FIERY FOOD AND FAIRY TALES
For a colourful afternoon, head to Jung-gu’s impressive Chinatown for mouth-watering street food and swaying red lanterns. People who like their food fiery should head to Qing Guan restaurant for hot and savoury dishes in the Sichuan style. Whilst authentic Chinese fare can be tricky to find, the Korean-Chinese delicacies are exceptional. In between stall-hopping, be sure to wander down Samgukji Mural Street, where the heroes of Chinese fables adorn the tiled walls (and provide great photo opportunities).
Skirting the edge of Chinatown is Jayu Park, a great spot for a breather among the artistic architecture. The route through the park brings you to the eccentric village of Songwol-dong – a village that’s been playfully renovated to look like a fairy tale theme park. As you walk through the rainbow gates you’re met with a sea of dazzling colour, cartoons and candy-striped awnings. Street sculptures, murals and even roaming mascots greet you as you explore this quirky part of town.
A camera is a must-have for Songwol-dong – keep a particular eye out for the inventive alterations to the drainpipes, manhole covers and streetlamps. It can be hard to remember that this is a real village with living residents as you pose for pictures next to Cinderella, but you’ll also see the villagers going about their day-to-day lives between the bright cafés and mural-clad houses.
Wind down after a day’s exploration with cocktails at the Art Paradiso’s Serasé restaurant. Or head further into Paradise City for art and entertainment including a casino, games consoles and billiards on the world’s first pool table made of glass. To finish your day, kick back with around-the-clock room service in your suite or take a dip in the outdoor pool as you watch the sun set against this futuristic city.