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Introduction

Night time traffic in Seoul

Night time traffic in Seoul

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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.

Seoul enjoys a lively nightlife, which has earned it comparisons with Tokyo. Thankfully though, Seoul is much cheaper than the Japanese capital.

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Neighbourhoods

Administratively, Seoul is divided into 25 districts, further subdivided into 522 sub-districts. For travellers the following areas are of importance:

  • Jongno
  • Gangnam
  • Yeoui-do
  • Hongdae and Sinchon
  • Dongdaemun
  • Hyehwa
  • Yongsan and Itaewon
  • Songpa and Seocho
  • Yangcheon and Mok-dong
  • Jung

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Sights and Activities

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Deoksugung Palace
  • Insadong
  • Myeongdong
  • Namsan Park
  • Namdaemun/Dongdaemun Markets
  • Itaewon
  • Hangang River
  • Olympic Park

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Events and Festivals

Lotus Lantern Festival

Lotus Lantern Festival

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  • Seoul Lunar New Year - Every January/February, Seoul celebrates its New Year with a grand festival lasting 3 days. This big event brings the city to a halt, where locals prioritize celebrations with their families over other activities.
  • Lotus Lantern Festival - This traditional Korean folk festival honors Buddha's birthday, with brightly-colored lanterns lit up all around the city. Visitors can also enjoy browsing through local flea markets and attending culturally-fueled shows at a Nori-Madang (outdoor stage). Buddhist monks perform ceremonial rituals, and you may seem them around town carrying lanterns in procession.
  • Prehistoric Cultural Festival - A fun event for children or adults who are interested in ancient Korean prehistoric cultural. Visitors can participate in craft-making stations, meet "ancient" Korean cavemen, and watch a display of traditional Korean music and dance. Food stalls and fireworks are also an integral part of the festival. This festival occurs once a year every fall in Seoul.
  • Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival - This enjoyable event is held in the COEX Centre every year in July and features six days of all the movie-watching you and your children can handle!
  • Seoul Drum Festival - Occurring every year in September, this dynamic and exciting festival features both local and international artists. For the event, the drummers take the stage to perform songs using traditional and electronic drums and other percussion instruments.
  • Seoul Tano Festival - This spring agricultural festival, with deep historical roots, is held every May/June in Korea. The Tano Festival started as a planting ritual and a time to pray for a good harvest, but it has since become of the country's three greatest festivals of the year. Festivities include swinging contests for girls, and native Korean wrestling matches for the boys. This is a family-friendly event that also includes rope skipping, stick-tossing (chachigi), while traditional music and dance performances play throughout the event.
  • Jongmyo Daeje - This historically important festival is celebrated the first Sunday of May. On this holiday, residents pay homage to their ancestors with offerings of food, wine, music, dance, and other celebrations. The majority of the festivities occur at the Jongmyo Shrine in Jongno, Seoul.
  • Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival - This festival features the beautiful springtime blossoms, street performers, and art displays. Visitors can come to view this magnificent site in Yeouiseo-ro every year during mid-April.
  • Chuseok - This holiday is Korea's day of thanksgiving; it's the biggest and most important holiday in Korea. Families use this holiday to get together to hold lavish feasts and celebrate together. Deceased relatives are honored with incense offerings and rituals. Visitors to the city can expect to see dances parades around town, wresting matches, and traditional food like Songpyeon (rice dumplings) and Baekju (local white wine) are served. Dates of the festival vary annually depending on the lunar calendar, but it typically takes place in September.
  • Dano Folk Festival - This eclectic festival is one of Seoul's most popular events because it is believed that on this day, "yang energy" is at its highest. To celebrate, festival goers participate in traditional fan-making and cheer on their favorite wrestler in sumo wrestling competitions. Some adherents also participate in ceremonial hair-washing and nail painting events that are believed to make one lucky in love. This event occurs annually in June.
  • Seoul Fringe Festival - This festival is a forum for the ever-growing independent arts community in Seoul. During this festival, visitors can view a myriad of art events highlighting original works from local artists that will appeal to people of all ages.
  • Korea-Japan Festival - A colorful festival highlighting the long-lasting friendship between these two cultures. Visitors can expect to see grand performances and displays of traditional dance, music, costumes, and theater from both cultures. Event occurs every year in September.
  • Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival - This festival celebrates Seoul's long history success in utilizing local herbs as medicine. Medicinal growers gather to sell their herbal concoctions at this event. Natural practitioners offer free screenings and diagnosis to those who want to try a natural approach to curing their ailments at this event. Held every October in the Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Market.
  • Seoul International Fireworks Festival - The greatest in fireworks and special effects engineers from across the globe are invited to showcase their skills at this remarkable event. During the evening of this event, the Seoul night sky is illuminated with one of the best fireworks displays in the world. Look for this event in October.
  • Itaewon Global Village Festival - This multi-cultural event brings together a fun mix of Korean tradition with other cultural traditions from around the globe. Visitors can expect to see a variety of dance, music, food, art, and other culture presentations. This event is held every year in October.

