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Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse
Ranked #10 of 106 Gyeongju B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 November 2011

Sa Rang Chae is the perfect way to have a close view to what the Korean living way is, there you can enjoy a pleasant stay in a floor heated wood house with paper made walls and all. It looks strange but even in winter is perfect when there is snow outside, you can sleep onthe floor, which is heated, over a nice mutton like bed, It is a little bit hard for people not used to it like me, I sleep in a bed, not on the floor but it is not that hard for a couple of nights. I highly recommend this place for a quirk experience.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank Eusko
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Very good price and easy walking distance to historical sites and the trendy downtown area.

Very small, simple rooms for nothing but sleeping, but a great courtyard and kitchen for socializing. It has a nice traditional look and good atmosphere. The floor heating was great for sleeping on the floor on chilly fall nights. However, you can hear everything through the walls so you don't get much of a feeling of privacy.

Free eggs, toast, and jam for breakfast and instant coffee or tea all day.The owners provided us with convenient maps and directions for sightseeing. One night, he made a bonfire and played us his bamboo flute.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

This hanok-style guesthouse is cheap and cheerful. We slept in one of the ondol rooms, which meant a windowless tiny room only just big enough for the thin sleeping pad (we couldn't even put our suitcase horizontally on the floor), and an attached en suite bathroom, which was not glamourous but was fine. Our room opened out onto a courtyard where you can eat breakfast, and as other reviewers say, tea, bread, jam, butter, and eggs are provided free of charge. The location is convenient for Tumuli Park and the observatory; slightly less so for the bus/train stations or the town centre, but all are in walking distance. We'd planned to stay longer but found the sleeping pad so uncomfortable (even when we'd persuaded the nice owners to give us four!) that we left early. Ondol sleeping is clearly not for everyone - we had some sleepless nights, and when the room is so tiny, it's particularly frustrating. Note they don't provide towels. I was able to pick up free wifi, and they also have free use of a computer in the main house (next to where the breakfast things are kept).

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed for 3 days and enjoyed it very much. Its a charming place. The rooms are very small but the garden makes up for it. Location great and the recommandation from the couple on what to see and where to eat very helpful. No beds but ask for a thicker mat.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

PROs
1. The wife of the owner speaks English and is very knowledgeable about the area.
2. They have maps and books of the area.
3. Location is great - right near Tumuli Park
4. Free breakfast - You can cook yourself some eggs and toast.
5. Traditional Korean-style place
6. Inexpensive

CONs
1. Walls are paper-thin. You can hear people coughing snoring, going to the bathroom, opening their doors, etc. All the rooms are connected.
2. There is no air conditioning. Sleeping is almost unbearable in summer if you don't leave your door open for ventilation.
3. Some rooms don't have beds. They are Korean style, which means there is a thin pad on the floor of the room. If you are not used to this, it will not be comfortable.
4. Rooms are tiny.
5. There are no towels for the bathroom.

Overall, I would not recommend this place if you a light sleeper and want a little privacy. There are tons of "love motels/hotels" within a 15 minute walk of Tumuli Park. You can stay at one of those places for $40-100 a night per room, and the rooms have beds, fans or aircon, towels and toiletries in the bathroom - basically all the amenities that a motel/hotel should have. I ended up staying at one. Beware, the people who run the places don't speak much English. They wrote down a price on a piece of paper for me, and I used gestures to tell them that I wanted to stay two nights.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse

Address: 238-1 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Gyeongsangbuk-do > Gyeongju
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Ranked #10 of 106 B&Bs / Inns in Gyeongju
Number of rooms: 8
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