Best Places for Backpackers in South Korea.

Enjoy backpacking around South Korea without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in South Korea.

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Top 50 hostels in South Korea.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in South Korea.

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K-Guesthouse Gwanganri

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K-Guesthouse Gwanganri

K-Guest House Gwanganri is a guesthouse exclusive for foreigners. Gwangalli Beach, one of the seasides in Busan, is a 2 minute walk away, so we expect that it will become a 'hot' place for foreign tourists who enjoy Busan. A 8 minute walking distance from Geumnyeonsan Station, and 1 minute walkin...
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Seoul Cube Ewha

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Seoul Cube Ewha

Seoul Cube Ewha provides dorm room as well as private room. Free wifi features the whole property. Our friendly staff is always there to help you. For any travel questions, please feel free to let us know. We will give you suggestions accordingly. ***Property Policies & Conditions: 1. Canc...
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Island Guesthouse

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Island Guesthouse

Tired of city? Here is the right place for you to relax. Very cozy and relaxing place with unique design will give you unforgettable memory in Jeju. Owner speaks fluent English, Chinese, Korean, Cantonese and Malay. She will give you travel tips and provde all information you need. **We off...
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Myeongdong Rooftop Hostel

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Myeongdong Rooftop Hostel

Myeongdong Rooftop Hostel provides cozy rooms in downtown Seoul Myeongdong, a 5-minute walk from Myeongdong station, shopping area and the Airport Bus Stop (Bus 6001). 24hr free access to our top class rooftop terrace and common area. (Just keep your voice down after 10pm.) We provide free breakf...
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MAMA Guesthouse Haeundae

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MAMA Guesthouse Haeundae

When one thinks of ‘Busan’, ‘Haeundae’ almost always comes to mind first. ‘MAMA Guesthouse Haeundae’ is located in Haeundae area. Busan is the first trading port in Korea and also the second largest populated city after Seoul. Most of the exports and imports is traded in Busan, and it plays an im...
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Familie Guesthouse Busan Station

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Familie Guesthouse Busan Station

The best thing about our hostel is the location! It is just around the corner from Busan railway station, good for the guest traveling by KTX especially if your train is early in the morning or late night! And we DO HAVE private bath room facility(Toilet and shower), Fridge, Washing machine in ea...
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Jin

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Jin's Paradise

Spend your days discovering Seoul city and your nights in this amazing place. From the fantastically designed theme rooms & ROOF-TOP to our friendly staff, we at the Jin's Paradise attention to all our guests. We escort all of our guests to their guest house rooms personally, while giving the...
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Twin Rabbit Hostel in HongDae

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Twin Rabbit Hostel in HongDae

Clean and modern guestrooms with free Wi-Fi and a washing machine are offered at Twin Rabbit Hostel, just 10 minutes' walk from Hongdae Subway Station (Line 2). All the air-conditioned rooms come with a microwave, stove and fridge. En suite bathrooms are equipped with a shower. Surrounded by...
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Jstay Gwangalli Beach

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Jstay Gwangalli Beach

Situated in Busan, 1.3 km from Gwangan Bridge, Tstay Gwangalli Beach features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Some units have views of the sea or city. Every room has a shared bathroom. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Busan Museum Of Art is 2.6 km from Tstay Gwangalli Beach...
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LEE & NO Guesthouse & Hostel

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LEE & NO Guesthouse & Hostel

The best accommodation in the middle of Hongdae which is the hottest place of Seoul. Our cozy, comfy, and very spacious studios&apartments give you an absolute relaxation. Every rooms of LEE&NO has a a private bathroom with kitchenette. We provide towels and toilet paper, simple basic amenity...
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Hostel Haru

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Hostel Haru

When night falls and the downtown Seoul lights up, there is no better spot to witness the city's nightscape than from your bedroom window at Hostel Haru. Ideally situated in the very heart of Seoul, Hostel Haru is steps from Cheonggye-cheon stream. Rooms open up to view stretching from shopping c...
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Korus Guesthouse

