It Starts With a Wish and Ends With a Cure…

It’s June and prostate cancer supporters can help raise funds for research by shopping at Safeway-owned stores once more.

Funds raised by Safeway-owned stores for prostate cancer research directed by the Prostate Cancer Foundation are delivering game-changing research and discovery including the identification of more than 27 cancer-causing gene fusions, new biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment response assessment and the development of new drugs to deliver more effective treatments for patients with advanced disease. The support of Safeway shoppers and employees have helped reduce the death rate by more than 40 percent and is moving us closer the ultimate goal of overtreating less and curing more.

It is gratifying to have their corporate support, the commitment of the employees and the generosity of so many shoppers.

This year, with the help of Stand Up to Cancer, the annual June campaign features special reusable shopping bags designed by celebrity Angie Harmon to promote awareness for this cancer that effects 16 million men and their families worldwide–more than 2 million of which live in the U.S. This yeasr’s campaign slogan, It Begins With a Wish and Ends With a Cure, says its all.

I hope you will consider supporting the campaign this June by shopping at Safeway stores and making a donation at the checkout stand by either rounding up to the next dollar on  each purchase or making a specific donation as you pay for your groceries. You can even purchase one of the Angie Harmon bags. Every piece of spare change makes a difference.Learn more about the Safeway Campaign.

Here is a list of Safeway stores across the country: Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Pavilions, Randall’s, Tom Thumb and Vons.

With the help and genrosity of many, our wishes will, indeed, end with a cure.

The Power of Sports Reaches Men and High-Risk Audiences


FOX Sports pioneered and set the bar for bringing important health messages to sports audiences.

As June and Father’s Day approaches, so does PCF’s annual Home Run Challenge (HRC) with Major League Baseball. For two weeks leading up to Father’s day, baseball fans will be able to support prostate cancer research for cures by pledging a monetary amount for each home run hit in 75 designated games or a one time pledge. It’s not only a fun way to raise funds, the tie in to Father’s day and the HRC’s slogan, Keep Dad in the Game, prompts many a frank discussion within families about prostate cancer, the impact of family history and the benefits of early detection and appropriate treatment.

Over the course of 16 years, the Home Run Challenge has reached millions with the important message about prostate health and raised nearly $40 million for research. In addition to the fans who pledge each year, the HRC owes its success to many including the Major League Baseball Player Association, team managers, club owners and Major League Baseball. But through the years, it has been super-charged by the support of FOX Sports. At a time when no sports broadcast organization was willing to get behind causes, Fox Sports, fueled by the vision of Ed Goren, vice chairman, stepped up to the the plate and got behind the program. With its base of 80 million subscribers, FOX hit the HRC out of the ball park and directly into the homes of a diverse base of baseball fans who have benefited from prostate cancer awareness. Millions of dollars of prime television airtime notwithstanding, FOX has helped save lives of thousands of American men and the well-being of their families.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ed Goren as part of a new series, Profiles in Leadership, I am producing at PCF. The program focuses on individuals and organizations whose efforts have made important contributions in raising awareness and funding for prostate cancer research. Ed’s interview is the first in the series. I believe you will find his insights and historical perspectives fascinating and I am very pleased to share the segment with you here.


David Emerson’s Legacy Lives On

Even after his passing, David will continue to serve his brothers in cancer.



As I reached for the incoming call this morning, the last person I thought it might be would be Mary Emerson. It’s only been two months since David lost his battle to prostate cancer. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Mary and her family had decided to take a break from cancer and focus on their healing. In fact, after all they had been through during the years of David’s illness, I couldn’t fault them if they decided to make a permanent about face from the disease that has forever changed their lives.

I couldn’t imagine why Mary was calling. I asked how she and the family were doing and I was pleased to hear her positive response. They are healing.

Mary then went on to tell me that the Board of Directors of Faith, Love, Hope, Win (FLHW)–the foundation started by her and David to help support the research supported of the Prostate Cancer Foundation–had met and decided to continue its work. She continued by saying that she and the Board felt that it was a fitting tribute to David’s memory. She was also calling to make a very generous donation from FLHW for their work in 2012.

