According to a report in the Korea Times, the Brunei head of state Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah booked half of the rooms at a “luxury hotel” in Busan for the two days of the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit this past week.
The Korea Times story did not mention the hotel by name but the Brunei Times confirmed the lodging was the Park Hyatt Busan.
According to a hotel source, the sultan was accompanied by 12 princes and princesses and booked a total of 119 rooms. The sultan stayed in a presidential suite with the ocean view, which reportedly costs 10 million won per day.
“We were informed of the Sultan’s stay by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a few months ago,” said a hotel spokesperson, denying reports that the hotel placed the sultan ahead of Thailand’s prime minister.
Bolkiah is one of the world’s longest-serving monarchs, having assumed the throne in 1967 and has an estimated$40 billion in personal wealth.