16-2, Bukchon-ro 9-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Dahmsojung, meaning ‘a house full of laughs’, is a hanok guesthouse that provides sincere services and comfortable relaxation. Located in the middle of Seoul’s city center, this hanok hotel-class guesthouse was built using traditional hanok construction materials including the 200-years-old Korean land pine from Gyeongju, and clay for rooms. The owner originally bought the land to build the residential area for the family, but wishing to promote the charms of the hanok building to foreigners, it was opened as a guesthouse in October 2012. This hanok guesthouse with modern elements is decorated with refined interior items. It provides a special breakfast that consists of steamed rice wrapped in a lotus leaf and tasty side dishes without any artificial seasonings. All the vegetables used for the meals are organic and cultivated by the owner. It also uses refined objects including high quality tableware, bedding (cotton bedclothes with colored stripes), authentic ceramics, lacquered painting by an artisan, and artistic living items. It carries out a cleaning and disinfection process every day as well. In particular, Hinoki cypress with a subtle scent was used for the bathroom. The home bar was installed especially for foreign guests who find it difficult to sit on the floor in the kitchen. These detailed consideration and decorations have attracted many guests including foreign diplomats, VIPs, and so on.
It also operates a hands-on programs including ‘calligraphy’ and ‘making a fan’ that are held on the main floored room and are popular among foreign guests. Dahmsojung offers guests sophisticated services and comfortable facilities with a clean and traditional atmosphere that attracts many domestic and foreign guests.
12, Bangjang-ro Gochang-eup, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Hotel Seok Jeong Hill is mostly frequented by those visiting Seok Jeong Hill Country Club, which is only a 5-minute ride from the hotel. Because it's located away from the country club, however, you need not play golf in order to stay there overnight. The hotel is a 7-story building with 35 guestrooms that are clean and stylish. It also has a seminar room for workshops and business gatherings. The guestrooms can accommodate two or four depending on the number of golfers, and no additional guests are allowed to stay in the same room.
50, Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Millennium Seoul Hilton is located on the foothills of Namsan Mountain in Seoul, the center of business, culture, history, and shopping. The hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive away from the city's major business complex and an hour drive away from Incheon International Airport. Millennium Seoul Hilton offers plethora of food from four excellent restaurants, a bar, and a bakery. The hotel also has a business center equipped with high speed Internet connection as well as eight conference rooms and a grand ball room for business and banquet events. Other facilities include a gym, indoor swimming pool, aerobics studio, indoor golf range, sauna room, and spa.
37, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
This 32-floor high hotel forms one of the towering giants overlooking Haeundae. The name of the hotel, “Lavi de Atlan,” means “life at Atlantis,” symbolizing the hotel’s wish to offer a comfortable rest in a fantastic surrounding. There are about 430 rooms in total, having a city view, half-sea view, and sea view. Superior and Deluxe rooms offer the view of Haeundae’s vibrant skyline, while the Corner Deluxe Double has a view of the city blending into the sea. Rooms with “Ocean” in their name have a view of the sea. All rooms come with a balcony for an even better view. AMYTIS Sky Lounge at the 32nd-floor of the building and the ALAIRE Rooftop Lounge offer beverage and food services with a great view of the surrounding area. The front desk has a number of items for rental, including a baby crib, wheelchair, umbrella, and multi-adaptor. Nearby sights include the famous tourist areas of the Haeundae, including Dongbaekseom Island, SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and Dalmaji Hill.
22, Sports town-gil 399beon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Located next to Uiamho Lake, KT&G Sangsangmadang Chuncheon is a cultural space that combines “art” and “stay,” and Sangsangmadang Chuncheon Stay is a space pertaining to the latter. Housed in a remodeled former Gangwon Sports Hall building, it features a quirky exterior and tasteful interior design. Ivory-colored walls, white duck-down bedding, and brown furniture blend in seamlessly with orange or light green highlights. The management’s attentiveness is made evident in the temperature control in each room and the variety of bed arrangements for greater choice. The first floor of the building has a restaurant specializing in chicken dishes, and guests also have the choice of cooking their own food in the communal kitchen equipped with an induction stove, microwave oven, refrigerator, and cooking utensils. There are even music practice and performance rooms for artists. The surrounding area exemplifies the beauty of Chuncheon’s lakeside nature, best explored with bicycles. Nearby tourist sites include the Gongjicheon Recreation Area, Chuncheon Joung Do Mullegil, and Soyanggang Skywalk.
327, Gwangwang-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Opened in 1985, Cheoksan Spatel is a natural hot springs with strong alkaline water at 53℃, formed 4000 m below sea level. The water is said to be highly effective in the removal of impurities and treatment of skin conditions. Rooms available include both bedrooms and ondol (under-the-floor heating system) rooms. Each room has a small bath supplied with hot springs water in the bathroom. Guests are also offered a single-use ticket to the hot springs area.
There are plenty of onsite facilities as well, from the hot springs area with many different types of baths to ladies-only spa therapy at Spa Healing Center, walking paths through a pine grove, and an observation deck with a view of Seoraksan Mountain’s Ulsan Peak. Other attractions, such as Sokcho Museum, Seoraksan Botanical Garden, and Cheongchoho Recreation Area, is reachable by car in 10 min.
225, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Korea
Hotel Aqua Palace is a cozy and comfortable hotel with a great night view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge and beautiful Gwangalli Beach.
