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The Rak-Ko-Jae Boutique Hanok Hotel offers guests a unique experience in Seoul, with the chance to stay in a hanok, a traditional Korean house reminiscent of an aristocratic house of the Chosun dynasty. Hanok buildings are designed with the position of the house in relation to its natural surroundings and the season in mind, with the structure planned accordingly. This principle is called baesanimsu; the concept holds that the ideal house is built with a mountain to the back and a river to the front, with an ondol heated rock system for heating during cold winters and daecheong front porch for keeping the house cool during hot summers.
Located in the historic Bukchon Village district, Seoul's oldest quarter overlooking the Unesco-listed palaces with the mountains behind, Rak-Ko-Jae itself means 'a place where one can enjoy the traditions of times past and rest one's soul'. This was certainly the intention when master carpenter Young Jin Chung renovated the property in 2003 from buildings more than 130 years old. Constructed with no metal nails or supports, the building is made entirely from wood and stone.
Set in a peaceful feng shui pebble garden, the three rooms are both individually and traditionally styled, with sleeping mats and no television, but some modern features such as bathroom facilities and air conditioning. Dinner and breakfast are included, and use of the natural mud sauna, laundry and wireless internet access are complimentary.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.