– Gyeongbokgung Palace: one of the oldest of Seoul’s five palaces. This magnificent complex of traditional buildings represents the essence of the Joseon Dynasty, displaying the beauty of traditional construction. I highly recommend stopping by a hanbok rental shop to pick up your own set of Korean traditional clothes on the way. Not only is it a truly special experience; the palace also offers free admission to guests wearing hanbok.
– Insadong: When foreign celebrities visit Korea, they always stop by this area. A microcosm of Korean style, this is Insa-dong. The neighborhood’s hundreds of art galleries are complemented by dozens of traditional handcraft shops, antique art markets, and traditional teahouses. If you want to purchase souvenirs for friends and family, this is the place to go.
– Gwangjang Market: This is Seoul’s largest traditional market and the first traditional trading market in Korea. Its final “food alley” begins at the market’s inner crossroads, with stalls serving Korean pancake (bindaetteok), banquet noodles (janchi-guksu), raw beef (yukhoe). If you want to try the best of Korean street food, this is a destination not to be missed.
Bonnie is a candidate for the 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award. This article has been published in its original form.
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I am delighted to introduce myself on the Les Clefs d’Or website as a member and a candidate for the Les Clefs d’Or Award in 2023. I joined the hotel industry right after graduating from university in 2012 and started my career as a Guest Relations (Concierge) agent at The Ritz-Carlton Seoul in South Korea. I believe that Concierge service is an essential element of every luxury hotel. I am proud to work as Chief Concierge at JW Marriott Hotel Seoul while holding the Golden Keys. I would love to serve as a guide for new employees who are just starting their hotel careers as concierges, and to help them pursue their dreams. As a member of Les Clefs d’Or, I want to provide unforgettable experiences for all guests who visit our hotel, underpinned by a strong sense of responsibility.
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