Inspiration Korea


October 4, 2019
Korea itinerary guide

Escape the hustle and bustle of Seoul and add this getaway to your Korea itinerary. We like to call this place one of Korea’s Best Kept Seacret.

We knew that we were going to love this place, from the second we started our windy drive up the mountains and were greeted by breathtaking views of the sea – not five minutes out from this lovely lodging establishment.

TongYoung, South Korea

Known as a pension in Korea, this type of establishment is comparable to a good ole fashioned B&B. The name of this pension is Maremio – which roughly translates to “my sea” in Italian.

TongYeoung, South Korea


  • The charming café has a roasting room where the owner roasts his own coffee beans!
  • The floor to ceiling windows that showcase panoramic views of the sea
  • The outdoor patio with a swing chair that could fit 2-3 people (we loved having our morning coffee on the swing while watching the sunrise)
  • The outdoor kitchen that also included BBQ pits
  • The dock that we could walk out onto and sit on to feel the seawater between our toes
  • Heated floors (one of our favorite things about Korea in general!)
  • Peaceful isolation


This charming pension is owned by a husband and wife duo, who also have a home on top of the hill overlooking the sea. While the café wasn’t open during the time of our stay, we were incredibly lucky to be invited into the basement of their own house which was converted into a café and roasting room, where we had breakfast.

Hotel in TongYeoung, South KOrea

Maremio has six rooms available to choose from. The first and second floors have three rooms each. All six rooms have a waterfront view (which is AMAZING).

They have the perfect dock location for watching prime sunrises — bring some poles down to give fishing a go!

There is also a nice little barbecue cookout spot on the water if you do end up catching some fresh fish, or want to bring your own food to have a nice barbecue – complete with charcoal grills, and chopping boards for cooking.

TongYeoung, South Korea


Like most places in Korea, the heating is done from the floors. This made for such a warm, and toasty stay with the chilly nights that we had. It has a full bathroom with a standup shower, a small kitchen, and comes with a queen-size bed. There is also has a second-story loft that you can sleep on as well (complete with traditional Korean blankets and mattresses) — if you want to take part in a more traditional route of sleeping. (We did…and it was glorious!)

Our room also had its own individual balcony, AND we had beautiful floor to ceiling windows that showcased a beautiful view of the sea.

Hotel in Tongyeoung, South Korea


TongYoung, South Korea


By Car :

North Tong-young IC ->Towards to Go-sung -> ( 3.8 km) -> Three- way Junction of  Do-San ( 10 o’clock left turn) -> 500 m -> In front  of Hankuk Tire ( left turn) -> 400 m -> Three way Junction ( toward Gu-Chon and Su-Wal in 10 o’clock direction ) -> (700 m) -> Go to  Straight at the three way junction -> (2.6 km) -> a three way junction (  to SuWal town by 1 o’clock direction ) -> (1 km) -> arrive at the destination.

By Bus :

At TongYoung City Bus Stop ( Across from TongYoung Express Bus Terminal), take these buses:

# 207( 1 time stop)

# 673 ( 3 Times stop)

# 674 ( 4 Times stop)

# 675 ( 1 Time stop)

 -> get off the bus at SuWall MaEul (수월 마을) — a  town named SuWall (수월) 

-> Walk about 800 m

-> arrive at destination

Interested in learning more? Check out their website:


If you happen to have trouble with translating Korean to English, give this link a go instead:


  • Reply
    Jackie S.
    February 4, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Maremio is a cute place to visit in South Korea. Looks like the perfect weekend trip to escape from the craziness of Seoul. Love how this place has heated floors (can’t live without this feature during the winter time) and the waterfront view. So beautiful! Did you have a chance to meet other guests staying at Maremio?

    • Reply
      Cherrod and Matt
      February 6, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Yes, we love heated floors! It is something that we wish was implemented into homes more in the US and Australia!
      We went during the middle of the week so it wasn’t as busy, and the only other people that stayed there was a giant group of young men that went fishing for a night and then left the next morning. lol There must have been about 10-15 of them that rented all of the bottom units! That was in interesting experience to watch in itself though.

  • Reply
    Leticia Castillo Rocha
    February 5, 2020 at 1:58 am

    This is the first post I see about Korea! It is making me want to visit ♥️ thanks for the great info!! Especially the bus guide

    • Reply
      Cherrod and Matt
      February 6, 2020 at 8:33 am

      Ahh that is really great! We are doing something right then. haha We hope to share more about Korea with others so hopefully, we can inspire you to visit more! 🙂

  • Reply
    Shreya Saha
    February 5, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Those who don’t love the hustle and bustle your blog will definitely be awesome for them, like me. In your blog, you have nicely described all places that are best kept secret for the traveler. The pension which one is best for spending time with nature. I would love to visit the place and enjoy.

    • Reply
      Cherrod and Matt
      February 6, 2020 at 8:34 am

      It sounds like we would make great travel buddies! 😀

  • Reply
    Iuliana Marchian
    February 6, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Oh the rooms are so cute and also the terrace and the shared kitchen. I always love to have a shared kitchen when I ravel so that I can boil water for a tea or something similar. Congratulations for writing about this.

    • Reply
      Cherrod and Matt
      February 6, 2020 at 8:35 am

      The rooms are SUPER cute…we just had to write about this place! And thank you for the congratulations.

  • Reply
    February 6, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Oh! This would be the next to our travel destinations thanks for sharing your itinerary! 😊

  • Reply
    February 6, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Oh wow! The view from the rooms must be stunning! I’d never leave the window for anything if I were there. Great find, sounds like a fantastic ‘sea’cret!

  • Reply
    Epepa Travel Blog
    February 7, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Korea’s Best Kept Seacret? Sounds very interesting! I like visiting places that are off the beaten path. A very nice place to stay. Inside, it looks very cute, like a tiny cottage.

    • Reply
      Cherrod and Matt
      February 27, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      It seriously is the cutest, and definitely off the beaten path!

  • Reply
    February 7, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Wow! This looks like the perfect spot to relax and escape the city! Not gonna lie, I didn’t really like Seoul as much but this is definitely more up my alley. That outdoor patio swing chair sounds like the perfect spot to enjoy coffee with a view!

    • Reply
      Cherrod and Matt
      February 27, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      You definitely need to explore the Korean countryside then! It’s more our speed as well. 🙂

  • Reply
    February 8, 2020 at 1:39 am

    This looks like an amazing getaway in Korea. Perhaps one of their best kept secrets to keep the tourists away! I like how embedded it is into the local culture and outside of the main city and attractions. Great info!

    • Reply
      Cherrod and Matt
      February 27, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      It was our favorite getaway together, by far!

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