Experience the Beauty and Luxury of Seoul

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Bowl of Chueotang – Perfect for Winter in Seoul

Winter in Seoul is bitterly cold yet beautiful with snow-covered mountains and parks creating a romantic ambiance. From skiing to ice skating in an outdoor rink, to hanging out in an indoor theme park or relaxing at a sauna, Seoul offers an abundance of all-ages attractions. In hyper-modern Seoul, pop culture and department stores coalesce with Buddhist temples and open-air markets. Due to its long history of settlement (over 2,000 years), Seoul is home to several historic sites, including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Changdeokgung Palace Complex and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Book your flight to Seoul this winter to experience an intoxicating blend of tradition, technology, a stunning natural environment and amazing Korean cuisine. Check out Diners Club Privileges after you arrive by downloading the Diners Club Travel Tools app.

Start your winter tour of Seoul by flying to Incheon Airport and after your flight; enjoy a relaxing break at the Asiana Business Lounge. Next, take the nonstop Airport Railroad Express (AREX) that brings you to downtown Seoul in approximately 43 minutes. Once in the heart of the city, hit the Seoul Plaza Ice Skate Rink (Open until February 9, 2016) at City Hall, an outdoor skating rink that features training sessions in addition to beginner and advanced rinks. After enjoying your skate at City Hall, head to Kwangjang Market, where you can grab a bite at one of several restaurants or go shopping for clothing, mother-of-pearl or the city’s most famous silk, satin and linen bed-sheets.

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If you prefer street food, head to Namdaemn Market where thousands of shops are located, as well as dozens of food stalls. Try mandu-guk (dumpling soup) or bindae duk (mung bean pancake) and for more shopping, go across the street to Shinsegae, one of the city’s big three department stores, where you’ll find everything from kimchi to Hermes silk scarves. Walk off your lunch at Namsam Tower or Cheongyecheon stream and visit the world’s largest indoor theme park, Lotte World, to choose from themed rides, water tunnels and viewing marine life in this 3-in-1 adventure park.

Other must-dos for winter in Korea include visiting a Korean sauna or hot springs and hiking in Bukhansan National Park, where you’ll find hiking trails through the rocky terrain of valleys and peaks. For skiing and snowboarding, check out popular nearby resorts:  Jisan Forest Resort, Daemyung Vivaldi Park and Phoenix Park.

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ELBON the table–Garosu Sinsa

Trendy and elegant, ELBON the table combines classic Korean ingredients with Italian techniques and hints of molecular gastronomy–what Chef Hyun Seok Choi describes as Creative Modern cuisine. Diners Clubmembers receive per guest a choice of a complimentary appetizer, dessert or glass of wine (up to 4 guests).

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Samwon Garden

Located in the fashionable Gangnam district of Seoul, Samwon Garden is a massive restaurant with a traditional style interior dining. Enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, Samwon Garden serves authentic, traditional Korean cuisine cooked at your table on a grill. Diners Clubmembers enjoy a complimentary appetizer and dessert per table.

This winter season is the perfect time to experience the luxury and beauty that is Seoul. For all of Korea, visit our Diners Club Privileges and select “Korea.”

Be sure to join us on our other Diners Club Social channels at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news, event and clubmembers updates. Also, don’t forget to download the Diners Club Travel Tools App, which gives you on-the-go access to airport lounge locations. Let your journey begin and ignite your wanderlust for life. Explore. Embark. Belong.

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