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Saturday, January 6, 2001
It’s Good Luck:
Fitness Clubs Jogging Upscale The First Snowfall
‘Third Space’ Concept Combines Health, Relaxation, Socializing Will Be Followed
By Snow Festival
By Joe Yong-hee ety of aerobic classes, indoor golf, squash and swim-
Staff Reporter ming.
In a country where a home away from home is the The club also combines fitness with medicine and By Kim Sae-joon
office, fitness clubs cum drinking establishments cum beauty. B & I Clinic takes a holistic view of fitness JoongAng Ilbo
leisure centers are gaining ground as the next -gener- and offers a trained staff of physicians. All the worries of last year are bygones
ation retreat. The Marquis Thermal Spa and Fitness The spa opened Sept. 5. Joey Kang, a therapist, now. Seoseol, the first snow of the new year,
Club is banking on what is known as the “third-place describes the European-style spa as a “paradise retreat is believed by many Koreans to bring good
principle” to put it on the top of the fitness industry. within a city.” Later this month, the spa will introduce luck. The light snow that fell on the first day
The third-place principle “recognizes that one’s O-LYS Light, a fiber optics-based skin treatment. of 2001 will surely cheer people up and renew
club, along with the home and office, is one of the cor- Currently, aromatherapy is one of the most popular hopes for a prosperous year.
nerstones of life,” according to Peter Berry, leisure treatments, especially calming scents. “Our clients Yongpyong Resort in Kangwon Province
director of Marquis at the JW Marriott Hotel in Seoul. want to relax. After all, we are a city-based spa,” Ms. is the nation’s most popular ski resort. The
It’s a place to entertain colleagues, relax with fam- Kang said. resort’s neighboring area, Pyeongchang-gun,
ilies and spend time in a social and sporting atmos- Espopia, a sports center at Apgujeong-dong, is will hold its annual five day event, the Daek-
phere, he said. Mr. Berry was previously with the another fitness center that aims to make sports a wallyeong Snowflake Festival, beginning on
American Club in Singapore. lifestyle. Open until 2 a.m., Espopia, covering 11,550 Wednesday.
Today’s fitness centers are much more than just square meters, offers outdoor and indoor basketball, The festival is in its ninth year, and as usu-
gyms with exercise equipment. The centers embrace outdoor in-line roller skating, outdoor roller hockey al, will be full of interesting activities. The
all aspects of leisure, from fitness to socializing. They and a cafe. Clients range from children to adults. festivities will begin with Manseolje, a cere-
woo clients by offering a variety of expertise and facil- Facilities at California Fitness Center may not be mony to bring in a good harvest for the year,
ities. People head to a leisure center to map out an as diverse as those at Marquis or Espopia, but the cen- and a market will be open to sell regional
exercise regime with a trainer, to train for a sporting ter recognizes the importance of community, whether foods and various products.
event with a friend, to consult sports medicine spe- participating live with other gym members or joining There will also be many sports events,
cialists, to wine and dine business partners, to play them online (www.24hourfitness.com). The link is in such as the National Amateur Ski Race, the
snooker and even to sing karaoke. English; a Korean-speaking online community has not Children’s Sled Race, the National Snow
The posh Marquis includes a spa, medical facili- yet been set up. MTB Race for avid mountain bikers and the
ties and even a lounge with dart boards and a karaoke “Our clubs are designed to reflect the future of fit- International Naked Marathon Race. Family
club. ness with the creation of a spacious, extremely clean activities include the snow sculpture Sowon-
“We’re catering to the local clientele,” Mr. Berry and well-managed environment,” the Web site says. tap (wishing tower) building, snowman con-
says, smiling. The fitness center opened in July. California Fitness Center, which opened in July, is tests, traditional Korean sledding and top-
One result of designing a fitness center as a “third reputed to offer training that is even tougher than at spinning.
place” is an increase in cross-training options. The Crunch gyms in the United States. Located in The marathon event on Jan.14 is already
Marquis, which covers 45,717 square meters on three Myeongdong, the fitness club is part of a 24-hour fit- drawing a lot of attention. Male participants,
floors, takes cross-training beyond mixing aerobic ness network of more than 431 centers worldwide. who will run either a 5-kilometer or 10-kilo-
classes with weightlifting. A members-only club, California Fitness Center offers group exercise class- meter course, will be allowed to wear only
Marquis offers wall climbing facilities, a scuba es, cardiovascular and strength-training equipment short pants. Female participants will be
pool, under-water aerobics equipment, more and personal trainers. allowed to wear short tops as well. Visitors to
than 200 exercise machines and a 86-meter Older and more established, Seoul Club’s mission the festival on Jan. 14 can also watch a snow
circular indoor jogging track overlook- statement includes fostering “friendship.” The Seoul car race. About 50 professional racers will
ing the pool atrium. Club, which opened in 1904, provides family, busi- compete on a 700 meter track.
“Cross-training is an exciting ness, social and recreational facilities. There is even a The special feature at the festival this year
way of keeping in shape,” says children’s area with a playhouse and a computer is the Igloo Cafe made of 3.5-meter-high and
Mr. Berry, 48. While there room. The club offers Sunday brunch in the 7-meter-wide igloos where hot coffee and
were no climbers to be seen Kumkangsan Dining Room, full course meals at the snacks will be served. English and Chinese
during the interview, he Atrium restaurant, private rooms for business or social language guides will be available.
said people do brave the needs, and a library. The festival’s official Web site
winter temperatures The club sponsors holiday parties, fun runs and (www.happy700.or.kr) has an English sec-
to climb the 12- children’s summer camps. Club members recently tion, and on the Web site’s Korean section or
meter wall, which is celebrated New Year’s Eve with a show by Rainbow at the Daekwallyeong Snow Festival Com-
partly outdoors. The Circus. mittee (033-336-2555), package tour service
Marquis also offers cer- Fitness equipment is also moving with the times. and information for foreigners are available
tificate-level training for The latest treadmills often include a personal televi- although they may need some help from
scuba divers. sion with a headset or a CD player with a headset. Korean-speaking friends.
