|Rakkojae, a Korean pungnyu culture experience
If you want to know Korea, you must know pungnyu.
Pungnyu is an ideal that has been passed down in the Korean culture since the founding of its first nation, signifying the harmony among people, nature, and what is poetic.
Rakkojae is a cultural center newly opened in Seoul's Bukchon Hanok Village, which allows visitors to experience firsthand the deeply rooted Korean ideal of pungnyu.
The center offers overnight stays and demonstrations of traditional Korean music, dance, and art, relaying the refined pungnyu culture of past aristocrats.
Bukchon was primarily occupied by the yangban upper class, and is preserved in its original splendor to safeguard the historical value and information about the lifestyles of the Joseon era. The village is popular with foreign visitors hoping to see a more traditional aspect to the country. Located in the heart of Bukchon, Rakkojae caters mostly to foreign visitors and rents out whole houses that accommodate up to 9 people each. An elegant Korean meal is also served to guests, completing the experience.
On each side of Bukchon are the palaces from which the king ruled -- Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace. The nearby Jongmyo Royal Shrine houses the memorial tablets of Joseon-era kings and queens. Spend a night at the Rakkojae and tour the nearby sights at the same time, and delve into the lives of past aristocrats.
- Location: 98 Gye-dong, Jongno, Seoul
- How to use: 5-9 people can use the whole house
- Fees: Housing fees per person for 1 night = 150,000won (If 6 people or more use the house, the fee per person is reduced to 70,000won), 1 deluxe meal = 100,000won, 1 performance = 200,000won
- For more information call: +82-2-1330(English, Japanese, Chinese)
For reservations in English: 011-286-1855
For reservations in Japanese: 011-9034-2598
For reservations in Chinese: 019-832-5403
- Homepage: http://rkj.co.kr(Korean, English, Japanese)
- Transportation: Take subway line #3 to Anguk Station. Go out exit #2 and go straight about 300m.
Across the street from Gahoe-dong Office, go down side street for about 100m. You can then see the entrance in a lovely bamboo garden-like setting.