BMW NZ asked if I’d be keen to head to Seoul, South Korea for an M-Sport experience, of course, I said yes. But, aside from an amazing track day full of raw power and high-speed driving tuition, we also got to see some of the sights of Seoul – here are my two faves.
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is the furthest north when compared to the neighbouring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces.
The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).
Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art.
The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong.
It’s a stunning palace (even in the rain), full of history and culture and full of drama. Dive into the stories and you’ll hear tales of treachery, romance, royalty and wizardry – so worth spending a day at.
Lotte World Tower
Soaring 555m into the air; with 123 stories, Lotte World Tower is home to Korea’s tallest observation deck, (at 500m) Seoul Sky. Korea’s newest luxury landmark hotel, Signiel Seoul is also located at Lotte World Tower. Also located in the tower is Podium, a multi-floor, multipurpose space where visitors will find a healthcare centre, a fitness centre, and a financial centre.
The Tower is great and the view (on a good day) is both impressive and expansive- but it’s the double-decker lift/elevator that really wows. The speed and the visual display is how every lift experience should be – elevator music be gone!