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Title Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous
Name KTO Sydney Date 09/11/2003 Hit 973
The best place to get to know the pungnyu culture of the aristocrats is at newly opened traditional style Korean guest house, Rakgojae, in the heart of Seoul.

Pungnyu is an ideal that has been passed down in Korean culture since the founding of its first nation, signifying the harmony among people, nature and what is considered poetic.

Rakgojae in Seoul’s Bukchon Hanok Village offers overnight stays and demonstrations of traditional Korean music, dance and art, portraying the refined pungnyu culture of past aristocrats.

Bukchon was primarily occupied by the yangban upper class and has been preserved in its original glory to safeguard the historical value and information about the lifestyles of the historic Joseon era.

On each side of Bukchon are the palaces Gyeongbokgung, Changgyeonggung and Changdeokgung and the nearby Jongmyo Royal Shrine houses the memorial tablets of Joseon-era kings and queens.

Whole houses can be rented out at Rakgojae accommodating up to nine people each with optional deluxe meal and performance. Prices start from 150,000 won (approx A$197) per person per night reducing to 70,000 won (approx. A$92) per person if six or more people use the house.

For reservations call: 011 286 1855.