THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Fila Seoul Open Challenger
From 05/08 to 05/14
Surface: Hard outdoor
Prize money: $ 100,000
Tournament location: Site: Olympics Tennis Courts – 424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea
Past champions: 2016 Sergyi Stakhovsky (Ukr) – 2015 Go Soeda (Jpn) – 2013 Dusan Lajovic (Srb) – 2012/2011/2010 Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe)
Entry list: Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Hyeon Chung (Kor) – Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Iliya Marchenko (Ukr) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Duckhee Lee (Kor)
THE TOWN: Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea), forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which houses up to half of the country’s population of 50.22 million people with 678,102 international residents. Today it is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from an economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it to the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy. Seoul is the world’s most wired city and ranked first in technology.
But why should we go to Seoul. Lonely Planet’s writer, Simon Richmond, try to explain us: “Seoul is heaven for passionate foodies. Whether tucking into the snacks of commoners or the cuisine of kings, you just can’t lose. A hanjeongsik (multicourse banquet) is a feast as much for the eyes as the tummy, as are the creations of chefs crafting neo-Korean dishes. Equally satisfying is scoffing down piping-hot, crispy hotteok (pancakes with sweet or savoury fillings) on a street corner, or delicious, fresh and fiery crab soup in Noryangjin Fish Market. And don’t get me started on the wonderful universe of teas served in charming teahouses: this is where the soul of Seoul lies.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Korean war memorial
- Gyeongbok Palace
- Bukhansan National Park
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Grid Inn Hotel. This hotel is rated 9.3 on Booking located centrally in Seoul, 600 m from Jongmyo Shrine. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and the free WiFi which is available throughout the entire property. Every room is air conditioned and soundproofed and equipped with a safety deposit box, TV and electric kettle. Prices start from 51$ per night for an economy double room.
- Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam. Conveniently located 500 m from the popular Gangnam area, Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam offers a spa, modern guest rooms and free property-wide WiFi. Fitted with wooden furnishing, each room here has air-conditioning and heating systems, a seating area, a work desk and a flat-screen TV. Hatago, the in-house restaurant, features over 100 Korean, Japanese, Chinese and western dishes. The daily rate for a double room is 120$ per night with free parking included. Rated 9.1 on Booking.
- Four Seasons Hotel Seoul. Exceptional hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located just some steps from Gwanghwamun Plaza which boasts commanding city views and features 4 in-house dining, a state-of-the art fitness facilities and traditional Korean saunas. All of the modern and stylish rooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the historical city centre. There are a flat-screen LCD TV, remote-controlled drapes and an iPad Mini to access hotel services including 24-hour in-room dining. The price for a deluxe king room with free parking and fantastic breakfast included is 347$ per night.