Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse

Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse

238-1 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do South Korea
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238-1 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do South Korea
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Stuart W wrote a review Jun 2012
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom81 contributions224 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent two nights at Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse and seriously considered changing my itinerary to stay longer.

A traditional guest house, that requires you to sleep on a thin mattress on the floor, which proved comfortable enough. The walls are thin so be prepared for to overhear your neighbour. My room had it's own toilet and shower both of which worked well but some rooms share a toilet/shower block. I'm in my 50's but felt a definite student atmosphere to the place. Breakfast is provided in the form of bread, butter, jam and eggs which you cook yourself in a communal kitchen. This area also has a computer allowing internet access but free wi-fi was also provided. Meals can be eaten in the shared dining room or outside at tables where guests often congregated. There is a shared fridge, complete with sticky labels to mark your food. Departing guests often left stuff behind labelled 'free,' it was that sort of place. I think the house is well known for its dogs, one friendly, one less so, both clearly very used to having their photographs taken!

The owners were usually available, spoke reasonable English and proved happy to help with tourist advise, booking taxis or on one occasion give a lift (free.) They provide a washing service and laundered, but didn't iron, a basket of clothes for 5,000 won

The house practically borders a park holding a number of royal tombs, is about 10 minutes walk from the observatory. I'd estimate it at 15 minutes walk from the bus station, we arrived by train and the taxi fare to the house was 2,900 won (say £1.50) There are lots of shops and cheap restaurants within 5 minutes walk.

It was the cheapest place I stayed in Korea, my two nights and and one load of laundry costing 55,000 won (approx £27.50) we had booked two rooms so do not know if this led to a reduced rate. Most of my holiday was set in cities, all having a frantic pace of life, Sa Rang Chae was quiet, still and by far the most relaxing place I encountered in Korea. In the evening it was lovely to sit in the main courtyard with a couple of beers (purchased externally) and relax.
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Date of stay: May 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Seasondtraveller wrote a review Jan 2012
Paris4,347 contributions680 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a nice place, though quite basic, and provides a good feel for traditional Korea living. It is ideal for those who travel on a shoestring budget, as the price of the rooms is very modest (about 20 dollars per night for a room with a bathroom) and one can cook one's own meals in the shared kitchen. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and speak English. The guesthouse is located right in the middle of the old town, next to the Tumuli Park, which is very convenient. It is not that easy to find though, so be sure to print out the helpful map posted on their website. One drawback is that if the neighbours are noisy, you hear them all to well, but that is part of the experience.
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Date of stay: January 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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hbinnz wrote a review Sep 2014
Newcastle, Australia114 contributions84 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a traditional guesthouse run by a family, so don't expect hotel-style amenities. Do expect warm, friendly people, simple, clean rooms with sleeping mats, plentiful bedding and toasty underfloor heating, a welcoming common area and beautiful surroundings. Our shoes were even put under cover for us when it rained...very personal touches. The restaurant just down the street from the guesthouse (to the left; I can't remember the name) was the best place we ate in Korea and very cozy in a downpour. Definitely stay here for a really lovely Korean experience.
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Date of stay: April 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Martyn wrote a review Jun 2013
London, United Kingdom88 contributions47 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here based upon the many glowing reviews seen on this site but maybe my expectations were driven too high by reading these prior to going...

Sure, it is well located within walking distance to the tumuli, the parks, the town centre for food etc but I think that the reviews here fail to highlight just how "backpacky" this place is and the target market they clearly aim and cater for. It was not the easiest place to find (we had our own rental car) but that's not a major issue of course. However the place itself was pretty average. The communal areas like the dining area and the kitchen were grubby and worn and not kept clean. Breakfast was, contrary to the many reports here saying it was fine and adequate, very disappointing ! I mean...staying at a "traditional Korean guesthouse" doesn't one reasonably expect a Korean breakfast instead of "do-it-yourself" toast and fried eggs...what's all that about ?! The room itself was very basic, again everything appeared not very clean, dusty and worn out. The courtyard was untidy with scruffy furniture (a strange mix of old wooden things with a few white plastic chairs thrown in) and a couple of unkempt-looking dogs running around barking (one of which was vomiting fluorescent yellow stuff over the courtyard while we were trying to sit and relax on one of the chairs) - if you don't like dogs may be worth considering whether this is the place for you. In general it had a very "backpacky" feel to it and not what I was expecting for the price. I fully agree with the comments regarding the owners / staff being friendly and helpful though.

