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Seoul (서울) is the heart of South Korea, hosting about a quarter of the country's population of nearly 50 million. Seoul was also the historic capital of Korea from the 14th century until the nation's partition into North and South in 1948. Located just 50 kilometres south of the North Korean border, Seoul symbolises the division of North and South Korea.
Administratively, Seoul is divided into 25 districts (구 gu), each with an area and population comparable to a small city. The districts are then further subdivided into 522 sub-districts (동 dong). The Han river splits the city into two halves: Gangbuk (강북), the northern, more historical half, and Gangnam (강남), the southern, wealthier and more modern half. The sheer size of the city means that travelers to Seoul will find it difficult to locate a true "center" of Seoul; instead, Seoul is almost more like a collection of cities that happen to be bunched together, each with their own central business and commercial districts. The two largest core ares are Jongno/Jung in the north, and Gangnam in the south. For travelers with more time, there are many more, smaller centers and districts to be explored, such as the island of Yeoui-do and the college district of Hongdae/Sinchon. For the typical traveler, it would be useful to divide the city into the following areas:
While Seoul today is mostly known as a super-modern mega-city that is home to skyscrapers, malls, and millions of electronic-mad Koreans, the city contains over 2,000 years of history. The city contains 4 UNESCO sites marking important monuments from its 505 years as the capital of the Joseon Dynasty. Until recently, it was a walled city with 20 ft stone walls and narrow lanes inside. Though many buildings were destroyed or damaged during the violent events of the first half of the 20th century, much of its historic core remains. So, anyone staying in Seoul should visit the many historical treasures the city has to offer, including the many palaces and city gates within the Jongno district.
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Seoul has cold but relatively dry winters, averaging around zero degrees Celsius during the day and around -8 °C at night, but dropping as low as -22 °C sometimes. Most of the precipitation during this time is in the form of snow. Summers are tropical with hot and humid conditions. Temperatures average between 26 °C and 31 °C from June to September with nights around or above 20 °C. This is also the wet season with July topping at almost 400 mm of rain. The best times obviously are spring and autumn with much less rain and agreeable temperatures.
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|Avg Min||-6.1 °C||-4.1 °C||1.1 °C||7.3 °C||12.6 °C||17.8 °C||21.8 °C||22.1 °C||16.7 °C||9.8 °C||2.9 °C||-3.4 °C|
|Rainfall||21.6 mm||23.6 mm||45.8 mm||77 mm||102.2 mm||133.3 mm||327.9 mm||348 mm||137.6 mm||49.3 mm||53 mm||24.9 mm|
Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) serves as the gateway to Seoul and South Korea. It is one of the busiest airports in the world, located around 70 kilometres west of the capital and has been ranked one of the best airports in the world, together with the ones in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Korean Air serves dozens of destinations in Japan and China, as well as other cities and countries in Asia. It also has connections to about a dozen cities in North America and even more to European cities. It has flights to Australia, Sao Paulo and Pacific destinations like Fiji and Guam on top of that.
Another big airline is Asiana Airlines with just slightly less destinations further away but even more in both China and Japan.
Getting to/from the airport:
Seoul is the northern terminus of the KTX high-speed line. There are three KTX stations within city limits:
Nearly all ordinary (non-KTX) services also use one or both of the above terminals, but services east to Chuncheon or Gangneung and southeast to Gyeongju via Danyang use Cheongnyangni Station to the east of the city on line 1.
No matter where in Korea you start your journey, there will be tolled expressways (Gosok Doro) and national highways (Gook Do) that lead to Seoul; the most important one is the Gyeongbu Expressway, linking Seoul with Busan. To avoid the daily traffic jam on the Gyeongbu Highway near Seoul, take Jungbu/2nd Jungbu, Seohaean, or Yongin-Seoul Expressway.
There are several bus terminals, but Seoul Express Bus Terminal is the largest and serves pretty much the entire country, but most services head east (incl. Busan, Daegu, Daejeon). Lines to Jeolla, however, use the Central City/Honam Terminal right next door. Nambu Bus Terminal, Nambu Bus Terminal stn (Line 3). Serves places southwest of Seoul (Southern Gyeonggi, South Chungcheong and nothern North Jeolla). Sinchon Bus Terminal, Sinchon (Underground) stn (Line 2) or Sinchon stn (Gyeongeui Line). Buses to Ganghwa Island.
