Last mid of October, I was in Seoul for the long weekend and it was a pleasant trip. I enjoyed myself very much there (minus the daily 4km walking which I will later story). The food, the weather, the lifestyle, the shopping, the public transportation, the everything lah. Since coming back, I have been missing everything in Seoul that I have exeperienced. As I would start off the post about my trip from Day 1 till *suddenly lost post* which I tend to become lazy and forget about it, I better start of with something I have in mind that I’d really like to share first, and that is the accommodation which was booked via Airbnb.
We decided to stay in at least 1 Airbnb apartment to experience living in Seoul like the locals. I wanted to stay in the Hello Kitty themed apartment but sadly it was fully booked the entire month and onwards. Like what the heck man……..should have discovered this website sooner.
There were many themed apartments which I liked but most of them are either out of town or taken for the week 🙁
FORTUNATELY, one of my favourite apartment in my wishlist, Urban NINEHOUSE, is still available but only 2 nights available. I didn’t want to risk it and immediately contacted the host and made the booking. The whole process was very simple, smooth and really convenient. First, I messaged the host on Airbnb and enquired about the place and availability. Upon confirmation, I made payment via Airbnb and the whole process was done smoothly and hassle free! Our hosts were very accommodating and answered my questions on the same day. We followed up over Kakao and even asked for tips in getting around Seoul. Our hosts are a couple of husband and wife, and they are very friendly and welcoming. Before departing, I reminded them our flight and gave them our flight details.
Upon arrival, we were told to take a train to from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station as they will meet us there. Our host sent us a picha of what we’ll see at the spot we were to meet. He even met up with us in front of the train station and walked us to their MPV and drove us to the apartment which was just a corner turn away. So nice T___T
Our hosts led us up to the apartment and gave a mini tour around. Even taught us how to use the facilities and etc. The many reasons why I chose this apartment is because of its quaint yet modern interior. I’m glad the place turned out just as it was pictured in Airbnb site.
Here are some other pichas of the apartment:
The apartment is fully equiped with toiletries, towels, pots & pans. Love the cozy and comfy ambiance.
A very attractive and impressive apartment! Clean, comfortable and cozy. There’s nothing more we could ask for (I only wish there’s elevator or flat road). The only setback about the place (and many other apartments you find in Korea), there are no elevator and the only way up and down is the stairs. If you think walking up and down 4 flights of stairs is nothing, wait till you see this:
For the first 3 days, I had to climb up and down this place at least twice per way per day. *grumbles* Thank God for the great weather, otherwise, I would have given up half way up. Haha..
View from the terrace
The location is pretty strategic and it only took us 5 minutes walk to the nearest station (Seoul Station). Wonderful view of the terrace and you could even see Seoul Station from there. Another reason why we chose this place. From Seoul Station, we could go to most of the major tourist sites such as Myeong-dong, Dongdaemun, Namdaemun , Gyeongbokgung, City Hall, etc. We could even go all the way to Busan by KTX and Jeju Island by Korail Airport Railroad to Gimpo Airport. There are 24 hours mini market, Lotte mart(in Seoul Station), and local eateries nearby the apartment.
Overall, this is by far the best place we stayed throughout our trip in Seoul. It is just too bad that we only manage to stay here for 2 nights as it was fully booked throughout the week. As for the rest of our trip, we stayed in hotels, which I’ll post about soon.
*Sigh* I’m missing the place already.. Will definitely book this apartment again when I return to Seoul in the future.
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On another note, ever since we booked our stay in Seoul via Airbnb and all the convenience we’ve experienced, I am glued to the site and even downloaded the mobile App so that I could check out other stays for my dream vacations. It is that addictive. There are so many NICE NICE NICE home designs and concepts which we usually see from Home/Design magazines. But, this is actually a home/stay which you could book for a night/week/month! Not only do you get to travel like the locals, but also get to admire their passion in designing their place. Just so awesome lah! See it for yourself:
If you are still unsure what Airbnb is, well, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month! Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 26,000 cities and 192 countries.
I’ve favourite quite a number of listings and even added them into my wishlist of places to stay when I visit my dream vacation. Looking forward to my future adventures with Airbnb..