| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Staying in Seoul for a Month | Korean Apartment Tour in Itaewon, Seoul

come on in! hi guys, welcome to my crib. and by my crib
i mean my airbnb. im a little bit sick but i thought i would
give you a little tour and give you a link of course for if you want to rent this place
and give you an idea of what the rent is like in this area. so let’s go! right at the door we have a little
hanger for keys, this is supposed to say ‘thank you for NOT smoking’ but i dont know. and
then a little place for knickknacks and your shoes. and a fake gun. dont ask me. okay so when you walk in, you are in the kitchen!
so this is a pretty standard korean kitchen, it doesnt have a lot of counterspace, it has
a ridiculously large sink, and they just decorated it so lovely its so retro. This refrigerator is absolutely everything,
it is empty but I am still obsessed. I really love the amount of blue that is in
this entire apartment. I think it makes everything really calm but
also really classic and just so fun. Overall, awesome kitchen. Next we have the living room. Just got this nice love seat, a hanger for
your coat, a little bookshelf, a guitar, this very strange little bean bag thing, and then
another plant, some magazines, and a collection of CDs which you can use in the CDplayer got
a pretty nice list going on. This room and airbnb also comes with a projector
so you can watch movies on this wall while you sit on this couch. And I think its a really cool touch especially
if you’re staying here on kind of a longer trip. And you just want to relax for a night, buy
some take out and watch some movies on the projector. I think its a really cool touch. After the living room to the bedroom! I was honestly shocked by the size of this
room, this is such a big room! This is like a queen sized bed! It’s amazing. We’ve got a bunch of dried flowers, a mysterious
plant in the corner, This mirror that is tilted so incredibly nicely to make me look long
and thin which is insane. And yeah this is a super duper comfy bed,
its just a mattress on this small stand. But it is really comfortable and huge! Some towels, this very cute little vanity,
just some interesting touches. And then here is your view. So we’re right on Gyeongridangil, the woman
is already got her donuts going! I’ve never had donuts there but I’m always
so tempted. So if you head down that way you’re heading
towards Itaewon and a bunch of different cool bars and stuff like that, and right across
the street are two really interesting bars that are super fun and the only down side
is if you are looking for something quiet, you will hear some live music into the night
but its not insanely bad. And finally, the bathroom. We go through this door. It’s a little cold, but this is a very typical
Korean bathroom. In that you don’t have any shower stall. It is just that hand held things and it drains
directly into the floor. People ask “but won’t your toilet get wet?” Yeah, it will, but put the lid down and it
won’t get insanely wet, and also it doesn’t really go everywhere, like, you’re holding
it to your body unless you’re waving it around, its not going to go everywhere. Don’t worry. Behind the curtain, is where your washing
machine and vacuum and little storage area are. I think its nice that they closed it off with
a shower curtain. And that’s pretty much it. I hope I was able to keep that short and sweet. This place is in a really great area, it’s
not necessarily next to all of the really touristy things. If you are a solo female traveler, I would
say this is the only area with a large amount of crime, and by large amount I mean very
small amount. Just because we are by the US army base it
does get quite a bit rowdy and it is also a drinking hub. So when I walked here, I actually arrived
here at 1am, the only thing that really bothered me was that the staircase leading up here
does not have any light. The door to enter this place is right next
to a bar that I go to often and then guys who own it are super nice so if you do have
any problems, if you go in there they kind of speak English so you could always ask them
for help. I just used my phone flashlight, you walk
up a straight flight of stairs and your door is right there. There are a few other people who are kind
of in this building so if you hear footsteps on the stairs don’t freak out, there is a
deadbolt and a really big looky-lou peephole so you can kind of watch if you’re super paranoid
(like me). If you’re wary about that consider it, but
overall like I said, its not a big deal. And so now, let’s sit down and talk about
prices. Okay so like I said before, this is an Airbnb,
so this apartment is not for rent and there actually aren’t any other apartments in this
building so I wasn’t able to find any examples of apartments in this building, to compare
prices to like I did for my Daegu one but I did find quite a few in this general area. So this is Gyeongridangil, and I will link
the apartments that I’m talking about below. What I found is that for places with 2 main
rooms, typically the deposit is going to be between 10,000,000 and 5,000,000 won which
is completely normal for Korea. If this is your first time watching a Korean
apartment tour video and you’re shocked, its very very common. Do you get your security deposit back? Yes you do! That money you can think of it as kind of
putting it in a savings account, but yeah unless you burn the house down, you’re going
to get your money back. It’s very daunting but 10k to 5k USD is very
very normal. This one that I’m looking at is 10k deposit,
this is actually a big house and you even have a little bit of outdoor space, and the
rent is actually 1,100USDper month and that’s the most expensive one I found, the rest that
I found are usually 5k deposit and 500~USD rent. That’s pretty much the norm, for this area. Also right across the street is an area called
Haebangchon or HBC, you’ll probably see that a lot if you’re looking for apartments this
is the foreigner area, so a lot of foreigners obviously live here, and HBC especially is
known for being the place where a lot of foreigners move, there are a lot of opportunities for
finding a roommate, there are a bunch of different Facebook groups I believe if you want to look
for roommates there, you can typically find apartments with multiple rooms in HBC and
then you can either spilt the rent or I believe rent can range from the 500 monthly to 1200
monthly. Depending on what you’re looking at, how much
room you want. I think the thing I’ve learned from living
in Korea and these very strangely shaped apartments is that it just depends on how you decorate. This place could be really disgusting if it
wasnt as beautifully decorated as it was so I think whenever you’re look at an apartment,
you really have to look at the bare bones and think of how you can build it up because
some of these apartments in HBC are so cute! They’re so cute, there’s a lot of AirBnbs
there as well if you want to look it up I’ll link the area below. And yeah, this airbnb in particular is also
very popular for people who are filming things like I am, I kind of used this as a staycation
but also a studio for the weekend. There are a lot of aibnbs that really decorate
super duper nicely so like I said I will obviously link this place down below, I will link the
neighborhoods that I was talking about, and I will link 4-5 different examples for zigbang,
and if I can find any I will also link the Facebook groups, I know that for women, the
Expat Women in Korea Facebook group should be really helpful with finding roommates or
at least pointing you in the right direction There are a lot of different outlets, for
finding a cool place, if you are just looking to stay here I highly suggest this place,
the person who owns it was super nice I actually never met them because you walk in and he
gives you a code, but they were super duper responsive, when I told him I was checking
in a 9pm and then I didnt message him he really checked to make sure that I was okay, so I
highly suggest this place, and this area in general. Maybe not for first time visitors but definitely
if you are kind of done with all the stereotypical touristy things and want to explore a more
trendy local area, this is the place. So I hope that this was helpful I’m going
to use the kitchen to make myself some spaghetti, and I will catch you guys later. Thanks as always for watching and have a great
day! Bye!!!


