Survey: These Asian cities are a dream to live in

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ASIA has some of the world’s top livable cities thanks to the region’s moderate cost and standard of living, ease of public transportation, significantly lower crime rate, rich culture, and a plethora of gastronomic delights.

In fact, in recent years, Asia has seen an influx of professionals and expatriates uprooting and moving all in search of greener pastures. And if you are thinking of doing the same, a new survey is narrowing down the Asian cities which would be a dream to live in.

According to waytogo, a Cebu Pacific publication, these are five of the most livable cities in Asia.

Singapore

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The skyscraper-filled Southeast Asian island of Singapore is a thriving economic and business hub with strong annual growth, welcoming at least 1.1 million tourist arrivals from both business and leisure travelers monthly.

Often, travelers to Singapore would find themselves spoilt for choice as these alluring offerings seduce them, tempt them, and pull them in all directions.

This is because it boasts sights, sounds, and a plethora of activities from luxury experiences to its humble hawker food culture. It is without a doubt that tourism is a major industry and contributor to the Singaporean economy.

Osaka, Japan

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When considering where to travel to in Japan, Osaka should most definitely be at the top of your list.

Found on the curve of Osaka Bay, Osaka is Japan’s third most populous city, where a whole world of fascinating culture, cuisine, history, unique experiences and some of Japan’s best shopping awaits you.

Enjoy your stay and watch as Osaka becomes your new most-loved Japanese city.

Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul, the bustling capital of South Korea, is a South Korean metropolis that pulsates to the beats of Korean pop, more commonly known as K-Pop. It is where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways, and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces, and street markets.

Seoul got its claim to international fame when the Hallyu (Korean wave phenomenon) took the world by storm and changed pop culture as we knew it. The use of flawless K-drama (Korean drama) heartthrobs and masterfully trained, bubbly K-Pop idols to promote tourism to the country also helped elevate the country’s international profile and attracted 17.2 million foreign tourists in 2016.

Towering skyscrapers, carefully choreographed dance moves, an abundance of beauty products, the seemingly fastpaced lifestyle, and overtold tales of plastic surgery aside, the city offers endless more discoveries you probably have yet to chance upon.

Hong Kong

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From historic landmarks dotted around the city to a skyline filled with shiny skyscrapers, to a rich culture which dates back centuries and an abundance of entertainment to keep you busy, Hong Kong boasts just the right mix of chaos and charm. It is the one thing that is constant and consistent about the part-peninsula, part-island territory.

In 2017, the city received about 58.5 million visitor arrivals, with total tourism expenditure associated with inbound tourism reaching HKD296.7 billion (US$37.8 billion).

Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok, an ultramodern cityscape rising next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, welcomed nearly 24 million visitors last year, about 60 percent of the record 38.27 million tourists who visited Thailand the entire year.

With these figures expected to spike in 2019, it comes as no surprise that Bangkok has retained its status as the world’s second-most visited city for three years running, according to global market research firm Euromonitor National’s Top 100 Cities Destination report.

Packed to the brim with culture, an abundance of heritage and history, round-the-clock entertainment, world-class retail options, streets lined with a variety of food options, and beautiful architecture, no matter your travel style or purpose, you will see that the world comes together in Bangkok.