Is Seoul a ‘secret’ destination? Lonely Planet seems to think so

Seoul is one of the world’s most-visited cities. Pic: therealrealjd/flickr

IN a recent Lonely Planet round-up of the world’s top “secret” destinations, Seoul came in second after the sunny island of Malta.

Following Tokyo closely, Seoul is one of the world’s most-visited cities, and is projected to receive 10.2 million international overnight visitors this year.

The South Korean capital is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. It’s also renowned for a rich culinary culture, a strong fashion sense, and is a steady frontrunner in establishing Asia’s landscape of pop culture.

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Seoul is known for its playful high street style. Pic: therealrealjd/flickr

Lonely Planet called Seoul one of “the hippest places to be in the world right now”, which is reflective of the capital’s ever-changing style, but not suggestive of its secretive qualities.

However, a few other sites in Asia were more suitably featured in the list. Coming in at number five is the southern islands of Cambodia, a largely unspoiled region of sand and sea.

Lombok in Indonesia was also featured, a destination that is slowly but surely converting some of Bali’s most loyal luxury travelers.

The Shekhawati region in Rajasthan is known for its historical ruins. Pic: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/flickr

It’s also great to see India’s Shekhawati being credited, an underrated region in Rajasthan that prides itself on a mystical appeal through historical sites such as intricately designed forts and castles.

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Here’s the list of the world’s top ten travel “secrets”:

  1. Malta
  2. Seoul, South Korea
  3. Vojvodina, Serbia
  4. Stock Island/Key West, Florida
  5. The Southern Islands, Cambodia
  6. Ilhabela, Brazil
  7. Lombok, Indonesia
  8. Lost Sierra, California
  9. Weerribben-Wieden National Park, Netherlands
  10. Silent Green, Germany

Were there any cities you would have liked to see on the list? Let us know in the comments below.