Summer is here and everyone is looking to travel around Korea but are not looking for high priced Hotels and crowded resorts. Those that are looking for unforgettable experiences at a reasonable price go to pensions in Korea. Pensions are a type of lodging, guest house, or boarding house. These small businesses may offer special rates for travellers staying longer than a week, may be located in historic buildings, can be family-run, and are generally cheaper than other lodgings, such as hotels, although they offer more limited services. Pensions are very popular in Korea so it will be good to know which pensions are right for you. No matter which kind of taste or requirements you need for yourself or your family, Korean pensions have it all. Here are 10 Pensions to visit in Korea.
Those that are looking to go to Jeju Island while in Korea, need to consider staying at Domgrami Pension instead of those high priced Hotels. The pensions are cute round cottages that look like volcanoes. The walls of the cottages are made of Jeju’s aerated volcanic rock. The best part of Domgrami is that it is just a walking distance away from the beach.
Price: Rooms start at ₩190k
Address: 137 Gasi-ro Pyoseon-myeon Seogwipo Jeju-do
Lamang Pension located in Gyeonggi-do is the ultimate pension for children. They have multiple themed rooms for children of all ages. They even have a room where you can relax inside a spacious bus! They are also popular with couples with their beer room and jail simulation rooms. This pension is all about having fun and relaxing. What child would not like staying in a Spongebob Squarepants themed room?
Price: Rooms start at ₩70k
Address: 565 Jeryeong-ri, Buk-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Starlight Novel Pension
Those going with children really need to check out this pension which is located in Gapyeong-gun. Starlight Novel offers fun cottages that range from a witch top hat, pumpkins, oranges, and giant mushrooms. While not as clean or classy as other pensions, this pension has character and a feel of a fairy tale that children will love. They have gardens and a river for kayaking.
Price: Rooms start at ₩150k
Address: 491-2 Gapyeong, Gyeonggi
Cozy Theme Pension
The exterior looks like a normal pension cottage but once you enter you will see a completely different setting. Located in Gapyeong, Cozy Theme Pension offers rooms that all have different themes. You can stay in a soju themed room, ramen themed room, banana themed room, and even a Starbucks themed room. Guests can choose from up to 7 rooms. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the hiking trails, game rooms, and the gardens.
Price: Rooms start at ₩100k
Address: 604 Baekdun-ri, Buk-myeon, Buk-myeon, Gapyeong-gun
FANTALUCIA Pension located in Daebu-do which is about a hour away from the Incheon International Airport is a great place to go for those looking not travel far to stay at a pension. It has the look of a white creamy castle and has a great view of the Yellow Sea. The cottages all look like cream cakes or ice cream mushrooms. But they also feature small adaptations of light houses and concert halls.
Price: Room starts from ₩80k
Address: 152 Seongam-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
Gulliver’s Travel Pension
Daedu-do also features a very unique pension called Gulliver’s Travel Pension based on the famous book by the same name. It is located near the Yellow Sea and has a great view of the waters. The pension has a pirate ship style room and an out fashion pub where you can play games and drink. They offer fun water slides all around the pension and also have saunas for those just looking to relax. A great place to take the family so some fun during the hot summer days.
Price: Rooms start at ₩130k
Address: 1870-98 Daebubuk-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
Aladdin Pension located in Ansan is a very romantic getaway that has a fun middle eastern theme. The rooms are spacious and come with a lovely whirlpool. The perfect place for a couple’s retreat. They offer first class spa treatments and a great view of the Yellow Sea. The offer a delicious BBQ outside as well as a nice service garden.
Price: Rooms start at ₩160k
Address: Daebu-do 1870-107, Ansan
Happy World Jongihak Pension
This place is just like going down the rabbit home and escaping the busy city life. This fantasy theme pension called Happy World Jongihak Pension has cottages that look like tree stumps and mushrooms. Take a nice walk along the beach, learn glass blowing, or just relax in the pool. Koreans love to come here to relax because the pension is very laid back and fun, all for a reasonable price.
Price: Rooms start from ₩75k
Address: Seonjae-ri, Yeongheung-myeon, Ongjin-gun, Incheon
Chez Lee Pension located in Tongyeong has some of the best fantasy architectures in Korea. Visitors feel like they have traveled to a magical place with equally magical rooms. They are known for their fantasy themed furniture and great hospitality. Located a walking distance away from the beach along their man made pathway, Chez Lee Pension is great for couples and family. They have a billiard room, pool, and a children’s playground area.
Price: Rooms start at ₩70k
Address: 1083 Pyeongrim-dong (30 Galmok-gil) Tongyeong-si Gyeongsangnam
Gyeongju Hanok Pension
For those looking to experience a traditional Korean living experience, check out Gyeongju Hanok Pension located in Gyeongsangbuk-do. This place was the former capital of the Silla Dynasty and is filled with Hanok minbaks which are shared Hanok-style cottages. But they also provide pensions for those looking for a more private setting. Feel what it was like to live during the Silla Dynasty as you stay in this hand made pensions.
Price: Rooms start at ₩130k
Address:124-31, Docho-gil, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do