Cover Azaleas growing on Mount Tsurumi-dake, in Beppu, a city in Oita prefecture. Kyushu Island in Japan (Photo: Japan National Tourism Organisation)

From Seoul to the Setouchi Islands in Japan, here are the Asian destinations in Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places this year

With many countries around the world reopening their borders to tourists once again, Time magazine’s 2022 list of the World’s Greatest Places serves as an apt reminder of what we’ve missed about international travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, nine Asian destinations were highlighted in this extensive list compiled from nominations by Time’s extensive network of correspondents and contributors from around the world. 

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Seoul earned a spot on the list, said to be one of the leading smart cities in the world. Seoul's city government has invested significantly in the development of a virtual communication ecosystem known as Metaverse Seoul and in launching a Virtual Tourist Zone, where users with VR headsets will be able to view the city's top attractions such as Deoksugung Palace or Gwanghwamun Plaza.

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For awe-inspiring heritage sites and astounding natural beauty, Bhutan's Trans Bhutan Trail and Uzbekistan's Historic Silk Road sites were featured, alongside beloved tourist destinations like Indonesia's Bali and Boracay in the Philippines.        
 

The beauty of Southwest Indian coastal state Kerala has not gone unnoticed either, dubbed an eco-tourism hotspot. Caravan tourism is expected to be a more sustainable way to explore this destination, with the state's first caravan park recently opened in the scenic hill station of Vagamon. The city of Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat was also lauded for being a centre for higher learning.   

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Japan's Kyushu Island was mentioned for its volcanic beauty, while Setouchi Islands along the Seto Inland Sea are home to a world-class art festival. 

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