The Station Hotel in Seoul, Korea, in 1901, the year a rival to the English-run establishment was opened by a Frenchman. English and American visitors preferred the former, those from the European continent the latter – until it burned to the ground. Photo: Robert Neff CollectionThe Station Hotel in Seoul, Korea, in 1901, the year a rival to the English-run establishment was opened by a Frenchman. English and American visitors preferred the former, those from the European continent the latter – until it burned to the ground. Photo: Robert Neff Collection
The Station Hotel in Seoul, Korea, in 1901, the year a rival to the English-run establishment was opened by a Frenchman. English and American visitors preferred the former, those from the European continent the latter – until it burned to the ground. Photo: Robert Neff Collection

When Seoul had only two tourist hotels – and visitors who chose the downtown one risked malaria and a noisy awakening

  • The Korean capital was a modern city at the turn of the 20th century, but Western tourism was in its infancy and there was only one tourist hotel
  • Then a Frenchman built another that was more central, but low-lying, and where guests risked getting malaria and being woken by military parades

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The Station Hotel in Seoul, Korea, in 1901, the year a rival to the English-run establishment was opened by a Frenchman. English and American visitors preferred the former, those from the European continent the latter – until it burned to the ground. Photo: Robert Neff CollectionThe Station Hotel in Seoul, Korea, in 1901, the year a rival to the English-run establishment was opened by a Frenchman. English and American visitors preferred the former, those from the European continent the latter – until it burned to the ground. Photo: Robert Neff Collection
The Station Hotel in Seoul, Korea, in 1901, the year a rival to the English-run establishment was opened by a Frenchman. English and American visitors preferred the former, those from the European continent the latter – until it burned to the ground. Photo: Robert Neff Collection
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