cari cakes

Feb 2, 2019, 11:01 pm Reply

Thanks for watching! Comment a ? if you dont know what to say hehe
✨ Important info ✨
What’s my job? – https://bit.ly/2LPLEPS
My REAL apartment – http://bit.ly/2PdT9kK
Cost of Living in Korea – http://bit.ly/2BU7gtt

D. Fuentes

Feb 2, 2019, 11:50 pm Reply

That’s such a cute Airbnb

Anna-Grace M.

Feb 2, 2019, 11:52 pm Reply

You really give so much information for those who might be interested (links and everything) :') bless you ?

Charity Booth

Feb 2, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

I love apartment tours ? it gives me inspo for decorating my own


Feb 2, 2019, 12:48 am Reply


mora lopez

Feb 2, 2019, 12:51 am Reply

omg how is everything so beautiful i’m in love with this apartment!!!

Joshua Sheppard

Feb 2, 2019, 12:54 am Reply


Darlyn Chen

Feb 2, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

Wow this apartment is really aesthetically pleasing, compared to the airbnb I’m in right now ahahaha. Sad it isn’t a corgi apartment but glad it is so beautiful anyway!

Isabel Cate

Feb 2, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

Cari’s back at it again with the aesssthhhhettticcquueé apartment tours


Feb 2, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

so cozy~

Jessie Belle

Feb 2, 2019, 12:58 am Reply

i always have the best expierences with AIRBNB in seoul !!! in tokyo it is much harder to find one the same price and same space/worth the money , at least thats what ive found, same with toronto . i always can find the cutest airbnb in seoul for a good price it makes it much more fun staying and coming here~ this one is very very cute, i will have to bookmark and save it.

Rozalia West

Feb 2, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

I think the thank you for smoking sign refers to the movie of the same name! ☺️


Feb 2, 2019, 1:05 am Reply

oh my god that kitchen is everything – i have been dying for a fridge like that but FIRST, i need my very own place. ??