Ferries from China arrive at the nearby terminal Incheon, which is about an hour away from Seoul.
Internationally known car rental companies can be found in Seoul; just be prepared for a driving challenge and long rush hours. In addition, parking spaces are hard, if not close to impossible to find, especially during peak hours. Therefore, unless you are planning to head out of the city, it is not advisable to rent a car and you are better off relying on the excellent public transport system instead.
Deluxe taxis are black with a yellow sign and are more expensive than regular taxis but provide better and more comfortable service. Regular taxis are silver. For the most part, regular taxi cabs have leather interiors and the drivers are nice - so, for many people, "regular" in Seoul might be "deluxe" in their hometown. It is easy to hail a taxi any time of the day or night along any relatively major Seoul street.
In Seoul, you can visit most places by using the vast subway network. There are currently nine numbered lines plus a smattering of named suburban lines, all distinguished by different colors. All signs in the subway system are in Korean (both hangeul and if applicable, hanja) and English. The signs leading to the platform for a particular direction of travel on a given subway line typically list the names of a number of stations in that direction. Stations each have a 3 digit number, but locals rarely make use of these numbers, and they're not on most subway maps, so don't rely on them. A subway map can be found here.
Subway fares are based on the distance traveled, but the shortest ride costs ₩1,150 (base charge) plus card deposit ₩500 (refundable if you return the card at designated machines at each station). The base charge roughly covers up to 10 km of the journey and ₩100 is added for every 5 km beyond that. Cards can be purchased from vending machines only. All vending machines accept coins and bills, up to ₩10,000 notes (and some ₩50,000 notes, but cash exchange machines are at each station). Hang onto your card until the end of your trip, as you'll need it to get out. Most of Seoul's automated card machines are equipped with touchscreen and full English support (along with Chinese and Japanese). Since ticket machines may be crowded, buying two cards (one for each way) is recommended.
If planning on using the Metro extensively or staying for more than a few weeks, you should consider purchasing a T-money stored value contactless smart card. You can buy this card at most subway stations and many newspaper kiosks near subway entrances, as well as convenience stores. The card itself costs ₩3000 and cash can be charged onto the card as often as you like. When entering and leaving a subway turnstile, place the card on the reader (leaving it inside your purse or wallet is fine) and it will deduct the appropriate fare from the card. Using this card will allow you to save ₩100 on all transfers (these are common with Seoul's extensive subway system) and you can get all but ₩500 back if you have unused credit.
Typically for most travellers staying less than 2 weeks in Seoul, purchasing this card may not be cheaper but other factors should be considered: it can also be used for taxi fares, buses, storage lockers, pay phones, etc. However, using a transportation card is highly recommended if you wish to use it for buses as well simply for its ability to transfer between them since you will not have to pay for the basic 900 fare twice for a single journey when using two modes of transport. It also saves the hassle from figuring out how much you need to pay or waiting in line to buy a single-use ticket. The subway is not open 24 hours, so you may be stranded late at night.
Seoul also has an extensive bus service. There are four different kinds of buses: yellow, green, blue, and red. Yellow buses have a short circuit usually around tourist areas. Green buses travel around neighborhoods and connect with the subway. Blue buses go across town, while red buses are intercity buses. Buses will only stop at designated bus stops and will not wait for indecisive travelers.
The major roads twist and turn, the various rail lines, rivers and mountains are obstacles and the smaller roads turn into a labyrinth of alleys. Most people will try to help you find your way around but often won't know themselves; best to familiarize yourself with some landmarks and the nearest subway stations. Learn the landmarks closest to where you are staying. The better-known landmarks in Seoul (such as the N Seoul Tower located in the center of town) can prove helpful at times. A compass will still work when a GPS fails.
Once you know your immediate surroundings, you'll find that Seoul isn't such a huge place and the pedestrian approach can be an enriching experience.
There's usually a subway stop within a ten-minute walk in any direction.
Numerous mountains with hiking trails can be found in the city.
If you like cycling, there are many bike rental stations in Seoul (and other cities). You may however need a Korean-speaking friend to help you with registration or troubleshooting.
