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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:33 am, Wed Aug 27, 2014.

(BPT) - Daydreaming of a lush spa getaway? How about an exotic change of scenery? South Korea offers all of this and more. Boasting world-class spas, stunning views, and topnotch shopping, South Korea is the ideal destination for those searching for a unique vacation destination.

Jejudo Island, just off the southern coast of South Korea, is perhaps one of the region’s best kept secrets. An exotic and romantic beach destination, Jejudo Island is replete with breathtaking natural beauty and remarkable native cuisine. Extend the serenity by venturing into South Korea’s largest city, Seoul, which houses the country’s finest spas with local treatment specialties.

The AmorePacific Spa of Seoul is a go-to for luxury pampering. Run by Amore Pacific, the top cosmetic company in Korea, its famous Halla Green Tea Pampering program uses natural green tea leaves picked from the company’s fields on Mount Hallasan, Jeju Islands. Oils extracted from green tea seeds are used in green tea baths and green tea scrubs.

Of course, Seoul has a much livelier counterpart where travelers can tap into the city’s unique Gangnam style. Cheongdam-dong, the most lavish Seoul district, is the epicenter of domestic and international fashion, and is studded with chic bars and cafes. Walk the streets with celebrities, and right past the headquarters of top music and entertainment management companies.

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) invited celebrities from across the globe to visit Korea and experience the country’s latest styles, drama and beauty treatments. Among them was YouTube make-up and beauty artist Michelle Phan, famous for her DIY style. Phan delivers online make-up tutorials to her more than 7 million YouTube subscribers and is the force behind her own cosmetic line.

Phan made the obvious choice to bring her boyfriend along as a plus-one on her romantic South Korean excursion. The couple explored both Jejudo Island and Seoul, experiencing Korea’s finest spas and style along the way. Phan visited Lee Kyung Min Foret, a luxury spa located in Chungdam-dong, where she enjoyed signature spa services and a beautifying makeover. She immersed in the country’s unique flair, testing Korea’s top beauty lines in premium stores, while enjoying all South Korea had to offer with her boyfriend. The couple captured their beautifying and romantic trip on video to share Korea’s beauty with her worldwide followers.

“The natural beauty of Jejudo Island is breathtaking,” Phan says. “The spas were exquisite and relaxing, and the food was delectable. Our romantic vacation to Korea this spring was beyond our imagination.”

Now, the KTO is inviting visitors to experience the most renowned sites of South Korea, just like Phan and other international stars. To participate in the event, visit www.tourimagination.com and describe what you want to do when you visit Korea. KTO will select eight winners who can take a guest of their choice on a four-day trip to experience the beauty of Korea this October or November. In addition to the grand prize, other prizes such as an iPad mini, signed CDs and more will be given away.

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