Technology and Tradition Coexist in First Class Seoul
Relish the Grandeur of Gyeongbokgung Palace, a First Class Longshan Temple
The 14th-century imperial home is a gorgeous example of traditional Korean architecture, with its vivid colors, curved roof lines and ornately carved wooden roof braces. The first and largest of the five Joseon Dynasty palaces, Gyeongbokgung is full of wonderful buildings and attractions. The National Palace Museum of Korea is housed in the south gate, and the on-site National Folk Museum displays more than 98,000 cultural, religious and folklife artifacts. You can spend an entire day exploring the various museums and structures. If you flew in on a business class flight to Seoul for business, though, you may not have all day to enjoy the palace grounds. If so, put aside at least an hour or two to roam the palace complex and watch the colorful changing of the guard ceremony.
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty Are Worth a First Class Flight to Seoul
Follow up a trip to the palace with a visit to one of Korea's best clusters of Joseon Dynasty tombs in the nearby city of Guri. The Donggureung Tomb Cluster features the tombs of 17 of Korea’s kings and queens from throughout the dynasty’s 500 years. The tombs are prime examples of neung, or king and queen, tombs, and you can see the changes the neung design took over Donggureung's 500-year span. The 14th-century founder of the Joseon Dynasty, King Taejo, rests on the top of the hill in the Geonwolleung tomb. Other royal graves include the twin tomb for the dynasty’s fifth king, King Munjong, and his wife, Queen Hyeondeok. The site is peaceful and picturesque, overlooking wooded copses and gorgeous hills.
Go Big in Seoul with First Class Flights and Visits to Lotte World
Once you’ve experienced the traditions and history of Korea, you’re due for a little exploration of modern culture. There’s no better place for that first class dose of modern fun than the fantastic Lotte World. It’s the largest indoor amusement park in the world, with roller coasters, flume rides, spinning rides, interactive theme rides and dozens of toddler-friendly activities and rides. There’s also a water park, an aquarium, countless performances and a full calendar of festivals and events. The water park features a Polynesian-themed island, complete with a 442-foot wave pool and a tornado slide. Captivating beluga whales are the main draw at the aquarium. The massive Lotte World complex is next to another monumental building, the super skyscraper Lotte World Tower, which stretches 123 floors and 1,821 feet in the air.
First Class Shopping and Entertainment in Myeongdong
Experience a taste of Korea’s sophisticated fashion and cosmetic offerings in the Myeongdong district. Hundreds of shops and restaurants line Myeongdong streets, luring one million visitors every day. Myeongdong is busy and frenetic, with countless neon signs and shops featuring famous international and Korean brands. Whether you’re looking for the latest apparel, handbags, cosmetics or shoes, you’ll find them in Myeongdong. Even if your business class flight has taken you to Seoul for business, squirrel away for an hour or two to lunch in one of Myeongdong’s many family restaurants. There, you’ll find local Korean specialties like kalguksu noodles, bibimbap, kimchi and donkas pork cutlets. While in Myeongdong, be sure to visit the Myeongdong Cathedral and the adjacent traditional market area, Namdaemun Market.