539, Haean-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
The Lovely Motel consists of five floors above ground and 44 guestrooms, of which only four Pension-type Family Rooms are equipped with cooking facilities. The guestrooms are divided into rooms with a view of the sea and rooms with a view of the city. The interior of the motel has recently been refurbished to provide more pleasant and comfortable accommodation. The large restaurant located in the basement level, which is also used as a seminar room or workshop space, provides breakfast, but groups of guests are asked to reserve meals in advance. The entrance is equipped with a wheelchair lift for disabled guests.
Guests can easily reach the seaside at Gyeongpo (15 minutes’ walk) and Gyeongpodae Pavilion by foot and can visit Gangneung’s main tourist destinations by public transport as a bus stop is situated close by.
8th floor, 17, Jungdong 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Haeundae Penthouse is only 3 minutes away from Haeundae Station on Busan Metro Line 2 and 5 minutes away from Haeundae Beach, both on foot. It has great barbecue facilities. One of the biggest attractions of Haeundae Penthouse is the view of Haeundae, because the guestrooms are located on the 8th floor. In particular, Room No. 801 is a signature room that commands a panoramic view of the marine city and the beautiful sunset with its large window. The modern guestrooms are some of the largest ones you can find in Haeundae. Each of the rooms has a terrace, a bathroom, and a shower room, furnished with bed, sofa, table, and terrace table for relaxation. There are also shared kitchens outside the rooms, and each of the kitchens can be used only by a certain number of rooms for the convenience of the guests. The guestrooms are cleaner than most other rooms at pensions and guesthouses because the kitchen is outside the room. All the guestrooms have a different design, so be sure to choose the right one when booking.
3-4, Jungang-daero 214beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
Hostel Familie occupies two floors of a four-story building located in Choryang-dong, Dong-gu, Busan, which is less than two minutes away from Busan Station and 10 minutes away from Busan Port International Passenger Terminal, both on foot. It has ten rooms with a bed, two dormitory-style rooms with beds, and one ondol (floor-heated) room for those who prefer to sleep on the heated floor. Certain guestrooms have a kitchen for guests who wish to cook, but guests staying in a dormitory can use the communal kitchen. All the guestrooms have a bathroom with shower. The hostel has computers in the lounge for the guests’ use.
3993, Donghae-daero, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
(Korea Quality Premier Class) WITH U is both a guesthouse and a mini-hotel located in front of the Sokcho Express Bus Terminal in Sokcho, Gangwon-do. It’s also very close to Sokcho Beach, so guests can enjoy a superb view of the beach from the fourth floor. Each guestroom is equipped with a bed placed on a flat bench which can be used as either a table or floor. This unique piece of furniture is designed for the comfort of those who prefer to sleep on the floor as well as those who prefer to sleep on a bed.
The guesthouse has rooms of various types and sizes including double rooms, twin rooms, triple rooms, and family rooms to cater for every type of guest. The 4th floor consists largely of a lounge that is open to all the guests, while the basement floor comprises a cinema room, seminar room, and games room for recreational purposes. There is a garden and a designated smoking area next to the outdoor parking lot.
984, Hanchigol-gil Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
Located in Hongcheon, Gwangwon-do Province, which is well-known for its clean air and water, Gohyangui Bom is a hanok (traditional Korean house) style of pension surrounded by a beautiful natural environment including Palbongsan Mountain to its rear and the Hongcheongang River flowing in front. The pension was built as a hanok structure with special materials such as pine wood from Unduryeong Hill at the foot of Gyebangsan Mountain and pure red clay. Many guests visit the pension again because of the clear spirit of nature and the good energy emanating from the hanok, which is said to help guests recover from fatigue and revitalize themselves. In addition, it offers guests an opportunity to swim and play in the shallow depths of the Hongcheongang River and walk along the beautiful Palbongsan Mountain hiking course. Moreover, it is adjacent to such renowned tourist attractions as Gugok Falls (near Bonghwasan Mountain; 30 minutes’ drive), which twist and turn nine times before plunging sharply downwards,; and Vivaldi Park Ocean World, which is a popular resort packed with thrilling and exciting attractions. The accommodations have eight rooms in all. One Sarangbang 1 and two Sarangbang 2 are situated on the 2nd floor, with one Hwangtobang 1, two Hwangtobang 2, and one Hwangtobang 3 on the 1st floor. Sarang-bang 1 is equipped with a large living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and fireplace (only for winter), while Sarang-bang 2 is composed of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an outdoor table, and a karaoke (norae-bang) facility. Hwangtobang 1, 2, and 3 are built with red clay. Hwangto-bang 1 is equipped with a living room and a bedroom; Hwangto-bang 2 with a living room and two bedrooms; and Hwangto-bang 3 consists of one room. All of the rooms are equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, air conditioner, fridge, and toiletries. The pension is also a great place for large family meetings and company workshops as well as for friends or couples. The pension is also famous for its buffet style of breakfast, which includes rice and soup cooked by the host with local organic ingredients. Guests can also request a dinner cooked according to their preferences. Its most popular dishes include BBQ, chicken soup with rice, spicy stir-fried chicken and others dishes prepared according to guests’ preferences. The breakfast costs KRW 7,000 per person, while the dinner menu and cost can be discussed when making a reservation. The pension recommends that guests spend a whole day in the hanok’s peaceful natural environment. Guests can set up a tent on the pension’s outdoor lawn, watch a movie, enjoy a BBQ party, and make a campfire at night to create romantic memories. The deck placed across the river is another popular place for taking a nap or relaxing in the cool breeze.
