984, Hanchigol-gil Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
Located in Hongcheon, Gwangwon-do Province, which is well-known for its clean air and water, Gohyangui Bom is a hanok (traditional Korean house) style of pension surrounded by a beautiful natural environment including Palbongsan Mountain to its rear and the Hongcheongang River flowing in front. The pension was built as a hanok structure with special materials such as pine wood from Unduryeong Hill at the foot of Gyebangsan Mountain and pure red clay. Many guests visit the pension again because of the clear spirit of nature and the good energy emanating from the hanok, which is said to help guests recover from fatigue and revitalize themselves. In addition, it offers guests an opportunity to swim and play in the shallow depths of the Hongcheongang River and walk along the beautiful Palbongsan Mountain hiking course. Moreover, it is adjacent to such renowned tourist attractions as Gugok Falls (near Bonghwasan Mountain; 30 minutes’ drive), which twist and turn nine times before plunging sharply downwards,; and Vivaldi Park Ocean World, which is a popular resort packed with thrilling and exciting attractions. The accommodations have eight rooms in all. One Sarangbang 1 and two Sarangbang 2 are situated on the 2nd floor, with one Hwangtobang 1, two Hwangtobang 2, and one Hwangtobang 3 on the 1st floor. Sarang-bang 1 is equipped with a large living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and fireplace (only for winter), while Sarang-bang 2 is composed of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an outdoor table, and a karaoke (norae-bang) facility. Hwangtobang 1, 2, and 3 are built with red clay. Hwangto-bang 1 is equipped with a living room and a bedroom; Hwangto-bang 2 with a living room and two bedrooms; and Hwangto-bang 3 consists of one room. All of the rooms are equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, air conditioner, fridge, and toiletries. The pension is also a great place for large family meetings and company workshops as well as for friends or couples. The pension is also famous for its buffet style of breakfast, which includes rice and soup cooked by the host with local organic ingredients. Guests can also request a dinner cooked according to their preferences. Its most popular dishes include BBQ, chicken soup with rice, spicy stir-fried chicken and others dishes prepared according to guests’ preferences. The breakfast costs KRW 7,000 per person, while the dinner menu and cost can be discussed when making a reservation. The pension recommends that guests spend a whole day in the hanok’s peaceful natural environment. Guests can set up a tent on the pension’s outdoor lawn, watch a movie, enjoy a BBQ party, and make a campfire at night to create romantic memories. The deck placed across the river is another popular place for taking a nap or relaxing in the cool breeze.
51, Baraemi 1-gil, Bonghwa-eup, Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Manhoe Historic House is located in the village of Baraemi, whose name means “a village under the sea.” As a place where literary and intellectual endeavors have flourished since ancient times, Manhoe Historic House’s representative structure is Myeongwolu Pavilion, where ancestors studied and recited poetry amid the beautiful landscape of Sobaeksan Mountain. It is said that about 1,000 poems were composed at the pavilion in the old days.
The house is also the birthplace of the independence movement in Korea. Local Confucian scholars led by Independence activist Kim Chang-suk gathered together at the pavilion right after the March 1st Movement in 1919 and wrote the petition for Korea’s Independence, which was eventually submitted to the Paris Peace Conference. Recently, many hundreds of letters exchanged between independence activists were also discovered at the house.
The house is a square-shaped hanok structure consisting of a ‘ㄷ’-shaped anchae (women’s quarters), a ‘ㅡ’-shaped sarangchae (men’s quarters), a jungmunganchae (middle gate building), and a courtyard. The anchae, which is over 320 years old, has been inhabited by the descendants of Kim Geon-su, a civil official of the late Joseon period, for six generations, The sarangchae, which is over 200 years old, was added to the original house at a later date.
The house was mainly built with red and solid Chunyang pine wood, and is well preserved as a result. The sarangchae has a half-hipped roof, and comprises a sarangbang (main room), daecheong (main floored room), geonneonbang (a room opposite the main room), and toenmaru (a narrow wooden porch running along the outside of the building). The guestrooms of the sarangchae and jungmunganchae include the Sarangbang, Seonangsil, and Baraemisil Rooms, of which the Sarangbang and Seonangsil are equipped with an individual indoor bathroom.
