Sarang-chae Guesthouse is a worthwhile traditional Korean house (hanok) experience, a comfy blend between the old and new world. The owner, Choo, and his wife, speak English and will help with any questions you may have about the accomodation or getting around the Gyeongju area. The rooms are traditional and bare except for a sleeping mat/pillow/comforter and a nightstand. During colder weather, you'll be treated to ondol, a wonderful underfloor heating system (A/C is also available for summer). No worries - the bathrooms are modern with a Korean-style shower. The lounge area has a kitchen which you are free to use, tv, computer, lots of travel guides/maps/information. Eggs/bread/green tea are available for breakfast, which is a nice touch. You're likely to run into other travellers and have some great chats, and a lot of the guests just hang out there when not out. There's also a courtyard which I'm sure would be lovely in warmer weather :) and it contains the sweetest dog, Jin-Seun. The bus stops to sites farther afield and the bus stations are a BIT of a stroll, but the guesthouse is literally below the royal tombs and a short walk to the observatory, forest, Anapji and the museum (all important downtown sites). I loved that it was in a quiet, traditional hanok neighborhood very different from the run-of-the-mill tourist hotels near the bus stations and the expensive "resort" hotels around Bomun Danji. I paid $25/night for my pvt. room w/ bath. You just can't beat that!
- Also Known As:
- Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse Hotel Gyeongju