Much of Korean social life revolves around food and the city is packed with restaurants, so it would take a determined man to starve to death in Seoul. This fate may still befall you if you insist on English menus and meals consisting only of easily identifiable, familiar ingredients. An alternative is to just point and eat, your hosts generally will accommodate. If you look in the right places, a good meal (lunch or dinner) including side dishes can cost ₩5,000 or less (try basements of large department stores).
In addition to Korean food, Japanese restaurants in Seoul tend to be excellent, featuring excellent sushi and sashimi. Chinese restaurants exist, but are typically adapted to suit local preferences. There are a few Italian restaurants; these are generally excellent, with chefs trained in Italy, although flavors tend to be more or less Koreanized, with sugar in the garlic bread and meatballs.
Bakeries are found throughout, including some of the common big chains.
Seoul has plenty of budget places to eat. Everything from convenience store junk food and noodles to street stall food and lots of 24 hr Korean fast food restaurants. The 24-hour restaurants are great because they've usually got a wide variety of foods, including: mandu, odeng, dokbokki, naengmyeon, udon and ramyeon. Prices do vary from about ₩2,000-9,000 at these restaurants. Also open late into the night are Korean BBQ restaurants, which are everywhere in Seoul. These can be very cheap and are usually of good quality. Barbecue options usually are limited to pork and beef, and they often come with a smattering of side dishes. Korean BBQ is, in itself, an experience that makes you feel like a Seoulite. The larger department stores in the city have basement food courts that offer excellent food (not recommended if you care about atmosphere).
Seoul features a mind-bogglingly large array of nightspots catering to every taste and budget. Hongdae and Sinchon in Seodaemun-Mapo are Seoul's most active nightlife districts. Itaewon in Yongsan is Seoul's international district, with a wide variety of Western-styled venues to eat and drink. Since many foreigners congregate there, Itaewon remains somewhat of a niche nightlife area for Koreans interested in a more international scene. Much nightlife in Seoul revolves around soju. Soju is a traditional Korean spirit that comes in many varieties, including original and many kinds of fruit-flavored soju.
As with any large city, Seoul has many different areas to stay, such as Gwanghwamun, Insadong, Bukchon Hanock Village, Myeongdong, Itaewon, Honggik/Sinchon/Ewha.
Seoul has two unofficial backpacker districts, Jongno (Anguk/Sinseol-dong) to the northeast of the city and Hongdae-Sinchon out to the west. Within walking distance to Dongdaemun Market, Jongno is better located for sightseeing and can be reached directly from Incheon Airport on limousine buses or city bus 6002 to Sinseol-dong stop (₩9,000, 90 min). There are many budget accommodation places across Seoul. Hongdae, Itaewon, Myeongdong and Jongno (Hanok area) are traditional hot spots for Foreign Individual Travelers(FIT). Furthermore Gangnam is emerging thanks to the huge success of the eponymous song. Hongdae, Sinchon area is located in university area. Yonsei Univ., Ehwa woman's Univ., Hongik Univ. and Sogang Univ. are around this area. so there are many restaurants, bar, club and shopping center and easy to be reached from Incheon Airport by limousine bus and Arex (Airport express train) in 1 hour.
Gangnam has a wide range of luxury with the Imperial Palace Hotel, the Park Hyatt Seoul and the Ritz-Carlton Seoul.