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Weather

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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max1.6 °C4.1 °C10.2 °C17.6 °C22.8 °C26.9 °C28.8 °C29.5 °C25.6 °C19.7 °C11.5 °C4.2 °C
Avg Min-6.1 °C-4.1 °C1.1 °C7.3 °C12.6 °C17.8 °C21.8 °C22.1 °C16.7 °C9.8 °C2.9 °C-3.4 °C
Rainfall21.6 mm23.6 mm45.8 mm77 mm102.2 mm133.3 mm327.9 mm348 mm137.6 mm49.3 mm53 mm24.9 mm
Rain Days7.166.888.81015.513.88.76.697.3

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Getting There

By Plane

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:

  • Rail: The Incheon International Airport Railroad (A'REX) started operations in 2007. The station is located in the Transportation Center adjacent to the main terminal building. From 2007 onwards, only the first phase of the construction was opened to the public (Incheon International Airport - Gimpo Airport). The remaining phase of the construction is expected to be completed by 2010 (Gimpo Airport - Seoul Station). Until then, from the old Gimpo airport there are connections to the Seoul Metro Lines 5 and 9.
  • Car: Link to the main land is provided by the Yeongjong Bridge and an expressway. Tolls are collected at the bridge. A second expressway on the Incheon Bridge connects the island with central Incheon. Parking and rental cars are available at the airport.
  • Taxi: both white (cheap) and black (expensive) taxis are available at the airport.

The old Gimpo International Airport now mainly functions as a center for domestic flights although there are services to Tokyo, Osaka and Shanghai.

By Train

Seoul is the northern terminus of the KTX high-speed line. There are three KTX stations within city limits:

  • Seoul Station for trains to Busan, Ulsan, Kyeongju, Daegu, Daejeon Cheonan/Asan, and Suwon. Accessible via subway lines 1 & 4.
  • Yongsan Station for trains to Mokpo, Gwangju, Daejeon and Cheonan/Asan. Also on line 1 & 4 (Sinyongsan Station).
  • The newly added KTX at Youngdeungpo is now running to southern destinations.

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.

By Bus

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.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

The extensive Seoul Metro Subway is inexpensive and easy to use.

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Sleep

As with any large city, Seoul has many different areas to stay, such as Gwanghwamun, Insadong, Bukchon Hanock Village, Myeongdong, Itaewon, Honggik/Sinchon/Ewha.

