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Seoul aims to ride Korean culture wave to art hub status

Hong Kong's strict COVID rules send dealers, gallery owners to look elsewhere

Frieze Seoul is the first Asian edition of the London-founded art festival. (Photo courtesy of Frieze and Let's Studio)   © Let's Studio/Frieze

SEOUL -- When Seoul's galleries opened their doors to host the first Asian edition of the Frieze art show, it did much to burnish the South Korean capital's credentials as an up-and-coming art hub.

Media, moneyed aficionados and international staff flocked to the city for the four-day event early last month. Champagne flowed, deals were brokered, and galleries were packed.

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