6-6, Baengmigoeul-gil, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Located in Gongju, South Chungcheong Province, Hongwhikwan offers guests a traditional “hanok” experience filled with the gentle scents of red clay and wood. The hotel is located in front of the UNESCO World Heritage site Gongsanseong Fortress, with Geumgang River flowing behind the complex.
There are six rooms in total, all Korean-style with floor bedding for double, triple, and quadruple occupancy. High ceilings and exposed girders greet visitors upon entering the rooms that are decorated with traditional bedding, Korean paper windows, elegant muslin curtains, and colorful cushions. Each room is equipped with a TV set, a refrigerator, and a bathroom with a hairdryer, making it an ideal place to start and end the day. The spacious courtyard also comes with traditional games like “jegi chagi” and “yutnori.” Coffee and Korean tea are found in the second-floor community room, while the kitchen serves complimentary breakfast every morning with a simple menu of toast, beverages, fruits, and breakfast cereals. Furthermore, the complex is close to major tourist sites, such as the Gongjusanseong Market, Gongju National Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site Ancient Tombs in Songsan-ri, and Tomb of King Muryeong. Hongwhikwan also offers free bicycle rentals for guests to stroll around the location.
42-5, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Located in Jeonju Hanok Village, Hanok Hyeyum offers a traditional “hanok” (traditional Korean house) experience to its guests. The Korean term “hyeyum” means “thought,” and the hostel’s name pertains to the owners’ wishes of providing new feelings and thoughts to visitors. Its design faithfully brings the feel of the grain on the timber, which was possible with the participation of Daemokjang and Somokjang artisans specializing in hanok construction. The hanging sign at the entrance is carved by a Mokjogakjang, an artisan carpenter and holder of Intangible Cultural Property, and the same spirit of dedication and passion can be found throughout the building. There are six rooms in total, all Korean-style with exposed rafters, handwritten calligraphy, dainty furniture, and masterful teacups. Guests can also find a surprise welcome package of face mask packs. All rooms have modern and sleek bathrooms, while some rooms come with small attic spaces. Hanok Hyeyum also offers pickup services to solo female travelers from the Jeonju Bus Terminal or Jeonju Station, and a complimentary breakfast with a seasonal menu, including items like rice cakes, egg, sweet potato, fruits, and coffee.
28, Nori 2-gil, Deokgok-myeon, Goryeong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Saengbiwon is a traditional hanok pension located 400 m above sea level on Gayasan Mountain, Goryeong, North Gyeongsang Province. Its picturesque front garden, full of clay pots and wildflowers, and the dried persimmon hanging on the porch come fall give the pension a comfortable, idyllic atmosphere. Clear water from the Sangbiri Valley flow near the pension and a footpath along the reservoir offer great opportunities to enjoy the nature of Gayasan Mountain. Opening the window brings one face-to-face with the four seasons of the mountain, while the pavilion in the garden emanates a cool, slow-paced enjoyment of nature. All water used in the pension is drawn from a natural mineral spring 150 m below the land, giving the water a crisp and refreshing taste.
The seven rooms of the pension, including the Dongbaek, Maehwa, Mongnyeon, Moran, and Hwangtobang are furnished with red clay and Cheongsong hanji (Korean traditional paper) interior, giving them a characteristic hanok look. Wooden wardrobes and thick cotton quilts bring in mind the image of a grandmother’s warm house. Two of the rooms are heated with traditional gudeul floor heating, which is a blessing in the biting heat of winter. All rooms have access to Wi-Fi, equipped with modern bathrooms, electric kettle, pressure rice cooker, and simple cooking utensils. Only the Hwangtobang room allows cooking within the room, and guests in other rooms must use the communal kitchen and barbeque areas. There is also an annex, which hosts exclusively group visitors and can be used as a seminar room and a training site. .
Saengbiwon’s other pride is the traditional sauces, made in house for four generations. Visitors can reserve an elegant Korean breakfast, served in brass tableware, made with Saengbiwon’s handmade sauce from Korean soybeans. Saengbiwon also offers programs like sauce-making, Korean malt candy-making, tofu-making, Korean sweets-making, and tea ceremony.
17-5, Jangan-ro 1-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Despite being a guesthouse, Sokcho Hutte’s strong price-quality ratio has earned itself ratings as high as famous hotels in online reservation websites. It is especially popular for tourists who plan to explore Sokcho by foot as it is located only a minute away from the Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal and sights, such as Sokcho Jungang Market and Yeonggeumjeong Pavilion. The Gaetbae Boat pier to Abai Village is also reachable within a 10–20 min walk. The hotel is located in the city center, but the lack of high buildings nearby means that there are no obstructions to the views, and the windows are filled with sunlight all day long. The facilities are clean and organized, and the plants, drawings, and small items make for a comfortable space. There are six rooms in total, which range from the female-only four-person dormitory to Double rooms and two-person rooms with bunk beds. Dormitory beds are equipped with curtains and small lights for privacy. The fact that each room having an attached bathroom instead of a shared one is also a plus. Moreover, the first floor's lounge area, which is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, an electric kettle, and a water cooler, has a Bluetooth speaker, books, maps, and tourist guides for lounging or planning. However, the lounge is open only until 23:00 to ensure that all visitors have adequate rest. Free breakfast that consists of a sandwich and beverages is available every morning. The management also offers pickup services (upon request) and English services for international visitors.