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Korus Guesthouse

A KOREAN-RUSSIAN COMBINED STYLE GUESTHOUSE NEAR INCHEON AIRPORT OWNED BY HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM. I Ryan and my wife Nadia fell in love with guesthouses when we stayed at our first guesthouse in Malta. As guests, we enjoyed the home-like friendly atmosphere and intimacy of the guesthouse experience...
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BnB Busan Guesthouse Hostel

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BnB Busan Guesthouse Hostel

BnB Busan Guesthouse Hostel is a newly apartment, which is in the center of Busan with kindness and friendly services we provided. Very close to metro station and downtown. There are 3 kinds of rooms available in the property, dormitory room and twin private room. Reception and security are of...
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Lian Guesthouse

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Lian Guesthouse

Lian Guesthouse is located near by Hongdae. FACILITIES: 24-hour security / Air-conditioning & heating / Free Laundry / 24-hour hot water / Free hi-speed internet(Wi-Fi) / Fully equipped kitchen / Living room with 55' TV / Fax, Telephone / Enjoy our small but cozy garden. Important: ***Ple...
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Zzzip Guesthouse in Hongdae

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Zzzip Guesthouse in Hongdae

ZZZIP GUESTHOUSE is a family like hostel in the vibrant and central neighborhood of Hongdae. Just 10 minutes from Hongdae night life area. Only 3 minutes walk to Hapjeong Station(line 2 and 6), gives access to most major attractions in just 15 minutes. To City Hall St.(main palace, Bukchon Hanok...
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Kims Cabin

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Kims Cabin

KIMSCABIN is located at JEJU OLLE 1st course and opposite side of OLLE Information Centre where customer can get free tour guide book. Customer can access KIMSCABIN by public trnsporation from JEJU airport easily. Oreum which is a small inactive volcano is just next door of Kims Cabin, where is famo...
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Edel Guesthouse

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Edel Guesthouse

WeLcome to Edel guest house. We are close to Incheon airport(10min by car) and nearby Unseo station(AREX Line). Range of rooms and acceptable price is for anybody including solo traveler, businessman, families and group visitors. Complimentary pick-up service from Unseo subway station(Airport...
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Maro Hostel

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Maro Hostel

Maro hostel is opened in May of 2015. We remodeled an old hotel. There are lounge and lobby on 1st floor and guest rooms are on 2nd floor to 4th floor.We have 23 rooms. Each room has a private bathroom. In every room we provide with free Wi-Fi, TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, soap, shampoo, conditione...
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Happinessfull Hanok Guesthouse Jeonju

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Happinessfull Hanok Guesthouse Jeonju

Happinessfull(Hang bok ga duk) is Hanok hostel. So you can enjoy Hanok, which is Korea's traditional house. And Our hostel is located in 5 minutes walking distance from the center of Hanok village. In addition, our hostel provide coupon that can wear the Korea's traditional clothes. You can enjoy K...
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Seoul Cube Hostel

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Seoul Cube Hostel

Seoul Cube Hostel is located in Hongdae area, one of the hottest place in Seoul. Seoul Cube features male dorm for 14 room,female dorm for 18 rooms with fine design. and they are strictly separated by floor plan. If you're looking for a place where you can really experience the nightlife of Seoul...
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K-guesthouse Premium Nampo

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K-guesthouse Premium Nampo

You are now in K-GUESTHOUSE PREMIUM NAMPO1 . K-GUESTHOUSE PREMIUM Nampo1 is 2 min walkable distance from exit 1 in Nampo station (line no 1). We have ocean view in room so it is the place to heal and feel cozy. K-GUESTHOUSE NAMPO 1 is in new building from 7 th to 10th floor. Reception , Kitchen...
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Bunk Guest House

