I planned just one night in Gyeongju but almost wished I could stay longer b/c Mr. Gun Hee Lee and his wife were so kind.
Of all the Korean hotels I booked that I emailed to ask for hotel directions, Mr. Lee was the only one to respond. It was actually quite simple. If you're taking the KTX into Singyeongju Station, pick up the #50 bus by taking an immediate right when you exit the station. The bus drivers are extremely surly, but they will understand when you say "YMCA stop." The hotel is right behind a S Oil, and is well marked.
When we arrived, there was no one home, but there was a phone on the patio table for us to call Mr. Lee. He arrived within 5 min, and let us into our room, which was a regular double. He was extremely well prepared with city maps, itineraries, and public transportation info on how to get to the sites. After he got us all sorted, he told us that since the next day was the weekend, he will be giving us a private tour of the surrounding area. This was great, b/c we really only had one night in Gyeongju, and without a car, it would've been difficult to see anything other than the main tourist sites. After the wonderful early morning tour, we returned to his house, where his wife had prepared a nice breakfast of home cooked pork mandoo soup with a few banchans. It is always wonderful to have the opportunity to try home cooked food by a local when traveling.
I've been to so many hotels that are not prepared for travelers, but Mr. Lee had everything set out for us. He treated us so well and was always ready to go the extra step. I cannot recommend this hotel enough. The reason that it is not a 5 star is b/c the location is a little removed from the city center. But it's not a bad location at all...ask Mr. Lee for restaurant recommendations. Near city hall is Paris Baguette and also a Kyochon. And of course, many local restaurants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We've been doing this for 10years. We're inviting many different types of people who come from various contries. We would like to provide our property to our guests so that they could have a wonderful memory of gyeongju. you would also find korean real life.Not only It can be very interesting but everyroom is well equiped and privated.(for guest only bath room is shared.)Otherwise, our guests could obtain very nice experience in this place compare to other guest houses and hotels.Free wifi is available all the time / and you can also have a free korean or western style breakfast in the morning.very special thing in this place is our tour program.we offer free tour such as looking for a real gyeongju life , nightview of gyeongju and all day pottery or music tour.Thanks very much. ... more less
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