Budget and Midrange

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Alpha GuesthouseMapo-gu Nogosandong 109-30 ho. 2F Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE83
Ann Guesthouse159-6,(Room number514)paradisetel dongkyo-dongHostel-
Backpacker Friends Guest House404-8 4F, Seokyo-dong Mapo-guGuesthouse-
Backpacker Mr.Sea#B101 195-10 Myeongyun 2ga JongroguHOSTEL85
Backpackers INSIDE5 Sungkyunkwan-ro-4-gil JongroguHOSTEL90
Backpackers Korea1054, Sungin-dong Jongno-guHostel92
Banana Backpackers30-1 Iksun-Dong Jongno-guHOSTEL89
Bangrang Hostel397-14 Chungnim-Dong Jung-GuHostel90
Bebop Guesthouse#464-50 BeBop house Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHostel-
Beewon Guest House28-2 Unni-dong Jongno-guGuesthouse87
Blu Guest House464-63 Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHostel88
Bong House (Bed & Beer)1st floor, 117-2, Myeungryun-3ga, Myeungryun-Dong Jongro-GuHOSTEL85
Carpe Diem Guesthouse200-1. JK Building.501. Dongkypdong. MapoguHostel-
Golden Pond Guesthouse188-40, 14/5 Myeongnyun-dong 4-ga Jongno-guHostel71
Grape Garden House334-33 SeoGyo-dong MaPo-guHostel-
Guesthouse Korea155-1 Kwonnong-Dong Jongno-GuHOSTEL85
Happy Guesthouse#432-2051 Sindang 2 dong Jung-guHostel89
HEY Backpackers21 Yangwa-ro 16-gil Seogyo-dong, 355-12 Mapo-guHostel-
Kimchi Hong Guesthouse448-6 Seogyo-dong Mapo-guGuesthouse-
Hongdae Guesthouse#302 Paradisetel, 159 -6 DongkyodongHostel84
Hongdae Guesthouse 2.0 - NewMapo-gu-yeon Nam DongHostel80
Hostel Korea178-65, Sungin-Dong Jongno-GuHostel79
Hotel Victoria Seoul42-8 Mia 4-dong Gangbuk-guHotel79
Jin GuesthousePildong 2-ga 80-1 2F Jung-guHostel-
Kims' Guest House443-16, Hepjeong-dong Mapo-guHostel-
LEE & NO Guesthouse & Hostel561-29 Yeon Nam Dong Mapo GuHOSTEL90
Namsan Guest House50-1, Namsandong 2Ga, Jung-GuHostel86
NAMU GuesthouseHanil heights # 101,504-42 yunnam-dong MapoguHostel90
BJ Guest House#105-19, 1ga, Seong-Book Dong Seong-Book GuHOSTEL83
Saerim Hotel192-17 Kwanhun-Dong, Jongro-KuHotel86
Seoul I Guesthouse561-61, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHostel91
Seoulbackpackers Guesthouse205-125 Namchang-Dong JungguHostel87
Soul Guest HouseUnit#505 159-6 Paradisetel DongkyodongGuesthouse-
Stay Korea566-4 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHostel83
Travelers A Guesthouse106-2 Jugyo-dong Jung-guHostel82
WindflowerWindflower Guesthouse 85-5, Myeongnyun-dong 3-ga SeoulHostel80
Windroad Guesthouse1F, 66-12, Changgyeonggung-ro 27-gil Jongno-guHostel80
Hongsi Hostel463-22 Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHostel-
B and B Morning CalmJongnogu Pyeongchangdong 345-89Guesthouse-
Backpackers Space#401 198-4, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Mr.Kim's Friends Guest House - Mr.kim's Branch446-11 Seogyodong MapoguHOSTEL84
Seoulwise Guesthouse197-29 Donggyo-dong Mapo-guHostel94
Sunshine Guesthouse30. Doni-dong Jongno-guHostel79
Tradiontional Korean Guesthouse178-75 Sungin-Dong Jongno-guGUESTHOUSE87
Seoul Hostel53 ikseon-dong Jongno-guHostel-
JK House in Seoul5F 53-22 Changchun-Dong Seodaemun-GuHOSTEL84
Backpackers Korea106-105, Nogosan-Dong Mapo-guHostel-
Redfish Heart of Seoul#56, Gwansu-dong Jongro-guHOSTEL-
IS@K Guest House4F, 683-134 Hannam-Dong Yongsan-KuHOSTEL89
Come Inn Guesthouse3F, 358-91, Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL94
BLU: HOME Guesthouse464-52 Seogyo-dong Mapo Gu SeoulHOSTEL92
Seoul Walker441-31, Hapjeong-dong Mapo-gu, SeoulHOSTEL-
Yoon&Jin Hostel in MyeongdongUnit 101 Gadong SamHo villa, Heohyeon-dong 1ga JuHOSTEL-
Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse570-16, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu, SeoulHOSTEL89
Studio41st (Studio Type) Hostel561-29 Yeonanm Dong Mapo Gu, SeoulHOSTEL89
