Hanok – Learning Korean History through Staying in Ancestor’s Legacy

In the previous posting, we’ve learned about the Korean traditional clothing ‘Hanbok’. After explaining the terminology, we’ve introduced Hanok Safe Stay guesthouse. Today we are going to talk about Hanok in depth.

Hanok, which refers to Korean traditional tiled-roof house where Korea’s ancestors lived in hundreds of years ago. The building is made of natural materials like stones or woods with red clays to prevent wind blowing and cold. The house is equipped with Ondol, the traditional heating system and the Maru, the external floor for cooling, so there was no problem settling down in all seasons. Currently the descendants of the Hanok’s original owners are securing the house and some of them are opened to the public for visitors to experience Korean traditional lifestyle and activities.

Currently there are hundreds of Hanoks located all around the nation. Some of them are closed to the public in order to preserve the historic legacy while majority of them are opened for business. Safe Stay will provide information of the approved Hanoks by Korea Tourism Organization. Here are two Hanok accommodations which maintained for over 100 years.

1) House of Park Jinsa

One of the oldest existing Hanok in Gyeongsangnam-do Province, House of Park Jinsa was built during the late Joseon Dynasty. Three generations of the Park’s house received the “Seonggyungwan Jinsa” which is a high-ranking government official position who served the king. Currently the 9th descendant is living in the house, providing a place for people to experience Korea’s traditional lifestyle.

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Everything you see inside, including the walls, gardens and architecture materials are over 100 years old. Two types of rooms are available to the public: Sarang-chae and An-chae. The price for the two rooms are same but they display different atmosphere, providing different feelings to the guests. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the front garden in both rooms.

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The house also provides traditional activities. By paying 10,000 KRW per person, you can learn Korean traditional manners and how to drink the tea in a proper way. You can learn these activities inside a cozy room decorated with Korean traditional elements.

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  • Address: 292-3, Cheonggwang li, Gaecheon-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • How to go
    Take the bus at Seoul Southern Intercity Bus Terminal and head to Goseong Passenger Terminal. When you arrive at Goseong, find the Goseong Passanger Terminal (about 84 meters) and take the Goseong-Geumgok Bus and get off at Cheongdong Bus Stop and walk 105 meters
  • Reservation: Contact +82-10-8854-2141/ +82-10-2377-2141
    or visit https://parkjinsagoga.modoo.at/?link=377frs0x
  • Price: 200,000 KRW (Weekday) / 300,000KRW (Weekend)

2) Tohyang House

The house itself was constructed over 500 years ago with some small reconstructions. The house was occupied by 10 generations of the Kim’s house! Surrounded by the mountains, the house has a large garden with a lake so that it creates a spectacular scenery.

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The best feature of this Hanok is that it provides many traditional activities for guests to experience. These activities include traditional pottery, calligraphy, instruments and variety kinds of folk games. Check the website for more information of these activities.

Guests can rest at the bench inside the garden or inside the large room with the TV and free WIFI. With additional 10,000 KRW the owner will provide you special breakfast made of natural ingredients. All sorts of antiques are decorated in the room so guests can have exciting time taking photos. 5 room types are available and you can choose your favorite one.

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  • Address: 490-2 , Haejeo, Bonghwa-eup, Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • How to go
    Take the bus at East Seoul Bus Terminal and head to Bonghwa Bus Terminal. When you arrive at Bonghwa, find the Bonghwa public terminal Bus Stop and take bus #29. Get off at Haejeo 3-li and walk 663 meters
  • Reservation: https://tohyang.modoo.at/?link=6c02fl5k (Korean only)
  • Price: 50,000 KRW ~ 150,000 KRW

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