Gangnam Wonderland w/ Yard Apt#22

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-011, South Korea

Stay in the heart of Seoul's hippest locale, in a private Korean-style apartment, hosted by a well-traveled Korean girl raised in the building and ready to unlock the secrets of Seoul for you. Don't just travel, experience something truly unique!

The Space

If you're looking for the most convenient location in Seoul, your search is over. With an express line to the airport, fast access to every corner of Seoul, and the hottest streets right out the your door, you'll never have to worry that you're wasting your time.

Now about the apartment. I can’t pretend the rooms are anything fancy, but they have everything you need and even a certain metropolitan flair. If you want to know how most Koreans really live, this is a good place to stay. You get your own kitchen, bathroom, and private entrance, as well as a number of other amenities (see the list below for full details). The door is controlled by a digital lock, so no need to worry about whether you remembered the keys. Wifi coverage includes both your room and the yard. Your own AC unit lets you control the temperature in the summer, and in the winter a private thermostat adjusts the Korean specialty--heated floors. Laundry is communal and free, though if you prefer a laundromat several are very close by.

I live up on the third floor of the building, so should you need anything I’m always easy to contact. As the pictures show, there is a very nice outdoor area where you can hang out--just keep the noise down after dark. The room is not massive, but 2 people fit comfortably, and if you don’t mind getting cozy with one another I don’t mind if even more stay. If you’re set on bringing your dog or your kids, that’s ok too.

Not only is transportation amazingly convenient to and from my apartment, but the area immediately surrounding it is one of the most popular hangout spots for young professionals. With four subway stations in easy walking distance, over one hundred bus lines running to every corner of Seoul stopping a short walk away, and one of the widest, busiest roads in Korea just a minute out the door, transportation really couldn’t get any better. Despite all that convenience, noise really isn’t a problem--my place is tucked on a cute little side street and surrounded by buildings and trees. It’s really quiet.

Guest Access

You will get the entire apartment all to yourself.
There are amenities and tools on a cabinet in the 2nd floor hallway. You can take snacks, tea, tissues, vacuum, plastic bags, etc from there freely.
In the yard, you can use the picnic table, tea table, and the swing as well. If you want to use the bbq grill, let me know.
There is a washer in the laundry room (free to use, no coin needed, detergent provided as well) and a collection of hanging racks outside that you can use, or if you prefer a dryer there is a laundromat just down the street.

Interaction with Guests

I answer my phone/app/text almost instantly, and I live in the same building, up on the 3rd floor, so it is very easy to contact me if you want to.
In general, I try to meet guests when they arrive to welcome them and give some information about the apartment, surrounding area, Seoul, and Korea.
If you want to have a totally private stay, and don't want to meet up at all, you can do so. Just let me know when you book.
On the other hand, if you want to hang out with me and my friends, that will be great too. And again, just let me know. I often throw BBQ parties in the yard and usually 15~40 people come, and of course my guests are invited as well.
If you are looking for a good place to eat, go out, visit, and see with your travel buddies, just ask me. I know many charming places in Seoul!
(If you are into roof-topping, I can point you towards some of the hottest locations and best views.)

There are barbeque parties almost every weekend in the yard (Spring to Fall). All of my guests are welcome to join, great event to meet locals, other tourists, and expats.
If you want to rent my yard for a BBQ party, that is also possible.

The Neighborhood

A twenty second walk takes you to one of the best late-night restaurant streets in Seoul, with plenty of places open all night and generally good prices all around. Lots of bars and noraebangs populate the rest of the street. The main Gangnam club road is within a ten minute walk, and several of the top clubs in Seoul are even closer. Temporarily tired of Gangnam? A short bus ride will take you straight into Itaewon or Myeongdong, and even Hongdae is fairly easy to get to.

Late night activities not your thing? Several famous shopping areas are within easy walking distance, and there is even a traditional market just a minute or two away. Banks and ATMs abound should you need to resupply your wallet, and should you want exercise, one minute down the street is an elementary school with tracks and outdoor equipment. For a more scenic workout, a ten minute run will take you to the Han River, which has running and biking trails up and down its entire length, as well as frequent outdoor exercise parks full of interesting equipment.

Getting around

There are 4 subway stations (line 2, 3, 7, 9) you can walk to, and 3 different bus stops with more than 100 bus lines including direct buses going all around Seoul, satellite cities of Seoul, and Incheon/Gimpo airports.

