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Let me preface this by saying that this is NOT a "nice hotel." The shower in my room was literally a spray nozzle attached to the sink faucet. But it's so inexpensive and so conveniently located that you can't really complain. I slept like a...More
This hotel provides good service and located in a good locations (few attractions and subway stations within walking distance). However, the room and the bathroom is quite small, and the bed is not very comfortable.
Nice little budget hotel with all the amenities that you would need as a solo Traveller.. but one down side is the breakfast where there is little variety, but I don't have a problem with that as I was mostly out early in the morning...More
If guaranteed good night sleep is a big deal, skip this place. Otherwise for the money, it's probably one of the better places you get in Seoul, all things considered.
2. Great for site seeing for places up North, and Gimpo Airport...More
I found the room to be a little too small. Though, for its price, the location is really good. Walking distance from lots of tourist attractions. Taxi drivers will not immediately recognize the hotel but you can just inform the drivers to drop you off...More
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue
behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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We were only in Seoul overnight staying at the Hotel Icon but we went to the old palace which is probably less than 200 meters away - back to the Main Street where the buses run. It has scenes in most of the rooms so... More
We were only in Seoul overnight staying at the Hotel Icon but we went to the old palace which is probably less than 200 meters away - back to the Main Street where the buses run. It has scenes in most of the rooms so you can see what it was like in its heyday. There was an temporary? exhibition of the ceremonial robes that were really stunning. Some had been made recently and the woman who made them was on site to answer questions although she spoke little English.
The other place to go which is some 400-500 meters away is the Independence Park. It is full of buildings and plaques on the wall showing Korea's fight for independence against the Japanese. Well worth visiting.
There is a market street some 300metres away which was quite lively at night full of stalls, shops and eateries with a little display area where people were doing Ti Chi or whatever. It was still quite busy even during the day.
The Royal palace is as I recall some 2-3 Kms away.