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A jjimjilbang is a 24-hour, gender-segregated bathhouse that features hot and cold soaking pools, bathing and massage areas, various kinds of saunas, entertainment lounges, snack bars and communal sleeping rooms. For about 10,000 won, you not only get a place to rest your head at night, but also a locker to store your belongings, access to shower and sauna facilities and pyjamas. Although not the most comfortable option (unless a bunch of snoring strangers won’t keep you up), jjimjilbangs are an inexpensive place to sleep – and soak up Korean culture – for a night or two.
Guest houses and hostels in Daegu offer the same amenities you’d find at budget accommodation anywhere else in the world, from free Wi-Fi and television to laundry facilities and tour booking services. Some even offer complimentary Korean-style breakfast, which adds to the experience while saving you money. Opt for a dormitory, which you’ll share with other travelers, or pay a bit more for the privacy of your own room.
Low budget yeogwan (small inns) are one of the most common types of accommodation in South Korea. Concentrated near the train and bus terminals in Daegu’s downtown area, yeogwan are an accessible and affordable option, and do not require a reservation (unless you are traveling during a peak season or a holiday). Expect very basic ondol rooms (heated floors with cushioned mats to sleep on) and bare bones amenities.
Their name implies exactly what they are, but for around 40,000 won, love motels offer comfortable beds, enormous bathtubs, big-screen TVs, computers, free snacks and a surprisingly clean environment. While many are fairly standard in terms of décor, some offer what you might expect from a love motel (think vibrating beds and neon lights), while others even boast themed rooms that have to be seen to be believed. Many of these motels charge by the hour, so be sure to check beforehand if a longer-term stay is possible. Find clusters of these budget accommodations around Dongdaegu Station.
To experience Daegu like a local, opt for a room on Airbnb. The website has seen major growth in Korea over the past couple years and currently has more than 300 listings in Daegu, with an average price of approximately 60,000 won per night. If you’re looking to really save, there are plenty of shared and private rooms available that promise an enjoyable stay that start at just 12,000 won per night.