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Hanok Stay: Gateway to Traditional Living

Hanok Stay: Gateway to Traditional Living

Hanok, a Korean traditional house, embodies many indigenous architectural designs and techniques. The maru (main section) floor of the living room space lets in refreshing breezes in summer, while ondol (floor heating system) keeps thehouse warm in winter. As its frames are made of wood and clay, and plastered with hanji (traditional handmade paper), hanok is not only environment-friendly, but also capable of automatically controlling temperature, humidity and lighting.

Throughout Korea, several clusters of hanoks have been preserved and protected as hanok villages. For this very effort, Andong Hahoe Village and Gyeongju Yangdong Village have been designated as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, and Jeonju Hanok Village as an international Slow City. Moreover, many hanoks in these villages offer accommodation, dining as well as diverse cultural experience programs. Here are six outstanding hanoks for those seeking relaxation and complete immersion in traditional lifestyle and culture.

Worindang, Yeongam

Yeongam, the venue for the F1 Korean Grand Prix, is a city of wide open plains and beautiful beaches. It is also home to Worindang (월인당), a hanok minbak (inn).

Sitting atop a hill between Wolchulsan and Eunjeoksan Mountains, Worindang offers a remarkable view of the vast plains. All of its rooms have ondol flooring, which was completed by layering flat stones at the bottom, spreading loess over them, and covering the top with hanji. Each room is also equipped with a maru, which lets in plenty of light and breeze.

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Worindang
Address: Jeollanam-do Yeongam-gun Gunseo-myeon Mojeong-ri
Room rates (4-person): 120,000–140,000 won
* Rates vary by season
Directions from Seoul:
1) Seoul Express Bus TerminalU-Square (Gwangju)
* Bus schedule: 05:30-01:00(next day), 5-10min intervals / Travel time: 3hr 30min
2) U-SquareYeongam Bus Terminal
* Bus schedule: 04:40-22:00, 20-30min intervals / Travel time: 1hr 10min
3) Yeongam Bus Terminal → Mojeong Maeul (모정마을)
* Bus bound for Mojeong Maeul (모정마을) runs 5 times a day.
Worindang Homepage: www.moonprint.co.kr (Korean)
Inquiries: +82-61-471-7675 (Korean)
Nearby attractions:
Dogapsa Temple, Historical Site of Dr. Wangin, Wolchulsan National Park, Yeongam Pottery Museum, Yeongam Gurim Village
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Seongyojang House, Gangneung

Seongyojang House is an old hanok in Gangneung, which is well known for its Gyeongpo and Jeongdongjin Beaches, as well as well-preserved heritage sites. Outside the house are trees that are hundreds of years old, a large red lotus pond, and a pavilion overlooking Gyeongpoho Lake and East Sea. Inside, the original architectural designs remain, while the kitchen, shower room and restrooms have been renovated for the convenience of the guests.

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Seongyojang House
Address: Gangwon-do Gangneung-si Unjeong-dong 431
Room rates (4-person): 100,000–150,000 won
* Rates vary by season
Directions from Seoul:
1) Seoul Express Bus TerminalGangneung Express Bus Terminal
* Bus schedule: 06:00-23:30, 20-70min intervals / Travel time: 2hr 50min
2) Gangneung Express Bus Terminal → Seongyojang (선교장)
* Bus 202 bound for Gyeongpodae (경포대) runs every 20 minutes.
Seongyojang House Homepage: www.knsgj.net (Korean)
Inquiries: +82-33-646-3270 (Korean)
Nearby attractions: Ojukheon House, Gyeongpo Beach, Gyeongpoho Lake, Jeongdongjin Beach
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Farm Cottage, Gapyeong

Farm Cottage is an old hanok compound located near Cheongpyeongho Lake and Ihwawon Garden in Gapyeong. Two buildings, Seongchunje and Cheollije, feature a total of ten traditional hanok rooms. The morning sight of mist rising above the tiles of the cottage buildings is not to be missed at this beautiful, old hanok.

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Farm Cottage
Address: Gyeonggi-do Gapyeong-gun Seorak-myeon Misa-ri
Room rates (4-person): Seongchunje 120,000–180,000 won / Cheollije 80,000–120,000 won
* Rates vary by season
Directions from Seoul
1) Jamsil Station Bus Stop → Seorak-myeon (설악면)
Take Bus 7000 from Exit 9 of Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2 or 8) to Seorak-myeon.
* Bus 7000 runs every hour / Travel time: 40min
2) Take a taxi from Seorak-myeon Bus Stop to Farm Cottage.
Farm Cottage Homepage: www.farmcottage.co.kr (Korean)
Inquiries: +82-31-584-7279 (Korean)
Nearby attractions: Cheongpyeonghoban Lake, Yumyeongsan Mountain, Hongcheongang River, Ehwawon Garden, Jaraseom Island

Ogyeonjeongsa House, Andong

Built more than 430 years ago, Ogyeonjeongsa House stands between Andong Hahoe Village, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, and Buyongdae Cliff, which offers a magnificent view of Nakdongang River. In addition to comfortable lodging, the historic hanok offers various hands-on experience programs including traditional games and hanji craft. Moreover, the famous Hahoe Village and Byeongsanseowon Confucian School located nearby provide more special opportunities to immerse in traditional culture and beautiful nature.

