Gonghangmunhwa-ro 127, Jung-gu, Incheon
43, Daejeongbangcheon-gil Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do
'Jirisan Hanok Village is an old traditional Korean house located at the foot of Cheongwangbong Peak and Nogodan Peak in Daejeong-ri, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do. Most of its guests are families visiting the area during weekends particularly in summer, because Jirisan Baemsagol Valley and Nogodan Peak are only a 20-minute ride. A Nobel Prize Candidate in Literature stayed here in 2008 to write because of the picturesque landscape. Jirisan Hanok Village is a traditional Korean house with 16 rooms with floor area of 330㎡, and many poets, writers, and businessmen come to visit here often because of the natural surroundings.
181-21, Bongseoan-gil, Yongjin-eup, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do
The Dueok Happy Dream Village Farming Association Corporation runs a hanok-style guesthouse situated in Dueok Happy Dream Village, which is surrounded by high, clean mountains. Also known as Bongseogol, the village is a pleasant farming community located deep in the lush green mountains of Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do, and is also well known as one of the eight best propitious sites in Korea – Jongnamsan Mountain on its right and Seobangsan Mountain on its left are said to resemble a phoenix('Bonghwang' in Korean) embracing the village (hence the name of the village is ‘Bongseo’).
Dueok Village was re-born as Dueok Happy Dream Village as part of the rural village revitalization project carried out in Wanju County. The village has jointly run diverse hanok buildings (ranging from about 45 to 150 years old) as hanok-style guesthouses, along with various hands-on programs, since 2010. The Dueok Happy Dream Village Farming Association Corporation now runs the guestrooms and a large experience center, and only accepts groups of guests. The experience center offers education programs on traditional etiquette, and also operates reenactments of the ancient civil service examination. It also offers guests three good meals a day consisting of rural-style healthy food served with wild vegetables and various side dishes at a reasonable price.
The guesthouse comprises tile-roofed houses on both sides set amid a large grassy field against a background of green mountains. The guestrooms feature a simple yet pleasant design and are equipped with ondol (under-the-floor heating) without air-conditioning. The experience center is notable for its ten doors which can be opened by lifting them up toward the ceiling, thereby providing an open view of the beautiful landscape.
Furthermore, the village, which has been designated as a rural experience and recreational village, runs a wide variety of hands-on programs, including a Nature Experience program consisting of a forest tour with a guide, Making a Wish Necklace, Walking on the Myeongdang (propitious site), Rice Farming, Digging Sweet Potatoes, Traditional Folk Games (archery, steel hoop rolling), Rice Cake Pounding, Making Scarecrows, and Making a Kite, among others. It also offers Sori Hakdang and etiquette education programs as a two-day course.
40, Omokdae-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Located in Jeonju Hanok Village, Yangsajae was the place where the poet Lee Byeong-gi (pen-name: Garam, sijo poet) composed his sijo (a Korean traditional poetic form) works. Now used as a cultural space, the house attracts many people looking for relaxation and cultural experiences.
Yangsajae, meaning “a house (jae) that cultivates (yang) classical scholars (sa)”, was an annex of the Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School where classical scholars used to study in preparation for the national civil service examinations. As an educational and creative place, Lee Byeong-gi composed sijo poems there for six years from 1951. It later served as the Jeonbuk Public Elementary School with the introduction of new learning to the Jeollabuk-do area in 1987. Since 2002, however, it has served as a hanok stay dedicated to promoting local history and traditions to the public. It is said that the building was constructed on a 400-year-old site about 150 years ago. In 1980, repair work was conducted to save the basic structure of the house.
The house is a typical ‘ㄱ’-shaped hanok structure with a half-hipped roof. In particular, the three dormitory rooms originally used by Confucian students and classical scholars can be converted into one single room for seminars, tea ceremonies, or other group meetings simply by opening the bunhapmun (sliding doors).