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Bunk Guest House

Bunk is located the heart of Hongdae which is the most popular place in Seoul. Bunk is situated within 5minuates by walk from Exit No. 8 of Hongdaeipgu station of subway,green line and within 4minuates from Exit No.7 of Hongdaeipgu station of Airport railway. It takes 52min from Incheon Airport a...
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Philstay Myeongdong Station

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Philstay Myeongdong Station

Situated just a 2-minute walk away from Myeongdong Subway Station (Line 4), Philstay Myeongdong Station is a clean hostel, boasting air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. From here, you can enjoy easy access to the major tourist attractions in Seoul such as Sinchon, Hongik University and Dongdaemun....
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YaKorea Hostel Hongdae

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YaKorea Hostel Hongdae

YaKorea Hostel Hongdae, the hostel offers you high quality with low cost accommodation in the central area of Sinchon and Hongdae. YaKorea Hostel Hongdae will offer you the chance to make unforgettable memories while you are here in Seoul. Equipped with more than you need. Based in the middle of...
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INSIDE Busan

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INSIDE Busan

Welcome to Inside Busan, your new home in South Korea! INSIDE BUSAN hostel, the second branch of Backpackers INSIDE, aims to offer you a delightful experience within a very social environment and architecturally interesting premises, and a nice little garden as a bonus! You will appreciate the v...
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Backpackers In Yeosu

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Backpackers In Yeosu

Conveniently located in Yeosu, Backpackers In Yeosu provides you with easy access to the places where the lively city has to offer. The bus stop is just in front of the hostel and it is relatively close from the main train station, about 10 minutes walking or 3 minutes by bus. Dormitory rooms ar...
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Blueboat Hostel Gyeongju

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Blueboat Hostel Gyeongju

Well-positioned in Gyeong-ju, Blueboat Hostel is an ideal departure venue of the trip in the coastal city in the far southeastern corner of South Korea. In a great geographically location, guests from here can enjoy easy access to the main tourist attraction in the traditional and beautiful city. M...
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Empathy Dongseongro Guesthouse

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Empathy Dongseongro Guesthouse

Empathy Dongseong-ro Guesthouse is a perfect hostel to stay in Deagu because we are located in the very middle of Deagu. You can get to the city centre within 5 mins and Seomun Market within 15 mins by walking. You can even get to a metro station and bus stops within 5 min and Daegu station so if...
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Hotel Tong Yeondong Jeju

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Hotel Tong Yeondong Jeju

HOTEL TONG Yeondong (Jeju) has the best location with the famous bustling streets of Jeju-si, Baozen Street at a 1-min walking distance. It is also located at walking distance of Jeju-si’s largest mart(lotte mart & emart) and tourist hotspot duty-free shop (Lotte Duty Free & The Shilla Duty Free)....
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Ekonomy Haeundae Hostel&Guesthouse

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Ekonomy Haeundae Hostel&Guesthouse

This minimalistic hotel decorated in black and white offers cosy private rooms and free WiFi throughout the property. Complimentary breakfast is available between 08:00 and 10:00. Self-catering is possible in the communal kitchen at Ekonomy Hotel. Guests can relax in the shared lounge as well. Lu...
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Busan Backpackers

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Busan Backpackers

Busan Backpackers is located at main street of the old & historic town, Nambumin. The town is situated between Songdo Beach (Korea's first public beach) and Jagalchi Fish Market (Korea's largest fish market) and Gamcheon Culture Village(you can hike to the village from the hostel). If you wanna know...
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Busan L

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Busan L'ete Guesthouse

Nice to meet you :D Thank you for coming my house! Wake up with beautiful sunshine, having a cup of coffee with beach view and chill out at night near Gwanganli beach. :) Busan L'ete Guesthouse is small but it has everything, including clean kitchen, comfy living room and pretty rooftop. After...
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The House Hostel

