A GOOD SEOUL. Seoul seems like a city that never sleeps, though it does boast a great many places to bed down. One of the newest stars in town is Shilla Stay Soedaemun (163 Chungjeong-ro, Soedaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea; +82 2 2230 3000; shillastay.com).
Being a fine accommodation under corporate behemoth Samsung, the 27-story hotel encompasses 319 guestrooms, thoughtfully designed by world-renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni who previously did Mitsui Garden Ginza in Tokyo and Studio M Hotel in Singapore, among others. The Gangbuk district where the hotel stands is pretty quaint to boot, with a number of tourist attractions such as the Seoul Museum of Art, Myeong-dong, Namdaeum and City Hall. Most importantly, the Soedaemun subway station is just a one-minute walk from the Shilla Stay Soedaemun. No time to waste when you’re about to discover this sparkling city!