Run in connection with the hotel is Aqua Palace, Korea’s only seaside water park. Main attractions include a 90 meter slide, a wave pool, and various bade pools (warm water massage pools) that are filled with water drawn from 816 meters underground. Since the park is indoors, guests can enjoy these and other water facilities all year round.
The hotel is equipped with various jjimjil-bang facilities, a golf center, and guestrooms ranging from deluxe and family rooms to executive and suites with stunning views and a sophisticated interior design.
88-13, Chusan-gil, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Healing Stay Kosmos is located at the edge of a cliff next to Songgotsan Mountain in Ulleungdo Island. The exterior is in a spiral shape, reflecting the trajectories of the sun and moon. The six-vault structure, which extends outward in a spiral shape from the center of the building, is the most essential element—each of the vaults form an independent space inside. Due to the spiral shapes, the entrance to the vaults temporarily blocks the landscape outside; however, as the guest enters further into the vault, the view to the surrounding landscape gradually opens up, and each vault reveals a unique view. This allows every guest to naturally immerse themselves into the hotel’s beautiful architecture and the surrounding landscape. The hotel also observes strict hygiene and disinfection to ensure the safety and convenience of guests. The maintains the cleanliness of every room and bedding every day. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the hotel staff regularly ventilate and disinfect all facilities and a designated disinfection and quarantine manager strictly monitors the staff’s compliance with the social distancing manual. The hotel also provides a complimentary healing kit, which includes a hand sanitizer (as well as a trekking map and specialty snacks from Ulleongdo Island), to all guests.
10, Gangnam-daero 69-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Seoho Hotel is located in the transportation hub of the Gangnam district of Seoul, and is near many tourist attractions. The rooms are quiet, clean, and comfortable. Gangnam Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 10 is located within a 5-minute walking distance.
240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Lotte Hotel World is located in the Jamsil area of Seoul. It is directly connected to both Lotte World, the world's largest indoor theme park, and Lotte World Mall, the largest multiplex in Asia. The nearby Seokchon Lake also creates a beautiful ambiance. The hotel is equipped with facilities to host international events and gatherings though banquet halls and meeting rooms of various sizes. The Lotte World character themed room is also available for a special experience.
50, Noseongsanseong-gil, Noseong-myeon, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Located in Noseong-myeon, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Myeongjae Historic House was built by Yun Jeung (pen-name: Myeongjae, 1629-1714), a scholar during the reign of King Sukjong (r. 1674-1720) of the Joseon Dynasty. It is said that although the king granted him a government post on eighteen occasions, Yun, being a straightforward sort of person, declined them all. As he practiced the virtue of simplicity and sharing in life and taught it to younger generations, the house escaped destruction during the Donghak Peasant Revolution (1894) and the Korean War (1950-1953) thanks to the efforts of his disciples. Thus, in keeping with his character, the house looks moderate compared to the homes of other aristocrats, although it exhibits a refined interior and a scientific design. The house consists of a sarangchae (men’s quarters), anchae (women’s quarters), and daecheongmaru (main floored room) configured in a square layout. The sarangchae itself consists of the keun sarangbang (large room) flanked by a daecheong and a numaru with an open view of the village and a mountain, the jakeun sarangbang (small room), the ansarangbang (inner room), and the daemungan (gate). To the right of the house is the spectacular sight created by a platform filled with hundreds of crocks for traditional sauces and condiments. The wall situated between the sarangchae and the anchae was designed to prevent people from looking into the anchae. There is also an open space below the wall from which one could see the shoes of a visitor, thus enabling the occupants of the anchae to know whether there was a visitor or not in the sarangchae. In addition, the gotganchae (storage quarters) situated next to the anchae is designed in such a way that it diminishes in size towards the north because the summer wind blowing from the south escapes the narrow passageway of the north, so it blows faster and the surrounding area gets colder, while the wind winter blowing from the north escapes the large passageway of the south, protecting the building from the bitter wind of the north. Therefore, the storeroom at the north end of the gotganchae remains cool even in summer, thereby preserving the things (food and other commodities) stored there. The guestrooms of the house include the three sarangbang rooms in the sarangchae building and the geonneonbang (a room opposite the main living room) in the anchae. The entire sarangchae building including the numaru can be rented too. Guests can also rent the thatched-roof byeolchae in the courtyard, which features a choyeondang equipped with a sound system and a beam projector, as well as a modern bathroom, for group meetings or performances. The house also runs a variety of paid traditional experience programs including Gukak (Korean classical music), tea ceremony, natural dyeing, and so on. Other noteworthy features of the house include the sarangchae’s distinctive gate, which combines a sliding door with a hinged door, the looming presence of a mountain to its rear, and the little round island (pond) planted with an old crape myrtle at its front.
12, Jungang-daero 196beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
Toyoko Inn Hotel is Asia’s largest business hotel chain and has branches in the USA, Germany, the UK, and China in addition to 242 branches in Japan.
The Busan Station branch of Toyoko Inn Hotel is located within walking distance of Busan Station and offers clean and comfortable guestrooms at affordable prices. By eliminating frivolous services and facilities, Toyoko Inn Hotel is able to offer reduced room rates without sacrificing basic comforts.
The hotel operates under the mantra ‘comfortable and clean accommodation near the train station’ and is geared mainly towards business travelers who need some rest and relaxation before continuing on their way. Desktop computers with wireless internet connection are available at the lobby for guests’ convenience.