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.
With a name meaning "Silla palace," Ragung is distinct from other hanok houses in the way it aims to provide modern hotel services while respecting the style and function of the traditional hanok , or Korean-style house. Ragung is located inside Shilla Millennium Park in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, and a city so steeped in history that it is like an open-air museum.
Ragung has added a modern touch to the traditional hanok structure in order to meet its goal of being a one-of-a-kind luxury hotel. Designers made use of eco-friendly materials such as wood and hanji (traditional Korean paper hand-made from mulberry wood) to ensure excellent ventilation. The tiled roof and spacious main floor room have been kept in the typical hanok style.
There are 16 separate suites that branch off from a 100-meter hallway. Inside each Suite and Royal Suite are a bedroom, living room, bathroom and outdoor tub.
The bedroom, the ondol (underfloor heating system) room and the garden surround a square yard with an outdoor spa. You can enjoy the soothing waters of this spa in total privacy. The water, which comes from a hot spring located 600 meters underground, is known to be good for the skin and for people with arthritis.
Every piece of furniture here, from the wardrobes to the tables, has been carefully selected. Rooms here feature both vintage and modern Western furniture, including beds, sofas, TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, bidets and showers. In addition, each suite has both a traditional ondol room and a bedroom.
In the backyard is a traditional Korean garden with a small pond and a bench. With a high level of comfort and convenience that many hanok lack, Ragung has earned a reputation as a Korean
"well-being hotel" that respects nature without turning its back on tradition.
Address : (Bomun Lake Resort) 55-12
Expo-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Tel : 054-778-2000
Website : www.smpark.co.kr
Rooms : 16 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 11am
Services : Complimentary breakfast, dinner
and theme park ticket for two
On-site : Outdoor hot tub, Korean cuisine
restaurant and cafe, rear garden, Shilla Millenium
With a name literally meaning "big gate house" in Korean, Kundaemunjip
is a cultural experience center located in Bukchon Hanok Village and
surrounded by the palaces of Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung and
the Jongmyo Shrine. The area is home to hundreds of traditional Korean
hanok structures that date back to the era of Joseon (1392–1910), Korea’s
last dynasty. More than 70 years old, Kundaemunjip was recently opened
as a hanok hotel after extensive renovations.
When you push the wooden gate open, you step into a different world.
Kundaemunjip is so remarkably quiet that some may wonder if is actually
located in the heart of a megalopolis like Seoul. Surrounded by Western-
style residences, this hanok hotel truly stands out from the rest.
The anchae is composed of a large room, a master
room and small room to one side, and a sarangbang
(room of the head of household) and kitchen to the
other side. Although most other sarangbangs have a
deck that offers a refreshing view of nature, this particular
building has a floor-to-ceilling window instead.
Each room has its own private bathroom with modern
facilities, and the rooms are conveniently connected
to each other. Also, the interior is decorated
with Korean traditional costumes, tea sets and antique
Kundaemunjip has a bigger, more spacious yard than
the average hanok .
Guests of the hotel can experience Korean traditional
culture such as traditional knot tying and traditional
games. A quiet sanctuary, Kundaemunjip is the perfect
place for people to escape the hectic urban life.
With a convenient location only
a few hundred meters from Anguk
Station (Seoul Subway Line
3), you can get anywhere in
Seoul quickly and easily from
As a reflection of its diverse international
operates website services
in four languages: Korean,
Chinese, English and Japanese.
Address : 7 Gyedong 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel : 02-762-6981
Website : www.kundaemunjip.com (Korean)
Rooms : 5 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 11am
Services : Traditional Korean culture
(traditional clothing & games) experience,
complimentary breakfast, wireless Internet
Rak Go Jae features an aesthetically pleasing
structure and pleasant interior, allowing guests
the chance to appreciate all things traditional
in a peaceful atmosphere. Guests staying at Rak
Go Jae can experience various traditional cultures
including drinks, food, music, poetry and
This 130-year-old hanok was remodeled after
extensive research by experts. Traditional and
modern beauty have been brought together in
harmony, making this a boutique hanok hotel
where guests can experience traditional Korean
culture unlike anything anywhere else.
The first thing visitors will notice is the veritable
forest of bamboo trees. Stepping inside,
they will see a number of rooms surrounding
a square yard. The walls and floors are finished
with pine wood, while the rooms have been
decorated with traditional tile and wooden furniture.