2C House19-77 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-guGuesthouse-
Hong-dae Pencil Guesthouse & Hostel149-11, Dong-kyo Dong Mapo GuHOSTEL92
Ciara 920258, Insa-dong Jongno-GuHOSTEL-
Seoul MyeongDong HouseNamsan-dong 2-ga, Jung-guHOSTEL-
City Guest House 1119-7 Seodaemun-gu Yeonhui-dongHOSTEL-
Shin Chon Guest House145 Dae Hyun Dong Seo Dae Moon GuHOSTEL84
City Guest House2328-69 Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHostel-
Korea Central Backpackers146-1 Myeongnyun 4-ga Jongno-guHOSTEL88
Fully Guest House5 bun g myeungyun 3ga JongroguHOSTEL89
HEY Backpackers21 Yangwa-ro 16-gil (Seogyo-dong, 355-12) Mapo-guHOSTEL79
BnB 126 Mansion126. Palpan-dong Jongno-guGUESTHOUSE90
Dasol Livingtel1589-1 Seocho-dong Seocho-guHOSTEL81
Zaza Backpackers Hostel32-3, Namsandong-2ga Jung-GuHOSTEL93
Kim's Hongdae Guest House - Mr.kim's Branch446-7 1F Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHostel76
2nd Hong-dae Pencil Hostel570-10, Yeon Nam Dong Mapo-GuHOSTEL-
JJ Guest House113-23 Donggyo-Dong MapokuHOSTEL87
Khaosan Seoul Palace3F, 5F, 195-10 Myeongnyun 2 Ga Jongro GuHOSTEL84
Sleeping Strawberry#302 Daejaebilla, Dongkyo-dong Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
BiBim HOUSE241-28 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
H2O Guesthouse293-1 sanlimdong Jung guHOSTEL-
Big Choi's Hongdae Guest House - Mr.Kim's Branch448-6 Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Jin's Paradise7th floor, 36-18 Itaewon Dong Yongsan GuHOSTEL90
Doo Guesthouse686-11, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-GuGUESTHOUSE-
Tango Guesthouse448-14 Seogyo-dong Mapo-guGuesthouse-
Phil GuesthouseGuui 76-14 (Cheonhodaero 130 gil) GwangjinguHOSTEL92
Yonsei Guesthouse90-15 daehyun-dong seodaemun-gu seoul KOREAGuesthouse-
Kozy Korea Guesthouse624-5 Geomam- dong Incheon, Incheon AirportGuesthouse-
DongDaeMun HostelJung-Gu Gwanghee-2 Dong 43-1HOSTEL77
Shinchon Hostel90-15, Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-guHOSTEL83
Dalkom Guest HouseInHyeonDong 2-Ga 181-5 Jung-GuHOSTEL88
An-Nyoung! Guesthouse Hongik Univ.504-31, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Time guesthouse & Hostel in Hongdae1F/2F, 255-9 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL84
Hongdae JK House#909 Paradistel 159-6 Dongkyo-Dong Mapo-GuHostel-
Mint Guesthouse in Hongdae567-27 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Birdsnest Hostel561-34 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL89
Hostel Hongdae568-7, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL88
J Guesthouse57-23 Changcheondong SeodaemunguGUESTHOUSE-
Beehive Guesthouse397-5, Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Big Tree House482-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu SeoulHOSTEL-
IPS Lounge Myeongdong14-1 Namhak-Dong Jung-guGuesthouse-
ABC Guset House49-32 4F, Nogosan-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL86
Egg Hostel in Hongdae#302, 156-2 Donggyo-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL92
Kimchee Dongdaemun Guesthouse233-3, Hyoje-dong Jongno-guHOSTEL86
Ed House (Tripnbed Guesthouse)3F, 367-15 Seogyo-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL87
Lee and No guesthouse561-29 Yunnam-dong,Mapo-guGuesthouse-
Hi Guesthouse468-20 Seogyodong Mapo-GuGUESTHOUSE85
Choi's HouseDongsomun-Dong 6-ga Songbook-GuGUESTHOUSE-
BoA Guesthouse15, Sinchon-ro 1-gil Seodaemun-guGUESTHOUSE89
Morning Guest HouseThird floor, Shinsung Building, 829-13 Yeok sam-dongGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel in Seoul2F 195-10 Myeongyun 2 ga JongroguHOSTEL-
Lodge 82 in Korea65-101, Singil 1-dong Yeongdeungpo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Cooking House M391-6 Hapjeong-dong Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Seoul Hostel Center5th Floor, 6 Cheung jin Dong Jongno GuHOSTEL79
