My Favorite Trend in Korea: The Meaning of Hokangseu (호캉스)

This post covers what hokangseu means and how Koreans are enjoying it to the fullest.

It includes:

  • definition of hokangseu
  • when you need it
  • how to maximize it

Hokangseu has been one of my guilty pleasures for a while now.

Let’s find out more!

My Favorite Trend in Korea Hokangseu

What is hokangseu?

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Hokangseu (호캉스) is a Konglish word that is a combination of “hotel (텔)” + “vacance/vacation (바캉스)”.

It means “hotel staycation” or “staycation at hotel”.

When do you need hokangseu?

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  • When you’re stressed from work
  • When you need a getaway or retreat
  • When you’re too tired to drive or travel far
  • When you need me-time
  • Whenever you want!

How do Koreans enjoy hokangseu?

Have you seen an itinerary made by a Korean person on vacation? It’s extremely tight.

Most people plan hour by hour to maximize a trip. In Europe, they’ll often spend an afternoon in a city before going to another.

Just like with trips, Koreans tend to enjoy hokangseu to the fullest.

Koreans most likely:

  • check in on time
  • go swimming
  • order room service
  • enjoy the deep soaking tub
  • drink a cocktail or wine at a hotel bar or in the room
  • use a mask pack for their skin
  • eat breakfast buffet at the hotel
  • work out or swim one more time
  • check out on time or ask for late check-out

Hokangseu Tips?

Look for hokangseu packages on your favorite hotel’s website.

Request a quiet room on a high floor, especially when the hotel is located in the middle of the city.

Bring a mask pack or bubble bath bomb for full relaxation.

Play your favorite jazz or classical music while in the room.

Kindly ask for late check-out.


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