I said to Mary that we at PCF are honored to have their continued support and that David, like my other friend Trip, will forever remain a hero in my mind. Whenever I talked with him, he would update me on his participation in clinical trials. As trying as they were, no matter how far he had to travel to participate, I never once heard him complain. I knew it wasn’t easy on either David or Mary, and I thanked Mary for her strength and support. Their contributions to moving clinical trials forward will continue to serve men with prostate cancer for many years to come. So too will the ongoing work of FLHW.

In reply to an email I sent to Mary asking if I could share this story, she wrote:

“Absolutely! When David was diagnosed almost 8 years ago, our treatment options were very limited. Although the statistics were not in our favor, we were determined to fight the battle against PC. Finding the PCF website was such a blessing…. The resources that the website provided were invaluable. We adopted a focus on nutrition and exercise, bought the cookbooks and found hope through our ability to empower ourselves where we could. It has been amazing to watch PCF evolve through the years. The benefits of the research that PCF has supported have done nothing but grow exponentially. I know David would be so happy to see the progress that continues to be made today. On behalf of the FLHW Board, I am honored to continue to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

 ”My daily thoughts and prayers continue to be with you Dan.” 

I find such selflessness as inspirational as it can be overwhelming.

As we enter this holiday season we are reminded that it is a time of love and sharing. Thank you, Mary and David for continuing to share so much with us all.

I wish you and your family peace and the comfort of many warm memories of David.

PCAs Research Funds

Kudos to the members of the Prostate Cancer Roundtable and advocates everywhere.

Unless you work within the prostate cancer advocacy community, you mostly likely missed an important piece of news just prior to the holidays. At a time when many may have been tuned into Miracle of 34th Street and other festive distractions, it is likely that you missed an important development for prostate cancer research: the preservation of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) 2012 budget for prostate cancer at the U.S. Department of Defense. In these budget-tight times, I am tempted to call it Miracle on Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues.

However, keeping $80 million intact for CDMRP prostate cancer research–work that many within the research enterprise consider some of the most ground-breaking–is no miracle. It is the direct result of the focused energies and tireless work of the Prostate Cancer Roundtable members (both jointly and individually) and independent advocates across this country. It is important to note that the CDMRP for prostate cancer also supports the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium (PCCTC) with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to enroll more patients into clinical trials and help speed approvals of new drugs for patients.

It was on December 15 that the House released an Omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 2055) and statement of managers, which includes Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS). It was passed by the House on December 16 and by the Senate on Saturday, December 17. The President signed the bill into law in December 23.

We should all be relieved to see the preservation of this important research budget for one more year. But there’s more work ahead.

While policymakers are seeking ways to reduce costs, our shared vision to cure more and overtreat less is even more urgent. These two goals are not in opposition. Cancer research and prevention is an investment, not an expense that can save millions of lives and trillions of dollars. The National Cancer Institute estimates that a 20-percent reduction in cancer mortality would be worth $20 trillion to the U.S. economy—far more than the federal debt.

On behalf of millions of men and families who suffer from the impact of prostate cancer, I voice our sincerest gratitude to all the members of the Prostate Cancer Roundtable and their supporters who worked to preserve the 2012 budget:

  • Ed Randall’s Fans for a Cure
  • Malecare
  • Men’s Health Network
  • National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Prostate Cancer International
  • Prostate Conditions Education Council
  • Prostate Health Education Network
  • The Prostate Net
  • Us TOO International
  • Women Against Prostate Cancer
  • ZERO-The Project to End Prostate Cancer

I also need to join my fellow Roundtable members in extending a special THANK YOU to Jimmy Boyd and the Men’s Health Network for the leadership and support they have provided in organizing our collective efforts.

Yes, Virginia… There is power in numbers.

