A warm, welcoming traditional Korean house
When we were planning our visit to Seoul, we thought it would be cool to stay in a hanok, a traditional Korean house. We picked a good one. The staff was very friendly (they kept sneaking cookies to our son, which won his heart), our room was clean and spacious, and the Korean breakfasts were yummy. The location in Bukchon Hanok Village was within walking distance of a Metro stop, two of the main palaces (Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung), and the craft centers of Bukchon itself. But a word of warning: staying in this hanok is not for everyone. There are no beds. You sleep on mats on the floor. And they are thin. Not cushy. There are no chairs or couches. When you are in your room, you are sitting on the floor. We hadn't really realized this when we decided to spend all six nights of our stay in Seoul here. We adjusted. But we also think that most people probably stay here for a couple nights at most. That being said, the wifi is great, the hot water is plentiful, and the heated floors sure feel good on a chilly night. Oh, and take your hosts up on the offer to dress you up in hanbok, traditional Korean clothing, and do a little photo shoot. You might look slightly ridiculous, but it's fun.
By Jeremy Saum, AFAR Staff
Seoul, South Korea