Winter fun in Seoul
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If you're spending the holidays in Korea's capital city, here are some great ways to share in the Christmas spirit
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Create Wellness Center is a great holistic health clinic geared towards foreigners. They have trained Chiropractors, Osteopath, Naturopath, and Rehabilitation Specialists
Originating as the Top Ginseng business of Korea, Cheong-kwan-jang has created Spa 1899 with the intention of bringing you a new level of Spa treatment.
The LUSH soap brand is operating this LUSH Spa in Apgujeong. They have created a traditional English spa complete with jars of fresh wild flowers, mismatched teacups and
Lydian plastic surgery is a boutique clinic, with only one specialist, Doctor Kyung Chun An. He is widely regarded as one of the top liposculpture doctors globally.
Lydian is a premium liposuction and body sculpting clinic that guarantees expert results
Modelo is the cream of the crop when it comes to fillers, botox and skin treatments in Korea
1mm Plastic Surgery strives to provide ultimate satisfaction with delicate surgery methods.
Tucked away in the basement of an unassuming building right next to Gwanghwamun Station lies Okawa Sushi, but there is nothing unassuming about the sushi at Okawa. This i
Located in Somerset Palace Seoul, near Insadong, this Italian casual dining bar and restaurant boasts a variety of Italian foods a varied drinks menu incl. an extensive w
Located at the bottom of the hill in Kyungridan is Bao, a hip stir fry restaurant. Create your own dish by choosing between 3 types of noodles, rice and sauces. Choose b
This restaurant is pricey but authentic Spanish with typical Spanish dishes; tapas, jamon serrano, cheese platter and a killer paella. The shrimp squid ink paella is a mu
Baker's Table is a new bakery/cafe in Kyungridan. All the breads are made in-house. The shop is bright with a smell of freshly baked breads. Taste a wide selection of bre
Moroccan style restaurant located in the very diverse HBC neighborhood
If you have ever been curious as to what the vibe was like in a North Korean beer pub, but not quite curious enough to risk possible life in an internment camp, Seoul now offers a safer and more democratic alternative.
This popular ginseng chicken soup restaurant serves up a broth made of ground grains that is especially healthy and tasty. Expect to wait in line during lunch or dinner t
Hoban's specialty is Korean blood sausage. If you dont feel adventurous enough you should probably go somewhere else. The blood sausage is house made and you need to wash
Chi Mc is a hip gastro pub interpretation of the classic Chicken and Beer combination, and it's run by the famous SM Entertainment! Chi Mc literally means Chicken and Bee
I'PARKmall is a state-of-the-art shopping mall. It is connected to Yongsan Subway Station and the KTX train station. Everything from electronic goods to apparel can be fo
Located in the heart of Seoul, where tradition meets modernity, Shinsegae Department Store is a luxurious premium shopping venue with the main branch and flagship store l
Located at the center of luxury goods commerce, the Hyundai Department Store of Apgujeong has played a leading role in high-quality shopping ever since its opening in 198
Lotte Young Plaza is a mall comprised of over 120 fashion brand stores selling popular young casual brands for men and women targeting men and women in their 20s and 30s..
The Lotte Department Store main branch is prominently located in the hotspot and busy shopping district of Myeongdong. It is the largest department store in Korea........
The BERMUDA is a two part venue with a cocktail bar upstairs and a wonderful restaurant downstairs. Regardless of the floor you are on, The BERMUDA’s atmosphere will leave you in awe with its weird and wonderful décor, making you feel lost, almost as if you were in the… BERMUDA.
Perched nicely on the hill by Noksapyeong station in Itaewon, 3 Section is one of Itaewon’s best cocktail bars with a view to boot. A beautifully styled venue with a ro
After the tremendous success of Mix and Malt, ambitious owner Wendell Louie embarked on an even bigger project in 2017 by launching arguably Korea’s best cocktail bar – Pussyfoot saloon.
A fixture on the Seoul jazz scene for over 30 years, top local musicians regularly perform here. Besides beer, you can order frozen cocktails, wines and even dinner......