Gyodonggwangjang-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Gangneung City Hotel is highly accessible as it is connected to the KTX Gangneung Station and the Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal through city buses. Located in the city center, the hotel is close to major tourist sites and many famous restaurants in the area. The hotel itself is a brand-new building with sleek, modern interiors. There are 155 rooms in total that are divided into 10 types, all comfortably furnished with wood and monotone designs. These include the Standard Balcony Double with a small balcony to Deluxe Ondol with plush cotton bedding, Deluxe Twin that is the only room to have the ocean view in the hotel, Suite Premier Double and Suite Premier Balcony with great city views, and Suite City Suite that is equipped with a minibar. Standard Double rooms are furnished with sofa and work desk, making it popular among businesspeople. A dessert café and a beer pub within the building serve simple dishes along with drinks, while the rooftop bar offers a great view of Gangneung city along with a meal. Guests can avail of breakfast, which consists of bread and coffee, while groups may also enjoy a breakfast buffet spread. Major sights of Gangneung, such as Ojukheon House, Gyeongpodae Pavilion, Chodang Soondubu (Soft Tofu) Village, and Anmok Beach are all located 5–15 min away by car. Finally, the front desk offers tourist information in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
27, Buan-ro, Heungdeok-myeon, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Located in Heungdeok-myeon, Gochang-gun, North Jeolla Province, Vogue Hotel is a good place to stay in quintessential rural Korea. It is a 15–20 min drive away from Gochang’s tourist sites like the Seonunsa Temple and Gochang Dolmen Park, and its proximity to the Buan-gun’s Byeonsanbando National Park makes it a good base camp for explorations in Gochang and Buan. The hotel’s courtyard has a caravan campsite, which is offered free of charge to the guests. The campsite is equipped with a shared restroom and a sleeping area for large dogs, making it easier for guests to travel with their family pets. Small dogs are also allowed in the hotel rooms. There are 32 rooms in total, namely the Double or Twin rooms for two, the Triple room with a double and single bed, and a Family room for up to 5 guests. Each room is equipped with a TV, refrigerator, electric kettle, toiletries, and hairdryer. The first floor of the hotel has a shared kitchen, equipped with an induction stove, a microwave oven, and a water cooler for simple cooking. The cafeteria beside it offers a complimentary breakfast that includes toast, milk, and coffee. English guide pamphlets are available in the lobby, and shuttle services in a nine-seater van are also offered.
50, Samil-daero 32ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Saehwa Hostel’s central location in Jongno, Seoul, gives it unparalleled convenience and accessibility for tourists. Many restaurants, markets, shopping streets, and tourist sites like the Tteok Museum, Jongmyo Shrine, and Changdeokgung Palace are located within walkable distances. Airport limousine bus service brings one from Incheon International Airport to Jongno 3-ga Station nearby, and Seoul Station is located a 15-min subway ride away. The hostel has various room types catering to solo travelers to groups of two to three, affordable prices, free international phone calls (Canada, Japan, United States, China, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand), and a quadrilingual reception desk offering services in English, Japanese, and Chinese, making it ideal for international visitors.
There are 16 rooms in total, including the Single Ondol, Double, Twin, and Triple bedrooms. Each room is equipped with a bathtub to help the guests recover from their fatigue. The front desk has a shared PC and offers free massage chair, microwave, washing machine, and dryer services. There is a free breakfast every morning, consisting of breakfast cereals, porridge, cookies, soybean paste soup, milk, fruit juice, and toast.
1344, Chungseo-ro, Yesan-eup, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Grand Motel is operated by a poet named Deungdan and located in Yesan-gun, South Chungcheong Province, a beautiful rural village with an expansive view of the fields. Its location near a national highway and proximity to Sillyewon Station and Yesan General Bus Terminal make it accessible not only for guests with cars but also for those using public transport. Guests arriving at Sillyewon Station may contact the motel in advance for pickup services. About 8 min away from the Grand Motel lie the Asan World Flower Botanical Garden and the House of Chusa, which used to be the home of the famed calligrapher Chusa Kim Jeong-hui. Meanwhile, the Sudeoksa Temple and Yedang Reservoir is only a 20 min drive away. There are 24 rooms in the motel, with both ordinary and traditional Korean rooms. Special and VIP rooms are furnished with desktop PCs. The rooms are compact but have been remodeled recently, equipped with amenities like TV, refrigerator, table, toiletries, and hairdryer. All rooms are also complete with bathtubs. Finally, the most unique feature of the Grand Motel is its well-maintained healing garden. Walking across the grass lawn and seeing the blooming flowers are some of the highlights during the stay. The motel does not have breakfast options but offers instant noodles upon request.
