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For Release: 30 May, 2011
Contact: Evonne Inn
Sharon Chan
Tel: (852) 3128 3538
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Email: evonne.inn@turner.com
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CNNGO EXPANDS TO SEOUL

New city section gives unique take on Seoul, integrating iReport for community to share and contribute experiences

Seoul is now the eighth city on travel and lifestyle site, CNNGo.com.  To introduce the city at www.CNNGo.com/Seoul, one of its top feature stories gives "50 reasons why Seoul is the world's greatest city" showcasing South Korea's capital to local Seoulites and visitors from all over the world.

Launched in September 2009, CNNGo explores life, eating, drinking, shopping, and play experiences in the most fascinating and diverse places in the world - Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and now Seoul.

Andrew Demaria, Editor in Chief at CNNGo, says, "Seoul is one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the world and we are honored with the chance to explore more of it with CNNGo. Right now there is so much interest in Korea, we are seeing growing numbers of international visitors and we aim to deliver to our audience - in Korea and abroad - a unique, on-the-ground insider take of this incredible city.  We aim to provide the ultimate insiders' guide for Seoulites, tourists and international travellers with the help of our locally-based staff and our network of contributors."

CNNGo Seoul is created by an expanding network of dozens of Seoul-based writers, journalists, photographers, opinion-makers, bloggers, personalities and trend-setters with Frances Cha at the helm as CNNGo's Seoul Editor and Rachel Han as Korean editor.

"We will explore and expose the work-hard play-hard city from an insider's point of view. Seoul has been dictating distinctive and unusual trends in music, film, television, beauty, food, art and fashion across Asia for the past decade, and we will be examining such social phenomena and cultural movements with wit and quirky humor added to the commentary" says Cha.

The site provides a detailed, balanced, real and often gritty ‘view' of the featured cities for locals and travellers alike. It is presented as a sharp, witty, knowledgeable, concise companion produced by those with firsthand experiences in each city.

CNNGo Seoul also integrates iReport as a dedicated space for community connections, outreach and sharing, specific to travel, entertainment and lifestyle experiences and pursuits of its readers. Designed specifically for users to broadcast and share their stories and perspectives, users can comment on, recommend and share each others' iReport submissions via Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.  Cha adds, "We want Seoulites to be among the first to contribute stories, submit videos and photos and share their likes and dislikes of the city with us."

A local language site in Korean will launch in mid-June.

Other launch stories on the site reveals what global and local audiences will be reading about:

Seoul's architectural wonders
www.cnngo.com/seoul/life/most-compelling-architecture-seoul-past-decade-768052

Interview:  Jay Park scores big after a ‘turbulent couple of years'
www.cnngo.com/seoul/life/interview-jay-park-scores-big-after-turbulent-years-050318

Seoul's coolest luxury hotels
www.cnngo.com/seoul/visit/seouls-coolest-luxury-hotels-531561

Best Seoul Bindaetteok
www.cnngo.com/seoul/eat/best-bindaetteok-flipping-good-korean-pancakes-575331

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About CNNGo
CNNGo.com is the ultimate insider guide to the top travel, entertainment and lifestyle experiences in Asia Pacific.  Focusing on Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Seoul  - CNNGo compiles the best each city has to offer through its vast network of local professional writers and photographers across the region. Visit CNNGo.com or follow us on Twitter @CNNGo or via facebook.com/cnngo.asia to experience a new world outside your door.