|Alpha Guesthouse||Mapo-gu Nogosandong 109-30 ho. 2F Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ann Guesthouse||159-6,(Room number514)paradisetel dongkyo-dong||Hostel||-|
|Backpacker Friends Guest House||404-8 4F, Seokyo-dong Mapo-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|Backpacker Mr.Sea||#B101 195-10 Myeongyun 2ga Jongrogu||HOSTEL||78|
|Backpackers INSIDE||5 Sungkyunkwan-ro-4-gil Jongrogu||HOSTEL||92|
|Backpackers Korea||1054, Sungin-dong Jongno-gu||Hostel||-|
|Banana Backpackers||30-1 Iksun-Dong Jongno-gu||HOSTEL||86|
|Bangrang Hostel||397-14 Chungnim-Dong Jung-Gu||Hostel||-|
|Bebop Guesthouse||#464-50 BeBop house Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|Beewon Guest House||28-2 Unni-dong Jongno-gu||Guesthouse||78|
|Blu Guest House||464-63 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||87|
|Bong House (Bed & Beer)||1st floor, 117-2, Myeungryun-3ga, Myeungryun-Dong Jongro-Gu||HOSTEL||79|
|Carpe Diem Guesthouse||200-1. JK Building.501. Dongkypdong. Mapogu||Hostel||-|
|Golden Pond Guesthouse||188-40, 14/5 Myeongnyun-dong 4-ga Jongno-gu||Hostel||76|
|Grape Garden House||334-33 SeoGyo-dong MaPo-gu||Hostel||86|
|Guesthouse Korea||155-1 Kwonnong-Dong Jongno-Gu||HOSTEL||81|
|Happy Guesthouse||#432-2051 Sindang 2 dong Jung-gu||Hostel||-|
|HEY Backpackers||21 Yangwa-ro 16-gil Seogyo-dong, 355-12 Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|Kimchi Hong Guesthouse||448-6 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|Hongdae Guesthouse||#302 Paradisetel, 159 -6 Dongkyodong||Hostel||86|
|Hongdae Guesthouse 2.0 - New||Mapo-gu-yeon Nam Dong||Hostel||80|
|Hostel Korea||178-65, Sungin-Dong Jongno-Gu||Hostel||83|
|Hotel Victoria Seoul||42-8 Mia 4-dong Gangbuk-gu||Hotel||79|
|Jin Guesthouse||Pildong 2-ga 80-1 2F Jung-gu||Hostel||-|
|Kims' Guest House||443-16, Hepjeong-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|LEE & NO Guesthouse & Hostel||561-29 Yeon Nam Dong Mapo Gu||HOSTEL||91|
|Namsan Guest House||50-1, Namsandong 2Ga, Jung-Gu||Hostel||84|
|NAMU Guesthouse||Hanil heights # 101,504-42 yunnam-dong Mapogu||Hostel||88|
|BJ Guest House||#105-19, 1ga, Seong-Book Dong Seong-Book Gu||HOSTEL||85|
|Saerim Hotel||192-17 Kwanhun-Dong, Jongro-Ku||Hotel||73|
|Seoul I Guesthouse||561-61, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||92|
|Seoulbackpackers Guesthouse||205-125 Namchang-Dong Junggu||Hostel||-|
|Soul Guest House||Unit#505 159-6 Paradisetel Dongkyodong||Guesthouse||-|
|Stay Korea||566-4 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|Travelers A Guesthouse||106-2 Jugyo-dong Jung-gu||Hostel||74|
|Windflower||Windflower Guesthouse 85-5, Myeongnyun-dong 3-ga Seoul||Hostel||-|
|Windroad Guesthouse||1F, 66-12, Changgyeonggung-ro 27-gil Jongno-gu||Hostel||81|
|Hongsi Hostel||463-22 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|B and B Morning Calm||Jongnogu Pyeongchangdong 345-89||Guesthouse||-|
|Backpackers Space||#401 198-4, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Mr.Kim's Friends Guest House - Mr.kim's Branch||446-11 Seogyodong Mapogu||HOSTEL||80|
|Seoulwise Guesthouse||197-29 Donggyo-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||91|
|Sunshine Guesthouse||30. Doni-dong Jongno-gu||Hostel||82|
|Tradiontional Korean Guesthouse||178-75 Sungin-Dong Jongno-gu||GUESTHOUSE||87|
|Seoul Hostel||53 ikseon-dong Jongno-gu||Hostel||-|
|JK House in Seoul||5F 53-22 Changchun-Dong Seodaemun-Gu||HOSTEL||83|
|Backpackers Korea||106-105, Nogosan-Dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|Redfish Heart of Seoul||#56, Gwansu-dong Jongro-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|IS@K Guest House||4F, 683-134 Hannam-Dong Yongsan-Ku||HOSTEL||82|
|Come Inn Guesthouse||3F, 358-91, Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||94|
|BLU: HOME Guesthouse||464-52 Seogyo-dong Mapo Gu Seoul||HOSTEL||-|
|Seoul Walker||441-31, Hapjeong-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul||HOSTEL||-|
|Yoon&Jin Hostel in Myeongdong||Unit 101 Gadong SamHo villa, Heohyeon-dong 1ga Ju||HOSTEL||-|
|Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse||570-16, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul||HOSTEL||80|
|Studio41st (Studio Type) Hostel||561-29 Yeonanm Dong Mapo Gu, Seoul||HOSTEL||-|
|2C House||19-77 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|Hong-dae Pencil Guesthouse & Hostel||149-11, Dong-kyo Dong Mapo Gu||HOSTEL||94|
|Ciara 920||258, Insa-dong Jongno-Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Seoul MyeongDong House||Namsan-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|City Guest House 1||119-7 Seodaemun-gu Yeonhui-dong||HOSTEL||-|
