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Experience Korean Autumn in Hanok
Date 09-11-2019 14:07
Experience Korean Autumn in Hanok


Hanok refers to a traditional Korean architecture. Wooden pillars, well-heated ondol floors, and windows covered with semi-translucent paper are elements often associated with this architecture. Hanok, however, is not limited to these distinct outward characteristics. It is an important part of Korean heritage that paid utmost respect to surrounding nature. Staying in hanok is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about Korea.






The Historic House of a Family Committed to Noblesse Oblige: Bukchondaek House, Hahoe


This hanok is situated at Hahoe Village in Andong, listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The Pungsan Ryu clan who built this house is famous as a clan that sought to fulfill their noblesse oblige. The Ryu clan was part of the yangban class or nobility during the Joseon period, and its members set examples of charity and patriotism, often putting others before themselves. One famous example recounts the time when a leading family of the clan wanted to build a new house, and they had set aside quality lumber for the job, letting it dry for three years. But when a terrible flood buried their village in water, they made rafts out of the wood to rescue fellow villagers. A descendant of this exemplary clan continues to maintain Bukchondaek House today.
The house took on its current state in 1862. Guests, in other words, will be staying in rooms built 160 years ago. Susinwa and Hwagyeongdang halls are double rooms; Chogagaramjip and Bukchonyugeo are small units where up to six guests can stay. Bukchonyugeo, the larger sarangchae (men’s quarters), is by far the most beautiful facility on site for guests. Open the window from inside the room and you will be able to see Hwasan Mountain to your east and the Nakdonggang River and a handsome cliff to your north. All guestrooms feature heated ondol floors. The common bathrooms and showers are modern. The pine tree on the lawn is at least 300 years old and resembles the shape of Nakdonggang River that flows around the village.





Tel. +82-10-2228-1786, http://www.bukchondaek.com
Address : 7, Hahoebukchon-gil, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do




Staying Overnight in Jeonju Hanok Village: Jeonjuhanok Korean House


This hanok-style lodging facility is located on Eunhaeng-ro in the middle of Jeonju Hanok Village. The facility was first erected over seven decades ago, but it has recently been fully renovated. The L-shaped hanok boasts an elegant shape featuring white walls and natural-colored lumber. It offers seven high-ceiling guestrooms, all with mezzanines. All the rooms have been finished with cypress and pine trees and built with eco-friendly ingredients for guests with even the most sensitive skin types. These rooms also offer opportunities to experience the traditional Korean floor-heating system known as ondol.
There is a café behind the center that offers guests breakfast. The owner of the facility is fluent in Japanese. One of the staff members is also fluent in English.





Tel. +82-10-8669-6700, http://www.hanok114.kr
Address: 56-1, Eunhaeng-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do




A Pine-Scented Hanok: Yulsuwon, Sancheong


An education company in Korea acquired this old hanok and renovated it through and through over a span of four years. The house was almost completely rebuilt with utmost care and concern. The walls and floors of each room are finished with hanji and dakjongi, which are types of traditional Korean paper. The lumber that forms the basic framework of the house has all been selected with care. Small pillars were made with pine trees that were at least 50 years old, while large pillars were made with premium red pine trees that were at least 150 years old. The red pine is pine of the highest quality that was used to build crowns for kings and queens in the past. Every room in the house gives off a pleasant and subtle pine scent.
The big room in the outer sarangchae (men’s quarters) offers an especially beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. When you sit down on the room’s floor, your eyes will naturally gaze out the big picture window, giving you a chance to take in the beautiful scenery outside while sitting and relaxing. The tidy garden and the little pond on the back lawn of the anchae (women’s quarters) will make you feel cozy and relaxed.





Tel. +82-55-974-0221, http://www.yulsuwon.com
Address : 36, Sindeunggahoe-ro, Sindeung-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do




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