Boogie Woogie is one of the most amazing hidden gems of Seoul. A fantastic jazz bar that plays live music, every night of the week. You can expect this place to be packed
Seoul’s best-known jazz bar is situated in upmarket Apkujong and has live music nightly ranging from original jazz to modern variants. Food and cocktails named after fa
Phoenix Park is perhaps one of the more well-known resorts in Korea as it was the host hill for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics and skiing and snowboarding. Located in Pyeongchang, Gwangwon province, Phoenix boasts with the title of best freestyle hill in Korea.
Even though Korean mountains might be smaller than their European and American counterparts, they are absolutely no less fun. The quality of the snow at Phoneix is some of the best in Korea due to higher snowfall records, so riders can rest assured that it will be quality riding on soft cushy snow, throughout the entire winter season. The Phoenix team did an excellent job keeping the snow in pristine riding condition during the Olympics. Actually 12 out of the 22 slopes are of international standard.
The Park has both a gondola 8 chairlifts that all depart from the base area. Five chairs go up all or part way to the peak which is names Mount Blanc, the available gondola also goes up all the way to the peak. The remaining thee chairs go up to the smaller peak, Bulaemaru, on the side of the mountain.
The new Seoul – Gangneung route can get you there in 90 minutes on the high speed train and then a short 25 minute bus ride from the station to the resort. A train ticket will cost you about 20,000 won or so. Alternatively one can take a bus from Samseong or Jamsil straight to the resort and it takes about 2 hours.
Vivaldi’s state of the art facilities and ease of access makes it understandable why it is the most visited resort in Korea, 8 years in a row! Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park is located in neighboring Gangwon-do province, right across the border line so do not fret, still only a 60 minute trip. Vivaldi can host up to 20,000 visitors so you know they run a smooth operation.
Vivaldi boasts one of the trendiest resorts in Korea and that makes it quite the hotspot amongst the younger crowds, that and its close proximity to Seoul. Vivaldi is equipped with the biggest resort in the country making it an easy choice destination for many tourists.
As mentioned earlier, Vivaldi is high-tech, it has the first express 8-seater chair lift in Asia and what makes it even better is that is open until 5am. So for those hip night owls who love to shred the night time gnar, you know where to go.
Vivaldi offers 12 slopes with 10 lifts at varying times and prices. So it’s pretty simple to select something that suits your needs. Free shuttle buses that are specifically arranged for tourists go straight to the resort. These buses depart from various locations in Seoul and they also return to the same places they departed from.
Vivaldi offers all varieties of slopes, from beginner to advanced, making it a good destination for groups with mixed levels.
Due to the high volume capacity this place can get packed so it’s better to go on the weekdays or at night. Otherwise be prepared to wait in 30min -1hour lines.
Situated in Icheon, Jisan resort is definitely a top choice amongst the local ski resorts due to its close proximity to Seoul. Just an hour and a half away, Jisan resort is perfect for day trips. So if you’re pressed for time, Jisan will definitely satisfy your snow craving. For those that have the luxury of time the resort offers a multitude of beautiful condos.
Jisan might not be renowned for its natural snow due to its warmer geographical location, but one would hardly notice as the artificial snow and snow grooming at the resort is top notch. Jisan offers 7-8 beginner to intermediate slopes, making it the perfect destination for a family outing regardless of ski proficiency. The ski resort usually gets packed on the weekend so it might be better to go during the weekdays. Advanced riders might consider one of our other resorts as they might find these slopes a bit too easy.
For those who are not so interested in skiing/snowboarding you can always try the snow-sledding which is heaps of fun. If you get tired or hungry, a cafeteria is located at the base of the slopes. Sit outside and enjoy some snacks while taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Free shuttle buses operate from various destinations in order to provide convenient access so don’t worry about renting a car. How to get there:
Express Bus at Seoul Nambu Express Bus Terminal OR Dongseoul Express Bus Terminal → Icheon IntercityBus Terminal → Local bus No. 12 → Jisan Mart Entrance → Jisan Ski Resort
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