51, Baraemi 1-gil, Bonghwa-eup, Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Manhoe Historic House is located in the village of Baraemi, whose name means “a village under the sea.” As a place where literary and intellectual endeavors have flourished since ancient times, Manhoe Historic House’s representative structure is Myeongwolu Pavilion, where ancestors studied and recited poetry amid the beautiful landscape of Sobaeksan Mountain. It is said that about 1,000 poems were composed at the pavilion in the old days.
The house is also the birthplace of the independence movement in Korea. Local Confucian scholars led by Independence activist Kim Chang-suk gathered together at the pavilion right after the March 1st Movement in 1919 and wrote the petition for Korea’s Independence, which was eventually submitted to the Paris Peace Conference. Recently, many hundreds of letters exchanged between independence activists were also discovered at the house.
The house is a square-shaped hanok structure consisting of a ‘ㄷ’-shaped anchae (women’s quarters), a ‘ㅡ’-shaped sarangchae (men’s quarters), a jungmunganchae (middle gate building), and a courtyard. The anchae, which is over 320 years old, has been inhabited by the descendants of Kim Geon-su, a civil official of the late Joseon period, for six generations, The sarangchae, which is over 200 years old, was added to the original house at a later date.
The house was mainly built with red and solid Chunyang pine wood, and is well preserved as a result. The sarangchae has a half-hipped roof, and comprises a sarangbang (main room), daecheong (main floored room), geonneonbang (a room opposite the main room), and toenmaru (a narrow wooden porch running along the outside of the building). The guestrooms of the sarangchae and jungmunganchae include the Sarangbang, Seonangsil, and Baraemisil Rooms, of which the Sarangbang and Seonangsil are equipped with an individual indoor bathroom.
In particular, the anchae is a cozy well-insulated building comprising a daecheong in the middle, a sangbang room on the left, and a gobang (storeroom) and anbang (main room) on the right.
Every room of the anchae is decorated with paintings by the owner’s daughter, fabric artworks, and antique wooden furniture. The anbang, which has an attic and indoor bathroom, can accommodate up to eight people. Guests of the sangbang and gobang need to use the external bathroom.
Right next to the house is a farm covering an area of 6,600m2 where over 100 kinds of crops are cultivated organically, including wildflowers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, corns, peanuts, salad leaves and other vegetables, which are available for guests. Although the house doesn’t provide a breakfast, guests can pick vegetables in the field and cook them in the communal kitchen or at the BBQ facility in the outer yard. Meanwhile, the nearby Songyigukbapjip restaurant specializes in the delicious local dish made with pine mushrooms.
The house provides a variety of traditional experience activities including Tuho (stick throwing), Seunggyeongdo (chess), Neolttwigi (Korean jumping game similar to see-saw), Sijo composition (traditional Korean three-verse poem), a traditional musical instrument experience (six-stringed Korean zither, seven-stringed instrument, gong, etc.), and a woodblock printing experience.
31-57, Joldeuru-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Located in Jeongseon County, Gangwon-do Province, the River and Pine Pension offers guests an opportunity to enjoy an exciting trip and comfortable relaxation. It provides a BBQ in the evening and a free breakfast for all guests, who can enjoy the pension’s great food amid the splendid surrounding scenery. The café on the first floor is open to everyone, while the workshop offers guests an opportunity to learn how to make a quilt. In summer, the clean valley water flowing in front of the pension is a great place for water play and relaxation.
