From so many cities in Asia continent, Seoul is one of the cities with fast development in tourism industry. One travelling website even stated this capital of South Korea as one of the cities with most international visitors during 2015, which proves that Seoul indeed has plenty of charms. The best thing is, Seoul is not only charming for those with unlimited budget; but it is also friendly for backpackers whose budget is just enough to survive.

For you who plan to explore Seoul in backpacker style, let’s check out these 11 budget-friendly accomodation. As a bonus, these 11 recommended accomodation do not only have such charming rate, but also have pretty awesome atmosphere to decorate your Instagram feed.

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1. Let’s Start With Mr.Comma Guesthouse, Super Cheap Accomodation with Many Awards Achieved.

Mr.Comma Guesthouse, via agoda
Mr.Comma Guesthouse, via agoda

Who says that super cheap accomodation rhymes with the word “pathetic”? Mr.Comma Guesthouse has proved it that super cheap doesn’t necessarily mean tacky. It’s proved by many awards that this guesthouse has achieved, two of those are 2015 Tripadvisor Winner and 2014 Award of Excellence by Booking.com. The location, which is just about 10 minutes of walking from Hongik University Subway (Exit 2), also becomes another plus point of this guesthouse.

More or less, here is the interior ambience at Mr.Comma Guesthouse:

Receptions decorated with merchandises given by the guests, via agoda
Receptions decorated with merchandises given by the guests, via agoda
Lounge, via agoda
Lounge, via agoda
Lounge and computer room, via agoda
Lounge and computer room, via agoda
Lounge, via agoda
Lounge, via agoda
Lounge and chess table, via agoda
Lounge and chess table, via agoda

The rooms consist of dormitory and private type. You can get the cheapest room rate by staying at the dormitory room. But if you want some more privacy, you can order the triple, double, or single room.

Mixed dormitory (6 beds), via Mr.Comma Guesthouse/facebook
Mixed dormitory (6 beds), via Mr.Comma Guesthouse/facebook
Twin/triple private room, via Mr.Comma Guesthouse/facebook
Twin/triple private room, via Mr.Comma Guesthouse/facebook
The atmosphere in front of room no 103, via Mr.Comma Guesthouse/facebook
The atmosphere in front of room no 103, via Mr.Comma Guesthouse/facebook

Address: 570-22 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from KRW13900/night or USD11,30/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, airport transfer, coffee shop, bar, laundry, concierge, locker, shared kitchen, barbecue facilities, public lounge, games room, solarium, tour, staffs fluent in 3 languages: Chinese (mandarin), English, French

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2. Uwa Guesthouse, One of The Frugal Accomodations Mostly Favored by Backpackers In Hongdae. 

Uwa Guesthouse, via agoda
Uwa Guesthouse, via agoda

Looking for a cheap accomodation at Hongdae district? Consider to stay at Uwa Guesthouse. This guesthouse doesn’t only have cool atmosphere and nice rate, but the distance is also not too far from nearest subway station.

Lobby at first floor, via agoda
Lobby at first floor, via agoda
The atmosphere at first floor, via agoda
The atmosphere at first floor, via agoda

Uwa Guesthouse has several communal rooms designed with different theme. For the lobby on the first floor, the room was designed with casual and colorful concept. While the lobby at second floor is equipped with a library.

Lobby at second floor, via agoda
Lobby at second floor, via agoda
Other atmosphere, via agoda
Other atmosphere, via agoda

Just like any other guesthouse in general, Uwa Guesthouse also has both dormitory and private room. The dormitory rooms consist of 4 beds and 8 beds, while the private rooms consist of twin and double rooms.

Dormitory, via uwaguesthouse
Dormitory, via uwaguesthouse
Twin room, via booking
Twin room, via booking

Address: 96, World Cup Buk-ro 6-gil, Hongdae, Seoul
Check in: 13.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW15500/night or USD12,54/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, barbecue facilities, shared kitchen, restaurant, library, public lounge, laundry, games room

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3. Still in Hongdae, There Is FunFunStay Guesthouse Offering Frugal Accomodations Filled With Cheerful Colors.

FunFunStay Guesthouse, via agoda
FunFunStay Guesthouse, via agoda

Hongdae district seems to never run out of stock collections of super cheap accomodations. No wonder, as this area has a campus named Hongik University, so there are many accomodations at this area have the rates that are friendly to student’s budget. One of those is FunFunStay Guesthouse.

Even though it is frugal accomodation, FunFunStay Guesthouse was designed with pretty cool atmosphere, dominated with cheerful-yet-soft pastel colors. FunFunStay Guesthouse also has a rooftop area as a smoking area.

