After a busy couple of days in Seoul, I took a train south to the historic city of Gyeongju on Tuesday. Arriving early afternoon the skies looked particularly ominous and sure enough, it began to rain just as I arrived at the guest house which would be my home the night. Whilst the weather wasn’t up to much the guest house was pleasantly surprising – consisting of a cluster of traditional-style buildings around a central courtyard Sa Rang Chae is extremely cheap (£10-15 per night) and has a very laid-back atmosphere.
The rooms are also of a traditional style with thin walls, paper-lined doors, and blankets to sleep on (not for those with bad backs!). There are also self-catering facilities so that evening I managed to find a supermarket and cooked up a half-decent stir fry which was eaten under the parasol with the heavens pouring forth all around 🙂
If you’re on a tight budget and would like to experience something a little different then I would definitely recommend it. Be sure to pick up a map of Gyeongju when you arrive as it’s easy to get lost when venturing off the main roads – there’s a tourist information centre at the train station which has them in English.
Next time… what to see in Gyeongju.