| by Kenneth Chase | 86 comments

Korean Apartment Tour in Seoul, Korea


Alright guys today we’re doing an apartment
tour in Seoul, South Korea! And we made apartment tours many years ago
when we were living here as teachers but now we’re traveling. So we wanted to show you guys what kind of
apartment you can expect to get through airbnb if you decide to travel in Seoul (서울). And we’re going to warn you these apartments
here in Seoul are pretty compact. Oh yeah. (Knocking sound) Hello, hello. Come on in. Alright, so first things first. We’ve got this little area down here where
you absolutely must take your shoes off. So look down. Shoes are never worn inside Korean apartments. Never ever. It’s like a big no no. So you just take them off and then the first
thing you’ll find here. Wearing your shoes would be like the biggest
faux pas ever. Yeah. In Korea, honestly guys. So right here you have a little shoe closet. You can store your shoes here if you have
lots of stuff for summer and winter. And there is also a little place where you
can keep your umbrellas in case it is rainy. And we’ve been getting a lot of rain lately. And something that is fascinating about apartments
in South Korea, especially in Seoul where space is so limited, is they just make use
of every inch of space in the apartment. Nothing is wasted. And you’re going to notice that in the kitchen. Alright, so this is our kitchen area. We only have two cooking ranges but the truth
is we don’t cook very much so that is plenty for us. We also have a little toaster oven and of
course we’ve got a microwave. A kettle. And noodle cups. Noodle cups. We are good at cooking noodle cups. And we also have a rice maker but we normally
don’t make rice. Oh and show us our favorite snack. It is right over there. So we got seaweed chips. Oh man those are the best guys. They taste so good. And I’m kind of on a bit of diet right now
so they hardly have any calories. These are perfect. Okay, so continuing in the kitchen we also
have a washer which is really really nice so we can do our laundry inside the apartment. Space efficiency. Yes. And we don’t have a drier but we do have a
drying rack which I’m hiding right here. It just slides in and out. Yeah. So whenever we do laundry we basically have
to open it up here and just let everything dry. Yeah, you can dry it right in the room or
you can also dry it on the balcony. A lot, some Korean apartments do have that. But we don’t have a balcony. Alright. Um, so next up we’ll show you. Oh, we didn’t show you the fridge. Yeah, the fridge is so cool guys. Look at that. So this looks like it is just a wall or maybe
storage but it is actually a fridge. So it is looking a little bare at the moment. Just water. We’re in need of getting a jar of kimchi (김치). Like we’re craving that so bad. But for now we just have water, cucumbers,
vitamins. Pretty bare bones. Oh and the fridge continues. There is more to it. This is the freezer. This is the freezer section, yeah. Yeah. So we don’t have anything in there right now. But maybe we can get, you know what we could
put in there? Ice cream? Ice cream is something. But we could also get the frozen mandu (만두). Okay. And we can cook that up. Yeah, so those are dumplings. We can either pan-fry it or boil them in water. Okay, so now we’ll show you the closet. So we are sharing this space between the two
of us. We’re also storing our luggage in here. Yeah, we’ve got our bag and then. So I get two shelves. Oh nice. Sam gets one. It is normally no this clean is it? I know I tidied up for the video. Hahaha. That is why. Secret. And we also have a few drawers for like socks
and undies and stuff like that. Exactly. Okay. So then this is pretty cool. This is our couch but it also turns into a
bed so technically you could fit four people in this apartment. Like on the airbnb website it actually lists
two to four. Yeah. So we would bit a little bit cramped for four
but you could make it happen. So how does it fold out basically? Show us that. Oh, it is a little complicated. That is okay. I have to pull this out and move the table
but it is basically the size of a double bed. So it is almost kind of like a futon except
that it doesn’t have the futon rest. Yep. And then this here is the bed which is nice
and a really cool bed. It is actually really firm. Koreans like really solid beds. You know what Koreans do it the right way. That is how I like my bed as well. Nice and firm. I hate soft beds. Hate them. Okay and then we have a little desk area. Yeah, this is where Sam works. This is where I edit the videos and social
media and blog posts and blah blah blah. And then we also have some additional storage
over here. Just some shelves and stuff. And I like how the apartment is decorated
here. It has kind of a cool tree and a bird and
then you have the different Chinese characters over here. Yeah. Which are I think they’re called Hanja (한자
– 漢字) in Korean if I remember correctly. Yep. And we’ve also got a fan, we have some AC
because it is super hot in here. Essential to have this. If we didn’t have this we would have already
melted. Yeah. We kind of are already but. Hahaha. That is August in Korea guys. Really hot. And lastly we’re going to show you the bathroom. Save the best for last. This is really different. Yeah, this is so different from um especially
anything in North America. Yeah. You probably haven’t seen a bathroom this
small. So basically this is a wet bathroom. So first things first the floor is actually
lower in here because everything gets wet. So when you come in you have to put on these
little slippers. Your fippity flops. So yeah, and I will take this to show you. Yeah, check this out guys. Basically our shower is attached to the sink. Yeah, right up here. And so when you’re showering the water is
just kind of going everywhere. The sink is getting wet, the toiletries are
getting wet.. Even like your toiletry kit, like your toothbrush
and deodorant it gets a little bit wet. You can see that I just had a shower and you
can see how wet the toothpaste is. So we would not recommend bringing in your
towel or your clean clothes. Keep the towel here and close the door. Seriously. Yeah. Otherwise it gets totally soaked. Yeah. And then we have a little bit of storage space
here for your shampoo, body wash. Things like that. You can hang up your towel in the rack. We have another rack here. Yeah. So yeah, that is pretty awesome. So yeah that is what a typical studio apartment
in Seoul looks like. You can see that it is actually not that big
in terms of surface area but every inch is used in a very functional manner. And even things, I think the coolest thing
is even like this fridge. It just looks like an extension of the apartment. You would never guess oh that looks like a
fridge. It looks more like a drawer. You just open it up. Yeah. Yeah. It is pretty awesome. So yeah that is our Korean apartment. We hope you enjoyed the tour. We’re going to be staying here for about a
month before we continue traveling around the country. And you’re cutting off my head. There we go. He’s so tall. Hahaha. But yeah we’d be curious to know what is the
smallest apartment you’ve ever stayed in and where was that located? Yeah, and you know what for us can we give
it away? What it is for us? Hong Kong. It was Hong Kong. Yeah. Hong Kong by far. I think it was like a quarter of the size
of this room. Seriously. You can only fit two people. Yeah, we could barely walk in and the bathroom,
if you thought that was a small bathroom, oh man are bathroom in Hong Kong was tiny
guys. So anyways hope you enjoyed this and yeah
definitely let us know what was the smallest apartment you’ve ever stayed in. Okay, until next time. Bye. Ciao.

