Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Seoul, South Korea. You can choose from 82 Seoul hostels. In total, there are 188 cheap places to stay in Seoul such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Seoul, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Seoul hostels are located in
Mapo District, Yongsan District, Jongno District
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Seoul? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Seoul alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Seoul. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Seoul. To help you make friends with Seoul before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
In Seoul, South Korea, skyscrapers and ancient palaces coexist. With more than twenty-five million people, it is one of the largest metropolitan cities and of the biggest cultural and financial centres in Asia. The city is divided by the Han River. Seoul has many areas, and each of them may feel like a different city. Each of these "cities" has a different vibe, so it is recommended to check what kind of neighbourhood appeals the most to you, before booking your Seoul, South Korea hostel. Sinchon, Hongdae, Itaewon, Bukchon, Myeongdong, and Insadong are some of the most popular districts to book a hostel in Seoul, South Korea, but there are many more interesting districts in Seoul.
Sinchon and Hongdae districts are home to many university students. This district is very much alive at night with a great clubbing scene and plenty of restaurants and cafes. Sinchon or Hongdae are good choices for a Seoul, South Korea hostel if you are planning on partying. Itaewon is interesting for the same reasons, but has a bigger expat community. The Bukchon area is away from the skyscrapers and modern architecture. Bukchon is a district full of cultural landmarks and the buildings consist of traditional Korean houses. Booking a Seoul, South Korea hostel in this district is ideal if you plan to see a lot of cultural sites while here.
If shopping and street food are your priorities on your visit, then booking your Seoul, South Korea hostel in Myeongdong may be your best choice. Myeongdong is one of Seoul’s best districts for fashion lovers and there are plenty of street food stalls to get a bite. Insadong is not as crowed as most other districts, but is still great for exploring Seoul’s cultural sites -- Insadong is a great choice for families to book a Seoul, South Korea hostel.
Seoul is a massive city with lots of interesting landmarks. You can easily spend more than a week and still have a list of interesting landmarks that you have not seen. If you are staying for more than a few days in Seoul, you might as well change hostels within Seoul to get a better idea of the different districts.
Written by local enthusiast for Seoul hostels Martin Straatman
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Seoul. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Seoul. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Seoul costs on average $25 for a dorm. A hostel in Seoul with private rooms costs on average $30.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Seoul. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Seoul. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
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Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Seoul and South Korea.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.