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.

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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WITH U Hotel & Guest House

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WITH U Hotel & Guest House

The ambiance of With U Hotel & Guesthouse is reflected in every guestroom. towels, clothes rack, television LCD/plasma screen, mirror, linens are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Equipped with a modern kitchen, Meeting room, Theater, Game Room and a beautiful...
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Dream Comfort

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Dream Comfort

Located in the vibrant Hongik University area (also known as Hongdae), Dream Comfort offers good chance to experience Korea's urban arts, indie music culture, clubs and entertainment. It is less than 5 minutes walk from the Hongik subway station(Line Number 2), and bus station. You can easily access...
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Orange Guesthouse

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Orange Guesthouse

Hi I am Pakjinyong who is the host of Orange Guesthouse. I think three most important thing in travel is 'good memories' , 'Conmmunication with new friends' and 'take a rest'. Orange Guest House would provide and meet all these for you. I looking forward to meet my guests from all over the wor...
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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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Tangza Salon

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Tangza Salon

Tangza Salon is a uniquely traditional stone house where is located between Haenyu-museum & Sewha beach on the 20th & 21th Ole hiking course in the eastern area of Jeju island. It is about 45 min by car from the airport. It's only 15 min by car from Sungsan sun-rising heel and Manjang cave. And just...
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K-Grand Hostel Yeosu

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K-Grand Hostel Yeosu

Welcome to K-Grand Hostel Yeosu. If you have plan to visit islands like Geomun-do, Back-do Bireong-gil, K-Grand Hostel Yeosu would be best place for you. It is just 5 minutes walking distance from Yeosu Ferry Terminal. Furthermore, it takes only 9 minuts by taxi from Yeosu Bus Terminal and 8minut...
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Oppa Hostel

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Oppa Hostel

Oppa Hostel is near Ehwa station line 2 and you can come within 5min. Nearby hostel are lot of universities, hongdae and shinchon. If you go to Ehwa women university, you can buy lot of clothes and shoes. And if you go to shinchon, you can meet korea university students and eat lot of korea foods....
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LEE & NO Guesthouse & Hostel

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LEE & NO Guesthouse & Hostel

Lee & No guesthouse is a family-friendly guesthouse. We provide peaceful and cozy atmosphere, and serve home-style breakfast everyday. Smoking and drinking in the house is strongly banned for your clean and peaceful stay. With friendly staff, Lee & No is a perfect place for not only individual tr...
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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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Melon Guesthouse

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Melon Guesthouse

Melon Guesthouse is located in 'Haeundae' in Busan which is one of the most famous beaches and attractions in South Korea. Haeundae is one the most famous tourist attractions in South Korea. There are many attractions such as Haeundae Beach, Aquarium, DongBaek Island, Dalmaji Hill but also many...
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Backpackers

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Backpackers' House

Conveniently located in Haeundae, Busan, South Korea. 5 mins walking from Haeundae metro station. 5 mins walking from local express bus terminal (Nopo express bus terminal is about hour away by bus or metro). 40 mins driving from Gimhae airport. Backpackers' House is an ideal accommodation c...
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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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Good Day Mate

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Good Day Mate

Happy smile. Happy virus. Private toilet/bathroom for each and every room. Free breakfast. Free WIFI at all the locations in the building. Spacious 1st floor lounge area for reading/teas/computing. 1st floor brick terrace for a beer or two. Communal kitchen equipped with electrical cook top and...
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The Blue Door Hostel

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The Blue Door Hostel

For mountain lovers and beach lovers! Blue Door Hostel is the perfect place for chilling and fun. Blue door hostel is located right in front of the Wayongchi beach( right side of sokcho beach). You can have BBQ and sun bath at the roof top with ocean view and ice cold beer. Beer and chips are av...
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Socuri Home Guesthouse

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Socuri Home Guesthouse

Welcome to Socuri Home, a guesthouse just minutes away from Gyeongbokgung Palace! Managed by French and Koreans and situated in the historic and dynamic Jongno-Gu Seochon neighborhood, it's in an awesome location - just 5 minutes by foot to the Gyeongbokgung Palace and public transportation is reall...
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The Wendy House Gwangalli Busan

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The Wendy House Gwangalli Busan

First venture into the property business after gaining experience working in many hotels around the world. The Wendy House is the brainchild of a passionate hotelier who is trying to offer the world traveller a homely comfort with personal touch. At The Wendy House, you are spoilt for choice with...
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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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Pedro

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Pedro's House

Pedro’s House is located in the heart of Gwangju, birthplace of Korean democracy and capital of traditional cuisine. The hospitable city offers something for everyone: provincial cultural experience, local cuisine, beautiful hiking trails of Mudeung-san, vibrant nightlife and sports arenas. We are l...
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Incheon Airport Goodtime Guesthouse

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Incheon Airport Goodtime Guesthouse

Welcome good time guest house. Guest house In Rules -Check-in time is 3pm / Check-in Close time is 11:30pm / Check- out time -11am -( If you are late check-in or come early, Please call or message to us. ) when you are not coming to our guest house. we checked NOSHOW and we will...
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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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Hongdae Chef Guesthouse

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Hongdae Chef Guesthouse

Welcome to Hongdae Chef Guesthouse. If you think it is time to take a rest from work and/or make joyful memories with your families or friends, then we would like to invite you to Hongdae Chef Guesthouse in Seoul. Well-positioned in the central area, Hongdae Chef Guesthouse is a perfect point of...
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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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Seoul Cube Hostel

