Be in the know before heading to PyeongChang
Blue wings editor Amanda Soila shares three tips for those in South Korea for the Winter Olympics.
1. Experience the local steam
Korean sauna, Jjimjilbang, is a great way to shake off the winter chill. Typically comprising several steam rooms, all with different health boosting effects, Jjimjilbang helps fight stress and eases muscle pains. The best-equipped saunas are located in the larger cities, but smaller bathhouses can be found around the Olympic venues. Ask your hotel for recommendations.
2. Make time for tea
Offering heated floors and an array of warm pick-me-ups, traditional Korean teahouses are a toasty way to warm up after a stroll around town. Seoul’s Cha Masineun Tteul is touted as one of the city’s best spots for an authentic teahouse experience. Located in the historical Bukchon neighbourhood, it’s housed in a renewed Hanok building with large windows offering views of the mountain scenery.
3. Try Korean BBQ
Choice cuts of meat and plentiful sides make Korean barbeque (gogi-jip) the ultimate go-to on a cold day. Tender slices of beef and pork are grilled at the table and dipped in rock salt, accompanied by tasty sides. Ultra-popular Maple Tree House in Seoul combines culinary excellence with a visual feast.
Photos Amanda Soila