In particular, the anchae is a cozy well-insulated building comprising a daecheong in the middle, a sangbang room on the left, and a gobang (storeroom) and anbang (main room) on the right.
Every room of the anchae is decorated with paintings by the owner’s daughter, fabric artworks, and antique wooden furniture. The anbang, which has an attic and indoor bathroom, can accommodate up to eight people. Guests of the sangbang and gobang need to use the external bathroom.
Right next to the house is a farm covering an area of 6,600m2 where over 100 kinds of crops are cultivated organically, including wildflowers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, corns, peanuts, salad leaves and other vegetables, which are available for guests. Although the house doesn’t provide a breakfast, guests can pick vegetables in the field and cook them in the communal kitchen or at the BBQ facility in the outer yard. Meanwhile, the nearby Songyigukbapjip restaurant specializes in the delicious local dish made with pine mushrooms.
The house provides a variety of traditional experience activities including Tuho (stick throwing), Seunggyeongdo (chess), Neolttwigi (Korean jumping game similar to see-saw), Sijo composition (traditional Korean three-verse poem), a traditional musical instrument experience (six-stringed Korean zither, seven-stringed instrument, gong, etc.), and a woodblock printing experience.
31-57, Joldeuru-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Located in Jeongseon County, Gangwon-do Province, the River and Pine Pension offers guests an opportunity to enjoy an exciting trip and comfortable relaxation. It provides a BBQ in the evening and a free breakfast for all guests, who can enjoy the pension’s great food amid the splendid surrounding scenery. The café on the first floor is open to everyone, while the workshop offers guests an opportunity to learn how to make a quilt. In summer, the clean valley water flowing in front of the pension is a great place for water play and relaxation.
25, Munhwagwangjang-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Happy Memories in front of Jeonju City Hall has various types of guestrooms including "ondol (floor-heated)" rooms and rooms with a bed for foreign guests. Rooms of different sizes can accommodate between 2 and 10 people each, making the guesthouse a great choice for couples, families, and group tourists alike. There are BBQ facilities on the rooftop for the guests to have a memorable stay. Nearby tourist destinations include Gyeonhwon Fortress Site built during the reign of King Gyeonhwon of the Later Baekje Kingdom, Gyeonggijeon Hall enshrining a portrait of the first king of the Joseon Dynasty, and Jeonju Sago where all the historical records were stored during the Joseon period. Other tourist attractions within walking distance from the guesthouse include Omokdae, Pungnammun Gate, Jeonju Hyanggyo, "Gaeksa (an inn of the Joseon period),” and Jeonju Hanok Village.
439, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located in Gyeongun-dong, Jongno-gu at the very heart of Seoul, Sieunjae is a hanok with a longstanding tradition. It has three guestrooms including the anbang (main room), byeolchae (detached building), and jakeunbang (small room). The anbang is the only room with a living room, where various items of old furniture, including a comfortable sofa, create an antique atmosphere. The communal bathroom and toilets are supplied with toiletries, while the communal kitchen is equipped with cooking equipment and a washing machine.
The house can be rented either as individual accommodations or in its entirety. As it is situated in Jongno-gu, at the very heart of Seoul, guests can easily reach many nearby major tourist attractions. Car users are advised to use the public parking lot as the house has no parking spaces. Entering by a small gate, the little flowerbed comes into sight. This old hanok shows traces of repair works on the tiled roof.