13, Budaejungang-gil, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Located in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, Vue Hotel Standard is extremely accessible because of its proximity to Cheonan Bus Terminal and Seoul Subway Line 1 Dujeong Station. It is a good base for exploring the Cheonan city center and nearby tourist sites like Asan’s Onyang Hot Springs or Osan’s Mulhyanggi Arboretum via subway. Vue Hotel Standard has 1 floor underground, 5 floors aboveground, and 23 rooms. Twin rooms can accommodate two to three travelers, while the Double room can accommodate up to four. The Vue Hotel Standard has a distinct feature, with all of its rooms managed with CESCO Air Care that maintains the optimal conditions of the rooms for the guest’s comfort and hygiene. Moreover, all rooms are furnished with modern and refined interior designs, high-quality mattresses, and 60-thread cotton down comforters. Amenities include a dressing table, minibar, an electric kettle, hairdryer, and toiletries. Moreover, the hotel offers shared facilities like the conference room, shared PC, and free-for-use laundromats for business travelers. The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast, which serves bread, salad, coffee, milk, or a Korean-style breakfast depending on the day.
51-5, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Onyuwol is a “hanok” guesthouse located in Jeonju Hanok Village. It is attached to a café that combines hanok and modern interior design and has enjoyed considerable popularity via word-of-mouth among young travelers. There are five rooms in total, which are furnished comfortably like their namesakes (the months of May and June). The rooms bear the hallmark elegance of hanok, from their exposed rafters to red clay floors, white cotton beddings, and muslin curtains. The furnishings remained minimalist, with only bedding, a small TV, electric kettle, and a basket containing a towel, hairdryer, and a hand mirror. The sleep-themed room names show that they are furnished with a restful stay in mind. Opening the door brings guests to the view of the peaceful garden. Nabijam and Kkotjam rooms have small attics that add a layer of elegance, while only the Danjam room is furnished with a bed. All rooms are equipped with bathrooms. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary cup of Americano in the café, and international guests have access to English services. Furthermore, its location makes it a good starting point for visits to Jeonju’s major tourist sights, such as Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School, Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Omokdae Historical Site, or the alleyways of the historical city.
38, Wondang-daero 819 beon-gil, Seo-gu, Incheon
Dubbed as the “palace of the Jade Emperor,” Jamigung is a “hanok” homestay located in Wondang-dong, Incheon. The earthly, wooden building was finished with the master touches of the Daemokjang (master of traditional carpentry) and built with wood that is dried and carved for a year and six months, while the interior was constructed with bamboo trees from Damyang and Korean paper. Likewise, its fence was finished with a masterful touch, topped with roof tiles sourced from Goryeong, which are also used to restore cultural properties in Korea. There are 6 rooms in total, including Gaon, Mireu, Raon, Dasom, and Hanul, varying in size ranging from a capacity of double occupancy to 15 people. All rooms are furnished with an antique, classical interior consisting of traditional doors with “changhoji” paper, traditional furniture, celadon, and paintings. Earthenware pots lining the courtyard, the vegetable garden, and the trees and wildflowers of the season complete the aesthetic of the hanok. Facilities within the complex include a shared bathroom, seminar room, shared PC, and communal refrigerator. The guesthouse offers English and Chinese services and provides complimentary breakfast in the morning. For pets, the guesthouse only alall dogs on the premises.
43-6, Jeonui 1-gil, Gangha-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Hanok Maeul Hwangto Pension is located on the side of the Namhangang River of Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province. It is a beautiful two-story hanok, located in idyllic countryside, with a wide grass lawn perfect for families with children or group visitors. The grass lawn is furnished with traditional sights like a vine-colored pavilion, well, old-fashioned treadmill, neolttwigi jumping boards, and traditional mortar, creating a rustic atmosphere that doubles as a site of learning for children. A wooden footbridge connects the second floor of the building, with a great view of the fields nearby. There are five rooms in total, the Korean-style Family Room, Sarang, and bedrooms of Gwibin, Sinhon, and the Sudabang annex. Each room is furnished in the traditional red clay wall and Korean traditional paper interior as a continuation of the theme of hanok. The Family Room is equipped with a wide living room with a fabric sofa and wooden furniture, dining table, and a kitchen with cooking utensils, making it ideal for group visitors. Sudabang room in the annex is a great place for lovers and families, and its crowning feature is the clay fireplace in the living room. Roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes from the fireplace are delectable parts of the room’s appeal. Firewood must be bought from the pension. The pension is also equipped with red clay sauna, fired with Korean charcoal. It is offered free of charge for the guests. Outdoor barbeque and campfire sites may be reserved with extra cost.