I chose this listing to book based on all the glowing referrals. What I found was completely different and perhaps the room we were rented was one Kyung had not rented before as it had not been suitably fixed up to be a secure rental, and did not appear to be reflected in any of the photos sent to me. At booking I noticed the address was not the same as the listing, so I queried and she said it was a different property but unable to change the address on airbnb. She sent a collage of photos which appeared reasonable. We arrived for our 3pm confirmed checkin, which we had corresponded with Kyung the prior day. We arrived, Kyong appeared stressed, and she said it would not be ready until 4. The place was dissheveled. Kyung was clearly not ready to host us. She had a friend who was installing a metal clasp on the outside of the sliding door and we were handed a newly purchased pack of paddle locks to use. The room did not lock from the inside, which we realized once we came back from dinner and too late to do anything about it. I could not recommend this room for solo women travelers if you can't secure self and belongings in the room from the outside of the house. The most disappointing thing was that the room smelled strongly of cigarette smoke - we could not use the bedding and laid towels as sheets, pillowcases and blankets. It would be helpful for her to share that the property is a 'smoking' property. The walls are very thin. She checked in a guy in the room behind us and the wall shifted and we could hear every word of their conversation. Kyung came home around midnight and was up through the early morning talking loudly with other family/friends staying and again, could hear every word said - and fair to her it is her home so she should be able to speak freely at any time - just know for light sleepers it's probably not a great match. Fair to say we did not have a great nights sleep, between the concern of someone would walk into our room late at night, sleeping on towels, and loud voices, we were up and out before anyone else in the house awoke.
While I'm sure the other reviews were accurate - under less stressful situations Kyung is likely a lovely person, kind, eccentric, animated & entertaining, I think we were given a room that had not been rented in the past, she was not prepared to have us, and we would have appreciated having her just cancel the reservation and we could have tried to find a hotel that night, versus paying a high cost for a night of lost sleep.