Hongdae Youth - Entire Private Flat

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Seoul, 121-210, South Korea
Sid & Karen
Your host, Sid & Karen
27 Reviews
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The Space

Want to stay at great location with easy access to subway in the middle of Hongdea Club area, the heart of night life in Seoul? Literally steps away from live music, great nightlife, the festive art scene, and tons of restaurants, cafes, and shopping.

The No.1 very excellent location - This is located in the heart of the Hongdae area(Hongik (website hidden).) in Seoul, this is surrounded by the numerous cafes, clubs, bars, restaurants, boutiques and extremely close to subway(150m) & airport bus stop(70m) and Tourist Information Center(60m) and Art free market(50m).

The apartment is situated in the middle of the best attractions, plays, musicals, dining, and nightlife that in the heart of Hongdae area has to offer. Relax and feel the youthful vitality in comfortable cafe/bar/club/playground with many new young friends around.There is always a great range of food and drinks available at reasonable prices.

The Apartment is next to the Hongik University / Hongdae Subway Station, ideally situated near Shinchon and Myungdong and Dongdaemoon.The entire flat is at your exclusive use. A 300 sqf. comfortable,clean, private one bedroom with private bathroom (shower), hot water 24/hours, kitchen with cooking facilities, fridge, air conditioning, Internet WI-fi,1 Queen size bed. We provide sheets and towels. Our neighborhood is absolutely safe and fun activities.
Neighborhood :
Hongdae(=Hongik University) area is center of night entertainment, artist community and hundreds of GREAT restaurants and cafes. Enjoy the city with most number of cafes per capita! Every alley you turn into has its own character, you can spend days and nights exploring this part of Seoul alone. This is where you can experience the "real" "current" Seoul.
Hongdae-ap (the area in front of Hongik University) is a neighborhood known for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground cultures, and freedom of self-expression. Unique cafes, cozy galleries, accessory stores, fashion shops, live cafés and clubs, art markets, and gourmet eateries make this a popular hang-out for locals in their 20s and 30s and a fascinating place to walk around.

Also in this same area is the ‘A ballerina who loves b-boy’ theater and other theaters dedicated to the art of b-boy dance. Another big draw of Hongdae is the weekend ‘Free market,’ (1pm to 6m) where artists gather each week to display and sell their handmade crafts and accessories. During the market time there are usually a variety of open-air concerts and events as well.

These unique place plus the cultural events, street performances, and festivals held here make Hongdae-ap an area that is always packed with people and excitement. Special streets such as ateliers’ street (with full of private institutions for art students preparing for university entrance exams), Picasso’s Street, and Club Street are also must-go places if you’re hoping to fully experience the Hongdae area.
Shopping Information
Free Market
* Schedule: Every Saturday (March-November), (phone number hidden)
* Venue: Hongik Children's Park
* Directions:
Exit 9, Hongik University Station (Subway Line 2).
Go 150m straight, and cross the street.
Turn left, and go 500m straight towards the Hongik University entrance.
Turn right to arrive at Hongik Children's Park.
* Programs: Handicrafts exhibitions and sales, indie music/mimes/performances, art workshops, street portraits & caricatures
* Homepage: (website hidden) (Korean)
* Inquiries: (phone number hidden)
Activity Information
Club Day
* Schedule: Last Friday of each month, (phone number hidden)
* Venue: M2, Via, Jokerred, Tool, NB, Q-VO, DD, Saab, Hooper, Ska, O.R, Myeongwolgwan, Evans, FF, WATERCOCK, Freebird, Soundholic, DGBD, Hole, Liveclub Ssam, Spot (Total of 21 clubs in the area)
* Admission fees: 20,000 won (1 ticket for entry into multiple clubs + 1 free drink)
* Inquiries: (phone number hidden)

Wikipedia on "Hongdae area"

The area is a mecca of young art in Korea. It is common for Koreans to deem Hongdae as the center for art in South Korea.
Hongdae is known to be a home ground for many young artists because of its many infras; such as little theaters and venues. Hongdae is also known for its mural street. The street is located around the Sangsu Station(상수) and contains various murals and graffiti throughout.

The area is also home to hundreds of bars, restaurants, boutiques, and nightclubs and draws revelers from a wide range of backgrounds. Most bars are open throughout the night to allow patrons to return home by subway. There is also a large collection of independent coffee shops and cafes in the area that seek to attract the local young adult population. The area is also known as South Korea's capital for the underground rock music community, and live music is widely available around the bars and clubs.

- Every Saturday (except in winter) flea markets are held on a certain playground that is close to the university. It is a fledgling craft market of things made by students and recent graduates. It is known to be the ideal place to purchase low-priced art from up and coming artists in South Korea. Hand-made accessories, dresses, special cases for mobile phones, and even calligraphy artworks are all sold during these days.

- The last Friday of each month in Hongdae is "Club Day", a wristband-powered event which allows entry to more than a dozen clubs for the price of one.

Accessibility :
Three minutes away from Hongik University Station Exit 9.
Most of the tourist destinations such as the palaces, myeong-dong, insa-dong, samcheong-dong, etc. are within 20~30 minutes from this place.
Yonsei University, Ehwa Women's University, Sogang University are very near as well.

