Budget Properties

From Korea¡¯s extensive youth hostel program to local homestay programs, Korea also offers a wide variety of budget options for economy-minded travellers.

Youth Hostel

Currently there are 52 hostels in Korea nationwide. Hostels are located in famous cities and regions - from tourist sites and downtown areas to places that are difficult to reach. It is a good idea to make a reservation beforehand. Generally, hostels are very large and offer facilities comparable to deluxe hotels. Thus, the price varies considerably from 10,000 won (for a single room) to 160,000 won (for a family room). Persons possessing a Hostelling International Card can receive discounts of up to 20-30%. Hostelling International Cards are available at various Youth Hostels
Association offices around the world. In Korea, you can get one from the Korea Youth Hostels Association Office for 20,000 won (15,000 won if under 25 years old).

- Korea Youth Hostels Association

Address: Jeokseon Hyundai Building Rm.409, Jeokseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82-2-725-3031
Fax: +82-725-113
Directions: The building is at Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line No.3) exit 6.

Holders of the Hostelling International Card can receive many benefits such as favorable exchange rates at Chohung Bank, and a 10-20% discount at Everland, Lotte World, Seoul Land, Mt. Chiaksan Dreamland, Kumho Car Rental, Han River Cruises, Namsan Seoul Tower, Movie Theaters, etc.

- For information on other hostels contact the Youth Hostels Association
Homepage: www.kyha.or.kr/english/
Phone: +82-2-725-3031
Fax: +82-2-725-3113


The most prevalent type of accommodation in Korea are motels and yeogwans. Many motels and yeogwans populate the vicinity nearby bus terminals and train stations in large cities. They are not only easy to access, but they are also inexpensive. Reservations are not required unless it is peak season or a holiday. Because of the cheap price and easy accessibility, the conditions are not necessarily pleasant.
These accommodations usually offer ondol rooms (heated floors with cushioned mats to sleep on) so if you want a Western-style room (with a bed) it is a good idea to check beforehand. The prices vary depending on location and facilities. Generally,
the cost is about 25,000-50,000 won, however prices may be significantly raised during peak season or holidays.

* Korea`s Peak Seasons : April-May, July-August, October-November. During winter, motels and yeogwans around ski resorts are usually filled.

Guest Houses

Guesthouses are inexpensive and are a good way to experience Korean culture and meet other foreign tourists. Backpackers can receive a lot of information from the owners of the guesthouse. They also offer special weekend programs that allow foreigners to meet Koreans. Guesthouses offer foreign tourists the opportunity to learn about Korea firsthand and meet new Korean friends. Many guesthouses are remodeled family homes (generally sharing bathrooms) and are nearby downtown areas and tourist destinations. The price for one night is around 15,000-40,000 won.


Foreigners visiting Korea can stay at a Korean home with a host family instead of at a hotel or a motel. This is called a home stay. Unlike other accommodations, a home stay arrangement allows you to experience and understand Korea and its culture more easily since you will live at a Korean home with a Korean family. If you are interested in learning the Korean language, it would be an especially good option for you since you would naturally be exposed to the Korean language in an actual household setting. This arrangement is beneficial for both guests and hosts since a host can experience foreign culture and learn basic expressions in foreign languages without going abroad.
Many hosts are very interested in foreign languages and foreign countries and can manage simple, practical conversations. They may, therefore, be able to recommend some worthwhile tourist attractions or, if you are lucky, they may give you a guided tour or want to keep in touch with you after your stay. In principle, a home stay arrangement entails a private room and breakfast. You may need to share other items like home appliances with your host. If you want lunch and dinner in addition to breakfast, there will be extra charges. Lodging fees need to be paid upfront on the date of arrival. It is usually US$30 per night for the first week (1-7 days), but it may differ slightly depending on the home stay placement agency. Lower rates are applied for long-term stays and when a room is shared with other visitors. Most home stays offer optional airport pick-up services for an extra charge.

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