SOUTH KOREA 2016: Guesthouses in Seoul

Since I began traveling mid-budget, I rarely stay at hotels. I’ve never stayed in a hotel in Seoul. But I loved staying at guesthouses.

Guesthouses, generally, gives you a feeling of community, like a home away from home – but not quite (depending on your perspective of home, I dare say). To begin with, I’ve stayed at three different guesthouses whenever I’m in town. This is because I still want to explore staying at different parts of town and find out which is the best neighborhood for me.

For this post, I’ll discuss each guesthouse based on the following criteria: proximity to nearest subway station, proximity to Airport Limousine Bus stop, breakfast, reception, toilet/bath, space, price, facility, night life, and shopping. These are the ten points I look at when choosing a hostel or guesthouse in general. This can be your starting point in choosing your guesthouse in Seoul. Or even in other cities.

To make comparing objective, I’ll give one (1) point if it’s positive, and zero (0) if it’s negative, and point five (0.5) if there’s both positive and negative, based on my experience. I will also give explanation as necessary.

So let’s get right down to each of them.

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Dal.Komm and Songdo Central Park

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DOTS featured stuff toys, for sale

It was a good thing we arrived early morning at Incheon Airport. Despite the lack of sleep from a midnight flight, I was very much excited of the sub-zero temperature, and Carla was excited for her first trip overseas. So we deposited our luggage at the airport and left for the business district.

Songdo is a district in Incheon developed to be similar to New York as an international business hub. It identifies itself as a smart city having computerized a number of controls such as heating system, lighting, and can even report crimes remotely. And as it wants to follow the footsteps of New York, there’s also a central park.

The two reasons why we want to go here was basically the Song Triplets and Descendants of the Sun. From the map of the area below, you can see that these two places are very near each other you can consider that this particular branch of Dal.Komm belongs to the Songdo Central Park neighborhood. LOL

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SOUTH KOREA 2016: Shopping in HongDae, MyeongDong and Ehwa

This will be a rather short post compared to the others.

Comparing the shopping experience in HongDae, MyeongDong, and Ehwa is hard, if not impossible. The three places cater to different markets, but are all popular shopping destinations. That said, this will be just a general overview of what to expect from the three – in case you’re pressed for time and just have one place to visit.

MyeongDong Shopping Street

MyeongDong Shopping Street

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