While staying in South Korea for a month, I stayed in a Goshiwon. A goshiwon is basically tiny ass rooms. From the hallway, it looks like apartments, but when you enter the room, its super small. The only thing in it is a desk, a bed, and if you pay a little bit more, you can get a toilet and/or shower. Mine included a shower and toilet combo. If your room doesn’t include the toilet/shower, there is a shared bathroom in the hallway. I liked having my shower and toilet in my room, because it is convienient and I felt weird with sharing a shower and toilet with other people, however, lets be honest. Since the room was so small, whenever I used the toilet, the whole room smelled like whatever the toilet smelled like…for a while.
There are many advantages of staying in a Goshiwon. First of all, and most importantly, they are cheap as hell. For one month I paid less than $500 US dollars, including utilities and WIFI. Also, they are extremely safe. The floors are separated by gender, there is always someone working at the front desk, and they have CCTV (Security Cameras). They also have a shared kitchen that came with free rice, noodles, and kimchi. Sometimes, there would even be two types of kimchi, and on those days, I felt like I had won the lottery. There was also a free washing machine that we could use that came with laundry detergent. The room came with a desk and chair, as well as a mini fridge and a TV with a bunch of cable channels. Most of them were in Korean, but they had a few movie channels that played movies in english, and also some other channel that would play tv shows like, CSI, Grimm, and other tv shows from the US.
Here is a video of my goshiwon. Sorry that it’s sideways…I dont know how to fix it, so just tilt your head! Notice how much storage space there is in such a small room. Also, I could reach almost everything in the whole room while I was on my bed!
Has anyone else ever stayed in a Goshiwon, If so, what was it like for you? If you have never stayed in one, would you ever?