My husband and I stayed at this guest house for two nights in December 2011. First of all, arranging accommodations in Gyeongju is really a painful process. We wouldn’t mind paying more to stay in a hotel but having read some of the discussions here, we concluded it might be a plain waste of money. Our first choice was Sarangchae guesthouse but unfortunately the owners would be away for their own vacations then. We thought that we might just have to accept the fact that we would arrive Gyeongju without knowing in advance where to stay, which my husband detested. I noticed “Luckywon” at tripadvisor website and decided to give it a try.
I navigated through its Korean website and found two phone numbers. Fortunately the host (husband) picked up the phone. Though his English is limited but we managed to book 2 nights over the phone. The lady at the tourist information centre was kind enough to write down some directions in Korean for us to present to the taxi driver. Therefore we had no problem finding the place.
The guesthouse is just 50 meters from Tumuli Park. We are given an ondol room with private bathroom. There is a communal kitchen/dinning room where a desktop is provided for internet free of charge. A mattress and a comforter were provided. Though the size of them might give you an indication that they were only for 1 person, they are actually for 2. Around 4 PM, the ondol would be on so don’t put anything that would melt on the floor. Room was cleaned and towels replaced on daily basis.
The location is great. We walked to Tumuli Park, Anapji, National Gyeongju Museum, and Chomsongdae. North of the Tumuli Park there are some nice restaurants and small shops.
One downside is you can’t lock the door to your room. The room can only be ‘locked’ in a traditional Korean way: by a spoon. Though the host and his family lives on the same compound and they would take security seriously, we brought along our valuables with us and left some of them(i.e laptops) locked in our luggages. We felt safe staying here but it wouldn’t hurt to be cautious.
If we would travel to Gyeongju again we would definitely stay in this guesthouse again.