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Haemil Guesthouse

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152-2 Gwonnong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-380, South Korea
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Ranked #17 of 696 Seoul B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Convenient location, very close to historical places, not too far from subway station, the rooms are clean and comfortable. We were welcomed warmly. The owner, Lucy is very nice, friendly, helpful, and speaks good English. Many times she helped us while discussing our trip plan. Salute to Lucy for all the hospitality and her hard work to maintain the good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A memorable and wonderful experience in Haemil Hanok Guesthouse. Lucy was such a great host and the place was so comfortable and clean. Strongly recommended if one were to visit Seoul. A truly traditional Korean experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We stayed in the room 'param'. We arrived on a really cold day and Lucy (who runs the hanok) greeted us warmly and provided some lovely honey citrus tea and a wafer biscuit to help us warm up - a small touch which left a good first impression! We also loved the home cooked breakfast (e.g. bibimbap). Yes it is... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights. The house is comfortable. The host Ms. Shinsil Lee is very nice. The first night 11:00 PM, there is no hot water for shower, I called Lucy cell phone, she was sleeping. I am very sorry to wake up her. When she heard the situation, she came to the room immediately and help us to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Stayed a night in Haemil guesthouse in Seoul. Nearest subway is jongno-3-ga. Lots of busy streets, eateries and street food. Just 1 min walk to changyeong-gung and beautiful secret garden. Owner Lucy(Shinsil) hospitality made us feel very at home, her traditional rice cake soup breakfast was fantastic! Will definitely come again!!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

It was recommended by my friend,so during my first visit to korea,I stayed for 3days,when I asked Lucy if there is any discount,she told me no,but she offered my friend a 10% discount!after talking with her she agreed to offer me a 5% discount!I was still unhappy but as I really wanna experience Hanok so I still stayed her! upon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We can have a great experience in traditional Korean lifestyle. Service is very good and always care our needs. This guesthouse is quiet, clean and good for relaxing. The location is close to Changdeokgung (Aunguk station) and easy in travel.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My friend and I stay 4 days at Haemil Guesthouse. It quite convenient because walking distance to mrt station, it around 10mins. The owner very nice, she is a very sweet and helpful girl. She help us prepare traditional breakfast, let us can feel the real korea life. Even though we have to depart from guesthouse at 6.30am to airport,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We stayed our first 2 nights at Haemil Guesthouse. It was challenging to find as it is down a small alley - but that is the beauty and fun. Set in a mixed residential neighborhood across of the palace - we felt like we were residents of Seoul for those 48 hours because we slept in a traditional home that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My family stayed here for 2 nights and we loved our experience. Lucy was very nice and hospitable and spoke good English. There was traditional Korean breakfast prepared in the courtyard which a brand new experience for us. It was quite refreshing. The location was very good since it was a walking distance to the Changdeokgung Palace, Insadong and the... More 

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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