Public lounge, via agoda
Public lounge, via agoda
Public lounge and kitchen, via agoda
Public lounge and kitchen, via agoda
Public lounge, via agoda
Public lounge, via agoda
Rooftop, via agoda
Rooftop, via agoda

Rooms at this guesthouse are dormitory type with 2, 4, or 8 beds in one room.

The atmospheres are more or less like this:

Rooms with 4 beds, via FunFunStay Guesthouse/facebook
Rooms with 4 beds, via FunFunStay Guesthouse/facebook
Rooms with 8 beds, via FunFunStay Guesthouse/facebook
Rooms with 8 beds, via FunFunStay Guesthouse/facebook

Address: 4F, 332-4 Seogoyo-dong, Hongdae, Seoul 121836
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW16468/night or USD13,28/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, meeting facilities, concierge, laundry, shared kitchen, restaurant, barbecue facilities, elevator, tour, bike rental, shops, car park, staffs fluent in 8 languages: Chinese (cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Swede, Korean, Thai, English, Spanish

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4. Looking For A Cheap Yet Entertaining Accomodation? Just Stay At Trick Art Guest House Hongdae.

Trick Art Guesthouse, via agoda
Trick Art Guesthouse, via agoda

From so many frugal accomodation in Seoul, Trick Art Guest House is one of them which offers unique concept. This accomodation doesn’t only have nice rate and comfortable atmosphere, but every corners of this guesthouse are decorated with numerous trick arts. Staying at this guestion will get you wondering: is this place an accomodation or a trick art museum?

Public room, via agoda
Public room, via agoda
One of the hallway, via agoda
One of the hallway, via agoda

Various arts of eye illution are displayed on its rooms, either the dormitory type room or the single room. These pictures below portray the ambience of the rooms and the trick arts inside them each.

Dormitory room with a painting of eye illution on the wall, via agoda
Dormitory room with a painting of eye illution on the wall, via agoda
A sample of other room with different painting, via agoda
A sample of other room with different painting, via agoda
Double room, via agoda
Double room, via agoda

Address: 9 Donggyo-ro 39-gil Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul 121-240
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from KRW 17100/night or USD13,88/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, shared kitchen, barbecue facilities, public lounge, car park

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5. ZZZIP Guesthouse in Hongdae, Neat Guesthouse Sprinkled With Toy Miniatures and Beautiful Art Products.

ZZZIP Guesthouse, via agoda
ZZZIP Guesthouse, via agoda

Love collectiong toy miniature? Love dolls? Try staying at ZZZIP Guesthouse in Hongdae when travelling to Seoul. This guesthouse is definitely famous for displaying plenty of toy miniatures on many of its room corners. And, this guesthouse is also filled with various painting decorations with cheerful color nuance on each room, which makes the ambience of this guesthouse seems to be so playful.

Facade, via agoda
Facade, via agoda
Guesthouse interior as seen from outside, via agoda
Guesthouse interior as seen from outside, via agoda
Public lounge with cheerful color nuance, via agoda
Public lounge with cheerful color nuance, via agoda
Kitchen via agoda
Kitchen via agoda

And, here is how the room atmosphere:

Room atmosphere, via ZZZIP Guesthouse in Hongdae/facebook
Room atmosphere, via ZZZIP Guesthouse in Hongdae/facebook

Address: 24-8 Dongmak-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW17409/night or USD14,14/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, concierge, souvenir shop, locker, portable WiFi rental, public lounge, airport transfer, coffee shop, shared kitchen, tour, ticket sale, children playground, games room, staffs fluent in 4 languages: English, Korean, Japanese, Spanish

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6. Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel in Seoul, Hostel With Warm Atmosphere Covered In Cheerful Pastel Colors.

Lazy Fox, via agoda
Lazy Fox, via agoda

From all the frugal accomodation in Hongdae, Lazy Fox Hostel is one of the favorite amongst tourists. It’s proved by how high is the score given by the guests who ever stayed here, which can be checked on various hotel booking sites.

Lazy Fox Hostel surely has such a fun ambience, with the homey nuance covered in cheerful pastel colors. Various funny illustration are also decorating this hostel’s walls. By the way, if you stay here, don’t get surprised if you see a lot of thank you notes from the guests who ever stayed at this hostel. Lazy Fox Hostel always display those notes regularly and makes it as a part of hostel decoration.

Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda

For the rooms, this hostel has many choices of room. You can get the cheapest rate if staying at the dormitory room (mixed or separated). But there are also options of single room, double, twin, triple, and family room. The atmosphere is more or less like this:

Room atmosphere of single/double, via hongdaehostelseoul
Room atmosphere of single/double, via hongdaehostelseoul
Room atmosphere of triple, via hongdaehostelseoul
Room atmosphere of triple, via hongdaehostelseoul
Room atmosphere of dormitory, via hongdaehostelseoul
Room atmosphere of dormitory, via hongdaehostelseoul

Address: $83-16 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from KRW17409/night or USD14,13/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, locker, shared kitchen, public lounge

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7. For Other Alternative, You Can Check Out Hostel KW Hongdae Line As An Option of Cheap Accomodation In Seoul.