The nearest subway station is Shinnonhyeon station line 9. Less than 5 min walk, 400m/430yard. Also Nonhyeon statation line 7 is about 5min walk, 500m/550yard, Shinsa station and Gangnam stations are both about 1.2km/ 0.7mile away as well.
The nearest bus stop is 1 min away, 150m/500ft, with 50 bus lines including a bus connecting directly to Incheon/Gimpo airports, Myeongdong, Hongdae, Dongdaemoon, honestly everywhere important.

Other Things to Note

If you want to go to a fancy club in Gangnam, let me know beforehand. I can get you club information, possibly put you on the guest list so you don't need to pay entrance fee.

Popular plastic surgery places, such as Regen (5min walk) and Wonjin (10min walk) are very near. Since this is a quiet, low traffic building and private apartment (you don't share anything), many of my guests preferred my place over a guest house where you need to share the space, kitchen, or shower. My rate is certainly much cheaper than the hospital accommodations, so if you are planning to stay in Seoul for extended period, it would be an economical choice.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Monthly Price: $1100 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • Nice and clean apartment that can accommodate 2 people comfortably. Great location!!

    March 2014
  • Мы приезжали на лечение и жили здесь вдвоем 30 дней в марте 2014 года. Своя кухня с газовой плитой и свой туалет - это очень удобно. Порадовал теплый пол. Расположение удачное: можно ходить на станции трех разных веток метро, всего в 30 метрах - улица с ресторанчиками и местный продовольственный рынок, на котором можно получить питание "шведский стол" всего за 6$ на одного человека. При это в самой квартире тихо - окна не выходят на шумную улицу. Хозяйка - очень открытый контактный человек, помогала нам, если было нужно, в том числе - по нашей просьбе поставила вторую кровать вместо диванчика, когда мы ждали гостя.

    Всем рекомендую.

    Станислав, Владивосток

    March 2014
  • Kelly was very helpful , even I ask a lot of question ,she was fast to reply me! Good location , near supermarket ! Recommend !

    February 2014
  • It was a true gem in finding and staying at Wonderland! As described, the building is located in the hub of Gangnam, so accessibility was an absolutely major plus - restaurants, cafes, produce shops and more are just a few minutes away. Being in the vicinity full of activity was awesome and what's equally great is that Kelly's place is tucked in a quiet area with a quaint picturesque yard! It was definitely nice to meet and converse with other guests there. It's also with sincere gratitude and appreciation for having my first experience using Airbnb a superb one due to Kelly's INCREDIBLE hospitality - she does her utmost to ensure all her guests are comfortable and was always swift in responding to any inquiries I had. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much for all of your tremendous assistance and hospitality, Kelly! :-)

    December 2013
  • Our stay in Korea was for 6 weeks and we couldn't have been happier with our residence. Kelly, our host was very welcoming and helped us get familiar with the area. We appreciated how willing she was to answer any questions we had. The residence was peaceful and our neighbors were friendly. The location was perfect, there is a bus stop nearby and it is within walking distance to three subway stations. There are several marts, convenience stores and pharmacies nearby. There are many restaurants and cafes near the place, most are open late or are 24 hours. You can't beat the combination of price and location, I would strongly recommend staying here. In the future when I return to Korea I hope to be staying here again.

    October 2013
    Kelly
    Response from Kelly:

    It was a great pleasure to host Andy. Always smiling, very kind, and genuinely interested in the culture, he was basically my ideal guest. Staying with me, it really is about location, access, convenience, value, and the people you will meet. Koreans know all this, and that's why all the lodging in the area is usually so expensive. I would definitely love to have Andy back again.

    October 2013
  • The place was in a good location, very close to many restaurants and the subway station. Kelly is a very nice and friendly person and is ready to help. I recommend staying at this convenient location, as it helps getting around Seoul.

    April 2013
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I grew up in Seoul, and went to school in America, China, and Singapore. So far, I have traveled to more than 30 countries, and now I want to help travelers and expats in Seoul experience the best of what Seoul has to offer. My place is located in the heart of Gangnam which is one of the best residential areas of Seoul. Much of the best shopping and eating is concentrated around me, and if you want one of the best late-night restaurant areas in Korea, you only need to walk twenty meters down the road. Tucked just off the main drag, my place is a cozy three story building with ten apartments, and even includes a yard with trees--almost impossible to find in Seoul. It truly is a rare charm. With 4 subway lines and more than a hundred buses in walking distance, you can easily get anywhere in Seoul or even the rest of Korea. An express train to and from both airports starts only minutes away, and the major bus and train stations are only a short subway ride away. Whether you live in Korea or are just passing through, let my place serve as your base and be prepared to finally see the best of what Seoul has to offer under the guidance of a true Seoulite.
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