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: http://www.seoulbackpackers.com/md/index.htm

Here is my review from my tripadvisor account, you can see it here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g294197-d307032-r109893340-Seoul_Backpackers-Seoul.html

“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.”

 

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MAY 2011: Seoul, South Korea: MY ITINERARY

Hi Guys! This is part of my May 2011: Seoul series, this is the itinerary I made for our trip last May 3-7, 2011. This was not really followed because of some unexpected event that happened. Anyway, this is the short version of our itinerary.

All of with * is a must see place:

ITINERARY

May 3, 2011- Arrive Seoul, Check-in Hotel

  •  Daeksugung Palace *
  • Mt. Namsan * (There’s a lot of things to see here, this include the ff:)
  •              Namsangol Hanok Village (this is also located in Mt.Namsan
  •              N Seoul Tower (teddy bear museum) and Namsam Park 
  •              Cheonggyecheon Stream 
  •              Hongdae etc (drink!! Haha!experience nightlife in seoul)

May 4, 2011- 2nd day in Seoul

  • Everland or Lotte World (Lotte World is in Seoul while Everland is in the outskirt)

May 5, 2011 — 3rd day in Seoul

  • Palaces Tour: At least 2 of them (You will spend 10,000KRW for the entrance of all of these)
  • Gyeongbokgung*-
  • Changdaekgung*–
  • Gwanghwamun Square (Just near the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung –within walking distance)
  • Jongmyo Shrine* (also near Changdeokgung)

In the evening: Hello Kitty Café and 1st Shop of Coffee Prince café

May 6, 2011 – 4th day in Seoul

  • Shopping day
  • Choose Myeongdong, Nandaemun or Dongdaemun (These are great places to shop!)
  • The following places are in 1 area in Seoul, so it is easily accessible:
  •         Hangang Shimin Gong-won (Han River Citizens’ Park)
  •         63 building (wax museum and observation deck)
  •         Banpo Bridge*

May 7, 2011 –5th day in Seoul

  • Bukchon Hanok Village*
  • Visit a sauna (relax!!)
  • Go to the airport

To see a more detailed itinerary or ATTRACTIONS IN SEOUL (I also made this) with addresses, directions, office hours and admission ticket prices, please click here:

I’m open for your suggestions and questions… Just leave it in the comment box below… 🙂

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Backlog: MAY 2011 Seoul, South Korea –> the beginning (ticket booking and visa application)

I really wanna go to South Korea because I wanna see the Korean teledramas or movie filming sites. I think, I know what you are thinking….. (corny ba?)  I’m a self-proclaimed  Korean TV series addict! I don’t know…but there is really something to it which makes me cry, laugh and feel relaxed at the same time… anyway, this addiction toned down a bit when I went to grad school..

It was January 24 when Cebu Pacific had an International Sale. It included all Asian Countries. Well, that was a shocker for me during that time because my family usually hire a travel agent to book our travels. That is why I don’t have any idea about airline sales. Anyway, now that I knew about them, our travel agent lost another customer (sorry Ms. Jen!) I’m now the travel agent of my family and my friends.

Although the travel period is on May (take note I bought the ticket on January 24), I  Without thinking, I booked myself without even asking permission to my Mom! yikes! (take note, I’m still a 20 year old student; though not a minor, I’m still under the wings of my parents… so, I need to ask permission). More so, I booked a ticket without asking someone to accompany me or even invite someone to go with me! Another big yikes!!!! Just thinking of how I will survive in a foreign country—non english speaking one— ALL ALONE! (I can imagine myself lost…without someone to talk to *tears) However, I salute those people who travel alone! I will try it someday! I promise!

Upon knowing what kind of stupidity I did, I immediately contacted few of my friends, luckily, they are as excited as me, so they also booked their ticket!  I booked and paid only P5,300.00 for a roundtrip ticket, our travel date is May 3-7, 2011.

Actually, I already have plans for May the same year…. My family and I will be going to China for our yearly family getaway, (it will be on May 13-18,2011) but when I saw the sale for Incheon, I jumped out of my seat and said “I’m going to Korea!” (This time, I really don’t know how to approach my parents and tell them that I’m also going to Korea the same month that we are going to China! I’m thinking of using the Aegyo Style! haha (Aegyo means to act cute and lovely *with batting lashes and puppy eyes)

Anyway, my parents said YES! I even lied that I have Korean friends waiting for us in Seoul (I know… I’m such a liar)….  But, even though I don’t have a Korean friend whom I met here in School… I met Kyo, a volunteer from an organization in Seoul. Kyo toured as around the city area. Now, she is one of my Korean friends… Actually, she is my first korean friend! I miss you Kyo 🙂

By February, my friends and I were busy gathering the documents for our Korean Visa application. I was really scared because I heard rumors that it’s hard to get this Visa, and the reason for that is because of those Filipinos who became TNTs. Shocking?! No, I guess not! There are a lot of Filipinos who goes abroad getting a tourist visa and working there even their visa already expired. We call them TNTs, other call them Illegal Aliens.  (Anyway, Click here for some Korean visa “horror stories” and some helpful information)

But, Don’t worry, I heard that we are the last batch which were given strict requirements. The Korean Embassy is now lenient on the requirements and of issuing visas. South Korea and other South East Asian countries (including the Philippines), signed a treaty (I guess) which will let them cooperate more and such, so the South Korean government became more lenient about Filipinos and other South East Asian citizens going to their beloved Korea. Anyway, click here to view the requirements.

These are the requirements my friend and I submitted when we applied last February 24.  (This is from my Pinoy Exchange post)

Hi guys! we got our passport today! they granted our request for visa! yey!I submitted the ff: (student)
1. application form (I computerized it, for more added Aegyo! –added)
2. 1 passport size pic (glued in the application form)
3. Photocopy of school id
4. Photocopy of passport
5. Certificate of Enrollment
6. Affidavit of Support
7.BIR form 2316 2010 of my parents
8, Certificate of Employment of parents
9. Bank Certificate (BPI)
10. passportI’m a 1st yr law student, 1st time applying for a visa country
places I visited: HK, Singapore, malaysia, Macau
For my friend: she is an employee for more than 6 months in a company, a research analyst, with an income of 15-20k per month, she only visited HK
She passed the ff reqt.
1. application form
2. 1 passport size pic (glued in the application form)
3. Photocopy of passport
4.BIR form 2316 2010 
5, Certificate of Employment 
6. Bank Certificate + passbook photocopy (rural bank– if there is no date of opening in your bank certificate, the passbook is accepted as evidence of the date of opening of the acct)
7.passportayan. and we prayed a lot! haha! thank God naapprove naman kami.

nakakaba kasi naman kita mo na may mga nadedeny eh, yun nga sigurong may mga nakaipit na paper denied sila kasi parang bad trip na sila ng nakita nila yung passport. 

Mabait naman yung mga nasa counters eh, pareho koreans yung nasa counter 1 and 2. okay naman sila.

Anyway, through God’s grace, we all got our Visa!  Here is my visa with entry and exit stamps:

By the way, the location of the Embassy of Korea is in Mc Kinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio it is within walking distance to Venice Piazza.

I wanna expound on how to get a Korean Visa but guys, the requirements are not the same when I applied, and as what I said before the SK government became more lenient. Let me give you one of the biggest advice… Don’t go to the embassy if you don’t have all the requirements needed! You will just waste your time!

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