[UPDATED 22 May 2019]

Travelling to South Korea can be expensive, but finding a place that’s close to halal food places can help you save a bit of your moolah!


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We’ve rounded up 12 accommodations for you! Not only are they affordable, but they’re also comfortable so you’re in for a good rest after a whole day out 😊

Update: Do note that the prices in this article are based on a search for June 2019. As rates are subject to change, please check the prices before making a booking!

P.S. Travelling to Seoul soon? Find more attractions and yummy local food on our Muslim travel planner app here!

Itaewon
1. G Guesthouse

With minimally-designed rooms and corridors painted with graffiti, G Guesthouse is one of the coolest hostels in Itaewon. They offer great amenities at amazing prices too. A twin room costs from USD33 but if you’re travelling on a tight budget, a bunk bed in a 10-bed dormitory is only USD8 😱


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The best part is that you can enjoy free breakfast no matter which room you’re staying in, and the hostel prepares halal food and utensils for its guests, so you don’t need to worry! Not to mention, bathrooms are ensuite for all their rooms too, so that’s a plus point. For those of you who are staying in their dorms, you’d be pleased to know that there’s a prayer room in the hostel too, so you won’t have to pray in a limited space in your dorm.


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G Guesthouse also has a gorgeous rooftop which overlooks the Itaewon district, plus a good view of Namsan Hill and the N Seoul Tower as well. The rooftop is perfect if you’re looking for a breather after a whole day out. LINE lovers, rejoice! G Guesthouse is located just a short walk away from the LINE friends store too 🤗

Address: 14-38 Bogwang-ro 60-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Rate: From USD8 on Agoda
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2. Eid Muslim-Friendly Guesthouse

You might have heard of the popular Korean eatery Eid but did you know they have a hostel too? The best part is, it’s located on the same street as the Seoul Central Mosque and several halal eateries where you can enjoy authentic Korean dishes. So, you don’t have to worry about going hungry when you stay here!


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For those who are travelling with family, Eid’s family room is perfect. From USD42, the room can accommodate from 3 to 6 people and comes with a private bathroom as well. For solo travellers, the dorms are priced from just USD10 per bunk bed. Plus, there’s a prayer room too.


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For those of you who need a quick meal to start your day right, Eid provides free breakfast too, with items like cereal, bread, jam and coffee. Otherwise, you can always walk a few minutes to savour scrumptious Korean food at Eid Halal Korean Restaurant 🤤

Address: 67-20, Usadan-ro 4-gil, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea, 04407
Rate: From USD10 on Agoda
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3. MOSC Guesthouse

Located near to Seoul Central Mosque, MOSC Guesthouse boasts urban interiors and their twin rooms are priced from as low as USD32! Twin rooms with private bathrooms cost just a bit more.


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Each room only accommodates 2 to 3 adults. However, adults travelling with children need not worry as children under the age of 7 will not be charged as long as no extra bed is requested! Those of you who are travelling in a group of 3 can opt for their Bunk Bed rooms instead.


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If you’re still wondering why you should stay here, MOSC Guesthouse is located near many stalls selling halal cuisine! Make sure to check out Eid Halal Korean Food for their Beef Bulgogi and Jjimdak 😋 

Address: 31-1 Usadan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea, 04406
Rate: From USD32 on Agoda
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Halal restaurants in Itaewon:

With the Seoul Central Mosque located in Itaewon, rest assured there are dozens of halal restaurants and halal marts along the same street, Usadan-ro 10-gil. The 3 accommodations listed above are located just within a 5-minutes’ walking distance to the street. If you want a taste of authentic halal Korean cuisine, here are 3 of our picks:

Makan Halal Korean Restaurant

This humble eatery has been around since 2015 and it serves a good range of Korean cuisine – including familiar favourites like bibimbap, bulgogi and jjajangmyeon! One dish that we really love here is their Dakdoritang (10,000 KRW) – Korean-style braised chicken stew. The mix of sweet and spicy flavours was perfect and the chicken meat is so soft, making it such a delight to eat 🤤

The Dalkganjeong (sweet and spicy chicken) is a crowd pleaser too. For just 20,000 KRW for two portions, every bite into this sweet and succulent chicken is a delightful treat as the chicken perfectly soaks up every bit of the sauce.

Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Korea Muslim Federation), Mosque nearby

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday – 10.30am to 10pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea 140-911
Contact No: +82 2-6012-2231
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Eid Halal Korean Food 

Run by a Korean-Muslim family, Eid is one of the top favourites when it comes to finding authentic local cuisine in Seoul.


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With hearty dishes like beef bulgogi, samgyetang (Korean ginseng chicken soup), bibimbap and more, you’re in for a satisfying meal 🤤 Their jjim dak (Korean braised chicken) is a must-try! For a relatively affordable price, their servings are pretty generous.

Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Korea Muslim Federation), Mosque nearby

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 11.30am to 9.00pm. Closed on Monday
Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Contact No: +82 70-8899-8210
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Hajj Korean Halal Food 

Located along the same street as Eid and Makan Halal, Hajj is another restaurant in Itaewon where you can get your halal Korean food fix! Stepping into this eatery will make you feel right at home 😊


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The dishes here are prepared by Korean Muslim revert, Mdm Mariam, so you know the food is authentically Korean! One of the highly recommended dishes is the braised spicy chicken and spicy chicken stew. Don’t miss out on other authentic dishes too like their Beef Bulgogi, Seafood Pancake, tofu stew and more.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 10am – 2pm daily
Contact No: +82 2-749-5185

Myeongdong
4. Ekonomy Hotel Myeongdong Premier

You can never go wrong with Ekonomy Hotel Myeongdong Premier! Although it’s not your traditional ‘hotel’, this accommodation has a lot to offer.


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For as low as USD33 (Economy double), you’ll get a hotel that’s in the middle of the Myeongdong Shopping District and it’s also within walking distance to Myeongdong Subway Station, making commuting so much easier 😉


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With a great location and comfortable rooms, Ekonomy Hotel Myeongdong is one of the most value-for-money hotels you can find in Myeongdong.

Address: 7F, #24-6, Chungmuro1-ga, Jung-gu, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea, 100011
Rate: From USD33 on Agoda
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5. Artravel Myeongdong

With cosy interiors, wooden floorings and artworks hung on its walls, Artravel’s ambience will make you feel like you’ve stepped into an IKEA showroom. Matching hotel standards but with hostel prices, it’s hard not to love Artravel!


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The rooms in Artravel also has more space than other hostels in Myeongdong. For USD43, you can book a stay in their twin or double room. They also have triple or quad rooms for bigger groups.

[P.S. Love Instagrammable spots? Then check out our list of 9 IG-worthy places in Seoul!]


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Address: 31 Myeongdong 4-gil, Myeongdong 2-ga, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea, 04536
Rate: From USD43 on Agoda
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6. Casa Myeongdong Guesthouse

Whether you’re travelling with a bunch of friends or family members, Casa Myeongdong Guesthouse would be perfect for you! Offering a range of rooms from dormitory-style bunk beds to a family room, you get to choose whichever you prefer 🤗

Privacy at its best in the dorm

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The guesthouse offers many facilities with no extra charges, from free Wi-Fi to breakfast consisting of toast, coffee and juice – made available for all guests!


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The hotel is also in a prime location, with just a short walk to Myeongdong station. If you’re up for a night snack, it’s a food street heaven just outside the guesthouse 😌 Plus, plenty of shopping and convenience stores too! Check out our complete guide on Myeongdong.

#HHWT Tip: If you’re not sure what to get, check out our previous post on Seoul’s yummy street food!

Address: 12-27 Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Rate: From USD36 on Agoda
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Halal restaurants in Myeongdong:

Busan Jib 

If you’re wondering where the nearest places to eat are at, Busan-jib is just around the corner! Busan-jib is a halal eatery that’s popular among Muslim travellers. They serve a wide variety of Korean dishes!


