For our second guesthouse, we stayed at Kpopstay Guesthouse near Hongdae and just walking distance from Hongik University. You might be wondering why transfer from one place to another. I would like to think it’s strategic since our planned itinerary is also in those areas, and we can explore the place whenever we want and just a walking distance to Hongdae, where night life is just around the corner. Kpopstay is located to a more quiet area in Hongdae, so you don’t have to worry about the noise around the area.
I have been wanting to stay in one of their dorm rooms since I have learned about their guesthouse. I contacted them directly and booked, mixed dorm rooms which cost around 25,000won/per night/ per head which is also a good deal because it also include FREE breakfast. Once I have confirmed our booking, no need to pay immediately, you can pay once you have checked-in with the guesthouse on the day you of your arrival.
We had a struggle finding the place when we get off the subway station (Hongik Station, Exit 9) and imagine we’re dragging our heavy luggage on steep slopes. But with a little help from our Korean chingus, we easily found the place, even some of them struggle to speak English, they still try their best to help tourist find their way. ^_____^v Kamsamnida!
When we got to the guesthouse, the room that we booked is already full, so they have transferred us, to all girls dorm room without extra charge. Since it’s a dorm room don’t expect to have big spaces and room all to yourself. They have provided keys to our lockers for our luggage.
Their common area, where tourist from other countries can interact and share their travel tips and tricks going around Seoul. We even met a family from the Philippines, our kababayan who are on a vacation with their whole family. They thought we’re foreigners but when they heard we spoke Tagalog.. aaahhh! mga Pinoy din pala ito. 🙂 🙂 funny but it’s nice to see a common people that reminds you of home. Of course this only happens if you get a chance to stay until breakfast which is served from 9am-10am. Usually, everyone is already out early in the morning and by the time their back it’s already late and some are already tired from a long day of walking. I have enjoy that small talk over breakfast.
The rooms on the second floor are mostly dorm rooms which also have shared bathrooms. The space is limited on the dorm rooms, so don’t expect much, what I like about the room is, it is really comfy and I had a goodnight sleep though it is a struggle to get to the upper bunker. Overall stay is good and the price is ok, I would stay again but probably I’ll just stay on the lower bunker.
6-153 Changjeon-Dong, Mapo-Gu, 121-880 Seoul, South Korea Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get there:
BY TRAIN (Airport Railroad)
- From Incheon airport ↔ Hongik Univ. Station
- Fare : 3,750 KRW (46 min.)
Hongik Univ. Station -> KPOPSTAY:
Exit #9 of Hongik Univ. station. (Subway Green Line Exit / When you are out, you can see KFC on the left. Walk straight until you arrive at the first intersection. Turn left and walk uphill in the direction toward the main entrance of Hongik University. Cross the first crosswalk with Hongik Univ. main entrance on your front. Then turn your left. Keep walking until you meet the third alley on your right. (“DESIGN NEWS” on your right.) Come up the hill on the alley and you will finally see our KPOPSTAY within 1 minute of walk!
BY BUS (Airport Limousine Bus No. 6002):
- Bus No.: 6002
- Take the bus at Platform No.: 5B or 12A
- Fare : 10,000 KRW (45 min.)
- Get off at the “Hongik Univ.” bus stop.
3Days/2Nights – 46,000 Won / head