The guesthouse is a ‘ㅡ’-shaped hanok built in 1980. Each room has a clean and cozy interior with simple decoration and furniture. The rooms include the Gudeul (floor heated with firewood) Room, where the tea ceremony program using green tea leaves picked from the wild green tea field behind the house is held, and the Ondol (Korean floor heating system) Room.
As the poet Lee, who loved orchids, poems and alcohol, lived at Yangsajae, there are still traces of his former presence inside the house. Notably, Lee used the ‘Garamdasil’ room as his study room, so it displays some of his photos.
There is a postbox situated in a corner of the yard which the guests can use, and the owner will deliver the mail himself. Yangsajae is not only a hanok accommodation but also a multi-experience space where guests can discover traces of the old educational institute and the poet Lee’s life and works.
56-1, Eunhaeng-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Jeonjuhanok Korean House is a traditional Korean house built more than 60 years age, and it was recently remodeled for visitors to see and experience an old traditional Korean house. It’s conveniently located on the street called "Eunhaeng-ro" right in the middle of Jeonju Hanok Village for those visiting the area to take a tour of the hanok village. Although it's in the middle of the village, it's quiet inside because it's located at the end of a long, wide alley, which has the feel of an art gallery thanks to the lighting. There is a table in the yard in front of the ‘ㄱ’-shaped house. Behind the house is a café where breakfast is served. The house has an open space between the rooms called "toetmaru", which serves as a living room as in all traditional Korean houses. It’s where Koreans used to rest under the warm sunlight in the old days. The guests must pass through this "toetmaru" to get to the roms.
Jeonjuhanok Korean House has seven "ondol (floor-heated)” rooms with a loft. The rooms are clean and have a simple interior with a wooden ladder to the loft, which is a favorite place for most kids staying here with their parents. Each guestroom is furnished with a water purifier. The guesthouse serves toast, caffe Americano, fruits, and tea for breakfast.
74, Dancheon-ro, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Kirin Motel was redone entirely in 2018 to become the clean, comfortable accommodations it is today. With every room equipped with air-conditioning, guests can stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Being located at the center of the downtown of Muju, it offers easy access to many restaurants and facilities. Muju County Office and Namdaecheon Stream are a mere 300 meters away; Muju resort and gucheondong valley -- which are popular sites all year round -- are 25 minutes away by car. The venue of Muju Firefly Festival, Muju’s representative festival, is 600 meters away on foot. During the festival period, people can experience fireflies, the symbol of a clean region, and try diverse activities and food. Kirin Motel keeps the rates the same throughout the year be it peak season, off season, weekdays, or weekends, offering affordable options to guests whether during summer peak season or winter ski season with the best cost-effectiveness in the region.
289-4, Gucheondong-ro, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Located on one side of Deokyusan Mountain, Moonriver Pension is a comfortable retreat in the midst of the nature of Muju. Surrounded by the majestic Deokyusan Mountain (1,614 meters above sea level) and valley, guests will find both their body and mind recharged by the beautiful nature. Behind the wooden lodge are a forest and a valley running in front of it. With a flat bench prepared in the summer, it is a nice place for guests to play in the water safely. After dinner, you might encounter some fireflies while stretching your legs around the valley.
From the lodging place, Muju Gucheondong Valley is about 5 minutes away, and Muju Resort is about 10 minutes away, both by car. It takes about 5 minutes to reach Deokyusan National Park and about 20 minutes to get to Taekwondo Park.
Situated on the border between Muju and Geochang, the Pension is frequently visited by mountain climbers of the backbone mountains of Korea. With the Baekdudaegan Ecological Education Museum in Geochang about 2 minutes away, the preschooler experience center in the museum is worth visiting for families with children. There are also farms offering strawberry, apple, and watermelon experience around the accommodations.