86 Comments

Clyde in Japan!

Sep 9, 2016, 11:04 am Reply

I would have NEVER guessed that was your fridge (2:33) lol. What an interesting design!

Great tour guys! Looking forward to seeing more of your travels in Seoul! (^^)v

Kenneth Ho

Sep 9, 2016, 11:35 am Reply

Been watching u for a few years now, how u earn income to travel around the world?

evogardens

Sep 9, 2016, 11:49 am Reply

Hi Guy's,
Small but Cosy !
The wet bathroom is interesting; do you bother to wipe everything down after your shower, or just leave it wet?
Love those sexy tan lines on your feet Audrey !
Safe travels.
Jim.

Ava Miller

Sep 9, 2016, 11:50 am Reply

Awesome video. Question: What advice would you give to new travellers on, how to save money while going on long trips?

제임스 James ジェームス

Sep 9, 2016, 11:55 am Reply

Looks so similar to the apartment I'm living in now, even down to the air-con unit haha. I personally love the apartments which are one room but have a little attic/second floor :]

Kevin

Sep 9, 2016, 12:11 pm Reply

the bathroom looks really small tho but the room is pretty big 🙌

Andrea Pepe

Sep 9, 2016, 12:24 pm Reply

I forget how much I love you guys and then I see a new video and my heart grows three times it's size. <3

Harish S

Sep 9, 2016, 12:55 pm Reply

Sam, disappointing to see no beer stocked in the refrigerator! (lol) Thanks for the tour and enjoy your stay:)

jasica nicole

Sep 9, 2016, 1:54 pm Reply

cool… ☺

ProRallyDriver

Sep 9, 2016, 2:23 pm Reply

Oh man! Amazing but I will not be comfortable in that bathroom! lol …. I am sure in Japan are smaller. I think ….