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Must try dishes include their Korean spicy chicken stew and ginseng chicken 😋 You can also make your very own Bulgogi lettuce wraps here! Even if you’re not a meat person, this is still the restaurant for you as they serve similarly yummy seafood dishes. Be sure to try their spicy seafood stew and chilli squid.

Halal status: Halal meat available

Address: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm daily
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[P.S. Looking for more halal restaurants in Seoul? Our list of 9 authentic halal Korean eateries will help you out!]

Kampungku Restaurant

Kampungku serves authentic Korean and Malaysian food. The menu options are mouthwatering and include some of the best both countries have to offer 😍


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From local dishes like Bulgogi, Sweet Crispy Chicken, Korean Fried Chicken, and Kimchi Fried Rice to Asian favourites like nasi lemak, fried rice, tom yam and chicken satay – they definitely have something for everyone! Not to mention that they also have a mart where you can get halal-certified meat and Korean products like seaweed, honey tea, red ginseng and more ☺️

P.S. If you’re looking for more places to shop for halal groceries, our round-up of halal food marts in Korea will help you out!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Address: Jong-ro 20-gil, Namsandong 2(i)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Contact: (+82) 02-310-9249
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Insadong
7. 24 Guesthouse Insadong

You’ve probably come across this place several times in your search for a place to stay in Seoul. This is no surprise as 24 Guesthouse has a total of 8 branches in Seoul alone! It’s highly recommended due to its excellent location, fair price and multi-lingual staff 😊


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The one in Insadong is perfect if you’d like to do a bit of shopping but prefer to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Myeongdong! Prices start from USD33 and go higher according to your preferred room.


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You also don’t need to worry about carrying bags up the stairs as the building is equipped with an elevator 😉 They have triple and quad rooms too so it’s perfect for those travelling with family or a group of friends.

Address: 7-5 Gwancheol-dong (8 Samil-daero 17-gil), Jongno-gu, Insadong, Seoul, South Korea, 110-111
Rate: From USD33 on Agoda
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8. Hotel Tong Andante Insadong


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Hotel Tong Andante Insadong stands out for a number of reasons – elegant and rustic interiors, fantastic location and its affordability!


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For only USD38, you get a room for two with private bathroom! 24-hours room service is also available should you need any help from the staff.


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Located along Insadong shopping street, you’ll get to enjoy Korean street food while browsing through a wide selection of pretty bags, cool sunnies and more!

Address: 17-13 Jong-ro 11-gil (224 Insa-dong), Insadong, Seoul, South Korea
Rate: From USD38 on Agoda
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Muslim-friendly restaurant in Insadong:

Osegyehyang

Osegyehyang serves vegetarian fare in a traditional Korean setting. You’d need to take off your shoes and sit on the floor at this eatery, making the experience even more authentic.

One of the dishes we’d recommend is their Fried Dumpling (9,000 KRW). Dumplings are usually filled with meat but this one is made with starch noodles instead. Another dish that’s worth trying is their Grilled Soy Protein Stew (10,000 KRW). This is unlike your usual kimchi stew as the meat is substituted with soy protein and it’s an interesting take on kimchi stew 😊

Halal status: Vegetarian

Address: 14-5 Insadong 12-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 11.30am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 11.30am – 4pm, 5pm – 9pm (Sat – Sun)
Contact No: +82 2-735-7171

Gangnam
9. Stay Hotel Gangnam

Stay Hotel Gangnam offers spacious rooms in a superb location as it’s less than 200 meters away from Gangnam Subway station! Besides that, the hotel is surrounded by convenience stores so grabbing a snack at any time of the day wouldn’t be a problem.


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The rooms are also spacious, clean and comfortable, just what you need for a good night’s sleep after all that walking! Do note that the shower is only covered with a sheer curtain. Unless that’s a problem for you, the hotel’s charming décor would make your stay very enjoyable 😬

Address: 15-4, Nonhyeon-ro 87-gil, Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea, 135-080
Rate: From USD80 on Agoda

Halal restaurant nearby:

Yang Good Korean BBQ

A short walk away is the famous Yang Good Halal Restaurant! Being the only Halal Korean BBQ in Seoul, this place is a must-visit for Muslim travellers to get a taste of authentic Korean BBQ.