U & I HostelCheongpa-dong 2-ga 71-8 Yongsan-guHOSTEL-
Twin Rabbit Hostel in HongDae504-7, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Elmtree Guest House Myeongdong129-1 Bukchang-dong Jung-guHOSTEL84
Seoul Base CampThe 3rd Floor, 383-14 Hapjeong-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL88
May Guesthouse396-41 Seokyodong MapoguGUESTHOUSE87
Hongdae Uncle Residence - Mr Kim's Branch459-7 4floor, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu SeoulHOSTEL88
Mi House1233, Sungin-DongHOSTEL-
Kimchi Guest House228 Pilun-dong Jongno-guGuesthouse-
Jimmy's Guesthouse1061-11 Namhyeon-dong Gwanak-guHostel-
Able Hostel in DongdaemunNO. 205, Unit 1, Kumho Twin Officetel 89-1, Kwanghuidong-1ga, Jung-guHOSTEL87
Cozy Hotel Myoungdong199-6, HOEHYEONDONG 1-GA, JUNG-GUHotel-
Crib 49 Guesthouse49-28 Namsan Dong 2 GaGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Korea 5thNo.440 Geumho Dong 2ga Sung Dong GuHOSTEL83
SH Seoul Guesthouse156-2, Dongkyo-dong, Mapo-gu, SeoulGUESTHOUSE-
Orange Guesthouse463-21, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, KoreaGUESTHOUSE-
Housetay Guesthouse335-31 seokyo-dong Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE83
Lime Guesthouse2F 72-3 Sung-san Dong Mapo-GuGUESTHOUSE-
NJoy SeoulRoom #601, Paradisetel, 159-6, Donggyo-Dong, Mapo-HOSTEL-
Hostel Korea 6202-13 Sungin-dong, Jongno-guHOSTEL87
Seoul Oasis Guest House336-9 seogyo-dong, mapo-guHOSTEL-
OMG HostelDonggyo-ro 212-26, Mapo-guHOSTEL88
PJHOUSE#201 Owl's town 1-44 Dongbinggo-dong Yonsan-guGUESTHOUSE-
BnB Chungdam Female Only19-32 Chungdam-dong Gangnam-gu, SeoulGUESTHOUSE-
Kimchee Myeongdong Guesthouse35-16 Supyo-dong Jung-guHOSTEL-
Miso Guesthouse and Hostel2F, 11-1 29 Dagil Wawoosan-Ro, Mapo-Gu, SeoulHOSTEL90
Uno Guest House#1001 Star Building, 22-2 Phil-dong 1-ga , Jung-GuGUESTHOUSE-
Sloth GuesthouseItaewon 1-dong, Yongsan-guGUESTHOUSE-
Four Seasons House#15 donggyo-ro 18gil MapoguGUESTHOUSE86
Sp@Itaewon GuesthouseYongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 112-11HOSTEL86
Yoni Hostel1012 Gilhoon entrancevill 78-7 Deungchon-dong Gangseo-guHOSTEL-
Jarde in Palace Residence209 Jeong-ja-Dong, Bundang-gu Seong-nam-si, Gyeonggi-doAPARTMENT-
LaviniaJongnogu Ikseondong 30-1HOSTEL-
Pop at Itaewon Guesthouse34-91, Itaewon 1-dong Yongsan-gu, ItaewonHOSTEL-
Leo Haus41-18, Junggok-dong Gwangjin GuGUESTHOUSE-
K Hostel200-25 Sungindong JongroguHOSTEL-
Duriworld House570-32 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL87
Hongdae Housetay Guesthouse12, Wausan-ro 29na-gil Mapo-guHostel-
Mercy House334-19 Seogyo-dong Mapo-guGuesthouse-
Apple Backpackers141 Myo-dong Jongro GuHOSTEL88
daemsojung57 Gahoe-dong Jongno-guHostel-
Mercy Guest House19, Wausan-Ro 29ra-Gil Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Khaosan Seoul Insadong56, Gwansu-dong Jongro-guHOSTEL-
Space Torra566-63 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Hostel Beige170-1, Changsin-dong Jongno-guHOSTEL87
Gom Guesthouse91 Pil Dong Jung-guGUESTHOUSE-
Dongdaemun InnJung Gu Ghwang Hui Dong 2 Ga 42GUESTHOUSE-
Dustin Guest House346-42 4F, Seogyo-dong Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Girls Generation Hostel3F 291-45 Euljiro 3 (sam)-ga Jung-guHostel-
Room in Korea25-9, Sinchon-ro 12-gil Mapo-guGuesthouse-
Family & Friends House567-27, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, seoulGUESTHOUSE88
Goodday Korea653-11 Hannamdong Yongsan GuGUESTHOUSE-
Huga Haus48, Hoegi ro Dongdaemun-guHOSTEL-
KpopStay6-153 Changjeon-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
The JA in Gangnam#508 5th Floor, Street No.1307 Seocho-dong SeochoGUESTHOUSE86
Suncity Hostel1-57 Yong-san-dong-3ga Yong-san-guHOSTEL-
