Hidden Gems for A Great Escape From The Bustling City


Planning for a more relaxed style of meeting or looking something unique for your “me-time” after an exhausting business meeting? Instead, you can have a great escape from the bustling city into the hidden gems in the heart of Seoul, and enjoy the true peace and tranquility with a fusion of traditional Korean culture and art. Nestled in the natural surrounding with traditional settings, Seoul’s traditional Korean house is one-of-a-kind venue for business meetings, banquets and smaller gatherings, where the traditional Korean culture and beautiful nature met and coexisted.

Don’t allow a tiring business meeting to leave you feeling stressed out and exhausted and make you forget the old adage, “work hard, play harder”. Add a touch of Korean tradition to your meeting, complement with a serene mountain retreat in Seoul that offers delicious Korean cuisine, attractive cultural activities, charming gardens and exquisite natural scenery in all four seasons, offering an inspiring respite for busy urbanites in the middle of the city.

Korea House, a cultural multiplex showcases everything about the beauty of Korean culture from Korean royal cuisine, traditional art performances, to hands-on cultural activity programmes and banquets, leaving guests sweet memories and wonderful K-experiences. Sit down and “say kimchi”, for a culinary experience where you can taste delicious authentic Korean food prepared by professional chefs using the finest ingredients.

Be charmed by its beautiful outdoor garden that available for outdoor events fitting 200 people, which is surrounded by elegant and ancient Korean buildings with N Seoul Tower view, calming trees and streams, capturing the serene elegance of Hanok in the heart of Seoul.

The ancient house was built in 1957 as an official reception hall for foreign dignitaries visiting Korea, and today it is well maintained with few rounds of refurbishment and awarded as 4th great site in Namsan. Each building of Korea House has its own verse couplets (writings hanged on pillars), including good phrases, blessing words, mottos for personality developments of children and poems good for moral training. Let’s enjoy the taste and beauty of Korea with Korea House, that you cannot feel luxurious anywhere else.

Samcheonggak, literally means “the pavilion of the three purities” that refer to pure water, pure mountains and pure humanity, and nestled in a pine forest on the Bugak mountainside since 1972. The traditional Korean house was used for the Joint Statement (July 4, 2007) between North and South Korean representatives and has served as a venue for high-ranking government officials to host political conferences, as well as dine and wine after the meeting.

Today, Samcheonggak features a traditional Korean restaurant or café, a wedding hall, a courtyard, ballrooms and conference rooms for business meetings, workshops and seminars, traditional performances and family gatherings.

With a scenic view of the mountains and beautifully landscaped gardens, the pavilion offers local and international visitors a soothing ambiance in traditional settings to experience traditional Korean culture through activities like tea ceremonies, women’s craft works and traditional Korean food (hansik). The traditional Korean dishes also presented in Korean-style service ensure visitors a cultural experience as well as a satisfying meal with the genuine taste of Korea.

Jinkwansa, a centuries-old Buddhist temple that located in Bukhansan National Park, and run by female Buddhist monks or nuns (bigunis) who live their Buddhist monastic lives filled with compassion and wisdom. Nestled in the mountain valleys, it is a quiet place for business traveller who wishes to relax, refresh and rediscover peace, as well as experience a temple stay with colleagues after business meetings.

The property showcases an impressive collection of cultural and historical elements, offering visitors an opportunity to experience its 1,700 years history and the traditional Korean Buddhist culture including tea ceremonies and meditation practice programmes. Jinkwansa Temple was built by order of King Hyeonjong of the Goryeo Dynasty in gratitude to the great Buddhist priest Jinkwan. Each year, in the autumn, the temple holds Buddhism’s highest court ritual, Suryuk-Jae that is dedicated as a National Intangible Cultural Property No. 126.

The temple also well-known for its temple cuisine, especially the culinary dishes prepared by the Venerable Head Nun Gaeho, who has been designated as Master of Buddhist temple cuisine. Her recipes and meals have piqued interest from international artists and Hollywood stars to famous chefs and world leaders.

Bongraeheon, a traditional Korean restaurant where you can savour the finest Korean cuisine in beautiful Hanok landscape, with its 6 private rooms and 2 spacious halls in the shape of a Korean tile house furnished with a pond, a garden and a backyard full of trees.

The restaurant serves authentic traditional five-course meals and seasonal menus prepared with the finest and most carefully selected ingredients from all over the country, leaving guests a taste of Korean royalty like olden days for the Emperor’s dining. Setting in a great natural environment with high ceilings and a soothing smell of pine, the venue is popular for business dining as well as receptions for local and international visitors.

Mugyewon, located in Buam-dong, is a beautiful traditional Korean house that offers urbanites a tranquil escape from the busy city. This well-preserved hanok house has gone through the ups and downs of Korean modern history, and now serves as a multipurpose cultural place where visitors can have a glimpse of Korea’s rich traditions and culture through its sophisticated interior.

Mugyewon’s anchae (main building), sarangchae (men’s room) and haengrangchae (servants’ quarters) are converted into stylish rooms for seminars, lectures, conferences and meetings. In addition, its courtyard and backyard are suitable for various cultural events such as tea ceremonies and hansik tasting events.

More information available at www.miceseoul.com.


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