A new kid on the block has arrived in Seoul

Are you a culture vulture? Or a shopaholic? Then you will love this hotel in Seoul. Source: Shutterstock.

TRAVELODGE Hotels Asia has unveiled the brand spanking new Travelodge Dongdaemun, its first hotel in Asia’s key gateway city, the South Korean capital city of Seoul.

Situated in the city’s central Jung District, the 242-room hotel will offer new and loyal guests, defined by the brand as ‘Travel Trailblazers’, unparalleled access to a dynamic mix of top global attractions and local hidden gems.

Travelodge Dongdaemun is only the beginning of Travelodge Hotels Asia’s expansion strategy, which has been in the works for over two years.

In fact, the brand has plans to expand aggressively in Seoul in the coming 12 to 18 months, focusing on specific areas namely Myeongdong, Namedaemun, Hongdae, Itaewon, and Insadong. All exciting tourist attractions.

“Our entry into Seoul, a key gateway city in Asia, is testament to the successful growth trajectory of the Travelodge brand in the region. We have opened eight hotels across five countries as we aim to service the growing needs of our #TravelTrailblazers, who are traveling around the region more frequently and looking for the Travelodge brand to accompany them on their adventures,” Travelodge Hotels Asia Managing Director Marcus Aw said.

Source: Travelodge Dongdaemun via Travelodge Hotels Asia.

“We aim to give guests a unique product but consistent experience across our portfolio, which means the same feel but with a somewhat different look to pay homage to the local culture of each city and neighborhood that our hotels are located in.”

Here are some fast facts about Seoul’s new kid on the block, Travelodge Dongdaemun:

Access to a shoppers’ paradise, from day to night

Located in the globally renowned fashion and design epicenter of Seoul, Travelodge Dongdaemun is only a short walk from signature wholesale shopping destination Dongdaemun Shopping Complex, the popular Pyounghwa Fashion Town and multi-level fashion plazas Doota, Migliore, and Hello apM, which stay open into the early hours of the morning.

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The shopaholics’ paradise of Myeongdong is also located just three train stations away, featuring tax-free* shopping across a huge range of luxury and high street fashion and cosmetics brands.

Once travelers have had their fill of 24/7 retail therapy they can take to the surrounding streets, which come alive at night with neon lights and regular live concerts and dance performances.

Outdoor markets like Dongdaemun Night Market, Open Market, and Gwangjang Market are also key shopper hotspots not to be missed.

The oldest market in Seoul, Gwangjang Market, is a short walk from Travelodge Dongdaemun, offering an expansive array of traditional Korean hanboks, fabrics, and textiles.

The adjoining food alley boasts an impressive line-up of the city’s best street eats, from freshly cooked noodles and handmade dumplings to spicy rice cakes and mung bean pancakes.

For culture vultures

The hotel is located at the exit of Eujiro 4-ga Station and in close proximity to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, putting culture seekers in the heart of the action with the likes of Heunginjimun Gate and Dongdaemun Seonggwak Park on their doorstep.

The architecturally iconic Dongdaemun Design Plaza is also within walking distance – a must-see hub where young Korean buskers, emerging culinary talents, and local artisanal craftsmen descend as night falls.

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Euljiro, a recently gentrified neighborhood with independent artist studios, quirky cafes, record shops, and hidden bars, is also just one train stop away.

Location, location, location

Located a 30-minute drive from Gimpo International Airport, and easily accessed from Incheon International Airport by the AREX (Airport Express), Travelodge Dongdaemun is an ideal accommodation choice for guests prioritizing convenient access to the city’s key tourist attractions and commercial buildings.

Traveling out to other cities is also easy, with major national transit points no more than 25 minutes from Travelodge Dongdaemun by bus or metro.

This includes Seoul Station – which is served by South Korea’s high-speed rail system along the major Gyeongbu Line, and Cheongnyangni Station – Seoul’s terminus for passenger trains serving the eastern parts of South Korea.

Source: Travelodge Dongdaemun via Travelodge Hotels Asia.

For more information, visit Travelodge Hotels Asia’s website.