For my first month back in Korea, I decided to “go it on my own.” In my previous two stays in Korea, I depended on my companies to secure housing for me. However, most forms of traditional housing in Korea typically requires large sums of money. For example, the area of Seoul I’m living in right now could command as much as several hundred thousand dollars to rent an apartment. The larger the deposit, the less you pay in monthly fees. If you deposit a large enough sum, you don’t even have to pay monthly rent.
**Note: the map of eMart in Yeoksam is down below
Living in a Goshiwon isn’t that Bad
Nevertheless, most forms of housing in Korea require a significant deposit, but I wanted to try one of the smallest forms of housing that didn’t require such and also wasn’t “shared living”: Goshiwons (고시원 in Hangeul and sometimes also referred to as Goshitels aka 고시텔). My “Goshiwon Adventure” started with “Castle Fine” in Yeoksam (a neighborhood in Gangnam). Continue reading