28-3, Jahamun-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Seochon Guest House is located in Seochon, which is becoming a hot place for tourists in Seoul, and precisely on the road to Suseong Valley, whichis filled with interesting stores and is also well-known for Park Nosoo Art Gallery and the House of Yun Dong-ju (poet). Seochon Guest House is nicknamed ‘Jaeminangol (interesting village)’ after Baekseok’s poem ‘Yeowunangol’, with the aim of providing a visit full of interesting experiences. Passing through a garden and entering the main building, the unique charm of this hanok building, the staircase to get to the first floor from daecheong (main floored room), catches the eye of the visitors. In addition, the building is decorated with various stylish objects including paintings and Korean musical instruments. The terrace situated on the first floor offers an open view of the surrounding area including roof tiles of hanok structures and alleyways in Seochon. It is said that Korean novelist Yoon Hu-myeong also appreciated the structure of the guesthouse, saying, “It is an interesting place.” Built in the 1930s, the house, which has many storage places, was taken by the owner couple in spring 2014 as they were attracted by the house during their trip to Seochon. After the repair work, the ground floor of the house was opened for guests from January 2016, hoping that guests could share their daily experiences and stories with each other. The guestrooms and the main floored room on the ground floor are open to guests, with the exception of the first floor, which is used by the owner couple. The living room is equipped with books, a curved TV, and a table. The tasty meal, which is served in the kitchen, consists of rice and soup with six side dishes and is much loved by guests. The guesthouse offers a total of four rooms – Jae Room, which is the most Korean-style room; Mi Room, which has a combined style of a Korean-style room and Western-style room; Nan Room, which is an ideal room for meditation with a beautiful paper window; and Ahn Room, which is equipped with a veranda and a pretty flowerbed. Every room has its separate charm with various comfortable bedding to provide a quiet and cozy bedroom for guests in the middle of the city. Furthermore, the guesthouse holds a pansori (epic chant) performance twice a year. The owner started learning how to sing pansori to promote the Korean culture and tradition to foreigners. When a pansori performance is held, the owner offers traditional Korean snacks and drinks including sikhye (sweet rice punch), sujeonggwa (cinnamon punch), traditional sweets and cookies, and tteok (rice cakes) to visitors, tourists, and performers. Moreover, it provides cultural programs such as a Gukak (Korean classical music) experience, Korean traditional clothes experience, and making Korean food experience, as well as other activities with guests, such as trip to the city wall between Inwangsan Mountain and Bugaksan Mountain, and the Royal Palace Tour to Gyeongbokgung Palace, etc., as well as a trip to a traditional market.
1007-34, Heonhwa-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the City of Gangneung, Hotel Tops Ville in Jeongdongjin is only two minutes away from the beach on foot. For this reason, the 'Ocean A,' 'Ocean B,' and 'Special Ocean' guestrooms offer a great view of the East Sea. The hotel has a seminar room and a cafeteria that serves breakfast. At night, you can see dozens of squid fishing boats that light up the sea. Right behind the hotel is a pine grove where you can take a walk. The hotel is very conveniently located as well, because the Coastal National Road and railway are right in front of it. Popular tourist destinations near the hotel include Jeongdongjin, Rail Bike, Jeongdongjin Time Museum, and Sandglass Park.
44-30, Ganghwa-daero 833beon-gil Songhae-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
'Jangbogo Hanok Pension is located in Songhae-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon, which is regarded as a 'roofless museum' in Korea. Bugeun-ri, Hajeom-myeon, which is home to the UNESCO-listed Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, Ganghwa History Museum, and Gwanghwa Natural History Museum are a mere 5-minute ride from the pension, with Goryeosan Mountain (436m) -- well-known for wild azalea flowers -- and Baekryunsa Temple at the start of the mountain trail only 4km away. Among the pension buildings, the main and detached buildings are where the guests stay. There is a roofed well in the front yard, which is used as a place to relax all seasons. Both the main and detached guesthouse buildings have two rooms and a living room with a traditional Korean kitchen furnace. The guestroom in the main building also has an attic room. In addition, the pension has floor-heated room, swimming pool, and barbecue facilities on the opposite side of the main building. There is a shared bathroom outdoors in addition to the ones in the guestrooms in both the main and detached buildings.
