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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