Pee-to-Play Game Delivers Awareness Message to Men

New urinal game streams awareness message to baseball fans.

urinal-300x164Every morning, as part of my job, I am tasked to review the daily headlines for prostate cancer and circulate the top stories to my colleagues. Most of the stories that we end up discussing in our morning editorial rounds are fascinating, often talking about new treatments or breakthroughs that may soon benefit patients and prolong survival. Some dispel previously-held beliefs about the disease. Others discuss trends in the field, funding, and other related matters. Few are ever entertaining.

This morning was different. Here’s why…

I have always said that when it comes to delivering healthcare messages to men it requires equal parts of innovation and base humor. After all, there is still a little boy in all of us just waiting to giggle at something that only appeals to the male sense of humor.

Now the Phillies’ AAA minor league team, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, has hit the proverbial nail not on, but in the head, so to speak. When the team’s baseball season begins next week, screens installed above one urinal in each of the ballpark’s men’s room will display a downhill snowmobile competition. How to play? Simply directing the user’s stream left or right will move the driver in that direction. The game screens will display information on prostate cancer when the game is not in action.

What’s more, there is no need to pump the urinal with quarters for play time. All you need is a steady stream and some coordination. (Lack of a steady stream could be an indicator that a visit to one’s urologist may be in order.)

Players will be given a score at the end of their game and high scorers (names only) will be displayed in real time on video boards inside the park. Participants will also be ranked and recognized on the team’s website.

I have to believe that beyond having some fun while receiving an important health message about prostate health, there may well be another benefit. Like the Dutch, who print a small fly on the bottom of their urinals to increase users’ accuracy and prevent unsightly messes on the floor, this system should make some stadium janitors in Lehigh Valley very happy, indeed.

Wishing you good health and a continuing supply of humor!

Bank Islam Personal loan

There are many offers on personal loan from banks in Malaysia. Personal loans may be a great helper when it comes to emergency need of cash. In addition, everyone is aware that loan is the only and most viable solution to provide the required cash influx. Thus, personal loan is a great tool and form of way to manage our income and outcome in a more efficient way, provided we use it effectively and accordingly.

One of the banks offering personal loan is the Bank Islam, which worth further exploration on what it can offers. As a customer, you should be aware of the overall information about the personal loan. Take note that Bank Islam Personal Loan, the Financing-i, is a loan package that is being offered to only those in public sectors and selected Government Link Companies (GLCs). So, if you are working in a private sector, you can totally forget about this personal loan.  

For those who are interested to know more about this Bank Islam Personal Loan, it is Shariah based on Wakalah contract, with three tiers of interest rates. Therefore, you may enjoy a better interest if you go for the selected Takaful products, in which the product will include TakafulWill writing, Banca Takaful or BankIslam Card-i. As for the loan available, the amount is ranging from RM 10,000 to RM 200,000. Precisely how much you can loan is highly dependent and subject to criteria like your monthly income. A stable position with minimum salary of RM 2,000 is one of the basic requirement. There are cases in which you are allowed to loan more than RM 200,000 if you meet all criteria and able to provide collateral as security to the bank.  

Generally, personal loans in Malaysia do not require collateral or guarantor. However, this might not be the case for those of you who have weak credit score. The personal loan offers either fixed or floating interest rates, which may not be a really good benefit during the times of good economy. This may be different as it is beneficial during recession period as interest rates may go as high as over 10%. For the repayment for Bank Islam Personal Financing-i, it can be done through auto salary deduction or salary transfer to Bank Islam. The maximum amount to be deducted can be about 50% to 60% of salary. A 1% p.a penalty will be charged for any late repayment.

To go for the personal loan from Bank Islam, here is a brief summary of whether or not you are eligible to apply. It is mentioned that the loan is being offered only to those of you who are from the public sectors and selected Government Link Companies (GLCs). Of course, you must also be a Malaysian citizen, age 18 years old and above with a minimum monthly income of RM 2,000. There will be no processing charges when you apply for the loan but there will be a chargeable RM 50 Wakalah fees for this product. There will also be a 0.55% stamp duty fees based on your loan amount. For more detailed information, you may visit Bank Islam’s website or visit any branch near you.