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The House Hostel

More cheaper than other accomodation! The House Hostel is a three-minute walk from Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal, around the corner form Sokcho City Hall. Budget accommodation in central Sokcho. An ideal and tranquil place to experience Sokcho and Korea's beautiful eastern coastline. Mt. Seora...
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Y's House in Hongdae

Providing free WiFi, Y's house offers rooms in Seoul, 1.1 km from Hongik University. The property is situated 5 km from Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch, 5 km from Dongwha Duty Free Shop and 5 km from Namdaemun Market. I'Park Mall is 5 km away and Lotte Duty Free Shop is 5 km from t...
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With Guesthouse

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With Guesthouse

With Guesthouse is located near Haeundae beach, which is 5-minute walking distance away. For the sea lovers, With Guesthouse is a good place to stay as Busan Aquarium is in front of it. Its location makes guests easy access to the must-see destinations that the lively city has to offer. It takes 15...
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Mozzi Hostel

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Mozzi Hostel

Hello,you! Welcome to Mozzi Guest House. We love meeting people. Mozzihostel Busan Station is conveniently located just a couple minutes' walk from Busan Station. It features an on-site barbecue facilities and views of the city.Busan International Ferry Terminal is 1 km from the property, while G...
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Jeju Hiking Inn and Gudeok Guesthouse

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Jeju Hiking Inn and Gudeok Guesthouse

We welcome all foreigners including backpackers, hikers, bikers, tourists and etc. We are located in Seogwipo City and our inn overlooks the beautiful Seogwipo Harbor. Jeju Hiking Inn(gudeok guest house), perfect for backpackers, is a unique accommodation providing free internet access, int'l phon...
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Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul

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Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul

Love you all. Two simple words for this place - Read & Relax, So this might be the best place for the single travelers to enjoy your time the whole day or couples to chill out quietly. This is the place to go if you want to kick back and relax from your busy normal life with exploring Seoul, in t...
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The JA in Gangnam

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The JA in Gangnam

The JA is unique. Welcome to the only guesthouse located in the center of Gangnam. As you know, Gangnam is the hottest spot in the world these days. We know what you need and how to make you feel free because we have travelled around the world and stayed in many different types of guesthouse....
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MIDO Hostel

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MIDO Hostel

MIDO Hostel - Since 1977 we have served travellers. And during recent renovation in 2015 we enhanced the facilities and overall design both for tourists and backpackers based on the experiences from round-the-world trip I had in 2013. Welcome to MIDO Hostel! Well-positioned in Seogwipo City, MID...
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Empathy Guest House

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Empathy Guest House

The Empathy Guest House is located in downtown Daegu, and is easily accessible by public transit. We are located near both subway lines and a major bus stop. Also, we're just four subway stops away from Dong-Daegu Station (KTX train station and express bus terminals), and one stop from Daegu Station...
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Rainbow in Jeju

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Rainbow in Jeju

Rainbow In Jeju Guesthouse is a cosy and charming property just 8 minutes' drive from Jeju International Airport. Offering free WiFi, it also has a public computer area, a shared kitchen and a common lounge area. A free Korean or American-style breakfast is available every morning. Both dormitory...
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Hongdae Guesthouse

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Hongdae Guesthouse

Hongdae Guesthouse is a warm and cozy place run by the Mary. The room is clean and spacious. Each room has a computer to use and a high quality shower/bathroom with high-pressure hot water shower. The guesthouse provides free breakfast (toasts, jelly jams, coffee, orange juice, etc). Room Type...
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K-guesthouse Busan Seomyeon 1

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K-guesthouse Busan Seomyeon 1

K-guesthouse Seomyeon is called 'Myeongdong' in Busan.' from Jeon podong Cafe Strert [전포동 카페거리] to Lotte Department Store & Seo Myeon Underground Arcade, SeoMyeon is one of the hot place in Busan. K-guesthouse Seomyeon is located 7 min away from Seo Myeon station (Busan Line 1 & 2). We are on 4...
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Hostel The Local

