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Bukchon Hanok Village
While rapid development in Korea has replaced much of the old with new, one neighborhood remains well-preserved and continues to keep the traditions alive through its firm presence in the heart of Seoul. Bukchon Hanok Village, an area dedicated to preserving Korean traditional houses called ‘hanok,’ carries with it the history and charms of Korean traditional homes.

Nestled between two royal palaces, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hanoks, many of which have been transformed into accommodation and other commercial facilities while maintaining their traditional layout that is native to Korea. In addition to providing cultural immersion experiences, hanoks in Bukchon Hanok Village serve as more affordable alternatives to modern, Western-style hotels and coffee shops. They are also located close to several tourist attractions, including the royal palaces, Dongdaemun and Namdaemun Markets, and Jungang High School, which was a film location for the famous Korean drama, ‘Winter Sonata.’

→ Low to Medium Priced Accommodations in Jongno
☞ Seoul Guest House
click Seoul Guest House is the oldest and largest hanok guesthouse in the village. It has a garden adorned with ancient artifacts, and is home to pet animals, a dog named Ssari and a rabbit. In addition to rooms of all sizes, the guesthouse has a sarangchae (an annex where men used to study or entertain guests) that offers a view of Inwangsan Mountain and Bukaksan Mountain. Because of its history and setting, Seoul Guest House is frequently used as a filming location for various media channels.
Single rooms: 40,000 won / Twin rooms: 60,000 won /
Big Twin rooms: 90,000won / Special rooms: 110,000 won
Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3 → Go straight for 50m, and turn left onto Gyedong-gil Road → Go straight for 300m (pass the intersection) → Turn right onto Gyedong-3-gil Road, and go straight for 50m → Turn left onto the alleyway to arrive at Seoul Guest House
Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gye-dong 135-1
Tel: +82-2-745-0057
Homepage: www.seoul110.com
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☞ Tea Guest House
click After a long period of construction, Tea Guest House opened its doors on March 26th, 2006. As the name suggests, the guesthouse has many indoor and outdoor areas in which to drink tea, and also offers many tea-themed activities.
All of the rooms at the guesthouse are made of old pine tree and have ondol (underfloor heating), which is heated by burning bamboo and loess (yellow soil). The original stone figures in the garden, traditional furniture and tea drinking utensils help the guesthouse to retain the traditional history and atmosphere alike.
Single rooms: 60,000 won / Double rooms: 90,000 won / Double rooms (with private bathroom & kitchen): 100,000 won / Special rooms (with 2 rooms, private garden, private bathroom): 160,000 won
Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3 → Go straight for 50m, and turn left onto Gyedong-gil Road → Go straight for 500m, and turn left onto an alleyway → Go straight for 30m to arrive at Tea Guest House
Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gye-dong 15-6
Tel: +82-2-3675-9877
Homepage: www.teaguesthouse.com
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☞ Bukchon Guest House
click Bukchon Guest House used to be the home of Baeryeom (1911-1968), a Joseon Dyansty painter. Registered as the 35th National Cultural Heritage of Korea, Bukchon Guest House is comprised of three hanok-style houses situated in close proximity to each other. All of the rooms have been remodeled using yellow soil, and now have modern amenities and ondol (underfloor heating). Also, Bukchon Guest House regularly holds traditional cultural experience programs, including making Korean dishes, trying on hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) and learning traditional etiquettes.
Single rooms: 40,000 won / Twin rooms: 60,000 won /
Double rooms: 70,000 won / Triple rooms: 90,000 won
Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3 → Go straight for 50m, and turn left onto Gyedong-gil Road → Go straight for 500m to arrive at Bukchon Guest House on the left
Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gye-dong 72
Tel: +82-10-8001-8321
Homepage: www.bukchon72.com
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☞ Manaedang Guest House
click Manaedang Guest House is named after the independence activist, poet and Buddhist monk Han Yong-woon (1879-1944), also known as Manae, who once lived in this place.
Passing the entrance decorated with Korean traditional ornaments, guests will find a courtyard suitable for drinking coffee or barbequing any time of the year. While the bathrooms are detached from the rooms, as in most traditional houses, all rooms have air-conditioning as well as ondol (underfloor heating). Guests at Manaedang may also try making soban (small portable dining table) at the guesthouse’s own atelier.
Twin rooms: 70,000 won / Double rooms: 80,000 won / Triple rooms: 100,000 won / Rooms for 7 people: 250,000won / Rooms for 10 people: 400,000won
Anguk Station (Subway line 3) Exit 3 → Go straight for 50m, and turn left onto Gyedong-gil Road → Go straight for 500m, and turn right at Joongang Tang (중앙탕) onto East Gyedong-gil Road → Manaedang Guest House is located just past the sign
Address: Gye-dong 43, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-70-4195-9630
Homepage: www.manaedang.com
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☞ Bongsan Guest House
click Located next to Bukchon Guest House, Bongsan Guest House is a typical hanok with a small, but well-maintained garden and courtyard in the center of the compound. While the crocks of sauces and condiments in the courtyard bring about a traditional ambience, foreign currencies from different countries displayed by international guests on the wall add a cosmopolitanism nuance to this place.
The rooms at Bongsan have air-conditioning as well as ondol (underfloor heating). While the main dishes served are Korean, continental breakfast can be prepared upon request. Finally, for additional fees, guests can receive travel guidance, translation and transportation services to make their travels more pleasant.
Single rooms: 50,000 won / Double rooms: 80,000 won /
Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3 → Go straight for 50m, and turn left onto Gyedong-gil Road → Go straight for 500m to arrive at Bongsan Guest House on the left
Address: Gye-dong 81, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-2-745-6638 / +82-70-4132-6638
Homepage:  www.bongsanhouse.com
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Date 06/24/2011



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