Hostel KW Hongdae Line, via agoda
Hostel KW Hongdae Line, via agoda

Hongdae district never run out of alternatives for budget accomodations. If the 6 accomodations mentioned before are still not good enough for your taste, perhaps you can check out Hostel KW Hongdae Line. This hostel was designed with minimalistic nuance with a little touch of pastel colors to the furniture elements, and it is cool enough to be captured and shared on your Instagram account.

Interior Ambience, via agoda
Interior Ambience, via agoda
Interior Ambience, via agoda
Interior Ambience, via agoda
Interior Ambience, via agoda
Interior Ambience, via agoda
Kitchen and Laundry room, via agoda
Kitchen and Laundry room, via agoda

Rooms at this hostel consist of various type, starting from the dormitory up to the single ones. Each single room features a private bathroom, and some also features a kitchenette. The decoration is totally minimalistic, without decreasing the comfort of your rest.

Room atmosphere, via agoda
Room atmosphere, via agoda
Room atmosphere, via agoda
Room atmosphere, via agoda
Room atmosphere, via agoda
Room atmosphere, via agoda

Address: Dongkyoro 242-11 (Yeonnam-dong 260-9), Hongdae, Seoul
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW17427/night or USD14,14/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, concierge, shared kitchen, public lounge, meeting facilities, car park, staffs fluent in 5 languages: Chinese (cantonese), Chinese (mandarin), English, Japanese, Korean

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8. Hostel The Style, Chic Hostel With Awesome Bar and Coffee Shop

Hostel The Style, via agoda
Hostel The Style, via agoda

There are many hostel with pastel nuance and minimalistic decoration in Seoul. But, if you look for a slightly different ambience, you can check out Hostel The Style. This hostel was designed with the touch of exposed bricks on its public rooms, which is giving out the warm and a little bit rustic atmosphere.

Receptions, via agoda
Receptions, via agoda
Receptions, via agoda
Receptions, via agoda

Even though it is a budget hotel, The Style has a pretty trendy pub. At first floor, there is also a cafe designed with some touch of industrial style, which will make you feel comfy to flash your camera around the cafe for over and over again.

Cafe, via agoda
Cafe, via agoda
Pub, via agoda
Pub, via agoda

On the contrary with the hostel interior which tends to be rustic and industrial, the rooms were designed in minimalistic style with a little bit touch of pattern wallpaper as its accents. The room types are quite varied, starting from the double, standard twin, triple, up to the tatami one.

Double room, via agoda
Double room, via agoda
Standard twin, via agoda
Standard twin, via agoda
Room facilities are quite complete,
Room facilities are quite complete,
Tatami room, via agodavia agoda
Tatami room, via agodavia agoda

Address: Donggyo-dong 198-30, Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul
Check in: 15.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW19170/night or USD15,56/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, bar, coffee shop, famiy room, elevator, public lounge, tour, locker, staffs fluent in 3 languages: Chinese (cantonese), Chinese (mandarin), English

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9. For An Accomodation on Myeongdong District, The Boot Guesthouse Super Deserves For You To Try Out.

The Boot Guesthouse, via agoda
The Boot Guesthouse, via agoda

Myeongdong district has been very popular as one of the commercial district in Seoul. No wonder if the district becomes one of the most favored tourism destination, especially for tourists who claim to be shopaholics. Interestingly, although this district is also known for being one of the expensive districts, Myeongdong still has several frugal accomodations, one of those is The Boot Guesthouse.

The Boot Guesthouse, via agoda
The Boot Guesthouse, via agoda

The Boot Guesthouse is located only a few minutes of walking from nearest station. The atmosphere is pretty cool as it was designed with such a very homey nuance. You will instantly feel the sensation like being on your own home once you step your foot inside The Boot Guesthouse, and it won’t take long before you feel comfy at this hostel.

Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda

This hostel has 13 rooms consist of dormitory type, single, double/twin, and Korean-style room. Each room was designed with minimalistic and practical designs, except for the Korean style room which is equipped with classic furniture. Some rooms – including the dormitory type – are equipped with private bathroom, so you wouldn’t need to worry about queueing on the bathroom with all the hostel guests.

