place to the next. Just because there are only 6 stops, doesn't mean you'll get there in 10 minutes. Making 6 stops on the subway with 2 transfers between lines could take you almost an hour. If you are in Seoul, you...
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