An accommodation can really make or break your stay. Beforehand it can be tough to know what it’s really like to stay at a certain place. That’s why I’ve written this article about Hi Jun Guesthouse in Seoul, to give you a better insight into what it’s really like staying here.
Is it worth staying here, what to expect at this guesthouse and what are the surroundings like? Read on to find out everything you need to know.
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How to get to Hi Jun Guesthouse
Hi Jun Guesthouse is located in Seoul, in the Hongdae neighborhood. This is one of the best places to stay in Seoul, as it’s one of the trendiest neighborhoods.
The area is named after Hongik University, a university located in the area, so you’ll find lots of students here.
There are lots of great things to do in the area, such as watching live street performances and shopping at Hongdae Street.
You can also try some streetfood at the local food market called Mangwon Market. This feels like a more local and smaller version of the downtown Gwangjang Market.
Luckily, the guesthouse is conveniently located. It’s only a 5 minute walk to nearby Metro Station Mangwon. Only 600 meters away from the guesthouse you’ll also find another metro stop called Hapjeong Metro Station (exit 2 / 3).
The exact address of Hi Jun Guesthouse is: 105 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
What to expect at Hi Jun Guesthouse
So, what can you expect when staying at Hi Jun Guesthouse? The room is simple, yet accommodating. There’s a hair dryer, nightstand, television, small fridge and air conditioning in your room. You’ll also have your own private bathroom.
The bathroom has a shower hose and there are bath slippers to wear. It’s not as luxurious as other accommodations in Seoul such as the excellent Hotel RU136, but it’s definitely a nice place to stay. The owner is kind as well.
What makes the guesthouse special, is its good location in Hongdae. It’s fifteen minutes by foot from the downtown area filled with restaurants and shops.
There’s a space outside at the guesthouse to sit. The guesthouse also has a small cafe inside where you can get a coffee. You can fill up your water here for free. Click here to view its latest prices and availability.
Where to eat and drink near Hi Jun guesthouse
It’s always good to know whether there are any nice restaurants and cafes in the area where you’re staying. There’s a serene cafe located around 15 meters away from the guesthouse. You can recognize it by the sign outside which says Maum.
This cafe feels like a living room and is home to many Korean books and beanbags. It’s a really good place to relax in the evening after exploring during the day. Personally, this was one of my favorite cafes in the area.
It just had a really comfortable and calm atmosphere to it, which really made me feel like it was my home away from home for a little while. While you’re here, I recommend trying the strawberry ade drink.
Opposite the guesthouse you’ll also find a very popular small (Izakaya) restaurant called MistaGyoza. It’s often filled with locals and serves delicious Japanese food.
Conveniently enough, there’s a convenience store located around 10 meters away from the guesthouse.
All of these spots mentioned above are less than 1 minute away on foot. If you walk a little further, you’ll find lots of other good restaurants and cafes worth visiting. One of these places is Fullinamite, perfect for when you’re craving a burger and fries.
All in all, the guesthouse is surrounded by many great food and drink places.
Things to do in the area
The area where Hi Jun Guesthouse is located makes it such an amazing stay. Even though you’re in a huge city, the atmosphere is very quaint.
If you want to relax, you can head over to one of the beautiful cafes nearby. However, in case you want to feel the vibrant atmosphere of Seoul, you can easily walk to the buzzing Hongdae Street.
As you can see, there are several great things to do here, including the following:
Visit Mangwon Market
Mangwon Market is a food market located in Hongdae. It feels like a smaller, more local version of Gwangjang Market, which is a food market located in the centre of Seoul.
It’s definitely worth visiting and trying some of the street food over here, such as Korean fried chicken.
The address of Mangwon Market is: 27 Poeun-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Shop at Hongdae Street
The most popular street in Hongdae is called Hongdae Street. Here you’ll find lots of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. If you’re looking for entertainment, then you will find it over here! It takes around 10 to 15 minutes to walk here from Hi Jun Guesthouse.
Learn about history at the War & Women’s Human Rights Museum
For a different, more educational activity, head over to the War & Women’s Human Rights Museum in Hongdae. Do keep in mind that it’s closed every Sunday and Monday. It’s around 15 minutes on foot from the guesthouse.
Watch live street performances
Ultimately one of the best things to do in Hongdae is to watch the street performances. You will see dancers, singers and aspiring K-pop artists. Grab a bubble tea at Gong Cha and enjoy the many live performances.
You’ll often find street performances near Hongik University station and near Hongdae Street. Especially at Hongdae Street you’ll often find different artists performing.
Watching the street performances was definitely one of my favorite things to do in Seoul. You’ll see both locals and tourists enjoying the shows.
Hi Jun Guesthouse is a great choice of stay in Seoul. As it’s located in one of the most trendy neighborhoods, there’s always something to do here.
Besides, although you’re in a mega city like Seoul, the surroundings of Hongdae feel very charming and quaint. There’s a lovely cafe less than a minute away and opposite of the guesthouse you’ll also find delicious Japanese food.
Although the room isn’t very luxurious, you have all the basic necessities, a kind owner and your own private bathroom. Hence, I highly recommend staying here during your time in Seoul.
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