Have A Traditional Experience At Hanok 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung
The thing that makes Seoul and the rest of the country so attractive is the many preserved Hanok buildings and villages. When visiting South Korea, you need to go on a mini trip back in time; live like a nobleman while having a traditional Hanok stay in Seoul!
WHAT IS A HANOK HOUSE?
A Hanok house is a traditional style Korean house, which was first designer and build during the Joseon Dynasty in the 14th century. The position and interior of these houses are build in relation with the surroundings like land and seasons. This way of building houses is called ‘BAESANIMSU’ which literally translates to a house that is built with a river in front and a mountain at the back.
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THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD
The luxuary Hanok 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung is located in Gwanghwamun area, close to the main palace; a perfect location for tourists. The area was founded in 1395 by the first Joseon Dynasty King and is now the most popular tourist destination. The main sights in the area are Gyeongbokgung palace, King Sejeongs Statue, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Doksu Palace! Check out these other areas in Seoul where you can stay.
A TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCE IN A MODERN JACKET
Sleeping in a Korean hanok hotel is completely different that sleeping in any other kind of accommodation. First of all, you will not find a bed. You need to be prepared to sleep on the floor; I know we Europeans are too spoiled when it comes to beds. But it’s actually not so bad, after sleeping on the floor a couple of times, I started to enjoy it. In the room or one of the cupboards, you will find blankets and thick mats, which you then arrange into a bed!
Secondly, Korean hanok stay houses have amazing floor heating, called ondol! It is a traditional heating system that is still used in most Korean houses! Koreans are used to sitting, sleeping and eating on the floor. And to be honest, now that I’m living with ondol, I never want to go without anymore.
This guesthouse is a modernized version of a hanok; which means a modern kitchen and bathroom! The living room is grant, with everything provided for if you’re planning on cooking yourself. The bathroom was quite small, but very clean! And my god, the shower! I love showers with massive shower heads, it feels like standing under a warm waterfall filled with love! This is one of the best traditional hanok guesthouse in Seoul I have stayed in.
STAY AT HANOK 24 GUESTHOUSE GYEONGBOKGUNG
If you’re up for the full Korean experience and want to travel back in time in the heart of Seoul but still want your comfort; this is the perfect place! With the location, the breakfast, the comfort and a booking.com score of 9.5; you will not be disappointed! The guesthouse has a reasonable starting price of 70 000 won ($70)! This is considered to be a rather cheap Hanok stay in Seoul compared to the comfort you get.