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J O U R N A L S
City Report
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SLEEP
Recover from a
night out in Hotel April
(
hotelapril.com
). It has
only five rooms, each
offering quaint decorative
touches that hint at
understated cool.
NOSH
Play Pot (
925-23
Bangbae-dong, Tel: 82 2
585 0908
) is known for
its remarkable aesthetic,
which captures the
vibrancy of outdoor food
markets. Try street snacks
with a gourmet twist, like
tteokbokki (chewy rice
cakes in a red chilli sauce).
BUY
Korea’s rich
and famous shop at
Cheongdam-dong and
Apgujeong-dong on the
outskirts of Gangnam.
Pyramid-shaped Second
Hotel (
647-2 Sinsa-dong,
Tel: 82 2 542 2229
)
stocks accessories, home
furnishings and cute
stationery.
EXPERIENCE
Platoon
Kunsthalle (
kunsthalle.com
;
below) is an innovative
space for the creative set.
Check out its events – like
film screenings and vintage
flea markets – as well as its
permanent bar, restaurant,
and exhibit areas.
CITY SCENESTER
SLEEP
The IP Boutique
Hotel (
ipboutiquehotel.
com
) has a pop-art style in
Itaewon – near gig venues
and exciting nightlife.
NOSH
A high-end stalwart
of Korea’s small but strong
jazz scene is Once in a Blue
Moon (
onceinabluemoon.
co.kr
; above). Dine on
international fare while
listening to NewOrleans-
style jazz classics.
BUY
Music Korea
(
musickorea.com
) in
Myeongdong is a must-
visit for K-pop fans.
Livingsa (
Hoehyeon-dong
Underground Shopping
Center, Tel: 82 2 778 8868
)
stocks ’50s and ’60s Korean
folk rock records.
EXPERIENCE
Hear
the sounds of ancient
Korea in a performance
at the National Gugak
Center (
www.gugak.
go.kr
). Or learn to play
traditional instruments
like the hourglass-
shaped janggu drum.
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SLEEP
For some quiet
contemplation, check into
Myogaksa Temple (
eng.
templestay.com
) onMount
Naksan. Prepare for an
early start – the pre-dawn
service starts at 4.30am.
Find stillness in meditation
and a tea ceremony (below).
NOSH
Vegan and
vegetarian chain Loving
Hut (
lovinghut.kr
) has five
outlets in Seoul, each with
its own personality. Try
Rainbow for hearty dishes
like soon du bu (tofu stew).
BUY
Practising calligraphy
– often used in sacred texts
– can have a calming effect.
Bongwon Calligraphy (
27
Insa-dong, Tel: 82 2 739
9611
) has everything you
need – like delicate hanji
(traditional Korean rice
paper) – to get started.
EXPERIENCE
Explore
the Central Buddhist
Museum’s (
55 Ujeongguk-
ro (Gyeonji-dong), Tel: 82
2 2011 1960
) exquisite
artwork and artefacts.
While here, have a go at
making paper lanterns.
SOUL SEARCHER
This city has all
the neon lights
and nightlife
you’d expect
of an exciting
metropolis… as
well as enclaves
of calm for inner
reflection.
BY HANNAH
STUART
-
LEACH
Seoul
PHOTOS
GETTY IMAGES / COURTESY PLATOON KUNSTHALLE, MYOGAKSA
MUSIC MAD