More info
Ogyeonjeongsa House
Address: Gyeongsangbuk-do Andong-si Pungcheon-myeon Gwangdeok-ri
Room rates (2-person): 170,000–200,000 won
* Rates vary by season
Directions from Seoul:
1) Dong Seoul Bus Terminal → Andong Bus Terminal
* Bus schedule: 06:00-23:00, 30-40min intervals / Travel time: 2hr 50min
2) Andong Bus Terminal → Andong Hahoe Village (하회마을)
* Bus 46 bound for Andong Hahoe Village (하회마을) runs 8 times a day.
Ogyeonjeongsa House Homepage: www.hahoehouse.co.kr (Korean)
Inquiries: +82-54-857-7005 (Korean)
Nearby attractions: Andong Hahoe Village [UNESCO World Heritage], Buyongdae Cliff, Byeongsanseowon Confucian School, Bongjeongsa Temple
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Hagindang, Jeonju

Built in 1908, Hagindang House is the oldest hanok and the only private residence designated as a cultural asset in Jeonju Hanok Village, a Slow City site. The Hagindang was also the first venue to host a performance in Jeonju, thanks to its features of ancient royal architecture such as ceilings that reach the height of two floors and walls that can be propped open to allow more space. Nearby cultural attractions include Gyeonggijeon, Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School, and Nambu Market.

More info
Hagindang House
Address: Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si Wansan-gu Gyo-dong
Room rates (4-person): 170,000–200,000 won
* Rates vary by season
Directions from Seoul:
1) Seoul Express Bus TerminalJeonju Express Bus Terminal
* Bus schedule: 05:30-24:00, 5-10min intervals / Travel time: 2hr 45min
2) Take a taxi from Jeonju Express Bus Terminal to Hagindang House.
* Travel time: 20min
Hagindang House Homepage: http://cafe.naver.com/hakindang (Korean)
Inquiries: +82-63-284-9929 (Korean)
Nearby attractions: Jeonju Hanok Village [Slow City], Omokdae & Imokdae, Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Pungnammun Gate, Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School
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Gyeongju Hanok Program

Gyeongju Hanok Program offers a special opportunity to explore and stay at one of the ancient hanok-style academies: Woramjae, Seoakseowon, Jongojeong and Dongnakdang. It has been reported that history is very rich and alive in Gyeongju, the ancient capital city of Silla Dynasty, that sounds of ancient scholars can still be heard from the yard of the academies. All hanoks have ondol rooms, and offer easy access to Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto and the Royal Tomb of King Taejonmuyeol.

More info
Woramjae, Seoakseowon Confucian School, Jongojeong, Dongnakdang
Address: Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si
Room rates:
Woramjae (4-person rates): 150,000-200,000 won
Seoakseowon (2-person rates): 30,000-50,000 won
Jongojeong (4-person rates): 100,000-120,000 won
Doknakdang (4-person rates): 70,000 won
* Rates vary by season.
Directions from Seoul:
1) Seoul Express Bus TerminalGyeongju Express Terminal
* Bus schedule: 06:05-23:55, 1hr intervals / Travel time: 4hr 30min
2) Gyeongju Express Terminal → Gyeongju Hanok Program
Woramjae: Take Bus 508 outside Gyeongju Express Terminal to Najeong-ipgu (나정입구) Bus Stop. (Bus schedule: 7 times a day / Travel time: 30min)
Seoakseowon: Take a taxi from Gyeongju Express Terminal. (Travel time: 10min)
Jongojeong: Take Bus 16 outside Gyeongju Express Terminal to Songok (손곡) Bus Stop. (Bus schedule: 3 times a day / Travel time: 10min)
Donakdang: Take Bus 203 outside Gyeongju Express Terminal to Oksan 1-ri (옥산1리) Bus Stop. (Bus schedule: 10 times a day / Travel time: 1hr 40min)
Homepage: www.gjgotaek.kr (Korean)
Inquiries: +82-54-774-1950 (Korean)
Nearby attractions: Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Anapji Pond, Gyeongju National Museum, Royal Tomb of King Muyeol
Related column
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Date 12/29/2011



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