Feb 2, 2019, 1:08 am Reply

It's super cute!!


Feb 2, 2019, 1:10 am Reply

Wow, looks like an NYC apt in the west village. LOL, A lot of character.


Feb 2, 2019, 1:14 am Reply

You look so gorgeous in this video!! LOVE the lashes and the lips and the hair!!! Thank you for a great video ?

Jackie Rose

Feb 2, 2019, 1:15 am Reply

omg what's your favorite beach boys song? wait a pet sounds bar?? more beach boys? who woulda thunk it

Jae K

Feb 2, 2019, 1:15 am Reply

Loved this video Cari, your airbnb looks so cosy it makes me want to move out so bad??? (hope you're doing good & feeling better)


Feb 2, 2019, 1:16 am Reply

OMG that doughnut stand sells the BEST 꽈배기!! GO GET IT

Illona le choixpeau magique

Feb 2, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

It's really beautiful and cozy!
Thanks for the video 🙂 have a good day ☼

Emma Katja

Feb 2, 2019, 1:30 am Reply


Becki G

Feb 2, 2019, 1:33 am Reply

That apartment is so cute!! Omg

Dyani Armijo-Sinnett

Feb 2, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

i loved the video! your music choice was impeccable as always. i was wondering, do you have a goodreads or anything? ever since i read haruki murakami's books bc you discussed him so much, he's become one of my favorites! the books i've read that you mentioned i've been real fans of and i would love another source of recommendations. hope you have a great week!

Delaney Evering

Feb 2, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

This is such a cute apartment!! I love finding interesting places on Airbnb. It gives me ideas for how I want to decorate my own place.

Karen Kingrey

Feb 2, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

This was a great little apartment! The kitchen….?? Adorable!

Nadhira Husna

Feb 2, 2019, 2:00 am Reply


Moksha Sharma

Feb 2, 2019, 2:03 am Reply

Pathetic daegu air bnb video was literally how I found this channel , best decision made

Short n’ Sweet

Feb 2, 2019, 2:08 am Reply

Ugh that place was super cute! I want to rent an airbnb when I visit Korea but I just stay with my sister to save money ?

Tash Bonuisasdottir

Feb 2, 2019, 2:15 am Reply


Czarina Dy

Feb 2, 2019, 2:24 am Reply



Feb 2, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

i love how informative you always are while also keeping your video quality high and the ~aesthetic~ of everything! i really appreciate all the effort you put into your channel!! ☺️?

Shai B

Feb 2, 2019, 2:30 am Reply

I’ve been following your channel for more than a year now and it’s so lovely to see how your editing style has evolved. I feel like you’ve created this signature cari style of both video shooting and editing, filled with amazingg music and little art thingiess (lived what you did with the layout of the house!!!) and it’s Greaaattt???

Kevin Yeoh

Feb 2, 2019, 2:38 am Reply

4:30 What do you mean you don't wave the showerhead around?? That's the best part! ??
That part was very LOL-worthy for me. (easily amused)

Ivy C

Feb 2, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

You’re so pretty


Feb 2, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

So cute!! While I stayed in Seoul we stayed in Dobong. It was a little out of the way but our host was so nice and the apartment was great! I loved being near the mountains.

Ankita Khanna

Feb 2, 2019, 3:16 am Reply



Feb 2, 2019, 3:20 am Reply

Just wanted to say that you look stunning in this video!! ?

Love how the apartment is styled to look like a retro hotel room – very aesthetic as always. Thanks for the informative video (and just all your videos tbh), will definitely look at this place next time I get to hit up Seoul :))


Feb 2, 2019, 3:41 am Reply


Cute! Thanks for sharing ^ ^


Feb 2, 2019, 4:26 am Reply

So cute!! Thank you for sharing!!!!


Feb 2, 2019, 5:29 am Reply

Wow, talk about dream apartment ? So quirky and yet so calming, I’m taking notes ? Love how the owner has a Beach Boys CD and then you showed us the view outside and there’s Pet Sounds :’) Def keeping an eye on this area; thanks for the tour/info!

