A Former Highway in Seoul Has Been Transformed into an Elevated Sky Garden

Ossip van Duivenbode
Ossip van Duivenbode

In the past few years, cities around the world have clamored to copy the High Line—a famous park in New York City that’s constructed on a disused stretch of elevated railway tracks—and build their own urban oasis in the sky. One of these cities is Seoul, South Korea, which recently unveiled a brand-new elevated park called Seoullo 7017. Seoullo translates to “Seoul Street” or “Toward Seoul,” and the number "7017" is a combination of 1970 and 2017, the years in which the highway and park were built, according to designboom.

Stretching for more than half a mile, the park is built atop the former Seoul Station overpass, a highway constructed in 1970. It was once slated for demolition—but now, it’s filled with trees, flowers, and shrubs, along with a handful of cafés and eateries. Bridges and stairs connect the walkway to hotels, businesses, and gardens at street level.

View some pictures of Seoullo 7017 below:

Seoul 7017 is a new, above-ground park constructed across an old thoroughfare in Seoul, South Korea.
Ossip van Duivenbode

Seoullo 7017 is a new, above-ground park constructed across an old thoroughfare in Seoul, South Korea.
Ossip van Duivenbode

Seoullo 7017 is a new, above-ground park constructed across an old thoroughfare in Seoul, South Korea. i
Ossip van Duivenbode

Seoullo 7017 is a new, above-ground park constructed across an old thoroughfare in Seoul, South Korea.
Ossip van Duivenbode

All photos courtesy of Ossip van Duivenbode

[h/t designboom]

Here’s How Much a 5-Star Hotel Will Cost You in 100 Popular Travel Destinations Around the World

The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai
The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai

Sometimes, you don’t mind roughing it in a tent for the sake of a budget-friendly vacation. Other times, you might want to splurge on a nicer hotel with a buffet breakfast and room service. Enjoying the finer things in life doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank, though.

A chart spotted by Thrillist breaks down the cost of 5-star hotels in 100 popular destinations around the world. Travel site Asher & Lyric crunched the numbers, using data from TripAdvisor on the average cost of a weeknight stay at the five top-rated hotels in each destination. The analysis accounted for fluctuating costs from one season to the next, and the chart shows what you might expect to pay during the high season compared to other times of year.

Places like Aspen and the Cayman Islands are predictably among the areas with the priciest hotels, but other vacation spots are surprisingly affordable. Take Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, for instance. This city of skyscrapers is a popular luxury destination—it’s called the “City of Gold,” after all—but its 5-star hotels are the third- cheapest ones on the chart, preceded only by Chennai in India and Manila in the Philippines.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’d spend less money staying in a fancy hotel in New York City, Paris, or Rome during the high season than you’d pay to stay in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole. And if you’re looking to travel domestic, check out Las Vegas, Houston, and Atlanta. Of America's top destinations, these cities offer some of the cheapest 5-star hotels.

Scroll down to see the chart, and check out Asher & Lyric’s website for a detailed breakdown of their findings, including their top hotel picks.

How Much 5-Star Hotels Cost in the Top 100 Destinations Around the World - AsherFergusson.com - Infographic
Researched and developed by Asher & Lyric Fergusson

[h/t Thrillist]

Behr Will Pay Someone $10,000 to Travel the U.S. and Canada in Search of New Paint Colors

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina
Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina

Want to add a bit of color and excitement to your life? Behr has just the opportunity for you. The company wants to pay a “Color Explorer” $10,000 to visit vibrant destinations across the U.S. and Canada in search of new hues that will ultimately be turned into actual Behr paints.

“The Behr Color Explorer will kayak the glacial blues of Lake Louise in Banff [Alberta, Canada], people-watch at a vibrant music festival, take in the bold exteriors of Charleston’s Rainbow Row, and experience many more moments of positively pigmented wanderlust in between,” Behr writes in its job description.

Throughout their trip, the Color Explorer will take field notes and plenty of photos, and document their experiences on Behr’s blog and social media. After seeing all there is to see, this person will head to the company’s headquarters in Orange County, California, to work with Behr's marketing team on naming the new colors they uncovered.

Behr's paint names tend to range from the alliterative (see: “Bali Bliss” and “Barely Brown”) to the poetic (“Moth’s Wing”) to the straightforward but still somehow evocative (“Wheat Bread” and “Swiss Coffee”). The company's color of the year for 2019 is called Blueprint.

The ideal Color Explorer will be adventurous, interested in color, and knowledgeable about the latest trends, according to Behr.

In addition to providing a $10,000 stipend, the company will also cover all travel expenses, accommodation, and experiences. Would-be explorers can apply for the gig on Behr’s website by writing a short description of the color that inspires them most before the May 15 deadline. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and residents of the U.S. or Canada, and they must also have a valid passport.