- 5D4N stay for 1 at Seoul Casaville Shinchon Residence for $3,188 (rrp. $3,374)
- 5D4N stay for 1 at Loisir Hotel Seoul Myeongdong for $3,800 (rrp. $4,170)
Hotel at a glance
Seoul Casaville Shinchon Residence
An urban getaway situated in the heart of Seoul’s Mapo-gu district, Casaville Shinchon offers guests a hotel stay located within walking distance of amenities including the Sinchon subway station, local restaurants and shopping malls, and more. Check out their breakfast lounge, in-house Lotteria fast food restaurant, and even a dental clinic and dermatology clinic.
Loisir Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
Perched in a corner tower of the Myeongdong shopping district, the Loisir Hotel overlooks the bustling streets filled with street vendors, cafes, restaurants, and luxury shopping outlets that light up the night sky with its bright lights and lively music. Walk along its streets and make stops by the nearby Namdaemun and Dongdaemun markets, or stay in for a lazy holiday with access to their all-day dining options.
Hong Kong - Seoul
- OZ 746:
- Departure time: 12.30am
- Arrival time: 4.50am
- OZ 750:
- Departure time: 1.10am
- Arrival time: 5.30am
Seoul - Hong Kong
- OZ 745:
- Departure time: 7.40pm
- Arrival time: 10.30pm
- OZ 749:
- Departure time: 8.10pm
- Arrival time: 11pm
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.”