Hey hey! I am back with my travel stories from Busan! Few weeks ago, me and my friends had our South Korea Trip and Busan was included in our itineraries. One of the challenges for us Busan first-timers is to look for a cheap but clean hostel. After reading tons of travel blogs and asking friends about Busan hostels, we ended up booking at Mr. Egg Hostel in Nampo-dong, Busan, South Korea!
Few weeks before depature, me and my friend were contemplating if we are going to book in a cheaper hostel or in Mr. Egg which is quite more expensive than the others. Mr. Egg Hostel is probably one of the best hostels in Busan. I’ve read a lot of good feedbacks about them and it made us decide that we should book there for our Busan trip. Our considerations for the hostel in Busan are: 1)near Busan KTX station, 2)near subway exits, 3)clean, 4)with free food, 5)reasonable price and Mr. Egg Hostel met all our needs!
We booked our room via e-mail to Mr. Egg and we received the confirmation e-mail after an hour or two. Our original plan is to book the triple room which costs 80,000 won per night but they said it was already booked so they offered an alternative. They said that we could book a twin room with one additional mattress for 70,000 won. We confirmed our booking and we told them that we will avail their 10% discount. Mr. Egg gives you a 10% discount on your room rates if you will like their Facebook page or if you will bring a souvenir from your country! In the end, our total bill was 126,000 won for two nights!
We arrived in Busan KTX station at around 12pm after a 2 hours and a half trip from Seoul. Upon arriving, we headed to the local subway station which is 2-3 minute walk from the Busan KTX station exit. It was our first time in Busan so we did not know how to purchase subway tickets. One friend of mine who went to Busan told us that we should purchase the one-day subway pass for us to save money but I could not understand the ticket machine ㅜㅠ! Fortunately, there was this ahjussi with a “Volunteer” sash on his shoulders. The sash also says he speaks English and I think he’s the one in-charge in the Tourist Information desk near the ticket vendo machines. We asked him how to get the one-day pass tickets and he gladly helped us! He was very nice and speaks good English. He explained how to purchase the tickets and he also offered maps that we could use to go around Busan. He also told us that we could use the unlimited one-day pass until 12am. The ticket costs 4,000 won only! Cheap huh!
We took the subway and got off at Jungang Station which is one station away from Busan Station. Mr. Egg’s website provided a detailed map going to the hostel so we didn’t have a hard time looking for it. We entered the hostel and the girl in-charge welcomed us. After paying and getting our keys, the girl told us to leave our things inside the small cupboard because we were not allowed to go inside our room until 3pm because it’s not yet check-in time. But Sean, the owner of the hostel told us that we can already go upstairs to leave our things so that we can go around the place.
Our room on the 3rd floor was really nice and clean! It is quite small since it is only a twin room but I think it is fine as long as we can sleep there. The bathroom is clean too! After putting our things inside the room, we immediately went outside to go around Nampo-dong. There are free Nampo-dong maps on the map shelf so don’t forget to take one before you go. The hostel is really near a lot of tourists spots like Busan Tower, BIFF Square, Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market! We just literally walked from the hostel to Busan Tower to the BIFF Square until we reached the Jagalchi Fish Market!
Mr. Egg also offers free breakfast from 9am to 11am. You need to cook your own meal like fried egg and toast. They also provide potable water, coffee and orange juice. All of the hostel guests uses the kitchen when it’s breakfast time so you need to be patient in waiting for them to finish cooking. If you don’t want to wait, then wake up early and be the first in line ㅋㅋ.
Aside from Mr. Egg Hostel Nampo 1, they also have the Mr. Egg Hostel Nampo 2 and Mr. Egg Original Haeundae so don’t be confused. In Nampo 1, they have single rooms, twin rooms, triple rooms and dorm-types. The Mr. Egg Original in Haeundae has the twin, triple and family private rooms. The rooms in Nampo 2 are all dorm types with shared bathroom. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning units, heater, floor heating system(Ondol), hair dryer, clean linens with FREE WI-FI connections. You can also ask for free towels and toothpaste. The bathrooms have free shampoo and body wash too!
If you want to check out their hostels, room rates and facilities, you can visit their official website. I hope you will have a great time with Mr. Egg too!