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: 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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SOUTH KOREA 2015 Day 2: TS Entertainment, Aiin’s World, Express Bus Terminal Shopping Center, Banpo Bridge, Hongdae

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My sister is a huge fan of BAP, and I followed her fandom just late or middle of 2014 before the group went into hiatus with their agency. But that didn’t deter our love for the group. The news of comeback recently only made our eagerness to meet them. But since we were in Seoul early (the comeback is half a month later in mid-November) we decided to jump on the bandwagon and go to TS. It’s relatively near MyeongDong anyway.

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