South Korea’s capital, Seoul, has been named a must-see destination for 2010. Affordability, excellent restaurants, and some genuinely top-class hotels make Seoul both plentiful and accessible at the same time.
The W ‘Wow’ Hotel on Walkerhill is the only luxury hotel in Seoul. This opulent and modern luxury hotel has Korea’s longest bar (stocked with every spirit imaginable) and a chic spa with city views.
What to Do in Seoul
On the narrow streets of Insa-Dong, visitors and antique shops abound. Window shop (or buy a souvenir to take home), then relax in a traditional tea shop. In each shop, you’ll find an array of teas to choose from.
A Jimjilbang Dip
Jimjilbangs are Korean saunas that are popular with groups of friends on weekends, especially after hiking. It would be best if you bathed in your birthday suit. Men and women must wash separately.
The W Hotel has one of the best in the country (which is also open to non-guests) and a stunning selection of Jacuzzis, ranging from lavender-scented baths to 서울마사지 whirlpools. On the other hand, the outdoor hot tubs are the most impressive – enjoy the contrast between the cool air and the hot water, with the bonus of excellent city views.
This area in Jongno-Sam-Ga was once a neglected part of the city center but has recently been revitalized. Enjoy the chatter of the locals and the soothing light shows as you escape the busy streets above.
Customers are given raw meat to cook on a mini-grill at their table in Korea’s most famous restaurants. It’s a must-do for visitors to Seoul! An excellent and very social culinary tradition.
Five magnificent palaces were built in Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty. Modern streets and skyscrapers surround them, but they remain as grand as they were in their heyday. This includes Changdeokgung, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.