108-35, Donghae-gil Bukpyeong-myeon, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
'Haemaru Healing Forest is a guesthouse situated at the foot of Duryunsan Mountain, Haenam in front of Wondo Beach and surrounded by a cypress grove. The mountain, cypress grove, and beach are all visible from the main floored hall room. For this reason, many of the guests who stayed here say that the picturesque view seems to change day by day. The town where the guesthouse is located is specially designed as a 'hanok village,' consisting mostly of traditional Korean houses of Jeollanam-do. It is also widely known as 'Haenam Kimchi Village' because of their famous cabbages, which are grown in the natural environment and are used to make kimchi. Specifically, there are three villages in this area: 'Green Experience Village,' 'Farm Stay Village,' and 'Resort Village.' There is a public swimming pool in the area managed by the villagers and is very popular among visitors, with ticket sales reaching KRW 100,000,000 a year. One of the advantages of staying at this guesthouse is that it’s within a one-hour ride to a number of popular nature destinations such as Wando Cheongsando Island, Gangjin Dasan Chodang, Jangheung Cheongwansan Mountain, Woodland, and Yeongam Wolchunsan Mountain. Haenam is known as one of the best regions of Korea for enjoying the famous Jeolla-do cuisine, so visitors to Haenam are advised to try the local food. The villagers built these traditional Korean guesthouses so that their visitors can have a day of relaxation in nature, away from their hectic city life. With this mind, they used natural pinewood and red clay from Gangwon-do to build authentic traditional Korean houses and utilized traditional Korean tiles from Goryeong. The name 'Haemaru Healing Forest' was given by the owner of the guesthouse, with the subtitle 'A place where you can tell your story.' The guesthouse buildings are in 'ㄱ' shape. The main building, called 'anchae' in Korean, has floor area of 72m², which is big enough for up to 25 people. There are two rooms, a large living room, and a kitchen in this building. The rooms are furnished with sofa, television, air conditioner, refrigerator, and table just like an ordinary home so that guests can feel at home during their stay. The 'bakkatchae,' or 'detached house,' is a single room with capacity of 6 and is furnished with air conditioner and bathroom. The guesthouse is owned by a couple who still work in Seoul and need to travel back and forth between Seoul and Haenam frequently. They're both nature lovers, so their most favorite place in the house is the kitchen garden where they cultivate their own organic lettuce, perilla leaves, and chili peppers. The kitchen garden is open to guests who want to try the homegrown organic vegetables. Various experience programs are offered here as well, such as yunnori, dadeumi, jwibulnori, and kimchi making. Jwibulnori is a traditional Korean game played on the eve of Daeboreum or First Full Moon Day, where people burn dry grass on the ridges of rice paddies and fields and others spin cans of flames attached to the end of a stick or a sling. For safety reasons, this game is played with the consent and participation of the villagers, so be sure to ask the owner of the guesthouse when the game is played. It’s free for groups of more than 10 people. As for the kimchi-making class, it is offered by the guesthouse owner's younger brother and sister-in-law who live and run a kimchi factory in the village. They will teach you how to make kimchi, step-by-step, start to end. The kimchi-making class is a paid program, so be sure to ask the guesthouse owner how much and when the class is held.
15-3, Gyedong 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Guesthouse Mon Oncle a Seoul is a 'hanok' guesthouse located in Bukchon Hanok Village in Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, in the alley on the hill right across from Seoul Choong Ang High School, which was often used as filming location for popular Korean TV dramas. Because it’s situated on a hill, guests can enjoy a charming view of the traditional Korean houses under the hill from the living room, a beautiful sunset view, and a view of Inwangsan Mountain in the distance. The guesthouse and the neighborhood are very quiet, which is very unusual considering the fact that it's right at the center of downtown Seoul. Built in 2015, the guesthouse is very clean and comfortable. Despite being a new building, it has all the characteristics of a traditional Korean house called 'hanok,' such as roof tiles, front yard, and 'ㅁ'-shaped buildings. Except for the kitchen and bathroom, which are modern, everything about the guesthouse is traditional. The living room is furnished with table and chairs for the guests to use. The kitchen is located in a corner of the living room, complete with kitchen sink, refrigerator, and washing machine open to all the guests.
The guesthouse has four rooms, two of which are barely big enough to accommodate up to two people. The two other rooms are big enough to accommodate up to five people. The rooms are mostly bare without any decor just like most of the rooms in traditional Korean houses, where the ceiling rafters are visible. Each room has traditional bedclothes, furniture, and lighting. A special discount rate will be applied to those who book the entire house or stay there for a long period of time.