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Hostel The Local

Instead of a tightly schedule, hostel the local wants to be a traveler's accommodation that is necessary for you knowing the real trip to the place which is suitable for the weather of the tourist destination, the morning coffee aroma of the day. If you are sympathetic to the pleasant tremors in y...
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K-Guesthouse Haeundae 1

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K-Guesthouse Haeundae 1

The Busan is the first trading port in Korea and also the second largest populated city after Seoul. Most of the exports and imports is traded in Busan, and it playes an important role in Korea socially and economically. When one thinks of ‘Busan’, ‘Haeundae’ almost always comes to mind first. ‘...
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K-guesthouse Dongdaemun premium

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K-guesthouse Dongdaemun premium

A Mecca of Fashion, Dongdaemun! A Dongdaemun is one of the leading place for fashion Industry. Not only Dongdaemun Fabric markets but also lots of Fashion malls are gathered in Dongdaemun. Especially Korean product such as clothes, shoes , accessories and other goods have best quality in the wor...
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Sohostel Korea

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Sohostel Korea

Situated in Busan, within a 6-minute walk of Busan China Town and a 17-minute walk of Busan International Ferry Terminal, Sohostel Korea provides accommodation with a shared lounge, free WiFi. Around an 18-minute walk from Busan Port, the property is also close to Gwangbok-Dong. Every room is fitted...
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Silk Road Hostel

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Silk Road Hostel

Silk Road Hostel has spacious dorms and private rooms with lockers, air-con, heating and free WiFi in all areas. Bathroom facilities are shared. Guests have access to the common areas, kitchen and terrace, where they can enjoy the view and use the barbecue facilities. We provide luggage storage serv...
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Gallery Hotel Be Jeju

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Gallery Hotel Be Jeju

The Gallery Hotel Be Jeju has opened it doors in 2018. With in room Wi-Fi available, you will have no problems keeping connected. Conveniently set in the Jeju City of Jeju, Gallery Hotel Be Jeju is less than 1 km from Jeju Paradise Casino. Located around an 11-minute walk from Shilla Duty Free, t...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in South Korea.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in South Korea.

If you're already planning to visit South Korea - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Seoul: The Fusion of Old and New in the Heart of South Korea

From a global traveler’s perspective, Seoul — South Korea’s capital city — is fast becoming a go-to destination. It brims with character, offering both first-time and more frequent visitors an extraordinarily kaleidoscopic and culinary experience without your ever having to leave its gates — some of them impressively real and still standing today. If you want the whole nine yards, you’ll need at least five days to squeeze in architecture, culture, food, heritage, and natural beauty.

nderitu-isaac

South Korea : Cats and Green Tea

South Korea: Cats and Green Tea When you think about South Korea, what comes to mind? For most people it’s the notoriously pungent kimchi, or it could be the new wave of Kpop music that has hit the charts. Gangnam Style being the prime (and most annoying) example. For girls it could be Hello Kitty, which is Japanese in origin but has exploded all over South Korea. But for me it was cats. Cat cafes to be exact.

carima-adams

Day 1: Everland

Everland is the largest theme park located in Yong-in, South Korea accommodating almost 7 million guests every year. It is advisable to plan your trip during the weekday to avoid long lines and maximize every ride available. Online reservations through Klook may be of help in saving up your purchases since they offer seasonal discounts.

EM Fajardo

The DMZ

If you visit or live in South Korea then you must visit here. We headed to a place called imjingak where we would start our journey. First stop was the DMZ sign to get a picture. The place is heavily guarded as you would expect. to be honest I couldn’t help but feel nervous, unaware of what I would see or feel here. The Border is actually 160 miles long and 2.5 miles wide so don’t worry you cant just step over into the North thankfully.

natalie-williams

Your first introductions to Daegu, South Korea

Ripe Red Pepper Kimchi! “Annyaenghaseyo!”: Your first introductions to Daegu, South Korea The bus comes to a stop at the Daegu bus terminal, the doors open and   you are greeted by the mixed sound of Western and K-POP songs echoing in a valley of high rise apartment blocks, low laying restaurants, kooky coffee shops and countless convenience stores.You step forward, into a reality unlike anything you have experience before, a reality where innovative cutting edge technology, industrious sleep deprived work ethic and progress prioritized city life is beautifully contrasted with respectful rural farming tradition, music obsessed teenagers and majestic temple filled mountains. This is the quirky, cool and some-what cray cray country of South Korea.

