- 4D3N stay for 1 in Ramada Encore Seoul Dongdaemun for $2,430 (rrp. $3,168.80)
- 4D3N stay for 1 in Sejong Hotel for $2,530 (rrp. $3,578.60)
Hotel at a glance
Ramada Encore Seoul Dongdaemun
Established in July 2014, Ramada Encore has taken root within Dongdaemun, Seoul, facing Shinseoldong Subway Station’s Exit 4. The Wangsan-ro hotel rests in close proximity to the Seoul Folk Flea Market and Gyeongdong Yangnyeong Market, as well as Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and a 15-minute drive to the tourist essential locations of Dongdaemun Market and Dongdaemun Fashion Street. The hotel affords itself modernly furnished quarters that provide views of the sprawling city skyline and facilities including an on-site fitness centre, spa, and beauty shop.
Offering a spectacular panorama of Seoul city and Nam Mountain, Sejong Hotel is situated within the bustling Myeongdong district. 333 rooms and suites line the hotel’s halls, each sporting a modern design with elegant wood furnishing offering a sense of exuberance. A bevy of local attractions are easily accessible from the hotel, among them being Namsan Park, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Myung-Dong Nanta Theater, as well as shopping havens such as Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, and Migliore Shopping Mall. Guests to the hotel can hit up restaurants and bars, head to the gym and sauna, or admire various flora at the hotel’s Sky Garden.
- Stay at Ramada Encore Seoul Dongdaemun or Sejong Hotel
- Max. occupancy: 2 people
- Room size, bedding, and facilities vary from hotel to hotel
Seoul, South Korea: What to see and do
Making up the fourth member of the Asian Tiger pride alongside Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, the current Republic of Korea arose from the aftermath of a divided nation, with the Soviet Union in the north and the United States in the South. Making it out officially as a separate entity in 1948, surviving an attack during the Korean War from her sister state in 1950, and enduring the alternating autocracy-democracy rule which follows, one of the world’s smallest country has risen from a dusty past to become part of Asia’s handful of prime metropolises.
Join the surge of the shopping generation as you tour her many mall and flea market districts that qualified its capital as one of the top 12 shopping cities in the world as indicated by CNN Travel. Required by the local law to accept credit cards for purchases at any transaction rate, the merchants who purvey your choice of duty-free Louis Vuitton, Asian beauty brand, or local designer wear are usually housed within the flashy LED-lit departmental stores or the traditional folk markets in the city.
Next, discover the architectural crown jewels of the capital as you travel back 2,000 years in time to one of the original Three Kingdoms of Korea of Baekje. Whispering through the modern years via her five UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are easily accessible at the Seoul Capital Area, your exploration of some of her cultural properties takes you to the main abode of the majority of the dynastic royalty. Dubbed the Palace of Prospering Virtue, Changdeokgung is prized for her harmonious existence with natural surroundings, which can be seen via the 15th-century garden pond and pavilions the grounds were sculpted around.
Then, give in to the sway of what BBC Travel calls an Asian theme park supremacy, as you visit some of the local famous theme parks of Everland, Lotte World, and to some extent, Seoul Land. The family-fun side of the economical tycoon that is the Lotte group of companies, the entertainment complex at Sincheon-dong laid claim to the title as the world’s largest indoor theme park, with up to 8 million visitors received annually. Tying with Everland as a tourist’s must-visit destination with her Seokchon Lake Magic Castle, the vertical free-fall Gyro Drop, and the K-Pop tribute Star Avenue, opened-year-round Lotte still pales next to the Disneyland-mimic, which is situated south of Seoul. Laid out as four separate worlds that comes with its own zoo and water park, Samsung-owned Everland takes you from an African safari to a wave-pool with tube rides, a race circuit, and more if you leave early enough in the morning.