Because the buildings in all four directions face each other, all the guests must pass through the front yard in order to go to or come out of their room. The front yard is not very big, but big enough for the guests to have a chat or enjoy barbecue. The living room serves as a cafe, where guests can share their experiences or have breakfast together. The guesthouse is designed this way because the owner of the guesthouse likes to mingle with people. He built the guesthouse not only for business but also to meet people who love to travel like him. He even named the place 'Uncle' because he wants to be close to his guests. He actually goes hiking with his guests and gives them a tour of the town. He’s also an excellent cook, so be sure to try the breakfast before starting your tour for the day.
7, Deokdongmunhwa-gil Gibuk-myeon, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Located in Deokdong Village about 40 minutes from downtown Pohang, the Pohang Traditional Culture Center consists of three traditional Korean buildings -- 'Lodge Building,' 'Cultural Training Hall,' and 'Food Experience Hall' -- and 'Guestroom Building' forming the shape of 'ㄱ' on an 8,251m² area. The hills surrounding the center create a cozy environment, and a grove of pine and fir trees right past the entrance adds to the beautiful natural landscape. Thanks to the clean air, you will be able to see stars in the night sky. The site originally belonged to an elementary school before being transformed into a cultural center as part of Pohang City's urban project. The center is managed and maintained by Pohang City Facilities Management Corporation as commissioned by Pohang City. As a place for learning and appreciating Korean culture in the natural landscape of Deokdong Village, which has a long history, it's now a popular field trip destination among schools. The Center offers various educational and character building programs designed to restore the traditional culture of Korea by providing students with an opportunity to learn their culture, including 'seodang (private village school that provided elementary education during the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties),' calligraphy, tea drinking, and ecosystem classes. Other programs include 'nanta (Korean traditional percussion instrument),' 'taekkyeon (traditional Korean martial art),' straw and Korean paper handicraft, and natural dyeing classes. The most popular program at the center is the traditional cooking class wherein participants get to make and try various traditional food items such as bean curd and rice cake. It's popular because the teachers/instructors use traditional recipes that many people think are fun to follow. Most of these are one or two-day programs and are participated in by groups of over 20 guests. Individual guests are also welcome to sign up for the program. The Guestroom Building has 10 guestrooms, each furnished with television, refrigerator, air conditioner, dressing table, and hair dryer for the convenience of the guests. Men's and women's bathrooms and shower rooms are in a separate building because they are shared among the guests. One of the biggest advantages of staying at this center is the reasonable room rates, which are fixed regardless of season and day (whether weekday or weekend). Moreover, there is no extra charge for additional guests in each guestroom. Paid breakfast is served at the cafeteria in the 'Experience Hall.' The breakfast is reasonably priced as well, not to mention delicious.
83-14, Eunhaeng-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Hanok Story in Hyanggyo-gil in Jeonju Hanok Village is a traditional Korean house built over 60 years ago and was recently renovated to serve as a guesthouse. Thus, it boasts of modern convenient facilities but preserves most of the features of a traditional Korean house, which was home to the guesthouse owner and his wife for over 35 years. The couple put old books, LPs, old movie posters, Korean lunch boxes, and old television on display in every corner of the house to create an old look and finish. In the yard is a 50-year-old persimmon tree that provides cool shade during the summer and delicious persimmons in the fall. All the old items in the house have a story to tell, and that's why the owner named his guesthouse "Hanok Story."
At the entrance of the house is a Korean phrase meaning “Enjoy the Five Blessings (longevity, wealth, health, love of virtue, and peaceful death) generation after generation with the energy of the sun, moon, and stars.” That’s why the rooms are named “Geumbit (Golden Light),” “Haetbit (Sunlight),” “Dalbit (Moonlight),” and “Byeolbit (Starlight).” The phrase is also engraved on top of the door to the "Haetbit Room." There are a total of seven guestrooms -- four in the main building and the "Solbit Room," "Deluxe Room No. 1," and "Deluxe Room No. 2." All the rooms are furnished with bathroom, TV, and air conditioner. Deluxe Room No. 2 has a kitchen for the guests to cook. There is a garden of sowbread, balloon vine, and hydrangea in the yard.
There is also a cafeteria made of cypress wood in the yard. The walls are covered with post-its left by the guests as well as musical instruments and dolls. It's where tea and breakfast are served. Homemade Korean breakfast is served for free. A tea class is also available during the weekend upon reservation.