Accommodations

What Are Friends For?

I had the great, great fortune of having a friend in Daegu who also had a pretty big apartment by Korean standards AND a couch. Needless to say, I took full advantage of this.

This is a rare gift. Most apartments in Korea are very small, let alone teacher apartments. But if you have a friend or a friend of a friend anywhere in Korea, try to stay in their area, at least for a little while.

The buddy system is something I highly recommend for any travel. This is especially useful for international travelers who probably need some orientation during the first 24 to 48 hours, at least.

Hostels

I stayed in two hostels in Korea: one in Seoul, called Kim's Guesthouse, and one in Busan, called Pusan Hostel. These cost me about $20 USD per night.

Though I have heard there are single room options, all my experinces have been co-ed dorm style. In Busan I shared a room with five other Americans. In Seoul, I shared a room with a German and a woman from China. All of my roommates and hosts were very nice and intelligent. I ate a couple of meals with the Seoul couple and ended up going to the beach and a Korean bath house with the Americans in Busan.

Hostels are an awesome way to save money and still have a home base set to plan your next adventure, use the internet and grab a shower.

That being said, it's totally not luxurious and you should be sure to take extra security precautions with your valuables.

Love Hotels

Though the name suggests something a bit seedier and taboo, it is very common for travelers who are not looking for love to stay in love hotels.

These rooms are easy to rent for one-night stays, though check-in times may be as late as 10 or 11 p.m. The good news is that reservations are not usually necessary.

They run from $60 to $100 USD plus per night, but are private rooms with private baths. And they give out free, weird condoms.

Other Options

There are of course, hotels, but you should consult a travel guide or someone who has stayed in Korean hotels.

I have also heard that game rooms or internet cafes are an overnight option, usually just for males. Game rooms or internet cafe recliners are rented by the hour and can provide a place to snooze if you've had a late night and are in a pinch.