Where to Stay in South Korea
There are clean, orderly, and relatively inexpensive youth hostels in South Korea. A bed in a dormitory-style room usually costs about W9,900 (US$12) per person, although Seoul is more expensive.
Hanal Youth Hostel
730, Onch'on-ri, Sangmo-myon
(0441) 846-3151, (0441) 846-3160, or (02) 752-0803
Sokrisan Youth Hostel
3-8, Sangp'an-ri, Naesongni-myon
(0433) 425-211 or (0433) 425-214
Fax: (02) 501-0185
Bulam Youth Hostel
99-1, Hwajom-ri, Byollae-myon
Goyang Youth Hostel
278-3, Koyang-dong, Koyang-Si
Naksan Youth Hostel
30-1, Chonjin-ri, Kanghyon-myon
(0396) 672-3416 or (0396) 672-3418
Yongpyeong Youth Hostel
130 Yongsan-ri, Doam-myon
(0374) 35-5757 or (02) 561-6255
Dongsong Youth Hostel
Olympic Parktel Youth Hostel
Both Sokrisan and Yongpyeong hostels have direct bus service from the TongSeoul (East Seoul) terminal.
A more expensive alternative to youth hostels is the yogwan, or Korean-style inn. These inns offer a Korean mattress, a pillow filled with wheat husks, heat from the floor, and a shared bathroom. Rates are usually for each room and not each guest. Expect to spend at least W21,460 (US$26) per night on average for a yogwan.
Yoinsook are like lower-scale yogwans. They sometimes lack hot water, heat, and cleanliness.
This is a room in a private house, and usually means shared facilities and meals with the family. This is an especially popular form of accommodation in rural areas. Minbak usually cost around W5,365 (US$6.50) per night.
These are very similar to the minbak, but for long-term stays. These are also popular in rural areas and student communities. It's common to find families that provide meals as well as a room.