|Shin Chon Guest House||145 Dae Hyun Dong Seo Dae Moon Gu||HOSTEL||87|
|City Guest House2||328-69 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|Korea Central Backpackers||146-1 Myeongnyun 4-ga Jongno-gu||HOSTEL||92|
|Fully Guest House||5 bun g myeungyun 3ga Jongrogu||HOSTEL||86|
|HEY Backpackers||21 Yangwa-ro 16-gil (Seogyo-dong, 355-12) Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||66|
|BnB 126 Mansion||126. Palpan-dong Jongno-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dasol Livingtel||1589-1 Seocho-dong Seocho-gu||HOSTEL||78|
|Zaza Backpackers Hostel||32-3, Namsandong-2ga Jung-Gu||HOSTEL||82|
|Kim's Hongdae Guest House - Mr.kim's Branch||446-7 1F Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|2nd Hong-dae Pencil Hostel||570-10, Yeon Nam Dong Mapo-Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|JJ Guest House||113-23 Donggyo-Dong Mapoku||HOSTEL||-|
|Khaosan Seoul Palace||3F, 5F, 195-10 Myeongnyun 2 Ga Jongro Gu||HOSTEL||86|
|Sleeping Strawberry||#302 Daejaebilla, Dongkyo-dong Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|BiBim HOUSE||241-28 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|H2O Guesthouse||293-1 sanlimdong Jung gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Big Choi's Hongdae Guest House - Mr.Kim's Branch||448-6 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Jin's Paradise||7th floor, 36-18 Itaewon Dong Yongsan Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Doo Guesthouse||686-11, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tango Guesthouse||448-14 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|Phil Guesthouse||Guui 76-14 (Cheonhodaero 130 gil) Gwangjingu||HOSTEL||-|
|Yonsei Guesthouse||90-15 daehyun-dong seodaemun-gu seoul KOREA||Guesthouse||-|
|Kozy Korea Guesthouse||624-5 Geomam- dong Incheon, Incheon Airport||Guesthouse||-|
|DongDaeMun Hostel||Jung-Gu Gwanghee-2 Dong 43-1||HOSTEL||88|
|Shinchon Hostel||90-15, Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Dalkom Guest House||InHyeonDong 2-Ga 181-5 Jung-Gu||HOSTEL||86|
|An-Nyoung! Guesthouse Hongik Univ.||504-31, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Time guesthouse & Hostel in Hongdae||1F/2F, 255-9 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Hongdae JK House||#909 Paradistel 159-6 Dongkyo-Dong Mapo-Gu||Hostel||-|
|Mint Guesthouse in Hongdae||567-27 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Birdsnest Hostel||561-34 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||90|
|Hostel Hongdae||568-7, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||87|
|J Guesthouse||57-23 Changcheondong Seodaemungu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Beehive Guesthouse||397-5, Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Big Tree House||482-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu Seoul||HOSTEL||-|
|IPS Lounge Myeongdong||14-1 Namhak-Dong Jung-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|ABC Guset House||49-32 4F, Nogosan-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Egg Hostel in Hongdae||#302, 156-2 Donggyo-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||80|
|Kimchee Dongdaemun Guesthouse||233-3, Hyoje-dong Jongno-gu||HOSTEL||79|
|Ed House (Tripnbed Guesthouse)||3F, 367-15 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Lee and No guesthouse||561-29 Yunnam-dong,Mapo-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|Hi Guesthouse||468-20 Seogyodong Mapo-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Choi's House||Dongsomun-Dong 6-ga Songbook-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|BoA Guesthouse||15, Sinchon-ro 1-gil Seodaemun-gu||GUESTHOUSE||91|
|Morning Guest House||Third floor, Shinsung Building, 829-13 Yeok sam-dong||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel in Seoul||2F 195-10 Myeongyun 2 ga Jongrogu||HOSTEL||-|
|Lodge 82 in Korea||65-101, Singil 1-dong Yeongdeungpo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cooking House M||391-6 Hapjeong-dong Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Seoul Hostel Center||5th Floor, 6 Cheung jin Dong Jongno Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|U & I Hostel||Cheongpa-dong 2-ga 71-8 Yongsan-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Twin Rabbit Hostel in HongDae||504-7, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Elmtree Guest House Myeongdong||129-1 Bukchang-dong Jung-gu||HOSTEL||82|
|Seoul Base Camp||The 3rd Floor, 383-14 Hapjeong-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||85|
|May Guesthouse||396-41 Seokyodong Mapogu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hongdae Uncle Residence - Mr Kim's Branch||459-7 4floor, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu Seoul||HOSTEL||-|