Amazing Feats by Everyday People


An inspiring story that reminds us we are not alone in cancer.


The Alpe d’Huzes–with its steep climb and 21 switch backs–is known as one of the most treacherous segments of the Tour de France. But while it may shatter many a cyclists’ dreams this coming July 22 during the Tour, this week it raised hope for millions of cancer patients and their families. Each year, thousands of Dutch nationals organize to cycle, run or walk up this infamous route to raise awareness and funding for cancer research. This year, I am honored to know one of them, our dear friend, and once-ago neighbor in the Netherlands, Hein-Jan. He made the climb, op de fiets (on bicycle) in honor of his wonderful wife, Ina, who lost her battle this fall to glioblastoma–an aggressive form of brain cancer.

While I couldn’t be there to cheer Hein-Jan on, our good friend, Neil was on hand to provide moral and logistical support. I asked Neil to provide a report of the event. Here is his account of yesterday’s effort.

The great day had arrived. Around 10,000 Cloggies (an affectionate slang term for Dutch folks) including 3,700 riders would be raising €20 million for Cancer Research by climbing “their” mountain. The local population was struggling to cope. In the whole region there was not a slice of ham or cheese to be found, the cows were working overtime to produce enough milk and by 10am in the morning the bakers had their “sold out” signs in the window!

It was also an early morning in room 301 as the final preparations were made. Being in a hotel at the top of the mountain there was first the easy bit. The journey down to the start line. I waived Hein-Jan away at 8:00 and he was back at 8:05! A new record! 5 minutes to descend and the Alpe d’Huez! And he had crossed the finish line! Those of you who know Hein-Jan well will also know he has a terrible sense of direction. This was another case in point! At 8:05 he actually descended along the correct road after being sent back by a steward!

The next meeting point would be bend 5 where the Rabobank group were gathering and supporting the riders with the help of Foolen sound installations from Son and Jan Thingy – a famous cycle race commentator.

Hein-Jan duly arrived at 11:10 after setting off around 9am – a great performance considering his training schedule. Getting to the top would probably take another hour. Looking at the queue for the cable car that we (Jasper van Zuuren had joined the coaching team at this stage) would need to take to get to the top as well, there was a good chance he would get their first! We arrived at the finish line at 12:30 – an hour and 20 minutes after he had left bend 5 – and he had indeed beaten us to the finish! Considering the training schedule, this was indeed a performance to be proud about. Even the legs were doing well! I asked how he felt….he was proud of the achievement, but it was also difficult at the end as thoughts turned to Ina and others like Dan Zenka, Francois Bienfait, Jan Burgers and more, who are fighting the battle with cancer. For a while he had ridden with a guy who had had 50 chemo treatments, the last 2 only two weeks ago, but he still made it to the top. This is just one example of the many, many incredibly brave people who undertook similar actions today…..sometimes it is possible to be proud of the human race.That’s it for now….we’re off to cheer on some more crazy people who will be riding up this mountain as many as SIX times today! This evening we have the Rabobank BBQ to praise all who took part and take the team photos….our masseuses will be with us!

A Post BBQ Note from Neil…

After a long and amazing day we have finally crashed in our apartment. Just watching events and a few minor climbs have left me shattered….what a huge number of people have done here today is breathtaking. I can report that Hein-Jan’s head hit the pillow two minutes ago only a few metres away and already the sound of snoring is wafting through the air. We will not be up early tomorrow!

A Fresh Look at Six PCa Myths


Six things men should know about tomatoes, fish oil, vitamin supplements, testosterone, PSA testing and more.

We all know that with more 27 known varieties of prostate cancer, it often seems like a moving target when deciding what to do either to prevent or better our chance of survival following diagnosis. Research data is sometimes contradictory. Independent pundits espouse a range of ideas and theories that are often lacking scientific backing. Thanks to our friends at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, where PCF funds several researchers and projects, here are six important clarifications or myth busters I thought you would find useful. They were released just last week and should provide useful information to discuss with your doctor.