Dragana Jelcic

Feb 2, 2019, 5:52 am Reply

????????? spreading tangerine love

Ebea M

Feb 2, 2019, 6:19 am Reply


I’m not creative but I want to be

Feb 2, 2019, 6:24 am Reply

? :=D

Khyati Kore

Feb 2, 2019, 6:59 am Reply

I like your editing skills ❤️❤️

Ethan Dean

Feb 2, 2019, 7:08 am Reply



Feb 2, 2019, 7:18 am Reply

When I am staying in Airbnb I prefer more minimalistic design and decorations haha
I am actually living in a guest house at HBC area and there's definitely lots of foreigners here but even tho its out of the center Itaewon area it can be really noisy unfortunately… But the view is great, Namsan Park is close by so I am not complaining 🙂


Feb 2, 2019, 7:43 am Reply

I love how much character that apartment has, its so cute!

Lara Meone Savine

Feb 2, 2019, 7:47 am Reply

It's so prettyyyyy … I love it … that's my house right there ….

curryna ;

Feb 2, 2019, 7:59 am Reply

such a pretty apartment! ? korea is killin it w these airbnbs! ? loveee

Ana-Maria R.

Feb 2, 2019, 8:11 am Reply

Love all your videos, hope to meet you one day when I’ll be in Korea. ❤️


Feb 2, 2019, 8:19 am Reply

Thanks Cari I want to move to Seoul and live in this place now ?? Also I think you mentioned once that you might be doing a video talking about recommanding Korean films / music (with your boyfriend I think) is that something you're still planing on doing? Cause I for sure would be keen on seeing that! ???


Feb 2, 2019, 8:38 am Reply

Love this retro kinda vibe


Feb 2, 2019, 8:39 am Reply

Also, that fridge? That’s on my wishlist now who thought someone wants a fridge for their birthday hahaha


Feb 2, 2019, 8:50 am Reply

omgggg were you reading after dark by murakami?? its one of my favorite books


Feb 2, 2019, 9:10 am Reply

Whoever decorated this apartment has TASTE!

eline m

Feb 2, 2019, 9:11 am Reply

omg this place is gorgeous!!! noksapyeong wouldn't be my first choice of neighborhood to stay at but this is so beautiful i'm bookmarking it for my future seoul trip!!


Feb 2, 2019, 9:32 am Reply

Hello…in which district do you leave ? Is it safe and cool ?

Natascha Songbird

Feb 2, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

??? Tangerine love 🙂
But seriously i adore that retro vibe of this apartment. It feels so cozy.

dawn for life in Switzerland

Feb 2, 2019, 9:58 am Reply

LOL! That smoking sign!
And I have to say, a ridiculously huge sink is VERY useful! 🙂
So vintage, I love it!

<3 Dawn


Feb 2, 2019, 11:01 am Reply

that was such a lovely Apartment i get inspired by Videos like that so thank you like always for showing us and i Really liked your music Choice because it really fits the atmosphere?

Liv Laufeyson

Feb 2, 2019, 11:18 am Reply

? ٩(♡ε♡ )۶

Eliane Skipper

Feb 2, 2019, 11:24 am Reply

Plants make a space so beautiful! Love the fridge and little details


Feb 2, 2019, 11:40 am Reply

That's too much vintage stuffs. And I really love it! ?

Alaa Marhoon

Feb 2, 2019, 11:42 am Reply

So aesthetic

Hey, it’s Kimberlee!

Feb 2, 2019, 1:41 pm Reply

Wow very eclectic. I’m surprised an Airbnb would leave much of their own stuff out..maybe just the ones I stayed in have been more simple. The only communal stuff was kitchen supplies and a few books/games.

Simone Ninas

Feb 2, 2019, 2:19 pm Reply

??? eat more fruit ?

Wandering Princess

Feb 2, 2019, 3:14 pm Reply

I will say, NEW FAN OF YOURS HERE! woohoo~ i am obsessed with your vlogs now. 😀

Lia Byrd

Feb 2, 2019, 5:27 pm Reply

As per usual, your video lifted my day! I’d love to see a video of bar/night life recommendations if you have any!!

Also this apartment is so adorable I can’t even deal ?

Baty Pauline

Feb 2, 2019, 6:00 pm Reply

This apartment is sooo lovely !! Im so in love with the fridge !


Feb 2, 2019, 9:14 pm Reply

Watching the whole ads to support you?❤️ Also recently I've been a bit unhappy with my room so I'm super grateful for the inspo to rearrange it✨?


Feb 2, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

Loved it. The fridge us so cute! Btw what do you use to edit your videos Cari?

Anna Vyhnálková

Feb 2, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

Cari, you are simply THE BEST! So honest and nice. I love your videos, they always have positive vibes 🙂

Emma DJ

Feb 2, 2019, 11:47 am Reply

Thank you for smoking ??
The apartment is so cozy!!

franklin the woman

Feb 2, 2019, 12:30 pm Reply

This place is so cute! I’m feeling very inspired ?