|Mi House||1233, Sungin-Dong||HOSTEL||-|
|Kimchi Guest House||228 Pilun-dong Jongno-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|Jimmy's Guesthouse||1061-11 Namhyeon-dong Gwanak-gu||Hostel||-|
|Able Hostel in Dongdaemun||NO. 205, Unit 1, Kumho Twin Officetel 89-1, Kwanghuidong-1ga, Jung-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Cozy Hotel Myoungdong||199-6, HOEHYEONDONG 1-GA, JUNG-GU||Hotel||-|
|Crib 49 Guesthouse||49-28 Namsan Dong 2 Ga||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Korea 5th||No.440 Geumho Dong 2ga Sung Dong Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|SH Seoul Guesthouse||156-2, Dongkyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Orange Guesthouse||463-21, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Housetay Guesthouse||335-31 seokyo-dong Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Lime Guesthouse||2F 72-3 Sung-san Dong Mapo-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|NJoy Seoul||Room #601, Paradisetel, 159-6, Donggyo-Dong, Mapo-||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Korea 6||202-13 Sungin-dong, Jongno-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Seoul Oasis Guest House||336-9 seogyo-dong, mapo-gu||HOSTEL||84|
|OMG Hostel||Donggyo-ro 212-26, Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||79|
|PJHOUSE||#201 Owl's town 1-44 Dongbinggo-dong Yonsan-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|BnB Chungdam Female Only||19-32 Chungdam-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Kimchee Myeongdong Guesthouse||35-16 Supyo-dong Jung-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Miso Guesthouse and Hostel||2F, 11-1 29 Dagil Wawoosan-Ro, Mapo-Gu, Seoul||HOSTEL||75|
|Uno Guest House||#1001 Star Building, 22-2 Phil-dong 1-ga , Jung-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sloth Guesthouse||Itaewon 1-dong, Yongsan-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Four Seasons House||#15 donggyo-ro 18gil Mapogu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sp@Itaewon Guesthouse||Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 112-11||HOSTEL||79|
|Yoni Hostel||1012 Gilhoon entrancevill 78-7 Deungchon-dong Gangseo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Jarde in Palace Residence||209 Jeong-ja-Dong, Bundang-gu Seong-nam-si, Gyeonggi-do||APARTMENT||-|
|Lavinia||Jongnogu Ikseondong 30-1||HOSTEL||-|
|Pop at Itaewon Guesthouse||34-91, Itaewon 1-dong Yongsan-gu, Itaewon||HOSTEL||-|
|Leo Haus||41-18, Junggok-dong Gwangjin Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|K Hostel||200-25 Sungindong Jongrogu||HOSTEL||82|
|Duriworld House||570-32 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||84|
|Hongdae Housetay Guesthouse||12, Wausan-ro 29na-gil Mapo-gu||Hostel||-|
|Mercy House||334-19 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|Apple Backpackers||141 Myo-dong Jongro Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|daemsojung||57 Gahoe-dong Jongno-gu||Hostel||-|
|Mercy Guest House||19, Wausan-Ro 29ra-Gil Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Khaosan Seoul Insadong||56, Gwansu-dong Jongro-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Space Torra||566-63 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Beige||170-1, Changsin-dong Jongno-gu||HOSTEL||85|
|Gom Guesthouse||91 Pil Dong Jung-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dongdaemun Inn||Jung Gu Ghwang Hui Dong 2 Ga 42||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dustin Guest House||346-42 4F, Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Girls Generation Hostel||3F 291-45 Euljiro 3 (sam)-ga Jung-gu||Hostel||-|
|Room in Korea||25-9, Sinchon-ro 12-gil Mapo-gu||Guesthouse||-|
|Family & Friends House||567-27, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, seoul||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|Goodday Korea||653-11 Hannamdong Yongsan Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Huga Haus||48, Hoegi ro Dongdaemun-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|KpopStay||6-153 Changjeon-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|The JA in Gangnam||#508 5th Floor, Street No.1307 Seocho-dong Seocho||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Suncity Hostel||1-57 Yong-san-dong-3ga Yong-san-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Monai guesthouse||1 54-Gil Seonyu-ro Yeongdeungpo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cozzzy Guesthouse||571-6 Yeonnam Dong||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Stay in GAM||21 Waryong-dong Jongno-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Chez Nicolas B&B||425-2, Hannam-dong Yongsan-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Yes Guesthouse||#802 Magellan 21 Bldg. 156-2 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Backpacker Mr. sea Downtown||7, Jongno 18 Gil Jongno-Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Pencil Mini Hotel in Seoul||113-32 Donggyo-dong Mapogu||Hotel||-|
