Where to stay in South Korea for every budget

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For that unlikely blend of K-pop culture and ancient palaces, the Korean capital is your ‘Seoul’ option

First published on 8 Jun 2010. Updated on 7 Aug 2010.

IF YOU WANT TO SAVE:
In this 24/7 metropolis, it’s possible to skip accommodation altogether. Look out for tented street stalls for cheap eats and wash them down with a bottle of soju (Korean vodka), available by the bottle for just KRW1,614 (S$2) at convenience stores. For not-so-public drinking, potter over to the quirky Sincheon, a bustling district full of eateries and cool hangouts. If you can’t make it through the night and need to rest your tipsy head, head to one of many saunas that also include a jjimjilbang (dormitory rooms) for a snooze afterwards. If you can’t bear the thought of a bunk, try the chic Hill House Hotel, where rooms are available from KRW80,731 (S$100) per night. Hill House Hotel (133-1, 1-ga, Hoehyeon- dong, Jung-gu; +82 2 777 8135)

IF YOU WANT TO SPLURGE:
Spend the afternoon browsing the upmarket enclave of Apgujeong before checking into the super-impressive Lotte Hotel. The largest single property in Seoul, it’s popular with celebs such as Brooke Shields. Try and see if you can pick up an executive suite package from KRW298,681 (S$370) for two. Lotte Hotel (1, Sogong-Dong, Jung- Gu; +82 2 771 1000, www.lottehotelseoul.com)

Tip: Street numbers are not sequential in Seoul, so download a map of your hotel’s location (www.hotelkorea.com) before you leave, or write down the phone number for the taxi driver.

By Lauren Bartlett
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