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Zen Backpackers

#1530 Neospo Bujeon-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan 614-730, South Korea
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Ranked #52 of 106 Specialty Lodging in Busan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Hostel was a little out of the way but the owner gave me very detailed instructions and was able to get to it very easily. The owner (June) was brilliant, he was able to give me advice in regards to what to do and where to go. In the evening those who wanted to could play games together. Cooking and... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

What I liked: - The location was awesome, close to party disctict and subway! From this station you can reach anywhere in Busan. Sure Hundae beach is 40min away but that's no biggy with subway. - The hostel is the owners appartment converted to hostel so the feeling was welcomming and homey. - The hostel owner is great I hear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Good sunset view. Cooking is available.reasonable price. Good location to reach the center of Busan, seomyun. Plus I got luck to meet good people include the owner. He understands bob marley's music, which is not common in Korea.

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Chicago
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I really wanted to like it, but just having a Bob Marley poster on the wall doesn't do enough. DIRTY bathrooms, actually the floors were on the gross side. I can rough it, but this place was treated like someone's apartment. I felt like I was living in a frat house where nothing was really tended to. That's really my... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This place was great. It is a large apartment being used as a backpackers so the place has a nice 'homey' feel. The guy who was taking care of the place, Soo, was so friendly and personable. I really felt like house guest. The price can't be beat and I will definitely stay there again on my next trip!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Clean and spacious, with the special style of the owner, fan of Bob Marley. He also is very helpful. We can make load of friends there from all around the world, the walls are full of notes and drawing of travelers who stayed there. Lot of restaurants nearby. Very nice place where to stay in order to visit busan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

i gonna say the boss is a cool and friendly dude! he has a big and cosy living room where we chilled and watched dvd (introduced by the boss). good location with quite a number of restaurants nearby. worth checking out when visiting busan.

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Jangsu-gun, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

It was a real pleasure to stay here! It is a really great and convenient location! The owner is totally awesome! So helpful! The dorms are nice with a great kitchen and living room area. Also the view is really great! Not far from buses or the subway!

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Bacoor, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We visited Busan last November 2011 with 7 friends. We were given the 4-bed all female dorm room and 4 beds in the mixed dormitory for the boys. We stayed there for two nights. What I loved: Free breakfast! It wasn't the amazing type of breakfast but it was enough to keep us full. The owner, Jun, also offered free... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Zen Backpackers is recommended by the Rough Guide to Korea (2011 edition) so I booked a few nights there thinking it must be good. I must say, I was mightily disappointed. What a grubby hostel! The bathrooms are dirty and need a deep clean. Stoor all over the sink counter tops, loo roll dispensers and in the corners. Black mould... More 

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