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Ui-Jong-Gwan Opens at the Ambassador Hotel

Celebrating 60 years since the founding of the Ambassador Hotel, the Ambassador Group has opened up a hotel museum, Ui-Jong-Kwan to showcase their history.

Celebrating 60 years since the founding of the Ambassador Hotel, the Ambassador Group has opened up a hotel museum to showcase their history. In Korea, this hotel is the oldest of all the hotels that still remain. They started off as the Geum-su-jang Hotel in 1955 with 19 rooms and have grown into a massive group that owns 17 hotels in Korea’s six major cities. The late Hyun-su Seo, who was the founder and former president of the Group, and Jung-ho Seo, the current president for the Ambassador Group has remodeled their previous home into a museum. Their old uniforms, utensils they used in  their very first hotel restaurant and old menus that have faded over time are just some of the vintage articles you’ll be able to see at this museum, which is located behind the Grand Ambassador Hotel in Jangchung-dong.

Grand Ambassador Hotel

Listed as one of the top 25 hotels of TripAdvisor's 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards, the hotel is well- loved by tourists for its proximity to DDP, Gwanghwamun, and the national palaces. It isn’t exactly set in the trendiest of neighborhoods, but rooms overlook Namsan tower and a shuttle bus takes you straight to Dongdaemun, Itaewon, and Myeongdong. But what's the hotel's real highlight? The answer is diversity. Not only does the hotel offer the typical western-inspired hotel rooms with clean sheets and tall beds (duh), but it also provides ‘Korean Style Traditional Rooms’ heated by an ondol system. This means you'll be sleeping on plush bedding right above the heated floor, just like the Koreans do. But if you are not looking for overnight accommodation, the Kings Buffet features a seafood feast for, well, a king. Oh, and the head chef of Sushi Hyo? He made a cameo appearance in the "Mr. Sushi King" manga series and runs the main restaurant branch in Cheongdam, too..

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