Seoul, the South Korean capital, is a beguiling mix of the old and new, and a stay in the spectacular luxury of the Renaissance Seoul Hotel is the best way to discover it. Our local Navigator Kevin can tell you all about the very best the city has to offer, including the stunning Olympic Park and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Our hotel offers six distinct restaurants where you can enjoy delectable local and international cuisine before unwinding with a drink in one of our slick bars with spectacular views of this unique city. Or, if golf is your passion, sharpen your game at the on-site driving range and putting green.
Upscale dining at reasonable prices lets celebrity chef Edward Kim fully explore his love of flavorful experimentation at Lab XXIV.
Lab XXIV offers meticulously created Korean cuisine that straddles the line between traditional flavors and contemporary molecular gastronomy techniques. The brainchild of celebrity chef Edward Kwon, Lab XXIV represents Kwon's non-stop ethos through a wide-ranging selection of seasonal à la carte dishes or a prix-fixe tasting menu. The flavors at Lab XXIV are delicately balanced, each dish focusing on one ingredient while surrounding it with bright accents of garnishes and paired flavors. One of the most admirable aspects of this gastronome hot spot is its affordability, the five-course lunch starting at an incredibly reasonable KRW 35000. A trendy newcomer on the Seoul scene, Lab XXIV is a definite must-stop for foodies in the area.
Address: 100-14 Cheondam-dong, Chongdam Building 1/F, Seoul, 135-100, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 511 4523
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM,Monday to Sunday from 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Website: http://www.ekrestaurants.com/Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
The best of South Korea's art scene is on display at Interalia, a contemporary gallery, auction space and art education center.
Interalia showcases contemporary pieces from local artists in their minimal gallery space, offering a bit of underground edge to the fashionable Gangnam district. Three display spaces play host to a constantly rotating collection of art, one facet of the gallery's frequent auctioneering efforts. Not restricted to visual arts, Interalia hosts sporadic opera performances, art history seminars and experimental film screenings. For collectors, Interalia maintains a trained staff of appraisers, researchers and curators to help acquire unique pieces from this burgeoning cultural center. One of the best spots to keep up to speed on the developments in the South Korean art world, Interalia is worth a look.
Address: 147-17 Samseong-dong, Seoul, 135-090, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 3479 0114
Website: http://www.interalia.co.krHotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
Home decor, clothing and accessories ranging from vintage to modern are on offer in the color-coded displays at trendy retailer i-D.
Right in the middle of Gangnam's most fashionable shops, i-D provides trendy locals and adventurous tourists with a two-story shopping mecca. Clothing and accessories for both men and women fill the floor space, organized by color to let customers mix and match their new acquisitions. i-D frequently hosts weekend flea markets where discounted goods are available to peruse from their sidewalk tables. With all sorts of fun fashions and eye-catching home decor, i-D is a hidden gem in this district jam packed with retailers.
Address: 535-7 Sinsa-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 3444 0315Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
From affordable table wines to elegant collectors bottles, you'll find just the wine you want paired with sumptuous Italian fare at Su Vino.
Su Vino provides diners and shoppers with a taste of Italy in the heavily international district of Yongsan. The warm wooden interior plays host to a number of global wine varieties, augmented by a limited but tasty menu of classic Italian favorites such as risotto and pasta dishes that pair perfectly with a bottle of your choice.
Address: 2-1 Hangang-daero 44-gil, Seoul, 140-012, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 792 1261Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
The handmade jewelry on sale has a name-dropping-worthy fan following, with trendy pieces making a television appearance or two.
Located in the heart of Karosugiru, Accbee caters to Seoul's trendsetting citizens. The lovely jewelry boutique is a chic addition to the street's plethora of cafes and stores that entertains throngs of the city's who's who. On display are exquisite handmade pieces by top designers ingeniously presented in a fashion-forward environment. Browse through statement-making necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more for a unique and fashionable addition to your wardrobe. The stylish assortment is a favorite among celebrities and boasts a name-dropping clientele list.
Address: 540-22 Sinsa-dong, Seoul, 135-889, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 512 7494Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
See the bell pavilion that has stood in this spot since 1396 despite its destruction by fire, war and the passage of time.
