Visiting the Motherland - Hanok Experience

Visiting the Motherland - Hanok Experience

When my husband and I decided to visit Korea, one thing we agreed on was to spend one night in a traditional Korean house, called Hanok.

Korea went through a rapid rebuilding after the Korean War (1950-1953) and lost a lot of classic architecture in the process. Belatedly, the government realized what a loss this was, and now there is a protected area in Seoul called Bukchon, where houses are maintained in the time-honored manner from decades ago.

Many are now converted into bed and breakfast inns, and you can experience a little flavor of what it was like to live in Korea many, many years ago (without the hard work, of course). The area is within walking distance to Insadong which also has many Korean tea houses and cute restaurants.

 

We chose to stay in Rakkojae Seoul after some research, and it turned out to be an excellent decision!

We were warmly greeted by Whoopi, who welcomed us with a little snack and tea in our room.

Once we stepped inside the house, I felt like we were transported to another time as we felt the serenity of the house with birds chirping and soft traditional Korean music playing in the background.  Absolutely beautiful!

Our room had enough space for our bedding, a small table with chairs, our own bathroom, closet, and a little refrigerator with complimentary drinks. The room also had heated floors, which was nice on a chilly November day.

All the decor was traditional, even down to the lock of the door, which was a hook with a spoon.

We were impressed with the attention to detail, with the bathroom being the only modern addition (and one we really appreciated!).

Bedding was warm and comfortable with thick and fluffy padding, and we enjoyed sleeping on the floor as our ancestors did many years ago. We slept soundly, and we awoke to the sound of rain in the morning, which was very fitting given our surroundings.

Breakfast was given to us in our room in beautiful handmade brassware plates. The menu consisted of ablone porridge, grilled fish, and several different banchan. Sitting in the tranquil environment, everything was delicious, and I cleared all the plates.

While we were eating breakfast, we were able to chat with Whoopi, who gave us some background on the beautiful house. For Kdrama fans, the house was used for filming in a couple of them, such as "My Name is Kim Sam Soon."  Whoopi takes great pride in her work, and it was obvious from all the beautiful details surrounding the estate.  I can also honestly say she is the first Korean person I've met named Whoopi. smiley

After a little time to relax, we were packed and ready for our next adventure. We were very happy with our Hanok experience, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in Korean culture and tradition. Although most people equate Seoul with crazy skyscrapers and crowds of people, there is a little oasis in the middle of all the frenzy. It is always important to stop and enjoy your moment, and Rakkojae provided exactly that. We will definitely come back next time we are in Korea!

 

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this post is amazing and thank you so much for sharing the pics! The last time I was in Insadong (many years ago,) I had some tea (which tasted more like a thick porridge. I didn't realize they've preserved all those historical homes. Just looking at your photos makes me feel as though I've walked into a time capsule. Beautiful post!!

Thank you, Min!

It really was a great experience, something we had been looking forward to.  There are several hanoks, and some are nicer than others, but we were more than satisfied with our choice.

The only downside is it is so quiet at night, and it's a regular house, so... can't make much  noise.  Makes you wonder how Korean people had so many kids years ago, haha.

As always, thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Hi Susan!

I'm a huge fan of your IG, which led me to discover your blog. :)

I'm planning on visiting Seoul for the first time (as an adult) this winter, and was wondering roughly how much I should budget per day for expenses (excluding lodging)? Also, this hanok looks like a great experience! I checked their site but they didn't have rates posted--if you don't mind me asking--what was the rate per night here?

Thanks! Looking forward to more food/travel posts :)

Hi!

Hi Holly!

Thank you so much for your kind words! 

Actually, Korea can be a very affordable trip. 

Food is relatively cheap, and since you don't pay tip or tax, it is so much cheaper than the States.  Lots of cheap eats are available everywhere, so unless you go all out, I think alloting yourself about 50-75 dollars/day per person is about right.

Transportation is also pretty cheap.  Subways are really cheap (about a dollar per ride), and even when you take taxis, most taxi fares are 5-10 dollars..

Hopefully my other posts on Korean street food and Korean restaurant reviews will be helpful.

As for the hanok, it was 250 dollars+10% tax, which included breakfast.  I would recommend just one night, since it's a great experience, but it is essentially staying at someone's house.  It can be almost too quiet, walls are thin, and you feel bad going out late at night (can wake up other visitors).

Anyways, hope this helps!  Really, you will have fun no matter what, I am super jealous!!  Make sure you eat lots and have a blast!  I wish I was going too!crying

And please let me know if you have any other questions!  I'll be more than happy to helpsmiley

Great, thanks for the info and tips! Really appreciate it. I'll have to keep you updated. :)

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