Perdomot

Sep 9, 2016, 2:39 pm Reply

I like it. How much does this place cost?

Aleks P

Sep 9, 2016, 2:49 pm Reply

hongkong it is! you can even bump the ceiling while changing shirts 😣

PCMasterRace99 9

Sep 9, 2016, 2:55 pm Reply

i still remember of the dracula castle oh oh oh lol

ccclny1 A_va

Sep 9, 2016, 3:18 pm Reply

they married???

Christopher Brennan

Sep 9, 2016, 3:39 pm Reply

Is this in the building near Hongik Uni Exit 3? There seems to be a bunch of Airbnb places there with a similar layout (and I'm staying in one myself soon!)

appel taart

Sep 9, 2016, 3:54 pm Reply

How much does the apartment cost?

LastofAvari

Sep 9, 2016, 3:57 pm Reply

You look really good together 😉
Good luck on your Korean journey. It's a wonderful country, but you already know that, I bet. 🙂

Mr Simon Peterson

Sep 9, 2016, 4:44 pm Reply

nice job

Kana Miyamoto

Sep 9, 2016, 5:01 pm Reply

Very similar to how apartments look like here in Japan except that we have a tub in our toilet, and yeah everything gets wet! Based on my experience I would have to say Kowloon in Hong Kong was the smallest apartment I've ever stayed, it was for 2 persons but couldn't barely walk side by side. >_<

Syed Abbas

Sep 9, 2016, 5:14 pm Reply

hmm, the smallest apartment I stayed in was in Pakistan, and it was still double the size of this korean one. It was super cheap too, considering the facilities weren't that good.

Ana Hernandez

Sep 9, 2016, 5:39 pm Reply

Such a cute apartment! That fridge is really cool!

Kari H

Sep 9, 2016, 6:39 pm Reply

Interesting! 👍🏼 We have visited friends in Malbork, Poland and stayed in a small flat. 45 m2 with 4 grown people living in it, plus us visiting. Next time we went there we insisted on staying in a hotel. They did not like that at all.

Kari H

Sep 9, 2016, 8:44 pm Reply

Do you want to see a video from Malaysia? Mon Ami from Portugal live here in Norway. But is on holiday in this lovely video: https://youtu.be/ZRTzdLqc91U

WAY AWAY

Sep 9, 2016, 9:09 pm Reply

How long are you two in Korea if you have an Apt?
Great video:)

Glen

Sep 9, 2016, 9:11 pm Reply

They really need to get rid of those wet rooms.

Daniel Martel

Sep 9, 2016, 10:16 pm Reply

One day in Lima the apartments will be like that so chiquito. Thanks guys for your video and hi from NYC.

Ilaria A.

Sep 9, 2016, 10:23 pm Reply

First time commenting. I've loved watching your travel videos; probaly starting with Vietnam. I'm a frustrated mental traveler. I would love to live abroad. I agree with the no outside shoes inside. It's so much cleaner. Take care…

Pradeep Rajkumar

Sep 9, 2016, 11:03 pm Reply

I feel like home.. Hindu houses in India are the same.. Traditional with banana leaf we sit in the floor and eat… Organic and farm grown food are eaten…
South Korea has similarities with our South Indian -Tamil language…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGSrEAW0c_A

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/words-that-speak-of-an-enduring-link-between-tamil-and-korean/article7853212.ece

Pradeep Rajkumar

Sep 9, 2016, 11:04 pm Reply

I also use DELL XPS 17 and using a ultrawide screen 29 inch 21:9

Pradeep Rajkumar

Sep 9, 2016, 11:06 pm Reply

Always use SENSODYNE paste and use LISTERINE mouthwash mates.. Lots of eating going on …

Pradeep Rajkumar

Sep 9, 2016, 11:07 pm Reply

I have changed about 10 to 15 suburbs and Its a house split by chinese lady in BRUCE STREET, Preston….Opp to Melbourne Polytechnic.. Check in google maps…

Michael Wang

Sep 9, 2016, 11:27 pm Reply

your fridge is just like a 007 gadget

MR. MARS MAGNIFIER of Martian Cultures

Sep 9, 2016, 11:47 pm Reply

Hi! From piranha-fishing to squeezing in and out of your wet bathroom, Ha ha! I feel for you,,Sam!
I enjoyed such a minimalist life-style while teaching in the Buddhist country of Thailand: wet bathroom (scoop style) & hard futon, in a rice patty bungalow on stilts
I'm still a non-materialist as a result. Your experience/video is a great life lesson.
By the way, I try to eat 3 of your seaweed packs a day. Cheers!