Myth 1 – Eating tomato-based products such as ketchup and red pasta sauce prevents prostate cancer. “The vast majority of studies show no association,” said Alan Kristal, Dr.P.H., associate director of the Hutchinson Center’s Cancer Prevention Program and a national expert in prostate cancer prevention. Kristal and colleagues last year published results of the largest study to date that aimed to determine whether foods that contain lycopene – the nutrient that puts the red in tomatoes – actually protect against prostate cancer.

After examining blood levels of lycopene in nearly 3,500 men nationwide they found no association. “Scientists and the public should understand that early studies supporting an association of dietary lycopene with reduced prostate cancer risk have not been replicated in studies using serum biomarkers of lycopene intake,” the authors reported in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. “Recommendations of professional societies to the public should be modified to reflect the likelihood that increasing lycopene intake will not affect prostate cancer risk.”

Myth 2 – High testosterone levels increase the risk of prostate cancer. “This is a hypothesis based on a very simplistic understanding of testosterone metabolism and its effect on prostate cancer. It is simply wrong,” Kristal said. Unlike estrogen and breast cancer, where there is a very strong relationship, testosterone levels have no association with prostate cancer risk, he said. A study published in 2008 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which combined data from 18 large studies, found no association between blood testosterone concentration and prostate cancer risk, and more recent studies have confirmed this conclusion.

Myth 3 – Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) decreases prostate cancer risk. “This sounds reasonable, based on an association of inflammation with prostate cancer and the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids,” Kristal said. However, two large, well-designed studies – including one led by Kristal that was published last year in the American Journal of Epidemiology – have shown that high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids increase the odds of developing high-risk prostate cancer.

Analyzing data from a nationwide study of nearly 3,500 men, they found that those with the highest blood percentages of docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an inflammation-lowering omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in fatty fish, have two-and-a-half times the risk of developing aggressive, high-grade prostate cancer compared to men with the lowest DHA levels. “This very sobering finding suggests that our understanding of the effects of omega-3 fatty acids is incomplete,” Kristal said.

Myth 4 – Vitamins and dietary supplements can prevent prostate cancer. Several large, randomized trials that have looked at the impact of dietary supplements on the risk of various cancers, including prostate, have shown either no effect or, much more troubling, they have shown significantly increased risk. “The more we look at the effects of taking supplements, the more hazardous they appear when it comes to cancer risk,” Kristal said. For example, the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT), the largest prostate cancer prevention study to date, was stopped early because it found neither selenium nor vitamin E supplements alone or combined reduced the risk of prostate cancer. A SELECT follow-up study published last year in JAMA found that vitamin E actually increased the risk of prostate cancer among healthy men. The Hutchinson Center oversaw statistical analysis for the study, which involved nearly 35,000 men in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Myth 5 – We don’t know which prostate cancers detected by PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening need to be treated and which ones can be left alone. “Actually, we have a very good sense of which cancers have a very low risk of progression and which ones are highly likely to spread if left untreated,” said biostatistician Ruth Etzioni, Ph.D., a member of the Hutchinson Center’s Public Health Sciences Division.

In addition to blood levels of PSA, indicators of aggressive disease include tumor volume (the number of biopsy samples that contain cancer) and Gleason score (predicting the aggressiveness of cancer by how the biopsy samples look under a microscope). Gleason scores range from 2-5 (low risk) and 6-7 (medium risk) to 8-10 (high risk).

“Men with a low PSA level, a biopsy Gleason score of 6 or lower and very few biopsy samples with cancer are generally considered to be very low risk,” Etzioni said. Such newly diagnosed men increasingly are being offered active surveillance – a watchful waiting approach – rather than therapy for their disease, particularly if they are older or have a short life expectancy.

