Explore South Korea [Part III]
As a whole, most hotels within Seoul are affordable to US standards. But we didn’t want to spoil our vacation experience with a standard hotel we could find anywhere in the world. If you want some local flavor, and are on a budget, finding a great AirBnB is totally worth it. Our one room apartment was roomy, convenient, and perfectly located right above a subway station. Our host was very helpful, and prepared the apartment with drinks, snacks, and some basic amenities. The building’s lobby had a twenty-four hour convince store for snacks and drinks, and the block had a couple fun resturants. At a price that was below a traditional hotel room in the same part of town, choosing an AirBnB was a win-win.
While traveling around some of the more fun, artsy areas of Seoul, we ran into some other alternatives for spending a short time in South Korea. There were some hostels that rented four-bunk rooms at an even cheaper price— if we bring along some friends for our next trip, we’ll certainly consider that as an option.
We said South Korea was an affordable place to spend a week off— if you live in the US, that means the standard monetary unit of 1000 Won will set you back around 0.80 USD. The Won more or less mirrors the Canadian Dollar, and because most foods and goods are locally sourced, most everything you encounter will be 10%-20% cheaper than you’re used to. I’d have to say the majority of transactions were able to be completed with our normal credit cards, and ATMs for western banks were easy enough to find.