Dormitory, via theBOOT/facebook
Dormitory, via theBOOT/facebook
Double room, via theBOOT/facebook
Double room, via theBOOT/facebook
Twin bedroom, via theBOOT/facebook
Twin bedroom, via theBOOT/facebook
Single room, via theBOOT/facebook
Single room, via theBOOT/facebook
Korean Style room, via theBOOT/agoda
Korean Style room, via theBOOT/agoda

Address: 17-5Pil-dong 2-Ga,Jung-Gu, Seoul
Check in: 15.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW19998/night or USD13,37/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, ATM, concierge, locker, restaurant, barbecue facilities, shared kitchen, business center, family room, meeting facilities, public lounge, car park, valet parking

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10. ROI House Hongdae, Ideal For Backpackers Who Loves Enjoying the Sparks of Seoul City.

ROI House Hongdae, via agoda
ROI House Hongdae, via agoda

Having a plan of backpacking to Seoul while still having fun go mad? Then you should start checking out some cheap accomodations on strategic location. Such as ROI House Hongdae, for example.

ROI House Hongdae, via Roi Guesthouse Korea/facebook
ROI House Hongdae, via Roi Guesthouse Korea/facebook

This accomodation is located only a few minutes of walking from Hongdae Subway Station, which means this guesthouse will make you easy to access many popular places such as Myeongdong, Gangnam, Itaewon, and much more. But actually, around the guesthouse, there are also plenty of shops, popular night clubs, street entertainment, cafe, and many other nightlife entertainments. So you can easily find various entertainment if staying at this guesthouse.

Public area, via agoda
Public area, via agoda
Public area, via Roi Guesthouse Korea/facebook
Public area, via Roi Guesthouse Korea/facebook
Public area, via Roi Guesthouse Korea/facebook
Public area, via Roi Guesthouse Korea/facebook
Kitchen via Roi Guesthouse Korea/facebook
Kitchen via Roi Guesthouse Korea/facebook

Although located on quite a crowded area, the guesthouse management still guarantees that all guests will still be able to rest in comfort at night. That is because this guesthouse was designed with a very comfy nuance like it is your own home. The room types are quite varied, starting from the dormitory room up to family room.

Dormitory, via agoda
Dormitory, via agoda
Twin bedroom, via agoda
Twin bedroom, via agoda
Twin bedroom, via agoda
Twin bedroom, via agoda
Family room, via agoda
Family room, via agoda

Address: 229-45, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW21761/night or USD17,66/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, concierge, shared kitchen, family room, public lounge, car park, staffs fluent in 4 languages: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese (mandarin)

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11. To Conclude This List, There Is Bounce Guesthouse Hongdae Which is Ready to Welcome You With South Korean Hospitality.

Bounce Guesthouse, via Bounce Guesthouse/facebook
Bounce Guesthouse, via Bounce Guesthouse/facebook

Bounce Guesthouse is one of the favorite budget accomodation in Hongdae. Besides having quite complete facilities, this guesthouse is also famous for its friendly services. No wonder if this guesthouse often gets high ratings and achieves awards from various hotel booking sites.

Public room, via agoda
Public room, via agoda
Lounge, via Bounce Guesthouse/facebook
Lounge, via Bounce Guesthouse/facebook

One of the other uniqueness from this guesthouse is the lounge area which was designed in natural concept, combined with cheerful colors. So are the other rooms that also have furnitures in cheerful colors, which featured cute accessories in many of its corners. The result is, this guesthouse is identical with playful nuance and looks incredibly sweet on your Instagram account.

Interior, via Bounce Guesthouse/facebook
Interior, via Bounce Guesthouse/facebook
Kitchen area, via agoda
Kitchen area, via agoda
Public lounge, via agoda
Public lounge, via agoda

For the room, this guesthouse also has room with types of dormitory (mixed/separated) with 4-6-8 beds, and private rooms. Private rooms consists of rooms for 1-2 people, and friendship suite which can occupy up to 4 people. The atmosphere looks are more or less like this:

Dormitory, via agoda
Dormitory, via agoda
Dormitory,via agoda
Dormitory,via agoda
Friendship suite, via agoda
Friendship suite, via agoda
Private Suite, via Bounce Guesthouse/facebook
Private Suite, via Bounce Guesthouse/facebook

Address: 93-9 Donggyo-ro 27-Gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-868
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from KRW26114/night or USD18,45/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, airport transfer, barbecue facilities, dry cleaning, laundry, layanan kamar, shared kitchen, vending machine, ATM, business center, convenience store, meeting facilities, coffee shop, restaurant, money changer, locker, salloon, shops, tour, billiard, sauna, children playground, fitness center, car park, valet parking, staffs fluent in 4 languages: Chinese (cantonese), Chinese (mandarin), Korean, English

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Note:
– Prices may change unexpectedly. Kindly Check Latest Rate to find out regarding the updated price on your desired date.
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