“The chance that these men will die of their disease if they are not treated is very low, around 3 percent,” she said. Similarly, such men who opt for treatment have a mortality rate of about 2 percent. “For the majority of newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer, by taking into account initial clinical and biopsy information we can get a very good idea of who should be treated and who is likely to benefit from deferring treatment.”

Myth 6 – Only one in 50 men diagnosed with PSA screening benefits from treatment. “This number, which was released as a preliminary result from the European Randomized Study of Prostate Cancer Screening, is simply incorrect,” Etzioni said. “It suggests a very unfavorable harm-benefit ratio for PSA screening. It implies that for every man whose life is saved by PSA screening, almost 50 are overdiagnosed and overtreated.”

“Overdiagnosis” is diagnosing a disease that will never cause symptoms or death in the patient’s lifetime. “Overtreatment” is treating a disease that will never progress to become symptomatic or life-threatening.

The 50-to-one ratio, which is based on short-term follow-up data, “grossly underestimates” the lives likely to be saved by screening over the long term and overestimates the number of men who are overdiagnosed, Etzioni said. “The correct ratio of men diagnosed with PSA testing who are overdiagnosed and overtreated versus men whose lives are saved by treatment long term is more likely to be 10 to one.”


How 17 Genes Can Change a Man’s World

Yesterday’s launch of a new test that identifies a unique 17-gene signature indicative of aggressive prostate cancer opens the door to a whole new world for patients.


Sometimes we are so busy looking forward to the future that we fail to see it has arrived. Genomic Health’s introduction of a new test (Oncogene DX) can more accurately predict the aggressiveness of a man’s prostate cancer. If that doesn’t turn the heads of many newly-diagnosed patients, I’m not sure what can. It opens a new era of prostate-specific molecular diagnostics and better predictive bio-markers that will give patients and their physicians more accurate assessment data for choosing the right treatment plan.

This new test (Oncogene DX Prostate Cancer Test) will potentially give tens of thousands of men increased confidence that they can safely forgo aggressive treatment and instead enter a program of active surveillance, where their tumor is monitored over time, deferring surgery or radiation and avoiding the sexual and/or bowel and bladder dysfunction side-effects that can result from those treatments.

To arrive at the 17-gene signature, researchers began with a series of studies conducted at the Cleveland Clinic under the leadership of Dr. Eric Klein. They followed a group of men over time, analyzing the genetics of their tumors. It was through these initial analyses that a group of more than 700 candidate genes was winnowed down to the current subset of 17 used in the predictive signature test now offered by Genomic Health. It has a 95 percent accuracy rate in its ability to predict the future aggressiveness of a tumor even when traditional Gleason scoring points to low-risk prostate cancer at the time of biopsy. The signature was validated in seven separate studies involving more than 1,000 men.

Some patients who have already given their prostate or endured radiation treatment might be tempted to think its too little, to late for them. But I am encouraged that future patients will be given more reliable data about their cancer so they can select treatment plans–or decide not to treat–with greater peace of mind.

More genetic-based tests are on the horizon. Their arrival and subsequent use in the clinic will render the great PSA debate moot sooner than later. And, beyond sparing patients from the trials of unnecessary treatment, the test, which carries a list price of $3,820, may also eliminate billions of dollars in unneeded surgeries or radiation.

For us patients and our families, it’s a comforting idea and a bold new world.

Read more about the development of the 17-gene signature test.

Guesthouse in Myeongdong

List of Guesthouses in Myeongdong

Myeondong is known to be one of the most popular shopping areas in Seoul, Korea. Today, it is also one of the most expensive areas for you to live in. Fortunately for you, there are a number of guesthouses that you can stay on a budget for your next trip to Myeongdong. Myeongdong is one of the best area to stay in Seoul if you are wondering. The word budget may scare some people off but you can be rest ensured that these guesthouses are by no means run down or poorly managed. In fact, they are decent and value for your money. This article focuses on the summary of what each guesthouse has to offer. For the other guesthouses that are not listed in this post, please check out our other posts. Without further ado, here is the list of the guesthouses.

