Marco Polo restaurant is serenely perched above the skyline, on the 52nd floor of the World Trade Centre in Gangnam, Seoul. The glass elevator ride to the top is reminiscent of an amusement park ride as the world shrinks beneath my feet. The glass walls provide spectacular views of Seoul’s economic centre and the Han River. Toy-sized buses scurry below, the Buddha statue at Bongeunsa Temple resembles a lego figure and helipads come into view.
If you’d like to experience panoramic views of Gangnam, but not at the expense of your wallet, high tea is a good time to visit. Your choice of tea (or coffee, if you prefer) will be served with scrumptious green tea cookies. The restaurant boasts an Asian and a Mediterranean menu as well as a wine cellar. You may observe the chef preparing your meal as you stand, eyes glazed over, behind the glass wall of his forte. There are over 80 meals on the menu: lunch sets begin from KRW40,000 and dinner sets start at KRW80,000.
The restaurant’s décor illustrates the essence of Gangnam: it speaks of elegance and modernity. The neutral, earthy colours provide a comfortable environment. It has undoubtedly earned its status as a luxurious restaurant of a high caliber. The tables closest to the glass wall are most sought after, you should call beforehand to make a reservation and request your seating. Those tables not directly situated near the windows are on an elevated platform so as to offer worthwhile views too. Marco Polo is ideal for a romantic dinner date or just for the enchanting cityscape views and commendable service. And of course to say: ‘Been there, done that!’
Address: 412 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam, Seoul (Samseong-dong 159-1)
Directions: Samsung Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 6).
Walk approximately 160m toward COEX Shopping center.
Marco Polo is in the World Trade Center (COEX) on the 52nd floor.
Opening hours: Lunch 11:30-14:30. Dinner 18:00-22:00. Sundays/ Public holidays -23:30