“These facilities are necessities, not luxuries,” said So Yeon Park, owner of Irion, a pet hotel and clinic established in February 2011.
The name, Irion, means “come here” in Korean.
The two-story establishment in the city’s wealthy Gangnam district attracts a number of pet lovers because of its high-class facilities and remarkable veterinary services.
Cho, a student, says that he doesn’t mind paying a high price as long as his pooch gets pampered once or twice every week.
A night at the hotel costs from 40,000 won (US$35.26) to 200,000 won.
Despite the price, Park said that about 2,000 dogs and cats come to Irion every month for all sorts of services. In fact, rooms are booked solid every summer season.
Others may think that spending a large sum of money on animals is absurd, but the folks at Irion believe that pets should be pampered and treated just like family members.
As South Korea’s pet industry is growing, Irion also plans to open a few more branches in addition to its existing four veterinary clinics.