In summary we stayed a few guesthouses during our fabulous trip to Korea but this one, I'm afraid, was the most under-whelming of the lot. I wouldn't stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alexa H wrote a review Jul 2011
Los Angeles, California100 contributions44 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Date of stay: June 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Ask for a room with a bed.
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Cait S wrote a review Nov 2015
Apalachicola, Florida26 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Just tonight we tried to stay at this guesthouse and it is no longer open. The taxi driver made a few calls (in korean so I don't know the details) and the building was dark, unattended, and scary dogs barking. The friendly cab driver helped us connect with the next accommodation we had in mind, Coolzaam GH. He took us to meet the kind Coolzaam hostess and everyone helped get us in the right direction tonight in the rain, thankfully!
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tracy E wrote a review Mar 2011
California83 contributions78 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are just looking for a place to sleep that is in a great location then this is the place that you should book. They have both western and ondol (traditional Korean) rooms. It is a very old traditional place, nothing fancy and a bit overrun, and the rooms are tiny. Bring all your necessities including a towel, nothing is provided. The owner does speak English but he is hardly ever around, the wife is sweet and friendly. The rooms are warm but paper thin, get ready to know more about your neighbor than you should.
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Date of stay: March 2011
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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S T wrote a review Jul 2014
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a wonderful stay here, but as many reviewers have pointed it out, this place is not for comfort and it actaully was the most "backpacky" place I've ever stayed. Rooms are quite small and not very clean. BUT!!! There's something inexplicably charming about this place. And I will never be able to forget my early morning walk to Tumuli Park! Tranquil, at the same time very human. You'll never be disappointed if you focus on what you would like to get from this place.
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Date of stay: March 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nring wrote a review Oct 2013
Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands1,195 contribution48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the most charming places where we have stayed during our trip through korea.

15 min walk from the express bus station, 5 min taxi ride from the train station. Owner provided a map and detailed route instruction upon booking. We arrived earlier than check in time but we could leave our bags in a separate room.

Owners speak English very well and they provide lots of information about the things to see and how to get there. Room was very clean and comfortable (ask for another mattress if the one provided is too thin) And you can make your own breakfast (toast, eggs, jam, tea, coffee) in the kitchen. Lovely place to sit in the garden and to talk to other travellers

5 mins from the guesthouse you can rent bicycles for 8000 won a day. Gyeongju is a beautiful place to bike around. Love to stay here again on a next trip.
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Date of stay: September 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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yrinsyde wrote a review Jul 2013
Melbourne, Australia54 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband has had more experience staying in traditional places, but this was my first. And it was a great experience! I loved staying here. The owners, who live on the premises, were very welcoming and friendly. They have 2 dogs and my husband, who is not keen about dogs, was a little nervous but after introducing ourselves to them, the dogs accepted us. It is a traditional Koren house with traditional sleeping arrangements - you sleep on the floor on thin mattresses. We are middle-aged and so are getting a little stiff, but it was easy to get used to and ended up being comfortable. Basic bathroom facilities at the back of the room with no towels provided - but available on request. There is a common room with free breakfast and WiFi. The location is wonderful - easy walking distance to many archaeological sites of the Silla kingdom. Opposite a tumuli park and easy walking distance to the town. We had a wonderful 2 meals at a traditional Korean BBQ - opposite to the historic sites, just turn left at the end of the street. Stay here if you are visiting Gyeongju - quiet and relaxed - highly recommended!
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Date of stay: June 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Linda T wrote a tip Aug 2015
Southampton, United Kingdom4 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are of the traditional Korean style so let the manager know what your needs are when booking."
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robbinreads wrote a tip Jul 2015
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania565 contributions168 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Getting a private bathroom is worth it, but be aware that the shower is a hose attached the the faucet and there is a drain in the floor."
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Tania H wrote a tip Feb 2015
London, United Kingdom94 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some bedrooms have western-style beds and others have traditional floor beds."
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NamKhim wrote a tip Sep 2014
Singapore, Singapore96 contributions23 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Shared bathrooms are outdoors. If you are visiting during cold months, it will be wiser to get a room with attached baths."
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Leland S wrote a tip Apr 2013
Montrose, Colorado, United States22 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The location is up a lane next to the Tumuli Park and some taxi drivers can't find it. Refer to the map on this site."
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Which popular attractions are close to Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Cheonmachong Tomb (0.3 km), Daereungwon Tomb Complex (0.3 km), and Gyeongju Historic Area (0.4 km).
What are some restaurants close to Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sukyoung Sikdang, Bar Boon, and Vege Bakery Cafe.
Is Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Gyeongju.
Are there any historical sites close to Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cheonmachong Tomb (0.3 km), Cheomseongdae Observatory (0.6 km), and Gyeongju Historic Area (0.4 km).
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