Since I travel alone most of the time I personally prefer staying at hostels or small guesthouses or even couchsurfing. It's absolutely a great place to meet interesting people. And it sort of makes you realize that you are never alone whenever you're traveling. I also like the cultural exchange. I get to play the Ambassador of Goodwill of the Philippines even for a short period of time. I make it to a point to lure foreigners to my motherland.

So far, I have managed to create friendships all over the world thanks to hostels and couchsurfing. And mind you I still keep in touch with most of them thanks to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. In fact, I will be hooking up with a few people in Europe this coming summer. 
In Seoul, I stayed at Namu, a small guesthouse situated at the Hongik University district. It was one of the best experiences I've had so far. Aside from its tidy rooms and communal areas, the staff is hands-down its best asset. They would run an extra mile just to help out their guests! And they make you feel like you're home even if you're on vacation. I also enjoyed the laid-back ambiance of the place. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay in Seoul. The location is quite central too. Restaurants, coffee shops, convenient stores and groceries are scattered all over the area. And most places are open late some even in the wee hours. For some shopping head towards the Hongik University strip. Also, there are tons of indie art galleries scattered just around the strip. Just make sure you're in great shape because it is a bit of a walk from the station. But it's all good so you can shake off all those unwanted calories. 
Again, thank you Namu for taking good care of me while I was in Seoul. I cannot wait to stay with you guys again!
For more info about NAMU click HERE.

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