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Discovering Korea's Traditional Culture

There is something decidedly Korean about every inch of a traditional hanok home. Enjoy the rustic elegance of a traditional Korean home that has all the modern amenities you need. You’ll appreciate the beauty and style of these hanok homes with every one of your senses.

Hakindang 학인당

Construction on Jeonju Hanok Village, which is located in the neighborhoods of Pungnam-dong and Gyo-dong in Jeonju, began around 1930. Of the roughly 800 hanok (traditional Korean homes) in the village, Hakindang is typical of what members of the nobility would have lived in during the Joseon era (1392–1910). It follows an architectural style reminiscent of a Korean palace and was built in 1908 by more than 4,000 workers over a period of three years.
The main quarters have a high two-story ceiling. All the doors to the rooms can be opened to form one big space, transforming the house into a venue for performances, seminars, meetings and more.
In the front yard is a hundred-year-old well that residents here used to call "Ttansaem." While people used to drink the water from this well, there is now indoor plumbing and running water inside. The surrounding garden is quite beautiful, with a small pond and pine trees.

In addition to the main quarter, the Byeoldangchae and Sarangchae buildings offer comfortable guestrooms for travelers. Each room has its own separate bathroom, which is very unusual of a hanok . This is a unique feature since traditionally Koreans used to place the bathroom far from the living quarters.
A vegetarian breakfast is served every morning in the kitchen, while tea is served in the main floor room. Also, guests can take classes here to learn sori , the traditional songs and dances of the southwestern provinces of Jeollabuk-do and Jeollanam-do.
While Hakindang’s website is only available in Korean, staff members here speak both Korean and English, helping tourists feel welcome.


Address : 45 Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do Province
Tel : 063-284-9929
Website : (Korean)
Rooms : 9 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Complimentary breakfast

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Ogyeonjeongsa House 옥연정사

With a name meaning "the tranquil place where jade-like water flows," Ogyeonjeongsa House is that and so much more. Located across the Nakdonggang River from Hahoe Village, this tranquil, out-of-the-way house on top of a cliff is accessible only by boat. Its seclusion only makes it quieter and more remote than almost any other accommodation you will find in Korea.
Ogyeonjeongsa House is an old hanok structure that was originally built in 1586 and located in Hahoe Folk Village, which was designated a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in August 2010. The house was once the residence of the family of Ryu Seong-ryong, a famous Confucian scholar-official and prime minister during the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910). Compared to other large family hanok with shrines, this one has a rather simple structure, which accounts for some of its unique allure.

Originally, the house was built more as a place to study and meet with people than a residence. It has three separate quarters, including a master quarters, with a main floor between two rooms that used to serve as a study.
Empty for many years, it was only recently renovated to allow for accommodations. The inner quarters are the home of a descendant of the original family that lived here, while the two small rooms in the master quarters and the large room in the separate quarters are open to the public.
Private bathrooms are located in the yard across from the rooms. During the winter, the home’s ondol (traditional underfloor heating system) ensures guests a warm and comfy sleep every night.
In short, Ogyeonjeongsa House offers its guests a rare chance to experience different aspects of a traditional hanok . It may not be an ostentatious five-star resort, but guests will find its simplicity and natural beauty irresistible.


Address : 86 Gwangdeoksolbat-gil, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk- do Province
Tel : 054-857-7005
Website : (Korean)
Rooms : 3 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 11am
Services : Complimentary breakfast, wireless internet access, etc.

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Chiwoonjung 취운정

Located on a hill in Bukchon Hanok Village, Chiwoonjung overlooks a sea of elegant hanok roofs. Through extensive renovations, a few "regular" Korean hanok homes were converted into this captivating boutique hotel. Air conditioners were mounted on the ceiling, while ondol (the traditional Korean underfloor heating system) was installed on the main floor. Every room includes a private bathroom that is beautifully decorated with artistic tiles.
The renovations here centered on changing the very structure of the homes. When the two doors of the inner quarters are wide open, guests can get an unobstructed view of the front yard from all the way in the backyard. When the doors are shut, the area is transformed into a guest room. The interior was strategically designed to make a small space look quite spacious.

