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238-1 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea   |  
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Ranked #2 of 68 Gyeongju B&B and Inns
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“Charming atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2008

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this traditional, affordable guesthouse in historic Gyeong-ju, Korea. The small rooms are centered around a courtyard, where the owner can be found reading the paper and relaxing with his dogs.

The room was very simple, with a futon for the floor, traditional ondol floor-heating system and an attached bathroom with shower (though I don't believe all rooms are ensuite). The room cost 30,000 won a night.

The owner spoke good English and provided us with a hairdryer, converter plugs, towels and shampoo / conditioner upon request, free of charge. He also sat down with us and a map of the city and gave us his recommendations for things to do and see. Bulguksa Temple, The National Museum and Tumuli Park were all highlights. The guesthouse is literally next to Tumuli Park, and in a good central location.

The social life of the guesthouse was laidback and friendly. We got into many conversations with other guests in the shared common room, while making breakfast together and swapping guidebooks. The owner provides eggs, bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee etc. for all patrons to help themselves in the morning. We could also use the computer and internet freely, and peruse the books and games in the common room. Very convivial atmosphere.

3 nights at this guesthouse helped make Gyeong-ju by far the best part of our trip to Korea, and we highly recommend it.

  • Liked — The friendly, relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — the thin futon to sleep on
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2007

If you come to Gyongju and want to stay in a traditional manner but not too uncomfortable I recommend this guest house!

You can sleep on on the floor, the doors are made with oil paper and the places offers a nice courtyard to sit down and chat.

More important than that the owner is really friendly, speaks fluent english (did not see that very often in Korea...) and gives you plenty of informationen and tips about the area.

The rooms are clean and some offer a western bath. The shared baths are also clean and only used by a small number of guests.
The same room will be sold as single or double - depends on the number of people you reserve for.

Ask for the rooms which are seperated from the courtyard on the left side of the gate! These are three rooms, one with bath the other two share one in the garden.

The location is good, downtown is 15 minutes walk away, so is the bus terminal, the Tumulus park (famous attraction) is next door. A supermarket is just 50 meters away. A nice restaurant (food is ok, but location is great) is just behind the guesthouse. Ask the owner...

Prices: 20.000 Won - 30.000 Won per room and night


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Address: 238-1 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Gyeongsangbuk-do > Gyeongju
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Ranked #2 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in Gyeongju
Number of rooms: 8
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