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[Weekender] Check in to Hotel Korea

Hotels seem to be the best business in Korea to be in right now. Tourism is booming in Korea with a record number of visitors ― of which the Chinese take up nearly half. Last year’s historic milesto...

Updated : 2015.05.22 19:26

[Weekender] Korean tradition meets Western hospitality in hanok hotels

In the heart of Jongno-gu, just east of Gyeongbokgung Palace, lies the quaint hillside neighborhood of Samcheong-dong, well-known for its abundance of chic cafes and small gift shops. From offering si...

Updated : 2015.05.22 19:24

[Weekender] ‘VVIP’ hotel guests ― who stayed where?

When Paul McCartney was planning a visit to Korea for his first concert in Seoul on May 2, he requested his team to find a hotel with a room that comes with a balcony.In the overpopulated business dis...

Updated : 2015.05.22 19:20

[Weekender] Luxury hotels target local spenders with diverse events

At its core, the function of a hotel is to offer guests a place to stay the night. However, in Korea, luxury hotels are widely known for another function: hosting gatherings of various types and sizes...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:59

[Weekender] App offers cheap lodging, fast booking

Urban dwellers have, at least once, dreamed of taking a spontaneous trip with little or no planning.Kim Ka-young, cofounder of Bonbonlab, the developer of hotel booking application Hotel Now, was one ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:58

Travel Bits

‘Korea Night’ in LAThe Korea Tourism Organization will hold “Korea Night” at LA Dodgers Stadium on June 17 when the Dodgers and Texas Rangers face off in a Major League Baseball match.Korean playe...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:08

Around the Hotels

World-class chefs at JW Marriott Hotel SeoulJW Marriott Hotel Seoul will be hosting the Grand Gala Dinner, a collaboration among seven international star chefs, at 7 p.m. on May 28. The chefs are in K...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:04

Dior to open Asia’s biggest flagship store in Seoul

Luxury fashion brand Dior will open its largest Asian flagship store in Seoul next month, with construction nearing completion.The resplendent white architecture is designed by famed French architect Christian de Portzamparc ― known for his modern, luxurious designs ― and interiors are b...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:01

Korea confirms third MERS case, 64 on watch

Seoul said Thursday that three people have been infected by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and 64 people, including health care workers and the patients’ families, are being monitored for possible infection.All three patients were quarantined at a government-certified facility an...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:18

Age of transformation

This is the second in the two-part interview with Rem Koolhaas. ― Ed.MILAN ― In an architect’s work, the most important influences are the client and the site, according to Rem Koolhaas. “An archi...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:03

S. Korea reports 3rd confirmed case of MERS

South Korea confirmed a third case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Thursday, one day after it reported its first-ever case of the viral disease.  The latest case was confirmed in a 76-year-old man who had shared a hospital room with the first patient to be diagnosed with MERS,...

Updated : 2015.05.21 15:04

S. Korea mulls issuing alert against MERS

South Korea is considering raising its watch against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, health officials said Thursday, one day after the country reported its first case of the viral disease.  Officials from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an experts' meeting...

Updated : 2015.05.21 11:53

Are 'foreigner only' rules legal?

This story was originally published on July 24, 2009. -- Ed.So I needed a new cell phone. But as a foreigner in Korea, I quickly found that my options were limited. There are models galore, but complicated Korean rules turn something as simple as buying a phone into an exercise in futilit...

Updated : 2015.05.21 11:47

[Newsmaker] Steve Yoo asks to be taken back

So, Steve Yoo wants to be taken back into Korea, the country he abandoned 13 years ago to avoid military service. In an interview in Hong Kong late Tuesday night, the ’90s pop star who performed as Y...

Updated : 2015.05.20 19:11

‘Titus Andronicus’ as current as it is classic

Seoul Shakespeare Company will perform “Titus Andronicus” from this month as its annual full production, a play that bears striking echoes of modern issues, despite its age.The play ― chosen to con...

Updated : 2015.05.20 19:00