Bill Green

Sep 9, 2016, 6:45 am Reply

Looks like it utilizes space very efficiently. I'll bet it's a lot cheaper than a hotel room too. That's what I love about the b-n-b places.

bennett cameron salvator cassese

Sep 9, 2016, 7:35 am Reply

is that style of bathroom normal in korea? its awesome!

nate lucas

Sep 9, 2016, 8:20 am Reply

Absolutely not a typical apartment in Seoul. you guys dont live in an apartment. . its referred to as a villa which are small and usually single people, younger couples or students live in them as they are alot cheaper than apartments for good reasons. Villas are usually 4 to 5 stories tall and The "typical Korean apartments" are highrises around 25 stories tall and up to 50 stories tall and all have full bathrooms with tubs, showers, even TV screens built into the shower and are alot bigger. These days most modern Korean apartments what you call smarthomes equipped with state of art technology. Tired of these "Korean apartment tours" from English teachers assuming a villa styled living space as a typical apartment in Korea. These are budget friendly living spaces that English teachers are provided or in your case budget friendly air bnb.

Honeystain

Sep 9, 2016, 8:51 am Reply

Hey Hong Kong was also the location of the smallest apartment I lived in. I think it was slightly smaller than the apartment featured in the video today. ^.^

m m

Sep 9, 2016, 1:35 pm Reply

Korean call only apartment complex apartment .I didn't even know such things when I had foreign friends that little apartments having one or two room are called apartment . We call such apartments oneroom or officetel. Those normally have no bathtubs because they make living spaces more spacious sacrificing bathroom while all apartments (I mean apartment complex, normal Korean family houses )have bathtubs.

ccclny1 A_va

Sep 9, 2016, 6:42 pm Reply

I love youu wish all the best you from Azerbaijan

James Prime

Sep 9, 2016, 9:09 pm Reply

That map painted on the wall is dope.

AIRMAXSYNDICATE

Sep 9, 2016, 12:40 am Reply

asian people in general like to sleep on very firm mattresses, i hate to lay on a bed that feels like soft jelly

Fraulein Jagiya

Sep 9, 2016, 3:36 pm Reply

Hi! Just discovered your channel a week ago and I'm loving your Korea vlogs! Keep em coming! You guys look so good together 😊

JC Baily

Sep 9, 2016, 5:05 pm Reply

Great video…..thanks!

Jon Maki

Sep 9, 2016, 10:11 am Reply

Really nice vlog, been following ur korean trip, amazing content!

solongsofa

Sep 9, 2016, 9:36 pm Reply

Woah! These apartments are so small!

Emily Yoong

Sep 9, 2016, 8:34 am Reply

You can wear slipper in apartment 😮

Alain Trentini

Sep 9, 2016, 1:23 pm Reply

Sometimes I think my 100 square meter apartment is small, but I guess I must be spoiled 🙂

sc7

Sep 9, 2016, 3:08 pm Reply

this apartment could be a dream place for my kids. The always love to play with water in places they shouldn't . I like it.

micamyx

Sep 9, 2016, 4:28 pm Reply

Just when I thought studio apartments in Manila are small lol 😀

sojutime

Sep 9, 2016, 8:08 pm Reply

A feature you didn't mention is the ondul or heated floor.

Misha Parker

Sep 9, 2016, 2:38 am Reply

Good to know you are back in Korea guys))) Are you planning to stay in Suwon btw?

chili padi brothers

Sep 9, 2016, 8:08 pm Reply

Awesome Clean house

chili padi brothers

Sep 9, 2016, 8:09 pm Reply

Where are u live??

Jojo Jo

Sep 9, 2016, 8:08 pm Reply

Hi Audrey and Sam! How much is this studio apt on Airbnb? In Won, not dollars. Thanks! 🙂

Luke Hinkle

Sep 9, 2016, 11:08 pm Reply

Have you been down to Busan to try out some of the seafood down there? Some crazy stuff in my opinion.

David Yang

Sep 9, 2016, 2:42 am Reply

고마워요~ for great vid 🙂

KoreanSentry

Sep 9, 2016, 12:00 pm Reply

These are Offiicetel not apartment. Apartment usually have separate bedroom and living room. I know it's confusing.