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Choose from either un-marinated lamb to enjoy the tender lamb meat in its full glory, or opt for the marinated lamb to savour juicy lamb rack coated with Korean sweet sauce! If you’re not a meat person, fret not as the restaurant also serves other dishes such as Kimchi Jjigae and Deonjang Jjigae.

Halal Status: Halal meat available, Alcohol is served in establishment

Opening Hours: 4pm to 11.30pm, closed on Sunday
Address:
15 Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact No: +82 2-567-7060

10. Ocloud Hotel

Located at a convenient location near the Gangnam main street, Ocloud Hotel offers great value for its location and price. The rooms are spacious and the hotel is located near Sinnonhyeon subway station, with a walking distance to Gangnam station too.


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The prices for their standard double rooms start from USD72 and each room comes equipped with a microwave oven with a sink area so you can bring back food and heat them up should you feel hungry in the room. What’s more, for those of you who aren’t too keen on shopping in Gangnam, fret not! The hotel provides free shuttle services to Myeongdong where you can fulfill all your shopping needs!

Address: 12 Sapyeong-daero 58-gil, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Rate: From USD72 on Agoda

Halal restaurant nearby:

The Halal Guys


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If you need to fill your tummy before you spend your day exploring Seoul, or perhaps you need a great meal at night, The Halal Guys is just a walking distance from Ocloud Hotel! Known worldwide for their yummy grilled chicken and gyro over rice, The Halal Guys is not to be missed if you’re in Seoul.

Address: 8 Gangnam-daero 69-gil, Seocho 4(sa)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Contact No: +82 2-595-1800
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Hongdae
11. BoA Travel house

If you’re in Seoul for 7 days or more, BoA Travel House would be perfect for you! Located in Hongdae, the guesthouse has a restaurant on the ground floor, making it absolutely accessible for the public! Make sure to try their Korean Fried Chicken as it’s one of the only few halal Korean Fried Chicken in Seoul 😉


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What’s great about BoA is its Muslim-friendly amenities – there’s a musollah on the rooftop so you can conveniently do your prayers. The hostel also provides halal utensils too. Not to mention that it’s only a 5-10 minutes’ walk to the main street in Hongdae where you’ll be able to soak in the atmosphere of the bustling area.


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Address: 15, Sinchon-ro 1-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 03785
Rate: From USD20 on Agoda

12. Grape Garden House


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Also located less than a kilometre away from Hongik University Subway Station, Grape Garden House allows guests to enjoy easy access to what the city has to offer! This beautiful white building offers both dormitory rooms and family space and has been highly rated by guests too.


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If you’re lucky, you’d get to meet the owner of Grape Garden House! 😝


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For those who are a fan of quirky and hipster cafes, Hongdae is the place to be! If you think cat cafes are overrated, why not visit Thanks Nature Café instead? – a café with white fluffy sheep loitering around 🤗


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Address: 340-15 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 04054
Rate: From USD13 on Agoda
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Halal restaurants in Hongdae:

Halal Korean Food Dosirak, BoA Travel House

Although it’s not an actual restaurant, BoA Travel House offers halal dosiraks (Korean packed lunch-boxes) on their main menu including dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken) and bulgogi dosirak!


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They also have delicious Korean fried chicken, jjajangmyeon and tteokbokki, so you can satisfy your Korean food cravings 😋 One thing to note is that you need to check their Facebook or Instagram pages for updates on what they are offering before you head down to the guesthouse to have your meal.

Note: BoA has currently suspended their dosirak service since 1 May 2019. Do keep a lookout on their social media pages to stay updated on when they’ll be reopening.

Address: 15, Sinchon-ro 1-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 03785
Contact No: +82 2-323-6255
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Most would forsake a comfortable accommodation saying that they’d spend most of their time out exploring the city. But now that we’ve listed some of the best AND affordable accommodations near halal restaurants, you know that you can have the best of both worlds! Now you’re one step closer to having an epic holiday in Seoul 😉

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