For people interest- Those hesitant to leave their home for fear of missing email@example.com
ed in more mainstream their favorite sitcom can cocoon at a fitness club. This
exercises, Marquis fitness equipment makes it possible to watch televi-
offers a sion while exercising.
vari- Carrying the idea one step further, the concept
behind Inchon International Airport, dubbed “The
Winged City,” is that it should be “a community, a
metropolis of sorts, to serve not only Korea but the
entire region of north-east Asia,” according to
vice-president and chief operating officer
Kim Hyo-joon. The Winged City will
have shops, restaurants, hotels and busi-
ness and recreation facilities.
The airport is scheduled to open
Top: Children’s facilities at Seoul Club.
Middle: Espopia advocates sports as a life style.
Bottom: High-tech fitness equipment at Marquis.
Left: Wall climbing at Marquis. The snow sculpture Sowontap (wishing tow-
er) building begins on Wednesday in Yong-
Hyundai Santa Fe: Diesel Power Makes It Exactly Right
power at 4,000 rpm but the real fun begins Diesel technology is notoriously tricky to off-road machine, let’s just say that com- ments included a traction control system. Hyundai had the luxury of time to get this
at a low 2,000 rpm where 26.5 kg.m. of master and to date, despite its technologi- promises have been made. First, it’s not a If you’re not a bushwhacker but more one exactly right. The Santa Fe will do
torque pours out. What do those numbers cal independence in the realm of gas purpose-built SUV but derived from the of a pussyfooter when it comes to driving well against such tough competitors as the
mean? Elation, pure and simple. Takeoff engines, Hyundai has been relying on Sonata platform. So while it lacks some of an SUV, there’s a two-wheel drive ver- Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.
isn’t exactly a neck-snapping experience Mitsubishi for its diesel know-how. the off-road ruggedness and sure-footed- sion that’s priced at just 15.86 million Price as tested: 25.16 million won.
but output is perfectly adequate for the But with the arrival of this first small ness of more expensive purpose-built won ($13,220). For aficionados of LPG,
By Oles Gadacz vehicle’s 1,840 kg weight. proprietary diesel, Hyundai no longer SUVs, it more than makes up for that in there’s a money-saving 2.7-liter DOHC Next week: BMW Z3 Roadster
Contributing Writer Recognizable by the distinctive air pays royalties and is unencumbered by civility and pleasing road manners. but what you save in fuel costs you’ll lose
Since the Santa Fe was launched last intake scoop on the hood, the Santa Fe Mitsubishi's restrictive licensing terms. Up front, the Santa Fe is fitted with in time looking for LPG fuel stations, firstname.lastname@example.org
summer, this sports utility vehicle has diesel delights with smooth and quiet Expect to see more diesel offerings pop- Macpherson struts, coil springs and stabi- which are scarce outside the city.
been selling fast. In the United States, power delivery. Valve train clatter, vibra- ping up fast across the entire Hyundai lizer bar while the rear axle rides on tried- In summary, as a
where the SUV craze shows absolutely no tion and the usual giveaways of a diesel model range. and-true double-wishbones with trailing latecomer to the
signs of abating, Hyundai dealers can’t engine are almost gone. This one will A special word of praise for the H- arm and coil springs for a pleasantly firm SUV scene,
get enough of them: Aided by rave have you wondering, as it did me, what Matic gearbox. Developed with Porsche’s ride. Power is distributed between the
reviews and a bulletproof 5-10-year war- exactly is under the hood: diesel or gas? assistance, the H-Matic is impressive, front and rear axles in a 60:40 ratio
ranty, the Santa Fe has become the hottest It’s that hard to tell. Just as the Hyundai providing the best of both worlds, the through a Kia-made viscous cou-
selling model on the lot. Hyundai under- America tagline says, driving is believing. choice of fully automatic or clutchless pling delivering full-time four-
estimated domestic and overseas demand More good news comes at the pump. manual shifting. In automatic mode, wheel drive.
and all of the first-year production is spo- This diesel is a great alternative to the 2.0- upshifts are nearly seamless and are prac- The test unit was a
ken for. Plans are already afoot to boost liter DOHC gasoline engine and albeit tically devoid of shift shock. The shifter domestic specification
capacity and output. slightly more expensive up front, the slides through an H-style gate with the left four-wheel drive model
In December, Hyundai augmented diesel is much cheaper to operate over the bank in the usual PRNDL configuration finished in top-end gold
the Santa Fe lineup by offering a diesel longer term thanks to the Korean govern- and the right bank reserved for clutchless trim that includes faux
engine option that has been long awaited ment’s skewed fuel tax regime that creates manual shifting, a useful feature when wood accents, leather seats
by domestic and European customers, a a two-to-one price differential between negotiating steep ascents or descents. (heated up front), power sun-
move that will surely add customers . gas and diesel. But don’t expect that to last You could fall in love with the Santa roof, automatic “set-and-forget”
Cutting to the chase, this engine is a forever. Fe on its looks alone. Rippling with mus- temperature control plus a pre-
small gem. Turbocharged and inter- What’s also noteworthy is that this cular lines, it’s the most testosterone- mium audio system with a mul-
cooled, its 2 liters rouse up 115 horse- engine is a proprietary Hyundai design. laden car in the Hyundai lineup. But as an ti-CD changer. Performance enhance- The Santa Fe is the most testosterone-laden Hyundai car.