Aristo757575

Sep 9, 2016, 3:59 pm Reply

Hello. I'm Korean. It is comfortable especially for minimalist or DINK.
What are your nationality guys?

Sep 9, 2016, 4:14 pm Reply

wow wellcome back, i remmeber watching you guys years back

Mr. You

Sep 9, 2016, 7:25 am Reply

아파트가아니라 투룸같은데..

I like things that are soft and sticky in my mouth

Sep 9, 2016, 12:40 pm Reply

why did you decide to stay in an air bnb instead of a goshiwon?

Nashir Mohammed

Sep 9, 2016, 3:05 am Reply

love your vids

Alexx 00

Oct 10, 2016, 2:21 am Reply

How old you have to be to get an apartment?

cari cakes

Oct 10, 2016, 3:06 am Reply

Cute! I love the place 🙂 This is my apartment in Gangnam~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6QIFqX7OSQ

Mochileros

Nov 11, 2016, 4:21 pm Reply

Very cool apartment! But the shower situation is funny.
You got a really nice place. May I ask what was your itinerary after/before Korea or was just Korea?
Cheers guys!

Claudia Dorita Camarena Huarcaya

Dec 12, 2016, 6:04 pm Reply

This apartment is for two persons?

ladi bernadette

Dec 12, 2016, 11:46 pm Reply

really enjoyed this clip. wow!! I thought my studio in NYC was small!? it was twice the size of this place. but the smallest I stayed in was in a huge bldg owned by Macy's NYC on 34th street. it was half that size. more like a room with a sink than an apt. and I had to supply my own fridge! you guys are are so cute together, I love watching all your videos. I travel vicariously thru you guys😋

zoomanda BOOM

Dec 12, 2016, 6:05 pm Reply

How much was it per night/etc?

ayesha habib

Jan 1, 2017, 6:18 pm Reply

you guys look friendly

박철영어

Jan 1, 2017, 4:52 am Reply

Nice video~! BTW what kind of camera do you use now? Can I get the brand, model and the price? Thanks

Sung Park

Feb 2, 2017, 12:43 am Reply

I like your positive energy that some vblogger lose after being in Korea too long.

Donah Vlogs

Mar 3, 2017, 2:30 pm Reply

very nice aparttment you got

enzo 13

Mar 3, 2017, 3:31 pm Reply

so sweety house.

oum oum

Apr 4, 2017, 7:12 am Reply

True that every inch was utilized efficiently but the toilet is too small, clumsy.. I can't adjust it!

Cristina Lee

Apr 4, 2017, 7:34 pm Reply

Nice compact apartment. Can I know it's location and what's the apartment's name is?

ExilixE

May 5, 2017, 6:17 am Reply

what kind of camera do you guys use for filming? and how much did it cost?

Javier

Jul 7, 2017, 4:52 am Reply

a condo in metro manila near ninoy aquino intl right around the corner from resort world. i couldn't fit in the shower and close the door to it at same time.

Lerchan G

Jul 7, 2017, 11:21 pm Reply

Not apartment but guest house. Same HK

Farzaneh Azizzadeh

Jan 1, 2018, 10:46 am Reply

Nice video…haha and funny😁

Natasja Frederiksen

Apr 4, 2018, 1:04 pm Reply

Where are you guys from?❤️

LS 50

May 5, 2018, 12:23 am Reply

It is one room suitable for 1 to 2 people living. It is usually called one room office-tel.

김정식

Jul 7, 2018, 4:30 pm Reply

원 룸 같은데ㅡ월세 많이 나가겠다
외국인은 월세가 당연하겠지
보증금은 적게 주도 되지만

amber may

Aug 8, 2018, 5:20 pm Reply

i hit like button just by looking how happy they are. their apartment is nice too

Valerie Tan

Oct 10, 2018, 1:27 pm Reply

Great video! I am planning for my solo trip there next year! thanks for all the information!! 🙂

One Journal – Jeff & Pam

Oct 10, 2018, 10:06 pm Reply

The smallest apartment we stayed in was in Paris…14m2 Super tiny…but we loved it. 🙂 ~Pam

Manoj Shrestha

Mar 3, 2019, 1:18 pm Reply

Love to watch your videos…

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