Christine Mañanita

Feb 2, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

gurl, it looks so aesthetic and comfy to be in ?? love it! hoping i could visit that airbnb someday ?

alltheloveabove 올럽

Feb 2, 2019, 5:32 pm Reply

What's it like living in Itaewon?

BR Genesis

Feb 2, 2019, 1:51 am Reply


xú minghao

Feb 2, 2019, 3:51 am Reply

Hey Cari, i have this question on my mind since a few days ago (actually since last year hehe) From what I've read, creepy people tend to put spy cameras almost everywhere and film you while your on a dress room in stores or they film up your skirt on the subway stairs, so i wanted to ask how do you deal with that? is it really that common as they show online?

I know it's a kinda long comment, but ill be glad if you can respond cause I'm really really curious about that subject lol

•Also your videos and voice are always so aesthetically pleasing and this one's not the exception, thanks for all the effort you put in them ily•


Feb 2, 2019, 7:20 am Reply

What a cute and informative video- thanks for sharing! Also oh my gosh, I love your lip color! Is it from a Korean brand?

clementine josephine

Feb 2, 2019, 12:15 pm Reply

Thank you for always being the warmest person to watch, your videos are like a hug

Hannah Lise

Feb 2, 2019, 5:19 pm Reply


Ingrid Quevedo

Feb 2, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

Me gusta tu video, soy de Argentina saludos ???

bee caluya

Feb 2, 2019, 3:10 pm Reply

i love that fridge ahhHhh it’s so lovely

Adrienn Fodor

Feb 2, 2019, 4:05 pm Reply

Beautiful hair!☺️

V Sope

Feb 2, 2019, 9:56 pm Reply

yo this my bedding ? such pretty place ??

Raikka Muhammad Herdian

Feb 2, 2019, 3:41 am Reply

Your apartment is awesome

Erika Alfieri

Feb 2, 2019, 11:02 pm Reply

I'm sure someone else has already said it, but Thank You For Smoking is a movie (and I think a book?). I haven't actually seen it, though!


Feb 2, 2019, 2:35 am Reply

When you showed the kitchen I was like I'm pretty sure I saw this somewhere before and then it hit me. A few weeks ago I was watching Korean apartment makeovers and there was a video on Dingo Family's channel where they renovated a kitchen. Now I'm not saying it's the same one as the apartment you were in but it's strangely way too similar so I'm like 95% sure it's the same 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib4Quut3Xpw


Feb 2, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

Itaewon is it's own vibe. Interesting Airbnb. I lived near that area and the rent and key money was sooo cheap.

Eujin Story

Feb 2, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

It looks like little Chungking Express Apartment in Seoul. so cute

ann Lee

Feb 2, 2019, 9:51 pm Reply

Gosh its such a beautiful place?

Sarah Jean

Feb 2, 2019, 9:03 pm Reply



Feb 2, 2019, 1:47 pm Reply

Wow,that airbnb does look pretty big. Thanks for all the information!

Jessica Freedland

Feb 2, 2019, 3:35 pm Reply

"Hey guys, welcome to my crib" ? This was the cutest apt!! And so you, too! The bedroom was huge! I kind of forgot that Korean apts could even have bedrooms because all of the ones I've seen have either been lofts or studios like yours ?? Lowkey blown away


Feb 2, 2019, 12:46 am Reply

오래된 아파트네요. 욕실이 작아서 욕조가 없군요.

Ana Mira

Mar 3, 2019, 1:35 pm Reply

How old are you and what are you doing in South Korea? ?


Mar 3, 2019, 10:56 pm Reply

My favorite color is blue. This apartment is beautiful.


Mar 3, 2019, 7:31 pm Reply

This is great! I am always so excited for your videos to come out 🙂 I am planning to travel to live in Korea for about three months next year. What do you think would be the best option in terms of housing? is it possible to find an apartment/studio or shared house for such a short amount of time? Also, could you consider making a video about part time job options in Korea? I've looked around and only saw some hostels looking for staff. I always appreciate your videos, thank you Cari!


Jun 6, 2019, 3:31 am Reply

I want to live there so BAAADDD!


Jul 7, 2019, 7:43 am Reply

Thanks for the tour but i dnt think this place is avail at airbnb anymore, tried clicking on the link that u included, it went straight to the front page of airbnb and not to this place. ?

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