For Koreans, it is hard to imagine a New Year's celebration without the bell ceremony held at Bosingak. Broadcast nationwide by TV and radio, Koreans greet the New Year with 33 loud rings of the bell. Many people from all over Seoul gather here to say goodbye to the past year, and ring in the New Year. On other days of the year, the bell is available for viewing, although it remains silent.
Address: 45-5 Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 2171 2461Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
Giving modernization a pass, this market retains its original essence. Take home traditional hanbok fabric as an unique Korean souvenir.
Established in 1905, Gwangjang Market was the nation's first traditional bazaar. This permanent mart houses over 5000 enterprises, most of which were inherited from previous generations and bustles with the lively barter of merchants and shoppers. It features numerous vendors selling ibaji food and local specialties, foreign imports, fresh produce, vintage fashion, antiques and handcrafted items. It's main attraction remains retailers of the authentic Korean fabric, hanbok. Silk and satin varieties in vibrant colors and of top-quality are available at bargain prices. The clothing has a simple silhouette and is popularly worn during festivals and special occasions.
Address: 6-1 Yeji-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 2267 0291
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Website: http://www.kwangjangmarket.co.kr/Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
Bibigo turns up the heat, piling colorful veggies and quality meat on a heaping bed of steamed rice.
Emigres from the Gangnam Station make the one block trek west to Bibigo Hot Stone, a soon-to-be worldwide chain that specializes in mixed vegetable and meat bowls called bibimbap. A more modern Korean dish, bibimbap combines steamed rice with fresh veggies and choice meat arranged in such a way that complementary colors are a feast in itself. Eat bibimbap alongside the myriad of side dishes on offer to experience the full aesthetic spectrum of Korean cuisine.
Address: 1320 Seocho-dong, B1 Yun Building, Seoul, 137-857, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 588 7423
Website: http://www.bibigo.com/Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
Asakan has fantastic drinks, serving fresh drafts of Asahi in the heart of Gangnam.
Asakan's large Asahi sign is hard to miss and it draws in people who wand a drink and delicious food. Claiming to have the most authentic izakaya style pub in all of Seoul, Asakan keeps one of Japan's favorite beers flowing as diners munch on traditional bar foods. While some izakayas struggle to be too modern, Asakan keeps it simple, keeps it fresh, and keeps it traditional.
Address: 677 Yeoksam-dong, Seoul, 135-915, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 573 9550Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
Momoko's rich wood interior and open kitchen ease the nerves as visitors recline with soju cocktails and fusion-style Asian appetizers.
Seoul is swarming with Izakayas, Japanese style pubs with an adequate selection of food, but Momoko sets itself apart by amping up their entrees with a bit of fusion flair. Chefs can be seen in the open kitchen hustling to satisfy customers reclining in the spacious seating area or bar-side. Momoko is perfectly in place with the glass skyscrapers surrounding it, rich wood tones and gentle lighting making it a definitively modern spin on a traditional pub style.
Address: 678 Yeoksam-dong, Seoul, 135-915, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 539 9007Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
Kona Coffee keeps you caffeinated day or night in downtown Gungnam with premium coffee flown in from Hawaii's big island.
It's no surprise that coffee-crazy Korea goes to the limit to find the best beans for their buck. Kona Coffee, located right near Yeoksam Station, sources its roasts from Hawaii's Kona coffee fields and offers up an ample range of Hawaiian sweets. With its tropical atmosphere and friendly service, Kona Coffee will have you relaxing island style in minutes.
Address: 678-35 Yeoksam-dong, Seoul, 135-915, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 555 0069
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Website: http://konabeans.co.kr/Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
The exquisite performing arts showcased at Seoul Nori Madang are exemplary of Korean tradition and promise a glimpse into its rich heritage.
Since its establishment in 1984, Seoul Nori Madang has always attracted tourists and locals. The circular amphitheater plays host to an array of cultural events celebrating Korea's rich and affluent legacy. Shows include traditional dances, folk singing, ancient martial arts, mask plays like Songpa Sandae Nori and the ceremonious Songpa Baekjung Nori. The vibrant costumes, spirited music and riot of colors are characteristic of the country's vivid culture. Performances are free and are held on weekends.
Address: 47 Jamsil-dong, Seoul, 138-220, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 414 1985Hotel: Renaissance Seoul Hotel