We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a trip around Korea & Japan, and we were keen to stay in a more traditional place within Gyeongju, and we came across Sillabang on another booking site.
The location is very convenient, as it is within a short walk from the train station and there is a bus stop close by to get you to the main tourist sites.
Once at the ondol, the accommodaation is very simple and traditional. A thin fold-up mattress and billow is provided for you to roll out onto the headed floor. There are rooms with private bathrooms, but we ended up with a shared bathroom as a result of a misunderstanding. Even so, it was no real problem and the owner was very apologetic (and provided a discount without any prompt from me).
We really enjoyed the access to the family lounge/living room and kitchen, when we were made to feel very much at home, with free bread, jam, tea, etc provided for all guests.
The owner is a very helpful woman who has just started to learn English due to a sudden increase in international visitors. She told us that previously all her guests were Korean, but more and more tourists were stopping by (primarily still Asian tourists). Whilst her English is still not great, she is incredibly helpful and will draw out maps, write down restaurant recommendations, etc for you. She really helped us to enjoy our stay Gyeongju.
This accommodation is not for everyone, as it is pretty basic, but if you are pretty relaxed and plan to be out all day then this is a convenient option (especially if you travel through Korea by train - like we did).
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