If you go
WHERE TO STAY Four Seasons Hotel 97 Saemunan-ro, Dangju-dong, Jongno-gu 011-82-2-6388-5000 fourseasons.com/seoul This newish hotel in the central business district, a short walk from Gyeongbok Palace, has 317 rooms, the most gorgeous floral arrangements you’ve ever seen and one of the nicest Korean spas in the city (which happens to be threestories tall). Rooms from $321.
WHERE TO EAT Balwoo Gongyang
56 Ujeongguk-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu 011-82-2-733-2081 c146.danah.co.kr At this Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant inside the information center for the country’s Temple Stay program, the chefs are all monks in the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. From $30. WHAT TO DO Sulwhasoo Flagship Store and Spa 8 Dosan-daero 45-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu 011-82-2-541-9270 us.sulwhasoo.com Whether booking a 40-minute guided tour of the five-floor flagship store of Korea’s most famous luxury skin-care brand, or a facial at one of its two spas, advance reservations are recommended. Treatments from $110. INFORMATION visitkorea.or.kr — D.M.
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