Cody Pizer , Keen Eyes Travel

Jeju Island Solo Backpacking: A small person on a big island

Jeju Island, also known as South Korea’s Hawaii, is the dream destination for all South Koreans. Located in the South of South Korea, Jeju Island is furtherer away from Busan, South Korea’s second biggest city, than it is from Japan’s city of Fukuoka. Jeju Island itself is also a lot bigger than it appears on map. As a solo backpacker, I found that it was simply impossible to backpack Jeju Island solo whilst sticking to my USD 40/day budget. Unless you are willing to spend more money and exceed your budget, you will probably miss out certain attractions particularly the more remote places. That will be a shame, but being aware of this can help you gather a crew to visit Jeju together with.

Sophia

South Korea - Culture Shock

South Korea is a country vastly different from England, that much goes without saying. The east in itself is compared often to the west in cultural, political and historical differences. It was these differences however that drew me to Korea and are the reason that I find myself here now. Differences don’t always have to be negative and as I am about to explain in this article, they are something that should be celebrated appropriately and seen as a positive way to understand each other and move forward as a united world. Although the things I am about to describe may be ‘shocking’ as the title says, they should also be credited for the culture they bring to this incredible, beautiful and highly underrated country.

Hannah Scott

Experience the creative side of South Korea in 5 days

I’ve been to 6 international destinations this year – Kota Kinabalu, Taipei, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh, South Korea, and this trip is by far one for the books, not only because I’m a Korean Drama lover, or a Bigbang fan, but it’s the whole cultural and art experience that South Korea gave me during my trip. If you’re a person who loves shopping, art, culture, food and the night life, then Seoul is a must-visit for you!

Raia Calingo

Facts about South Korea: First time at Seoul

So here we are, South Korea, another language, another culture and another world of what we may be used to, especially talking about manners and politeness. South Korea is known for a society which has a hierarchy and depending on which level you are is the grade of politeness you must use. So first things first.   Korean politeness First of all, since we are talking about an Asian country I guess is implicit that manners and politeness is a must to know when we are traveling to South Korea. The first thing you will notice besides everyone looking at you because of your obvious difference is that many Koreans are very polite and warm when interacting with foreigners, they have this thing about being a good host and they will do everything to help you even if both have the language barrier. Words should be picked wisely, you don’t want to make angry or insult the other person, but Koreans appreciate that foreigners are interested in their culture and that we try to get into it, so my advice is to greet everytime you arrive at a place or if you want to ask for something, the word for say hello at any time of the day is, ????? or Annyeonghaseyo, it is pronounced “anion-sio”, and for thanking you will use ????? or Gamsahabnida, and it’s pronounced as “kam-sam-nida”, now you can go to a convenience store and say Annyeonghaseyo and then ask for the thing you want and say thank you with Gamsahabnida and do not forget to do the little bow when thanking, that’s the korean way, so there you go, now you shouldn’t struggle when arriving in Korea. Korean manners This is an important topic, cause not doing the things properly may be a cause for offending a Korean, especially the elders and those with higher hierarchy than you, so it is important to keep your manners when saluting and thanking people, Koreans know that as a foreigner you won’t know everything about their manners and culture but it is important that you don’t miss this tips because is a sign of  respect to their culture and also because they are open and patient with us when we are in their home country. So these are some tips about manners: Do the bow when saluting or thanking anyone, they will appreciate it When receiving things, as money, some products, cards, etc, you should receive them with both hands When giving money, cards, etc, you should give it either with both hands or your left hand holding your wrist When using public transportation, DON’T sit on the red seats, those are reserved for elderly People in public transportation don’t ask for a chance to pass through, they will push you, so don’t get mad if you get pushed, better watch out And this one is very important too: when entering a house, apartment or some buildings is a must to take off your shoes and go barefoot, so be sure to wear clean socks and put some talcum powder so you avoid smelling foot  

