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1 City 5 Ways: Design Aficionado

Seonyudo Park

Courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization

Seonyudo Park is built over a former water-treatment plant and now houses aquatic plants.

Just as South Korea has transformed itself into a first-world country in record time, Seoul has leap-frogged to the head of the design world.

Where to Stay // Park Hyatt
With its contemporary art collection, stunning top-floor lobby and elegant rooms, the Park Hyatt is one of Seoul’s most stylish addresses.

Morning // Leeum
At this vibrant art complex, traditional art is housed in Mario Botta’s soothing riff on Korean; Jean Nouvel’s black steel boxes hold contemporary art and Rem Koolhaas’ futuristic wing hosts special exhibitions.

Lunch // Take Urban
Need a design break? Take Urban sells coffee and sandwiches on the ground floor of the iconic Urban Hive Building, with its honeycomb concrete façade.

Afternoon // Seonyudo Park
Seonyudo Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream showcase Seoul’s commitment to transforming eyesores into welcoming public spaces. Seonyudo Park is built over a former water-treatment plant and now houses aquatic plants. Cheonggyecheon Stream was once covered in concrete; today it’s an urban oasis.

Dinner // Jung Sik Dang
Jung Sik Dang blends local ingredients with modern techniques. Expect culinary revelations such as pork belly confit with potato purée.

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