Koreans are eagerly waiting for COVID restrictions to ease up to travel around Korea. The hope is that the coronavirus pandemic will be under control thanks to the vaccines that starting to be administered in 2021. Hopefully, there will be many people traveling around Korea once 2022 rolls around. However, most will not be looking for high-priced Hotels or crowded resorts. Those that are looking for unforgettable experiences at a reasonable price need to check out some of the best pensions in Korea. Pensions are a type of lodging, guest house, or boarding house. These small businesses may offer special rates for travelers staying longer than a week. Most pensions in Korea are 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 what kind of taste or requirements you need for yourself or your family, Korean pensions have it all.
Domgrami Pension in Seogwipo, Jeju Island
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. This is a far better way to experience Jeju. 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 walking distance away from the beach. While the hotels in Jeju are nice, you don’t fully get to experience Jeju unless you have instant access to nature.
Price: Rooms start at ₩190,000
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. Best of all, 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. Haven’t you sometimes want to put your kids in jail for a bit??? This pension is all about having fun and relaxing. What child would not like staying in a Spongebob Squarepants-themed room? A perfect place to share your travels on Instagram and have experiences your children will never forget.
Price: Rooms start at ₩70,000
Address: 565 Jeryeong-ri, Buk-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Starlight Novel Pension in Gyeongju
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. Therefore it has attractions but both children and parents. The pension has a balcony, garden views, flat-screen TV, seating area, and a fully equipped kitchen. There is also table tennis available on site. Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park is 3.1 miles from the accommodation, and a few hundred meters further is the Gyeongju National Museum.
Price: Rooms start at ₩150,000
Address: 491-2 Gapyeong, Gyeonggi
Cozy Theme Pension in Gapyeong
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 gardens.
Price: Rooms start at ₩100,000
Address: 604 Baekdun-ri, Buk-myeon, Buk-myeon, Gapyeong-gun
FANTALUCIA Pension in Ansan
FANTALUCIA Pension located in Daebu-do which is about an hour away from the Incheon International Airport is a great place to go for those looking not to 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 lighthouses and concert halls. There are a total of 16 guestrooms and also has a seasonal outdoor pool and the pension cottage is fully furnished and has air conditioning and free internet.
Price: Room starts from ₩80,000
Address: 152 Seongam-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
Gulliver’s Travel Pension in Ansan
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. Therefore, we highly recommend taking your family for some fun during the hot summer days.
Price: Rooms start at ₩130,000
Address: 1870-98 Daebubuk-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
Aladdin Pension in Ansan
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. Furthermore, they offer a delicious BBQ outside as well as a nice service garden. An extra bonus is that the Gubongdo Sunset Observatory is minutes away from the pension.
Price: Rooms start at ₩60,000
Address: Daebu-do 1870-107, Ansan
Happy World Jongihak Pension in Ongjin
Those that are looking for something closer to Seoul will love Happy World Jongihak. This place is just like going down the rabbit home and escaping the busy city life. This fantasy theme 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
ChezLee Pension in Yeonggwang
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 with their man-made pathway, Chez Lee Pension is great for couples and families. In addition, they have a billiard room, pool, and a children’s playground area.
Price: Rooms start at ₩70,000
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-style cottages. However, they also provide pensions for those looking for a more private setting. Therefore, visitors can feel what it was like to live during the Silla Dynasty as you stay in this handmade pensions.
Price: Rooms start at ₩130,000
Address: 124-31, Docho-gil, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do