Seoul City Hall : 20 minutes away by subway No.2
WorldCup Main Stadium : 10 minutes away by bus or taxi
Myoengdong : 15 minutes away by bus or taxi
Ankuk-Dong, Kyeongbok Palace : 20 minutes away by subway No.2 and No.3
Hangju Fortress : 20 minutes away

It's on the 7th floor of the building and is literally five minutes away from Hongik University Station (Line 2 and Airport Express Railway). It takes about 45 minutes from the airport to the station by Airport Express Railway. Total 60 minutes from airport to the door. Also airport limousine bus stop is 3-min. away.
One cannot ask for a better location than this!

The room :

This is an entire studio. You do not share any space with anyone else. You will have the whole house to yourself.

**Flexible CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT time! Great for early or late arrivals.**

The room has:
a wooden queen size bed
a wooden table
a bathroom
a small kitchen with stove
a washing machine
movable wi-fi and internet
secure number pad for the door
simple cleaning tools
toilet paper
hair dryer
hair shampoo, body shampoo, hand soap.
The apartment has a keyless entry.
Free beverages in refrigerator.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Monthly Price: $1300 /month
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Karen is really helpful and kind, she answered my inquiries quickly and do provide information in details. Her apartment is really cosy and convenient. I will be back if I am going to Seoul again.

    May 2014
  • The flat was clean and cosy but beware - it gets super noisy from around 10pm until 9am on the weekends and around 3am on school nights. I also found the flat to be quite cold at night.

    April 2014
  • The location is perfect! Less than 7 mins from the subway. Restaurants and bars literally at your doorstep and they are open till late at night. Perfect for party-goers and night owls. There are a lot of shops (cosmetic, clothes, accessories) within the vicinity. I highly recommend Irish pub lovers to go Shamrock & roll (located at 2F 407-1, seogyo-dong). It is a great hangout place (Guinness, darts and pool table) which is around 10-15 mins walk from the apartment.

    Do not bother getting a data SIM card as Karen and Sid provides a portable wifi router to allow easy accessibility from anywhere in Seoul.

    The apartment may not suit you though if you are very particular on hygiene (the place was slightly run down) or if you are seeking a peaceful or quiet retreat (music starts blasting in the morning).

    March 2014
  • This was a great place to stay in the vibrant Hongdae area. The communication was very good with this host. They got back to me last minute and when there was a small problem with the room it was resolved immediately. The free moving Internet was a huge plus and I really enjoyed my stay in this place. There is also a plethora of bars and restaurants in the area!

    December 2013
  • Lively, convenient and cozy - That's the best way to describe everything about this apartment. Words can't express our great experience in Seoul, and staying at Sid and Karen's apartment was like the cherry on top! Besides the Hongdae flat being surrounded by youth, awesome music and good food, and the Hongik University subway station a leisurely walk away, Sid and Karen made sure we were super comfortable and assisted us whenever we needed help.
    Would love to stay at here again the next time I visit Seoul. Thank you, Sid and Karen, for your contribution to our wonderful trip! :)

    October 2013
  • Our stay at Sid and Karen's apartment was great! Karen was kind and accommodating via email and we found the place with just a little bit of searching. Excellent location for bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, artsy things, and a student atmosphere. It was noisy because the partying scene outside generally lasted until the early morning hours, but it actually never bothered us. The apartment itself was clean and had everything we needed. I would highly recommend staying here!

    September 2013
  • I had a great time in Hongdae and at the apartment. It couldn't be better located in the area. It's right in the middle of everything, the bars, restaurants, shops, and there are some "museums" in the same building.
    The only downside, I have to say, is that the apartment isn't quite as clean and well maintained as the pictures lead you to believe. Also, the kitchen isn't very well equipped if you want to cook, and sometimes there were live concerts just outside of the apartment that went until about 4am.
    But overall I had an amazing time and you can't beat this place for the cost and location. I would definitely come back!

    September 2013
  • I had a fantastic experience at this apartment, it is smack downtown Hongdae. If you like exploring the Hongdae nightlife than this is definitely the place to stay at. My only issue was that I couldn't figure out how to turn the water heater on so I was stuck with cold showers (which I didn't mind since the summer in Seoul was boiling hot).

    Sid & Karen were super responsive when I had an issue and I would definitely love to stay here again.

    August 2013
  • Sid was a great host. He was accessible, patient, and responsive. For example, when I noticed a few missing things like the kitchen knife, he brought those things and more, knowing that I was staying for an entire month. (A microwave, toaster, rug, and extra towels for example.)

    The apartment is in a fantastic area. I especially like it, because I like to work out of the countless cafes in HongDae. There are also several great Japanese restaurants in the area including three that are just steps away from the building. On the downside, The building and room itself is a bit older and can get a bit loud. Generally, it sounds like you're in a cafe with music playing in the background but can get fairly loud on Friday and Saturday nights. It's quietest in the morning and when it rains. (Closing the window and curtains does help a lot.)

    June 2013
  • The flat location is very good and very easy to get around. Only few minutes walk to the Hongik Univ station and other public transport. Sid & Karen were very helpful and very flexible as well. The noise can be a little issue but with ear plugs, there are nothing to worry.

    April 2013
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Seoul National University
Korea Green Building Council, G-star REITs, Pacific Asset Management Company, New City Corporation, CB Richard Ellis, BHP Korea, Seoul City Development Institute, WRGK Architects
A travel lover and have been to more than 20 countries. I understand what travelers need in new place and could be your kind travel advisor for any place in Korea. I would like to introduce attractions and nice restaurants in Seoul, help you out to make the itinerary. Hope you will have a wonderful and unforgetable memory of Seoul trip when you stay in my apartment! Warm welcome to Hongdae!
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