Monai guesthouse1 54-Gil Seonyu-ro Yeongdeungpo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Cozzzy Guesthouse571-6 Yeonnam DongGUESTHOUSE-
Stay in GAM21 Waryong-dong Jongno-guHOSTEL-
Chez Nicolas B&B425-2, Hannam-dong Yongsan-GuGUESTHOUSE-
Yes Guesthouse#802 Magellan 21 Bldg. 156-2 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Backpacker Mr. sea Downtown7, Jongno 18 Gil Jongno-GuHOSTEL-
Pencil Mini Hotel in Seoul113-32 Donggyo-dong MapoguHotel-
BLU Guesthouse 2106-68 Nogosan-Dong MapoguGuesthouse-
Blu Guest House Seogyo463-1, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, SeoulHOSTEL-
Agit Guesthouse368-59 Sindang-dong Chung-guHOSTEL-
SoDam Guesthouse302ho 107-29 Nogosandong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Gom Residence151-52 Ssangnim-dong Jung-guAPARTMENT85
Tong Hotel and Guesthouse54-2, Jongno 5(o)ga Jongno GuHOSTEL90
Ultari House 2-The Gallery20-12, Donggyo-ro 52-gil Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
DDM Stay Korea Guesthouse206-3,Ojang-dong Jung-guGUESTHOUSE-
Come On Inn570-22, Yeonnam-dong Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Ultari House1-The Seed3F, 345-27, Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu, SeoulGUESTHOUSE-
HostelWOW167-3, Dangju-dong Jongno-guHostel-
Family House Tel198-9 Donggyo-dong, 90 North World Cup 4 Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
City Hostel Korea242-45 Gongduk-dong Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Persimmon House311-9 Heangdang Seongdong GuHOSTEL-
ICOS Guest House33-5 Nogosan-dong Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Yellow Brick46, Iksun-Dong Jongno GuHOSTEL88
The Mate House20-28, Wausan-ro 23-gil Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Duri Guest House30-71 (Hoegiro 5-8) Jongam-Dong Sungbuk-GuGUESTHOUSE-
Issue Seoul481-9, Seogyo-dong Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
DMC Apartment101Dong Woobang Apartment 244Ho Jeungsandong EunpyeonguApartment-
Guesthouse The Hill8-80 Yejang Dong Jung GuGUESTHOUSE-
Soo Guesthouse18-11, Namsandong 2gaGuesthouse-
The Seoul GuesthouseYeoungdeungpo 4ga, 103Guesthouse-
The Closest Hostel179-35, Donggyo-dong MapoguHOSTEL-
SS Guesthouse99-34, Seogye-dong Yongsan-guHOSTEL92
Kimchee Seoul Station Guesthouse14-94, Garwol-dong Yongsan-guGUESTHOUSE86
FunFunStay Guesthouse332-4 Seogyodong MapoguGUESTHOUSE-
Guest Bean House27,shinchon-ro 2 an-gil Mapo-guHOSTEL-
JJ House20-12, Pil-dong 3ga Jung-guHOSTEL-
Sopoong Guest House18 Gyedong 2-gil Jongno-guGUESTHOUSE-
My Home Seoul44 Dongjakdaero7gilGUESTHOUSE-
GuestBean House27,shinchon-ro 2 an-giGuesthouse-
Yellow Brick22F, 68, Wa Ryong-DONG JONGNO-GUHostel-
The JA Garosu5F #501,Gangnam, 524 Sinsa-dongGUESTHOUSE88
Hostel Wow Gwanghwamun167-3 DangJu-Dong Jongno-GuHOSTEL-
HI Seoul Youth HostelYeongshinro 200, Yeongdeungpo-guHOSTEL-
Artist 77 HouseApt 201 seongji-villa, 109-8 Cheongdamdong Gangnam GuHOSTEL-
Whitetail Backpacker & Hostel241-28 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-guGUESTHOUSE-
Crossroad Backpackers335-32 Seokyo-Dong Mapo-GuHOSTEL87
ForTune Hongdae Hostel in Seoul403-14 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-guHOSTEL89
M&K House4F, Sinsa-dong 556-12, Gangnam-gu, SeoulGUESTHOUSE-
Juno Guest House382-10, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-guHOSTEL-
Sp Deluxe ItaewonItaewon-dong 118-12HOSTEL-
Sweet ComfortSeogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea 446-56HOSTEL89
Maruji Guesthouse504-16, Yeonnam-dongHOSTEL-
Dongdaemun House91-121. Sinseoldong, DongdaemunguHOSTEL93
Seoul 53 Hotel53 Iksun-dong, Jongno guHOSTEL-
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Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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  • Longitude: 126.9828

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