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Seoul Cube Hostel

Seoul Cube Hostel is located in Hongdae, 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 seperated by floor. If you're looking for a place where you can really experience the nightlife of Seoul, this i...
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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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BoA Travel House

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BoA Travel House

​**Hostel require full payment in advance of your arrival. Hostel will charge your balance due after you have made a booking** 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Travellers' Choice by Tripadvisor for 4 years in a row! 2012 Newely opened the largest independent accommodation in Seoul. BoA travel house is...
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24 Guesthouse Namsan Garden

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24 Guesthouse Namsan Garden

At 24 Guesthouse Namsan Garden, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Top features of the hotel include car hire, valet parking, 24-hour front desk, shared lounge/TV area, airport transfer. Guests can choose from 17 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere o...
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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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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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Soo Guesthouse

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Soo Guesthouse

The house of Sooguesthouse is maisonette type dwelling unit. Sooguesthouse offers comfortable rooms with free WiFi and free breakfast. Guests can also make use of the shared lounge, kitchen and computer stations. A simple breakfast of toast, jam, juice, fruits and coffee is available every morning....
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The New Day

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The New Day

In terms of Transportation Hostel the new day is the nearest accomodation from Haeundae subway, rail road and intercity bus terminal. Truly It is located at center of Haeundae transportation. In the side of special facilities inside It also has wide book cafe and out-door garden on the roof openin...
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NAMU Guesthouse

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NAMU Guesthouse

Make NAMU Guesthouse your home in the energetic Hongik University District of Seoul. If you are looking for a cozy, friendly, family-style place to stay in Seoul, then NAMU Guesthouse is the place for you! Friendly managers provide personal service to help your travels. Free home style breakfast...
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Nearest Guesthouse

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Nearest Guesthouse

Located in the core of the old Jeonju area, in Nearest Guesthouse you can enjoy commanding position of sightseeing, traditional culture & food, open market and weekend night life of the city. From here, guests can easily access to the fascination of Jeonju. The main attractions of this city such as...
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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 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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Bodeum Guest House Seoul Tower

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Bodeum Guest House Seoul Tower

Welcome to Bodeum Stay, a foreigner's only guesthouse destination ~ We offer affordable and quality accommodation in the most relaxed and comfortable place. We are in the fantastic location Myeong-dong for travelling and shopping. We are located just 50 M from Namsan N Seoul tower cable car stati...
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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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Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel In Seoul

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Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel In Seoul

Are you looking for a special guest house? Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel is the right place! Staying here you will meet a lot of travelers. Lazy Fox is perfect if you want to meet new friends! Lazy Fox hostel is located in the center of Seoul’s heart. Everything is just around the corner like Hongdae’...
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Family & Friends House 2

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Family & Friends House 2

Family and Friends House 2 is a distinct addition to Seoul and a smart choice for travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. The facilities and service...
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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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Brownie Guesthouse

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Brownie Guesthouse

Brand new hostel only a minute walk from Hongik University station, one of the best areas in Seoul to stay. If you're looking for a hostel with good value, Brownie Guesthouse is the place to stay. Hongdae area is also very close to major sightseeing spots in Seoul including Gyungbok Palace, Jongn...
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K-guesthouse Seoul City

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K-guesthouse Seoul City

Seoul City is close to 1min from Euljiro Subway station (Exit e , Path with Shinhan benk building) . You can go every where by subways and buses in many tour place easily. When you come back to after you visited a lot of place and go for a shopping, The cozy and relax place is here in K-guestho...
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Sumsum Guesthouse

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Sumsum Guesthouse

Located just next to the beautiful Naksan beach in Yangyang, our hostel arranges fun parties to give our guest great opportunity to hang out with other international and korean guests. We have our restaurant, pub and cafe, nightclub, and rooftop terrace to enjoy view of mountain and sea. We serv...
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K-GrandHostel Myeongdong

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K-GrandHostel Myeongdong

One place for your shopping and staying, The Myeongdong.The Myeongdong is well known for travelers for all over the world and is the recommended place.Not only department stores but also SPA stores and other small goods items shops are gathered. Food Lovers paradise, The Myeongdong. You may s...
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Lodge 82 in Korea

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Lodge 82 in Korea

Lodge82 as a family run hostel, guests will treat you like family friendly. Their travel needs and give them the necessary information so that you can spend pleasant and hassle-free, I will do my best. Within a 5-minute walk from our hostel in the buses, subways, taxis are available. During the O...
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U Guesthouse in Hongdae, Seoul-Female Only

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U Guesthouse in Hongdae, Seoul-Female Only

U Guesthouse in Hongdae, Seoul-Female Only is an Female Only Guesthouse in Hongdae area, our guests can stay in more comfortably and safely. Newly renovated from the previous owner in 2018, all rooms and facilities are brand new now! Our best feature is its best location. Placed in the center of...
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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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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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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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Loveinbusan Guesthouse

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Loveinbusan Guesthouse

Loveinbusan Guest House is located in Geumjeonggu Jangjundong, Busan. Busan National University is behind the guest house. And it's 6 subway stations away from Nopo Express Bus Terminal. As the guest house is near Busan National University, there are lots of delicious restaurants, department s...
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Better Guest House

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Better Guest House

Better Guest House offers private and dorm rooms in Incheon where between Incheon international and Gimpo Airport. There is a bus stop within 100 meters from guesthouse, and there are frequent buses to the nearest metro station and bound for Seoul. Also it's close to leading attractions in Seoul suc...
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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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