28-3, Jahamun-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Seochon Guest House is located in Seochon, which is becoming a hot place for tourists in Seoul, and precisely on the road to Suseong Valley, whichis filled with interesting stores and is also well-known for Park Nosoo Art Gallery and the House of Yun Dong-ju (poet). Seochon Guest House is nicknamed ‘Jaeminangol (interesting village)’ after Baekseok’s poem ‘Yeowunangol’, with the aim of providing a visit full of interesting experiences. Passing through a garden and entering the main building, the unique charm of this hanok building, the staircase to get to the first floor from daecheong (main floored room), catches the eye of the visitors. In addition, the building is decorated with various stylish objects including paintings and Korean musical instruments. The terrace situated on the first floor offers an open view of the surrounding area including roof tiles of hanok structures and alleyways in Seochon. It is said that Korean novelist Yoon Hu-myeong also appreciated the structure of the guesthouse, saying, “It is an interesting place.” Built in the 1930s, the house, which has many storage places, was taken by the owner couple in spring 2014 as they were attracted by the house during their trip to Seochon. After the repair work, the ground floor of the house was opened for guests from January 2016, hoping that guests could share their daily experiences and stories with each other. The guestrooms and the main floored room on the ground floor are open to guests, with the exception of the first floor, which is used by the owner couple. The living room is equipped with books, a curved TV, and a table. The tasty meal, which is served in the kitchen, consists of rice and soup with six side dishes and is much loved by guests. The guesthouse offers a total of four rooms – Jae Room, which is the most Korean-style room; Mi Room, which has a combined style of a Korean-style room and Western-style room; Nan Room, which is an ideal room for meditation with a beautiful paper window; and Ahn Room, which is equipped with a veranda and a pretty flowerbed. Every room has its separate charm with various comfortable bedding to provide a quiet and cozy bedroom for guests in the middle of the city. Furthermore, the guesthouse holds a pansori (epic chant) performance twice a year. The owner started learning how to sing pansori to promote the Korean culture and tradition to foreigners. When a pansori performance is held, the owner offers traditional Korean snacks and drinks including sikhye (sweet rice punch), sujeonggwa (cinnamon punch), traditional sweets and cookies, and tteok (rice cakes) to visitors, tourists, and performers. Moreover, it provides cultural programs such as a Gukak (Korean classical music) experience, Korean traditional clothes experience, and making Korean food experience, as well as other activities with guests, such as trip to the city wall between Inwangsan Mountain and Bugaksan Mountain, and the Royal Palace Tour to Gyeongbokgung Palace, etc., as well as a trip to a traditional market.
1007-34, Heonhwa-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the City of Gangneung, Hotel Tops Ville in Jeongdongjin is only two minutes away from the beach on foot. For this reason, the 'Ocean A,' 'Ocean B,' and 'Special Ocean' guestrooms offer a great view of the East Sea. The hotel has a seminar room and a cafeteria that serves breakfast. At night, you can see dozens of squid fishing boats that light up the sea. Right behind the hotel is a pine grove where you can take a walk. The hotel is very conveniently located as well, because the Coastal National Road and railway are right in front of it. Popular tourist destinations near the hotel include Jeongdongjin, Rail Bike, Jeongdongjin Time Museum, and Sandglass Park.
44-30, Ganghwa-daero 833beon-gil Songhae-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
'Jangbogo Hanok Pension is located in Songhae-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon, which is regarded as a 'roofless museum' in Korea. Bugeun-ri, Hajeom-myeon, which is home to the UNESCO-listed Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, Ganghwa History Museum, and Gwanghwa Natural History Museum are a mere 5-minute ride from the pension, with Goryeosan Mountain (436m) -- well-known for wild azalea flowers -- and Baekryunsa Temple at the start of the mountain trail only 4km away. Among the pension buildings, the main and detached buildings are where the guests stay. There is a roofed well in the front yard, which is used as a place to relax all seasons. Both the main and detached guesthouse buildings have two rooms and a living room with a traditional Korean kitchen furnace. The guestroom in the main building also has an attic room. In addition, the pension has floor-heated room, swimming pool, and barbecue facilities on the opposite side of the main building. There is a shared bathroom outdoors in addition to the ones in the guestrooms in both the main and detached buildings.