The pond, the pavilion and the main floor room,
where Joseon yangban (noblemen) once gathered,
have been meticulously restored in great
detail. Around an old pine tree growing in the
center of the yard are antique household items
such as cauldrons and grinding stones.
Guests have a selection of different rooms to choose from: The
Anbang features a natural jade floor, the Jeongjabang has a
small traditional terrace, and the larger Jjimjilbang, which can
accommodate up to three adults, is heated with firewood. There
is also a fireplace in the corner of the yard that can be used for
cooking, though a Korean breakfast and dinner are included in
Hangnanchae also has a massage room that operates on a reservation
basis. Each room has a bathroom with shower.
The old Confucian scholar rooms at Rak Go Jae are especially
popular with foreign tourists, and guests can take advantage of
several opportunities to learn more about traditional Korean culture,
ranging from eating Korean-style dinners to learning how
to make kimchi and taking part in a traditional tea ceremony.
Address : 49-23 Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel : 02-742-3410
Website : www.rkj.co.kr
Rooms : 4 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Complimentary : breakfast, dinner, laundry, tea ceremony;
Additional charge: trying on court costumes, making kimchi,
firewood sauna, pansori (narrative solo song) & gayageum (Korean
12-stringed zither) performance
On-site : Korean sauna room, numaru (traditional porch-like architecture),
Also known as Gayawon, the Gimhae Hanok Experience Hall is a place where visitors
can enjoy Korean traditional culture and performances. Established by the city
of Gimhae and operated by the Gimhae Cultural Foundation, it offers so much more
than mere accommodation.
Modeled after a traditional 99-kan (traditional unit of measurement) hanok of nobles,
the splendor of an older Korean home has been melded with the convenience of a
Seven buildings include a total of 85 rooms. Each room is uniquely designed, offering
guests a traditional experience in a residence from a bygone era. Although built in
the traditional style, the materials and furnishings are new.
Groups of ten or more people can make reservation to take part in a variety of traditional
programs such as hanji (traditional Korean paper) art, women’s crafts, percussion
quartet, tea ceremony, clothing, foods and more.
Guests can also make traditional Korean fermented condiments
like doenjang (soybean paste) and kimchi, an experience one is
sure not to forget. Traditional etiquette classes are offered for
children, and traditional weddings and parties are often staged
In what used to be the servants’ quarters, you can enjoy a traditional
Korean dinner or royal court cuisine, which includes beef
dishes like bulgogi and galbi as well as other specialties such as
bibimbap , samgyetang (traditional chicken soup with ginseng),
and a fish soup called chueotang .
On weekends, exhibits of paintings, natural stones and photos
are held, along with traditional dance shows, musical performances
and other events. Anyone who stays here will come
away with an infinitely greater understanding of Korea and its
culture. The Gimhae Hanok Experience Hall is open to the public
and guests free of charge.
Address : 40 Garakno 93-beongil, Gimhaesi,
Tel : 055-322-4735~8
Website : www.ghhanok.or.kr
Rooms : 13 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 11am
Services : Complimentary breakfast
On-site : Garden, Korean restaurant, seminar
room, traditional tea house, etc.
Bukchondaek is located in Andong Hahoe Folk Village, which was recently designated as a
UNESCO World Heritage. Once the home of a very distinguished Korean family, it has remained
virtually unchanged since 1862, with vestiges of its long history still clearly visible
throughout the house.
The current owner of Bukchondaek wanted to offer guests more than a simple accommodation
or sightseeing opportunities. The goal was to give people a chance to experience Korean traditional
culture, meet locals and see how people really live around
Bukchondaek is a typical Korean yangban (nobleman) home consisting
of 72 rooms, including the inner quarters, master quarters
and a household shrine. It also happens to be the biggest house in
the village. Traditionally, hanok were divided into several different
areas that dictated where the male head of household, his wife and
the servants would sleep. Each part had a different function and
structure according to the status and needs of the person in that
room. At Bukchondaek, the traditional structure of a hanok has
been strictly observed.
Due to the authentic design, guests have to go outside to use the bathroom,
but the home’s traditional charm is more than enough to make
up for such inconveniences. One of the real treats here is the ondol
or underfloor heating system, which keeps guests warm and snug
throughout the winter.