|BLU Guesthouse 2||106-68 Nogosan-Dong Mapogu||Guesthouse||-|
|Blu Guest House Seogyo||463-1, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul||HOSTEL||-|
|Agit Guesthouse||368-59 Sindang-dong Chung-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|SoDam Guesthouse||302ho 107-29 Nogosandong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Gom Residence||151-52 Ssangnim-dong Jung-gu||APARTMENT||-|
|Tong Hotel and Guesthouse||54-2, Jongno 5(o)ga Jongno Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Ultari House 2-The Gallery||20-12, Donggyo-ro 52-gil Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|DDM Stay Korea Guesthouse||206-3,Ojang-dong Jung-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Come On Inn||570-22, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ultari House1-The Seed||3F, 345-27, Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|HostelWOW||167-3, Dangju-dong Jongno-gu||Hostel||-|
|Family House Tel||198-9 Donggyo-dong, 90 North World Cup 4 Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|City Hostel Korea||242-45 Gongduk-dong Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Persimmon House||311-9 Heangdang Seongdong Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|ICOS Guest House||33-5 Nogosan-dong Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Yellow Brick||46, Iksun-Dong Jongno Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|The Mate House||20-28, Wausan-ro 23-gil Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Duri Guest House||30-71 (Hoegiro 5-8) Jongam-Dong Sungbuk-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Issue Seoul||481-9, Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|DMC Apartment||101Dong Woobang Apartment 244Ho Jeungsandong Eunpyeongu||Apartment||-|
|Guesthouse The Hill||8-80 Yejang Dong Jung Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Soo Guesthouse||18-11, Namsandong 2ga||Guesthouse||-|
|The Seoul Guesthouse||Yeoungdeungpo 4ga, 103||Guesthouse||-|
|The Closest Hostel||179-35, Donggyo-dong Mapogu||HOSTEL||-|
|SS Guesthouse||99-34, Seogye-dong Yongsan-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Kimchee Seoul Station Guesthouse||14-94, Garwol-dong Yongsan-gu||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|FunFunStay Guesthouse||332-4 Seogyodong Mapogu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Guest Bean House||27,shinchon-ro 2 an-gil Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|JJ House||20-12, Pil-dong 3ga Jung-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Sopoong Guest House||18 Gyedong 2-gil Jongno-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|My Home Seoul||44 Dongjakdaero7gil||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|GuestBean House||27,shinchon-ro 2 an-gi||Guesthouse||-|
|Yellow Brick2||2F, 68, Wa Ryong-DONG JONGNO-GU||Hostel||-|
|The JA Garosu||5F #501,Gangnam, 524 Sinsa-dong||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|Hostel Wow Gwanghwamun||167-3 DangJu-Dong Jongno-Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|HI Seoul Youth Hostel||Yeongshinro 200, Yeongdeungpo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Artist 77 House||Apt 201 seongji-villa, 109-8 Cheongdamdong Gangnam Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Whitetail Backpacker & Hostel||241-28 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Crossroad Backpackers||335-32 Seokyo-Dong Mapo-Gu||HOSTEL||72|
|ForTune Hongdae Hostel in Seoul||403-14 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||77|
|M&K House||4F, Sinsa-dong 556-12, Gangnam-gu, Seoul||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|Juno Guest House||382-10, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Sp Deluxe Itaewon||Itaewon-dong 118-12||HOSTEL||-|
|Sweet Comfort||Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea 446-56||HOSTEL||87|
|Maruji Guesthouse||504-16, Yeonnam-dong||HOSTEL||-|
|Dongdaemun House||91-121. Sinseoldong, Dongdaemungu||HOSTEL||-|
|Seoul 53 Hotel||53 Iksun-dong, Jongno gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Tong Vivace Dongdaemun||459-20, Changsin 1-dong, Jongno-gu||HOTEL||-|
There is an immense demand for ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction in Seoul.