Moon Sun Guesthouse Myeongdong


  • Myeongdong subway station is just 4 minutes’ walk away
  • City center is just a few miles away
  • Incheon International Airport is situated 55 minutes away
  • Easy access for you to visit famous places of interest
  • Namsan Park is just 10 minutes’ walk away
  • Excellent services that include free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms, a gift and souvenir shop, laundry services, photocopying and printing services
  • Features 6 well-designed rooms that come with towels, slippers and mirrors
  • It is suitable for people who wants to shop, eat and sightsee
  • It costs approximately USD $49 per room night according to KAYAK



Vestin Villa Myeongdong


  • Myeongdong subway station is just 5 minutes’ walk away
  • The nearest airport is Gimpo Airport that is situated 16.1 kilometres away
  • Guests praised this guesthouse for their clean rooms, good location and friendly and helpful service staffs
  • Services in this guesthouse include free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms, 24-hours front desk, storage for luggage and complimentary parking spot
  • Top attractions within this guesthouse are Namsan Park situated 9 minutes’ walk away and Seven Luck Casino situated 11 minutes’ walk away
  • The rooms come with non-smoking options, air conditioning, telephone services, heating systems
  • It is suitable for people who wants to shop, eat and sightsee
  • It costs approximately USD $51 per room night according to Agoda



Mama Guesthouse Myeongdong


  • Myeongdong subway station is just 4 minutes’ walk away
  • The nearest airport is Gimpo Airport that is situated 16.4 kilometres away
  • It is an ideal accommodation if you are looking for some fun and relaxation at the same time
  • Guests praised this guesthouse for their clean rooms, good location and friendly and helpful service staffs
  • There are some top attractions within the guesthouse
  • Namsan Park is located 10 minutes’ walk away
  • From this guesthouse, guests can tour famous attractions like Seoul Animation Center, Myeongdong Cathedral and Chunjiyun Spa
  • Services in this guesthouse include free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms, 24-hours room service, valet parking and complimentary parking spots
  • It is suitable for people who wants to shop, eat and sightsee
  • It costs approximately USD $49 per room night according to Agoda



I House Guesthouse


  • Myeongdong subway station is just 5 minutes’ walk away
  • The nearest airport is Gimpo Airport that is situated 16 kilometres away
  • The guesthouse is strategically located in sightseeing, restaurants area and shopping area
  • Namsan Park and Seven Luck Casino is located 10 minutes’ walk away
  • Services in this guesthouse include free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms, storage for your luggage, Wi-Fi internet access in public areas within the guesthouse, complimentary car park and room service
  • The rooms come with desk, hair dryer and soundproofing which is something that is not commonly found in these type of budget guesthouses
  • It is suitable for people who wants to shop, eat and sightsee
  • It costs approximately USD $50 per room night according to


Guesthouse in Myeondong

Namsan Guesthouse 5


  • Myeongdong subway station is just 5 minutes’ walk away
  • The nearest airport is Gimpo Airport that is situated 16.1 kilometres away
  • Great choice to stay in if you are here for sightseeing or for business purposes
  • Services include free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms, storage for luggage, Wi-Fi internet access in public areas within the guesthouse and valet parking
  • Namsan Park and Seven Luck Casino is located 10 minutes’ walk away
  • The rooms come with non-smoking options, air conditioning, heating system and blackout curtains
  • It is suitable for people who wants to shop, eat and sightsee
  • It costs approximately USD $57 per room night according to



IU Guesthouse


  • Myeongdong subway station is just 5 minutes’ walk away
  • The nearest airport is Gimpo Airport that is situated 16 kilometres away
  • Guests praised this guesthouse for their clean and comfortable rooms, great view and friendly service staffs
  • Namsan Park and Seven Luck Casino is just 10 minutes’ walk away
  • Services include free Wi-Fi internet access, Wi-Fi internet access in public areas within the guesthouse, shops and storage for luggage facility
  • It is suitable for people who wants to shop, eat and sightsee
  • It costs approximately USD $66 per room night according to