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HEAL­ING STAY KOS­MOS, ULLE­UNGDO IS­LAND, SOUTH KO­REA

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Perched on a cliff edge on the vol­canic Ulle­ungdo Is­land, which lies 350km east of Seoul in the Sea of Ja­pan, is this strik­ing re­treat by Seoul-based ar­chi­tects The Sys­tem Lab. Snow-white con­crete walls swoop and swirl like the po­tent chi en­ergy fields that lo­cals be­lieve flow through the is­land. Some of the re­sort’s high-ceilinged rooms – sparsely fur­nished with a se­vere white palette – also curve and bend like the in­te­rior of a giant seashell. Equally strik­ing is the work of chef Sun-jin Hwang (ex-el Bulli and Noma), whose menu fea­tures Dokdo shrimps with an oys­ter emul­sion, and a short rib cooked sous-vide in red wine for 40 hours. thekos­mos.co.kr

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