Note that Seoul municipal government has decided to phase out foreign (non-Korean) teachers of English in all public schools. Although it has yet to be seen if this will be successful in practice, it may have an effect on your options in Seoul.
Seoul is home to many universities, including Seoul National University, Yonsei University and Korea University, the three most prestigious universities in Korea. There are opportunities for potential international and exchange students to enroll in these universities and live in Seoul for an extended period of time. Many of these universities also conduct Korean language classes for foreigners, including some 5-week long summer intensive programmes that might be useful for short-term visitors to learn the Korean language.
South Korea is the world's most wired country and Internet cafes, known as PC bang, are ubiquitous through the country. Most customers are there for gaming but you're free to sit and type e-mails as well, typical charges are about ₩1,000 to ₩2,000/hour. Like anything, it may be more expensive in more "luxurious" places. Also, snacks and drinks are available for purchase in most PC bangs.
There is also a lot of free wifi available throughout South Korea. Just check for an unencrypted signal, although using open wifi hotspots is a potential security risk anywhere in the world so be careful what you use it for. Many coffee shops offer free wifi with no registration required.
See also International Telephone Calls
International dialing prefixes in South Korea vary by operator, and there is no standard prefix. Check with your operator for the respective prefixes. For calls to South Korea, the country code is 82. Emergency numbers include 112 (Polie) and 119 (Ambulance and Fire).
The country has three service providers: KT, SK Telecom and LG Telecom. They offer prepaid mobile phone services (pre-paid service, PPS) in South Korea. Incoming calls are free. South Korea uses the CDMA standard exclusively and does not have a GSM network, so most 2G (GSM) mobile phones from elsewhere will not work. Even quad-band GSM phones are useless. However, if you have a 3G phone with a 3G SIM card, you can probably roam onto the UMTS/W-CDMA 2100 networks of KT or SK Telecom; check with your home operator before you leave to be sure. 4G LTE has recently been made available in Korea; again, check with your provider. Mobile phone coverage is generally excellent, with the exception of some remote mountainous areas.
If you want to buy a prepaid SIM card, you should be able to get a prepaid SIM card at one of the olleh expat locations. However, you must have been in Korea for at least 3 days, and you must bring your passport. The fee for a prepaid SIM card is ₩5,500, and you have to charge at least ₩10,000 at the spot. You must also have a compatible phone. All modern iPhones (3GS and later) should work.
Korea Post is the national postal service and has fast, reliable and well-priced services. Postage for a postcard anywhere in the world is ₩370, while letters and packages start from ₩480. On their website you can find more about pricing details, as there are many different rates, depending on the zone (which country) you want to send it to, how much it weighs, wether it is air or ground service etc. Generally, post office hours are from Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, though the larger central post offices tend to be open until 8:00pm and sometimes also on Saturday or even Sunday, usually only mornings. If you want to send package internationally, you might also check international companies like TNT, FedEx, UPS or DHL, as they have fast, reliable and competitively priced services as well.
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Ask zergsprincess a question about Seoul
I've been able to see Seoul with my cousin who is a native of Korea since I was in 3rd grade. I'm now out of college. Also, I've lived in Seoul and have gotten to know the city very well because of my work which requires me to travel to different cities daily !
I can let you know the good areas to go shopping in, give some good general tips about Korea, and give you some recommendations on housing among other things :)
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