Hotels in Korea are classified into five categories.

  1. Super Deluxe (Five-star)
  2. Deluxe (Five-star)
  3. First Class (Four-star)
  4. Second Class (Three-star)
  5. Third Class (Two-star)

General Price Guide

  • Double room in a super deluxe hotel 200,000-400,000 Won (₩)
  • Deluxe hotel room: 150,000-250,000 Won (₩)
  • First class hotel room: 100,000-150,000 Won (₩)
  • Second class hotel room: 50,000-100,000 Won (₩)
  • Third class hotel room: 30,000-100,000 Won (₩)

(Prices of hotels can vary depending on season and location)
Hotels above deluxe class usually provide fitness centre facilities, saunas, business centres, restaurants and cafes. All hotels add a 10% VAT and a 10% service charge.

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Traditional Hanok House

Spend a night or two in a traditional Korean house and experience the Korean culture first hand. Houses available for Hanok stays can be hundreds of years old. Most have been renovated to provide modern conveniences like TV’s and western-style bathrooms. Their style and character remain true. Old furniture, paper-pasted windows, and original home wares will take you back in time. Some houses offer unique Korean culture programs. These include tea ceremonies, pottery making classes, and Korean folk games. Simple meals are usually available for an additional fee.

Houses vary in size. Many are grand, with a guesthouse and a main building on one estate. Others are relatively small with simple bedrooms and a living room. Room rates can vary considerably and it’s best to research options in advance.

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Exclusive Stay

Luxurious accommodation is on the rise in Korea, and the past few years have seen many new luxury hotels and resorts open their doors. The Swiss SPAmed in particular has gained a lot of attention. Once a skincare resort of choice for European royal families and international stars, it now offers a unique oasis of calm for guests in Korea. Exclusive villas are also a tempting option and provide complete privacy, with luxuries such as 8m swimming pools, spas, golf ranges and yachting, all within the one resort. Exclusive stays are themed around health, beauty, recreational fun and pure indulgence. So check them out and plan a holiday experience like no other.

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Temple Stays

Temple stays are a unique opportunity for tourists to spend time in a Buddhist temple and learn about the Korean Buddhist culture first hand. Most temples are located deep in the lush mountains, providing the perfect setting to take in the natural beauty of Korea. Through spiritual training such as Zen meditation and Buddhist rites, you will achieve a balanced peace of mind to get you through the stress of modern day living.

Experience ‘Barugongyang’ (A Buddhist meal served in wooden bowls) and take part in a traditional tea ceremony. It’s all part of a program of discipline and training for the mind, spirit and soul.

Take part in pre-dawn Buddhist rites and Zen meditation. These can be physically exhausting, but they offer mental relaxation, a sense of freedom and happiness that will awaken you. Take a relaxing walk around the temple or trek across the mountains. Learn the art of rubber stamp and lotus lantern making. A temple stay is a cultural experience that will stay with you forever.

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‘Good Stay’ Accommodation

The ‘Good Stay’ logo is the Korea Tourism Organization’s promise of reliable and affordable accommodation. Only motels and inns whose facilities and operations meet our high standards are awarded the ‘Good Stay’ endorsement. To date, over 180 establishments nationwide have received our seal of approval, ensuring everyone from backpackers to business travellers know where to go for a comfortable stay in Korea. Make sure you book all reservations in advance to avoid disappointment.

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