Balam Benitez

One Way Among Seoul’s Thousands of Cafes

Walking the streets of Seoul, South Korea, people are bombarded with option after option if they want a cup of coffee. The hardest thing to find, actually, would be a standard cup o’ joe, but with a bubbling cafe culture diverse in different ways, you won’t miss percolator coffee all that much. Among all those options, there is a lovely cafe called One Way.

Kayla Marie

South Korea : Cats and Green Tea

South Korea: Cats and Green Tea When you think about South Korea, what comes to mind? For most people it’s the notoriously pungent kimchi, or it could be the new wave of Kpop music that has hit the charts. Gangnam Style being the prime (and most annoying) example. For girls it could be Hello Kitty, which is Japanese in origin but has exploded all over South Korea. But for me it was cats. Cat cafes to be exact.

carima-adams

Your first introductions to Daegu, South Korea

Ripe Red Pepper Kimchi! “Annyaenghaseyo!”: Your first introductions to Daegu, South Korea The bus comes to a stop at the Daegu bus terminal, the doors open and   you are greeted by the mixed sound of Western and K-POP songs echoing in a valley of high rise apartment blocks, low laying restaurants, kooky coffee shops and countless convenience stores.You step forward, into a reality unlike anything you have experience before, a reality where innovative cutting edge technology, industrious sleep deprived work ethic and progress prioritized city life is beautifully contrasted with respectful rural farming tradition, music obsessed teenagers and majestic temple filled mountains. This is the quirky, cool and some-what cray cray country of South Korea.

Cody Pizer , Keen Eyes Travel

In South Korea, Seoul

Well, actually I didn’t. Give me a cup of earl grey, hot chocolate, or a smoothie! But fact remains that everyone has ducked into a café or coffee shop at some point (probably Starbucks), looking for a temporary fix. Or enough caffeine to not-sleep the next 72-hours. Whatever gets you through the current project. In South Korea, Seoul It’s a little different.

Maple

Daejeon: The little Seoul

Daejeon. When you are asked to mention a few Korean cities, probably this one doesn’t ring a bell. And makes sense. Daejeon is a small city in the central region of South Korea, located 50min away by train from the capital. It is considered the 5th largest metropolis in the country and serves as a hub for bus and train intercity trips. It only hosts about 1.5 million people but in spite of its size, Daejeon has a lot more to offer than you think.

Alessandra Haji

Day 1: Everland

Everland is the largest theme park located in Yong-in, South Korea accommodating almost 7 million guests every year. It is advisable to plan your trip during the weekday to avoid long lines and maximize every ride available. Online reservations through Klook may be of help in saving up your purchases since they offer seasonal discounts.

EM Fajardo

South Korea - Culture Shock

South Korea is a country vastly different from England, that much goes without saying. The east in itself is compared often to the west in cultural, political and historical differences. It was these differences however that drew me to Korea and are the reason that I find myself here now. Differences don’t always have to be negative and as I am about to explain in this article, they are something that should be celebrated appropriately and seen as a positive way to understand each other and move forward as a united world. Although the things I am about to describe may be ‘shocking’ as the title says, they should also be credited for the culture they bring to this incredible, beautiful and highly underrated country.

Hannah Scott

Things to do when in Tongyeong!

So you have made your way to one of the southernmost cities in South Korea, Tongyeong, and you’re not really sure what to do. Well, don’t worry! After having experienced a few activities during my time there, here is my list of things you can do in Tongyeong.

Tasha Henderson

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