Seoul Backpackers Hostel: A Cheap Home Away from Home

So, after deliberating where to stay in Seoul, we already decided to stay in Seoul Backpackers’ Hostel Myeongdong Branch. We decided to stay here because of its central location and its “okay” prices.

Below is the map where the hostel is located:


We stayed here for 5 days and 4 nights. The price we paid was 70,000 KRW/ night for a twin room (with extra person charge)  It has ensuite bathroom, cute beds, air condition, hairdryer, television (with only Korean channels without english subs) and  It is only small but if you are on a budget then this will do.


If you wanna stay here then you should reserve at least 2 weeks before your arrival. I reserved my room here directly from their website. I did the reservation 1 month before my scheduled trip. They answers promptly, so there is no problem communicating with them. There is no need to deposit money or give your credit card number, what is only required is continuous reconfirmation of your reservation. The email they sent me included this instruction:

Please, kindly do again your reconfirmation 3 times to secure reservation by e-mail.
1. 30 days before your check-in date
2. 15 days before your check-in date
3. just 5 days before your check-in date
Otherwise, it will be automatically changed or cancel without prior notice.
* Twin room is 55,000 KRW ( 2 person / night )
– Non smoking room
– Two single beds
– Beautifully appointed en-suites room
– FREE internet available.
– Climate control air-conditioning and floor heating
– Remote control cable television with 24 channels
– State of the art security
– FREE coffee & Tea available from lobby
– 24 hours open
One add person will be charged extra 15,000 KRW / night.
We will offer you extra mattress and linens.

This is their website:

Here is my review from my tripadvisor account, you can see it here:

“We stayed in the Myeongdong branch last May 3-7, 2011. The rooms are better than expected, We got rooms on the 4th floor, The actual is better than the pictures seen in their website. The hostel has a good location, just 2 minutes going to euljiro subway station, and few minutes from shopping district, myeongdong and to the famous lotte department store. The room is clean but after staying for 5 days, it seems that there is no housekeeping and no one to even to collect the garbage. The kitchen is small but you can get tea, coffee and water for free.

Euljiro Station

The check-out time is 10am, but the staff did not inform us about it beforehand. my friends and I thought that it would be by 2pm, so we were really shocked and we packed up messily and hurriedly because of that. I ended up taking a shower in the dorm area.

The staff is indeed not always in the reception area, but you can always press the call button or knock on their door (the room behind the reception desk) to call them. And the one assigned in the morning in the reception desk needs to improve his english, because if he didn’t understand us, he will just waive his hands which signals that he doesn’t understand us or he merely does not want to help us. The evening staff on the other hand is very helpful to us even when in an emergency and has a very good command of the english language.

Lobby/ Front Desk

I’m really confused about the telephone installed in the room since it cannot call from anywhere even in Korea itself. It is only for the convenience of the front desk calling us for check-out but you cannot call them… but it is cute though,…but What a waste!

telephone inside the room

I also liked the internet stations of the hostel since it was very helpful and can be used anytime.

Internet Station

The hostel has a very nice location, it is near to everything, so it is a more cheaper way to go to Korea, so I recommend staying here.”



4 thoughts on “Seoul Backpackers Hostel: A Cheap Home Away from Home”

  1. hi yannahthewanderer! bf and i will be in seoul this october. seoul backpackers is one of my options. would you recommend it? i heard it has good location — you can walk from there to myeongdong shopping area and N-Tower. meaning, less subway rides = save more money! hahaha. currently, we made reservations on korea hostel, which is near dongdaemun. what do u think? should we choose seoul backpackers instead? 🙂 thanks! im so excited with the planning! i want everything to be perfect. hehe. 😀

    1. Hello! Well, I don’t know about Korea Hostel, but since it is in Dongdaemun, it is a shopping district too, lots of bargain shops there.… I think it also has a good location…. But if ever I’ll go back to Seoul, I might stay in Seoul Backpackers again, it is near Myeongdong and Nandaemun, Deoksukgung Palace, cheongyecheon stream and other attractions.

      Well, you can always walk your way in Seoul whenever you stay in the central part of the city… We went from Myeongdong to Jongmyo Shrine and Changdeokgung palace just by walking, it is quite a walk but it isn’t that far! Stay in the central part of the city and you can always walk your way towards the places you wanna visit. 🙂 Hope this helps!

  2. Hi, yannahthewanderer! I’m going to korea soon for holiday and i’m interested to stay in seoul backpackers hostel. I get confused about the reconfirmation e-mail. How to do that? I mean we should do re-reservation or what? And what about the payment? The payment should be done by visa or we pay at the hostel directly? Thank you so much before~~^^

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