After looking around on Airbnb for quite a bit, I finally chose an apartment that suited our needs and the host had good reviews for our stay in Seoul. The one I found was a fully furnished private room with a washer and stove close to Seoul and that sounded pretty good to me for $30 a night!
Our Experience with AirBnB in Seoul
Before we even got to Asia, our host had messaged us a few times checking to see when we would arrive in Korea, how to get from the Incheon airport to Seoul and where to meet us. Talk about helpful! He even sent me a Powerpoint of the different transportation options with prices and meeting locations.
It’s always a tad scary when you get to a new country and have no idea what’s going on around you so I felt comfortable knowing that someone was looking out for us in Seoul.
We landed at Incheon Airport and took the subway to Seoul National University. After that, it was pretty easy peasy, we met up with our host at a cafe and he took us to the guest house, telling us about the town we were going to stay at, some good places to eat and visit and how to get around using the bus.
Our room was great. We got a nice big desk, a comfortable working chair, two twin beds, a closet, refrigerator, dehumidifier, lots of hangers, a fan, AC, a clothes hanging stand and a little table. Everything we needed to feel like home!
Right outside the door was the stove on top of the washing machine and a sink. Next to that on the right hand side was the bathroom. We were supplied with cutlery, kitchenware like pan, pots, bowls and plates and dish soap.
I hadn’t really fully experienced the Korean shower before and although my great-aunt’s house in Taiwan was similar with no separate shower area, at least it was bigger. I felt kind of weird showering standing right next to the toilet and sink but eh. You could do your business while showering! (I didn’t try it though haha).
The room was really comfortable with the only exception that we were not used to the hard Korean beds but we had all the amenities for a homey stay. I honestly didn’t know too much about how the size of apartments in Korea so it was a great experience to see how the locals live. It really surpassed our expectations and we’ll definitely keep using Airb0nb in the future!
What We Loved About Our Airbnb Experience
- Our host – helpful, enthusiastic, friendly
- Location – cheap, close to Seoul, safe, close to hiking trails, tons of food options and grocery stores just a couple minutes walk away
- Easy to communicate with our host before we got to Korea
- The room was exactly as pictured
Our host was wonderful. Woojin spent the first day showing us around, he took us out to eat, told me where to buy beauty products and helped carry my luggage up the very steep hill. When we were searching for information on Yeison’s father, he took Yeison to the government office to help translate and talked to the embassy on the phone. Woojin speaks English, Korean and Turkish and his mother knows Korean and German.
Although the place isn’t in the heart of Seoul, it was just a quick 5 minute bus ride away which came frequently. I actually preferred where we stayed than in Seoul itself. Since we were staying in a college town area, food and groceries were a lot cheaper, there were a ton of places to eat and it was mostly young people around.
The town is located on Mount Gwanaskan so right behind our apartment was a lot of hiking trails and an outdoor gym. I will note that since it is on a mountain, you have to walk up a fairly steep hill to get to the apartment. We definitely worked out our butt muscles while we were there!
Try Airbnb for Yourself
After such a wonderful first experience with Airbnb, I highly recommend it. It was a great way for us to get introduced to a new country, we learned more about the culture and it was extremely nice having someone show us around. I can’t believe I never tried it before!
If you’re thinking about trying Airbnb in Seoul, definitely check out this place. For the price, it was a bargain. Woojin is wonderful and helps you as much as he can since he understands what it’s like to travel in a foreign country by yourself.
Thanks Woojin for a great time and showing us the proper way to eat Korean BBQ!
I highly recommend using Airbnb in Seoul, we had an excellent time and loved our little apartment. It was also much cheaper than the hotels in downtown and we were just a bus ride away from the city.
Also if you haven’t yet, you can sign up for an Airbnb account. I really recommend you to try it out for yourself!
If you sign up through the link above, you get $25 off your first booking. Pretty sweet!
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