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Traveling Like a Local in Seoul

Recently, a friend of mine moved to Seoul. So, what better reason to pull out the backpack and head up north for a visit?

I decided to do something different this time since a pair of my friends were coming with me. I don’t mind staying in the love motels around Korea. They are clean, cheap, and usually quiet. But with three of us making the journey, we decided to check out renting an apartment for the weekend and we came across

Here you can rent apartments, guest houses, and even B&B’s. I was a little worried at first because it was something different than the norm. And I got to say it didn’t start off too well.

We decided on dates in late October and I got to looking for a place for the three of us. The first place I chose I was excited about. But I quickly became frustrated. I booked the room for the nights we were going, but very quickly I was sent an email by the renter. The room was booked for that weekend and she hadn’t updated it on Wimdu.

I was disappointed since we were booking almost last minute and the picking were slim. So we decided to delay a week and a lot of rooms were available. There was plenty to choose from and I was able to narrow my search down to what I wanted.

In the end I was glad that first room was full. We wound up booking the Gasan Guest House in Seoul, and we were very happy we did.

The place was amazing. It was a three bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, living room with large flat screen TV, and best yet it was right on the subway line.

Mr. Kim the owner met us when we arrived and quickly made us feel at home. The guest house was relatively new (I think he said it had been open maybe a year), so everything was new and clean. He had stocked the kitchen with water, coffee, tea, and even brought us some eggs to make breakfast. We couldn’t believe how nice everything was.

It was literally a one minute walk from the subway line and surrounded by restaurants, shops, and just about anything you needed was within walking distance.

The booking process was easy as well. Once you find the place you want to stay in, you choose the dates and book by paying online. It was that easy. Once you have finished that, you will get an email confirmation and I was greeted with an email welcoming me by Mr. Kim the propriator of the Gasan Guest House almost immediately. The process was easy and even more so, communication with the place you are staying was just as easy.

We stayed for two nights and couldn’t have been happier. It was a comfortable place to return after a long day of sightseeing in Seoul, and I’ll definitely look at coming back on my next trip.

I’d highly recommend looking at Wimdu for your next trip anywhere in the world. The rates were reasonable, the selection ample, and it’s a nice change to come home to a nice apartment rather than a small hotel room when traveling. Try it and I think you’ll like it.

Gasan Guest House - Seoul

Full Kitchen including Island with Stools

Master Bedroom

Living room with TV, cable, and computer with wifi

Bedroom #2

Bedroom #3 with a pull out bed underneath the main bed

Clean Bathroom


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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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2 Responses to “Traveling Like a Local in Seoul”

  1. Nice toilet. That’s pretty rare–while those super toilets are all over Japan, I never really saw any of them in Korea.


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