5218-12, Chunhyang-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Yeongjogwan is one of the 11 buildings located within the Korean traditional hotel ‘Royal Room Of King’, with a view over the Jeonjucheon Stream. The hotel has 11 buildings named after the historical kings of Joseon Dynasty, and Yeongjogwan, named after the 21st king of Joseon, has two rooms: The Gold Room, and the Silver Room. Both rooms feature a design that tastefully integrates the Korean traditional hanok construction with modern techniques. The Gold Room, located on the 2nd floor of the building, is dominated by the exposed wooden beams under the roof, while the 1st floor’s Silver Room has a lower ceiling than the Gold Room, and thus feel cozier. Each unit is made up of a bedroom with two double beds, living room with low tables and seats, and a whirlpool bathroom. The bathroom is equipped with whirlpool bath and shower facilities and is separate from the toilet. The bedroom and the living room are separated by a traditional screen covered with hanji, traditional paper of Korea. Amenities in the unit include a refrigerator, electric kettle, and hairdryer.
The lawn outside is furnished with traditional plays like Yutnori, Tuho, Neolttwigi, and Gamatagi. There are two restaurants and a cafe within the hotel complex, allowing the guests to enjoy their meal in the comfort and grandeur of Korean architecture. One of the restaurants, Hyangwonjeong, offers a sumptuous breakfast spread including salads, namul (vegetable side dishes), jeon (pancakes and battered items), bread, and bacon. The hotel complex is located close to major tourist attractions of Jeonju; a 5-minute drive gets one to Jeonju Hanok Village, Nambu Market, and Pungnammun Gate.
5218-14, Chunhyang-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
This hanok (traditional Korean house) hotel combines the unique aesthetics of hanok and modern comfort. Its location near Jeonju Hanok Village, the central point of Jeonju tourism, gives it excellent access to destinations in Jeonju. As evident from its name, the hotel promises a comfortable stay in a hanok since its opening in 2018. The hotel complex stands on a plot of land spanning 19,840 m2, containing 11 residential buildings that are named after the Joseon kings and other facilities.
The building Sukjonggwan contains four rooms. Each room is a self-contained unit made up of bedrooms and restrooms, furnished with a combination of hanok’s unique charms and modern comfort. Grade 1 Gold and Silver Rooms in particular have two beds and a whirlpool bathtub for the comfort of the guests. The view of the wooden exposed beams (Gold Room) speaks to the unique characteristics of hanok, while wooden pieces of furniture give the room an elegant finish. The scenery beyond the window wall is also the pride of the hotel.
The hotel has about 150 parking spots, a hanok cafe, and the Convention Center with spaces such as Daejanggeum Hall, Saimdang Hall, Chungmugong Hall, and Hunminjeongeum Hall. Samtaegeuk and Samjogo Restaurants are designated as COVID-19 Safe Restaurants by the city of Jeonju. It takes only 10 min by car to reach most tourist sites in Jeonju Hanok Village.
15, Hoemun 3-gil, Imsil-gun, Jeollabuk-do
This hanok (traditional Korean house) is located in Deokchi-myeon, Imsil-gun, Jeollabuk-do. Opened in June 2020, it has quite clean facilities and a comfortable structure. Seomjingang River flows in front of the village, and Baengnyeonsan, Hoemunsan, and Palbongsan Mountains surround the area like a screen.
A wide grass lawn of 6611 m² around the four modernized hanok buildings offers a picture of pastoral comfort with pine trees and a water wheel. Each house is rented out as a whole unit and includes one ondol (under-the-floor heating system) room, one bedroom, a living room that doubles as a kitchen, and a restroom. “River” and “Wind’ units have raised open floor space, while the other two “Mountain” and “Field” units have narrow wooden porch along the outside of the rooms. All units have a standard occupancy of 4, but their size of 66–82 m² allows them to host up to 8.
Each unit also comes with an outdoor table. Guests are prohibited from cooking strong-scented food in the unit but may rent out the barbecue grill to be used in the lawn. The swimming pool opens in summer.