Chiwoonjung consists of three parts: two front gates, two yards, and two separate houses. It offers a total of five rooms for guests. One is the Anbang, which was designed to show off the traditional sophistication of a hanok .
The main quarters offer a commanding and picturesque view from both sides of the room. In one direction, you see a yard and a flowered wall; look the other way and you will see an endless wave of hanok roofs.
Ample closet space is offered to guests in each room. The closets are finished with traditional hanji (traditional Korean paper handmade from mulberry wood). Everything has been carefully arranged so that guests who stay for even one night can get a true sense of what it is like to live in a traditional Korean home. Also, several cultural programs are offered for guests, including a Korean cooking class, a traditional tea ceremony and a performance of pansori (a traditional narrative solo song).


Address : 41 Bukchonno 11-gagil, Jongnogu, Seoul
Tel : 02-765-7400
Rooms : 5 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Complimentary breakfast & dinner, wireless internet access

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Arumjigi Hamyang Hanok 아름지기 함양한옥

Arumjigi set about restoring this gorgeous hanok (Korean traditional house) after inheriting it from a local family that had held it for more than a century. Every effort was made to make it more convenient for guests without taking anything away from its traditional style and beauty.
One small difference has to do with the restroom facilities. The bathrooms in the main quarters and the inner quarters have modern toilets, so people do not have to go outside as Koreans once had to in hanok .
The house is divided into main quarters and inner quarters. For people to stay here overnight, the entire house needs to be booked. Arumjigi Hamyang Hanok can accommodate up to 12 people, but guests do not necessarily have to stay the night, as the main quarters and inner quarters can be rented for seminars or other business purposes.
In the main floor hall, you can take in the simple beauty of the inner courtyard and the picturesque bamboo growing in the backyard. The main floor hall is the most open space of the house, and a unique part of the hanok ’s structure.

The kitchen is also outfitted with a full-size glass wall and table. The in-house chef serves delicious Korean dishes made with the season’s freshest ingredients. Dinner includes bossam (boiled pork served with wrapped kimchi), vegetables grown in the kitchen’s own garden, pickled herbs, and doenjang jjigae (soybean stew). Korean porridge and other simple side dishes are served for breakfast.
Also, with an hour’s advanced notice or more, the manager at Arumjigi Hamyang Hanok will prepare a hot bath for you. Those who do not wish to stay overnight are free to look around the grounds after paying a nominal admission fee.


Address : 44-8 Bongjeon-gil, Seoha-myeon, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do Province
Tel : 055-963-8798
Website : (Korean)
Rooms : 5 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
On-site : Kitchen (traditional Korean cuisine), seminar room, etc.

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Jeonju Hanok Village 전주한옥빌리지

The Jeonju Hanok Village is located near Pungnammun, the entrance to Jeonju Hanok Village.
It is a new hotel in the hanok (Korean traditional home) style with a traditional design and modern facilities. The classical ceilings from the lobby to the third floor provide one of the hotel’s most memorable features.
Rooms come in Superior, Deluxe and Royal Suite types. The walls and doors of the rooms are finished with Jeonju hanji (traditional Korean paper hand-made from mulberry wood). Naturally dyed curtains and cotton bedding complete the pleasant and comfortable bedrooms.
Most of the rooms provide ondol (the Korean underfloor heating system), but the Royal Suite rooms have both ondol and Western-style bedroom options. Some rooms even have a kitchen for cooking simple meals.
The interior is decorated in the traditional hanok style, while exuding a modern touch. The traditional paintings on the walls only add to the atmosphere at this special hotel.

All the rooms come with a wall-mounted TV, a vanity and an air conditioner. The bathrooms are stocked with bath products, a hair dryer and slippers.
Sky Garden, located on the third floor, is quite popular among guests. It provides the perfect place to rest and take in a full view of Jeonju Hanok Village and the city of Jeonju, which is known as the most famous area of the country for eating one of Korea’s signature dishes, bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables). On sundays, a complimentary breakfast of soup, rice cakes, toast, and salad is served in the lobby. There is a seminar room for groups at the basement level, along with a piano and guitars for guests to play if they want.
Home to over 800 hanok , Jeonju Hanok Village is but a five minute-walk from the hotel and is a fascinating area to walk around at any time of day or night.