108-35, Donghae-gil Bukpyeong-myeon, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
'Haemaru Healing Forest is a guesthouse situated at the foot of Duryunsan Mountain, Haenam in front of Wondo Beach and surrounded by a cypress grove. The mountain, cypress grove, and beach are all visible from the main floored hall room. For this reason, many of the guests who stayed here say that the picturesque view seems to change day by day. The town where the guesthouse is located is specially designed as a 'hanok village,' consisting mostly of traditional Korean houses of Jeollanam-do. It is also widely known as 'Haenam Kimchi Village' because of their famous cabbages, which are grown in the natural environment and are used to make kimchi. Specifically, there are three villages in this area: 'Green Experience Village,' 'Farm Stay Village,' and 'Resort Village.' There is a public swimming pool in the area managed by the villagers and is very popular among visitors, with ticket sales reaching KRW 100,000,000 a year. One of the advantages of staying at this guesthouse is that it’s within a one-hour ride to a number of popular nature destinations such as Wando Cheongsando Island, Gangjin Dasan Chodang, Jangheung Cheongwansan Mountain, Woodland, and Yeongam Wolchunsan Mountain. Haenam is known as one of the best regions of Korea for enjoying the famous Jeolla-do cuisine, so visitors to Haenam are advised to try the local food. The villagers built these traditional Korean guesthouses so that their visitors can have a day of relaxation in nature, away from their hectic city life. With this mind, they used natural pinewood and red clay from Gangwon-do to build authentic traditional Korean houses and utilized traditional Korean tiles from Goryeong. The name 'Haemaru Healing Forest' was given by the owner of the guesthouse, with the subtitle 'A place where you can tell your story.' The guesthouse buildings are in 'ㄱ' shape. The main building, called 'anchae' in Korean, has floor area of 72m², which is big enough for up to 25 people. There are two rooms, a large living room, and a kitchen in this building. The rooms are furnished with sofa, television, air conditioner, refrigerator, and table just like an ordinary home so that guests can feel at home during their stay. The 'bakkatchae,' or 'detached house,' is a single room with capacity of 6 and is furnished with air conditioner and bathroom. The guesthouse is owned by a couple who still work in Seoul and need to travel back and forth between Seoul and Haenam frequently. They're both nature lovers, so their most favorite place in the house is the kitchen garden where they cultivate their own organic lettuce, perilla leaves, and chili peppers. The kitchen garden is open to guests who want to try the homegrown organic vegetables. Various experience programs are offered here as well, such as yunnori, dadeumi, jwibulnori, and kimchi making. Jwibulnori is a traditional Korean game played on the eve of Daeboreum or First Full Moon Day, where people burn dry grass on the ridges of rice paddies and fields and others spin cans of flames attached to the end of a stick or a sling. For safety reasons, this game is played with the consent and participation of the villagers, so be sure to ask the owner of the guesthouse when the game is played. It’s free for groups of more than 10 people. As for the kimchi-making class, it is offered by the guesthouse owner's younger brother and sister-in-law who live and run a kimchi factory in the village. They will teach you how to make kimchi, step-by-step, start to end. The kimchi-making class is a paid program, so be sure to ask the guesthouse owner how much and when the class is held.
15-3, Gyedong 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Guesthouse Mon Oncle a Seoul is a 'hanok' guesthouse located in Bukchon Hanok Village in Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, in the alley on the hill right across from Seoul Choong Ang High School, which was often used as filming location for popular Korean TV dramas. Because it’s situated on a hill, guests can enjoy a charming view of the traditional Korean houses under the hill from the living room, a beautiful sunset view, and a view of Inwangsan Mountain in the distance. The guesthouse and the neighborhood are very quiet, which is very unusual considering the fact that it's right at the center of downtown Seoul. Built in 2015, the guesthouse is very clean and comfortable. Despite being a new building, it has all the characteristics of a traditional Korean house called 'hanok,' such as roof tiles, front yard, and 'ㅁ'-shaped buildings. Except for the kitchen and bathroom, which are modern, everything about the guesthouse is traditional. The living room is furnished with table and chairs for the guests to use. The kitchen is located in a corner of the living room, complete with kitchen sink, refrigerator, and washing machine open to all the guests.
The guesthouse has four rooms, two of which are barely big enough to accommodate up to two people. The two other rooms are big enough to accommodate up to five people. The rooms are mostly bare without any decor just like most of the rooms in traditional Korean houses, where the ceiling rafters are visible. Each room has traditional bedclothes, furniture, and lighting. A special discount rate will be applied to those who book the entire house or stay there for a long period of time.
Because the buildings in all four directions face each other, all the guests must pass through the front yard in order to go to or come out of their room. The front yard is not very big, but big enough for the guests to have a chat or enjoy barbecue. The living room serves as a cafe, where guests can share their experiences or have breakfast together. The guesthouse is designed this way because the owner of the guesthouse likes to mingle with people. He built the guesthouse not only for business but also to meet people who love to travel like him. He even named the place 'Uncle' because he wants to be close to his guests. He actually goes hiking with his guests and gives them a tour of the town. He’s also an excellent cook, so be sure to try the breakfast before starting your tour for the day.