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Cubicle Dreamin': Beauty and Technology on Jeju Island

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  Site Where: 3039-3 Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo-shi, Jeju City, Jeju Island, Korea, 697-130
May 23, 2008 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

I've just been invited to a wedding in South Korea and although I won't get there unless my fairy godmother springs for a plane ticket, it doesn't hurt to dream. If I get there I'll head down to Jeju Island, a romantic spot off the south-west corner of the country. I hear it's sometimes overflowing with honeymoon couples but that seems to fit in well with a wedding trip anyway.

My hotel of choice (I've been tipped off by an insider) is The Shilla, Jeju, a resort on a 21-acre property on the cliff-top overlooking the Pacific. It only opened in 1990 and was South Korea's first 5-star resort. Sounds good so far, right?

My room of choice will be a Pacific Suite (I don't need the Presidential) which has views over the gardens and the ocean; it's also in the even newer part of the building complex. It's around US$330 a night--though that shoots up to $860 if I go for the superior suite.

There's one more thing that really tickles me about the Shilla, and it's a neat little piece of technology:

If a phone call is made when you are watching television, the volume is automatically controlled as you pick up the receiver. If you hang up the receiver, the volume is reset as it was.

Not sure I'll be using this feature too often, but it's great to know it's there.

[Photo: kellchan]