Spaces inside Bukchondaek are separated by doors, not walls. When
the doors between rooms are raised, the area becomes one large space
that can be used for meetings or even a small party.
Behind the sizeable master quarters is a centuries-old pine tree that is
mysteriously bent in the shape of the Hahoegang River. The backyard
is quiet and secluded, making it the perfect place to go for a walk or
meditate. For breakfast, traditional food is served in brassware, and a
video is shown every morning to help guests learn about the history
and structure of Bukchondaek.
Address : 7 Bukchon-gil,
Tel : 054-853-2110
Website : www.bukchondaek.com (Korean)
Rooms : 12 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm /
Services : Complimentary
breakfast, pick-up service
Opened in 1989, Jirye Art Village was Korea’s first art village. It makes
use of a very large house that consists of 10 separate sections and 125
rooms. Originally built in 1663, the house is big enough to accommodate
more than a hundred guests. Numerous writers, painters,
composers and artists have lived here at one time or another while
working and drawing artistic inspiration from the village and its surroundings.
Long-term stays are possible, with artists receiving a special
This art village is a modern sanctuary. It is located by a lake and encircled
by mountains, with the closest city being Andong. The scenery
here will remind many of an Oriental painting. Those who choose to
stay here can escape the hustle and bustle of big city living and indulge
in the beauty of the natural scenery around the village.
Or they can kick back and relax, listening to the birds sing or
taking in the hills and mountains all around in perfect quietude.
The unpolluted air makes it one of the few places in the country
where you can actually see the glow of fireflies at night.
Jirye Art Village attracts visitors from Korea and around the
world, and had been featured in the Michelin Guide. Conveniently
close to Andong, the heart of Korean traditional culture,
Jirye Art Village offers a wide variety of ways to explore Korean
In addition, there are many things to do while here. A traditional
service for ancestors is held once a month, as are artistic performances,
an etiquette class, a Hahoe mask class, a calligraphy
class and a class that teaches you how to make traditional teas
Jirye Art village provides a unique opportunity for guests to
meet and mingle with artists from all over the world.
Address : 427 Jiryeyesulchon-gil, Imdongmyeon,
Tel : 054-852-1913
Website : www.jirye.com
Rooms : 17 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 3pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Traditional Andong cuisine (not
included in rate)
On-site : Small library, A/V room (computer,
big screen TV, video, etc.), hiking trail,
sports field, etc.
Anguk Guesthouse is an affordable hanok
guesthouse. Although traditional Korean in style,
the atmosphere here is brighter and more uplifting
than most other hanok open to the public.
Two very affordable single room options are
available for tourists – one of the guesthouse’s
real selling points.
The rooms are available in single, double and
family types. Each has its own private bathroom
and is equipped with amenities such as a computer
and a desk. In addition, guests can cook
their own meals in the shared kitchen. The yard
and main floor room are also wonderful places
for people to congregate and share conversation.
The small, intimate yard has
a flower bed and a pond. You
can also order tea and pies or
enjoy Korean dishes such as
tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes)
and bulgogi with rice.
The Anguk Culture House, which operates in connection with
Anguk Guesthouse, offers a variety of different activities for
people to take part in, such as trying on a hanbok (Korean traditional
costume), making traditional desserts and cooking palace
and temple food. During these activities, you can also have your
picture taken so you never forget this unique experience.
Located in Bukchon Hanok Village, it is no exaggeration to say
that once you step outside, you walk straight into a tour of traditional
Korean culture. Just going for a walk around the neighborhood
is a memorable experience, with the nearby street of
Bukchon-gil boasting an endless array of museums, art galleries
and craft shops.
Also making Anguk Guesthouse an ideal place for foreign tourists
is its location at just a 30-minute walk away from Seoul’s
main tourist attractions: the shopping and business districts of
Myeong-dong, Gwanghwamun and Dongdaemun as well as royal
palaces like Gyeongbokgung, Unhyeongung and Changdeokgung.
Address : 30-22 Bukchonno 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel : 02-736-8304
Website : www.anguk-house.com
Rooms : 4 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Korean traditional culture experience
course (additional fee), Internet access, etc.
On-site : Gahoe Culture Experience Center, etc.