Address : 9-5 Pungnammun 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do Province
Tel : 063-287-1515
Website : (Korean)
Rooms : 20 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Complimentary Sunday breakfast , etc.
On-site : Haneul (Sky) Garden, business center (internet access available), etc.

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Royal Residence 조선왕가

Royal Residence is more than just your average hanok . In the fall of 2010, it was restored from its past glory as a home for the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) to serve as an accommodation facility. Some of the pine trees are up to 500 years old, adding to the majesty of Royal Residence.
Originally located in downtown Seoul, the structure was moved to Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi-do. Known to be a very auspicious area of the country, this setting features a mountain behind, and a river flowing in front of it.
Although this was once a royal family home, the interior structure is not all that different from other hanok , or Korean traditional houses. It consists of inner quarters, servants’ quarters, and several separate quarters, as well as many other individual rooms and a main floor room. The interiors of the rooms are simple and neatly arranged. To preserve the style of a traditional hanok , the rooms are relatively bare of furniture except for the built-in closets. the inside and outside are seamlessly connected through sliding doors and windows.

The inner quarters are made up of ten rooms and the servants’ quarters have four more rooms. Out front is a large yard, which is convenient for group gatherings. Some of the newest rooms have been finished with red clay, with three rooms set aside for VIP guests. The Korean restaurant onsite serves healthy dishes made with medicinal herbs from the backyard. The offerings include lotus leaf rice, bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables), and a very special steamed chicken dish.
The massage room offers a special treatment for guests that uses centuries-old royal secrets, along with a special program designed just for women.
Lastly, a pleasant walking path winds among oak trees behind the house, with a view of the Hantangang River off in the distance.


Address : 339-10 Hyeonmun-ro, Yeoncheon-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do Province
Tel : 031-834-8383
Website : (Korean)
Rooms : 17 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Pick-up service
On-site : Korean medicinal cuisine restaurant, traditional tea house, gallery, massage parlor, etc.

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Seongyojang 선교장

Thought by some to be the most beautiful house in Korea, Seongyojang is what a nobleman living in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) would have lived in. Built in 1703 by a descendant of Joseon prince Hyoryeong (the son of King Taejong), Seongyojang has been occupied by the same family for ten generations. Over the last three centuries, they have taken extremely good care of the home, helping keep it in pristine condition to this very day. While it once consisted of 99 rooms, today there are 84, including inner quarters, a library and servants’ quarters.
Seongyojang has a slightly different structure to it compared to other hanok , or traditional Korean houses. For example, its master quarters and inner quarters are positioned parallel to one another. Also, the two quarters have their own gates for the convenience of visitors. The gate to the inner quarters, located in front of a well, was designed to provide residents with the utmost privacy. Interestingly, every single part of the house has both symbolic meaning and a practical function.
At the center of Seongyojang is Yeonhwadang, the most beautifully decorated part of the home and an ideal area to receive guests. It is currently being used as a library, and it has also been used as a set for many popular Korean TV shows over the years.

The pine trees out back, some of them estimated to be over 500 years old, only serve to make this elegant house even more special.
At the entrance is an attractive pavilion called Hwallaejeong, which is close to the pond. The pavilion has an ondol (Korean underfloor heating system) room and a tea room for guests as well.
Other facilities include thatched-roof houses and an outdoor performance hall. In addition, more than 8,000 items are on exhibit here, ranging from household appliances to artwork and clothing.


Address : 63 Unjeong-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do Province
Tel : 033-648-5303
Website : (Korean)
Rooms : 13 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
On-site : Pine tree walking trail, yard, rear garden, small library, stage, pond, traditional tea house, Traditional Korean Culture Experience Center, souvenir shop, etc.

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Date 11/15/2012

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