Korea offers plenty of options for those seeking a party. So it’s no wonder Seoul, the capital city, bursts with places where you can drink, dance, listen to music of all kinds — mostly the louder, the better — and give karaoke a try. The serious action starts around 10 p.m. and lasts until the early-morning hours, peaking around 1–4 a.m. Seoul’s club scene centers around the two most popular areas, Hongdae and Gangnam. Located near Hongik University, Hongdae pulses with clubs frequently packed with college students, which makes for a raw, artsy, hipster club scene and some unique venues like a former parking garage. Gangnam, located in an affluent part of Seoul, appeals to more seasoned clubbers looking for particular sorts of music, venues and crowds.
With endless clubs, making a choice is not easy, but note these currently trendy venues. The classy Club Ellui offers a first-class sound system, plenty of room to dance, famous DJs and an upscale clientele. Club Octagon proves one of the most popular hangouts for hip youngsters. One of the best-known Gangnam clubs, Club Answer, features particularly high-energy music and a good mix of local and international partiers. J.J. Mahoney’s in the Grand Hyatt Hotel has it all: nine venues including a bar, a pub, a discotheque, a pool hall, a restaurant and even a spot for folks who like their music on the quieter side. Seoul includes a lively foreigner-friendly LGBT scene, with most of the gay bars located in the Itaewon area. Club Pulse claims to have brought the underground LGBT scene to the main streets. Le Queen attracts great dancers and serious partiers. Korea’s biggest lesbian club, Labris, is open to women only and offers DJ nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Not interested in clubs, loud music, dancing and booze? No worries — quieter options abound. Programs at the National Theater of Korea highlight South Korea’s performing arts. At Korea House enjoy a traditional dinner while watching folk music and dance shows. National Gugak Center, dedicated to preserving cultural traditions, features Korean musical dramas and traditional palace music. Or check out Korea’s longest-running show, Nanta, a non-verbal, wildly crazy farce involving catering mishaps before a wedding feast, with four cooks using kitchen implements as percussion instruments. It’s loud and frenetic — and if you sit in the front rows, you just might wind up part of the action.
Travelers interested in the trend of forest bathing have a new resource at their disposal. Forest Bathing Finder is an all-in-one website that connects forest bathing walkers with trained guides. Forest bathing guides list qualifications and venues, routes, walks and payment requirements for browsing forest bathers to then peruse.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
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THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings up to $3,050 per person on select voyages when booked by July 8. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, is included. Deposits for the select sailings have been reduced to $250 per person.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
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