Stayed in seoul for a week and decided that on one night we'd stay in a Hanok for a more traditional experience. It was really a good idea and I'm glad we did. The place itself was beautiful and I'm glad we spent a bit more on this Hanok ( although I think there are quite a few more affordable ones) . Service was excellent, whoopi and the other staff were helpful and kind and flexible with eating times. Included in the room price we had dinner and also breakfast ...
There was a mud sauna we didnt have a chance to use.
During our night's stay they were filming part of a Korean show on kbs network... It was neat to watch and experience front row some Korean opera! A definite recommend!
I think it would be good for a night or two depending how long you stay in seoul... But I think I wouldn't have been able to do a whole week there. Just a personal opinion though. I like the comfort of hotels too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Meaning "a place where one can enjoy the traditions of times past and rest one's soul," Rakkojae Seoul is a Korean traditional culture space with a history of 130 years. It was renovated by Human National Treasure-Master Carpenter Young Jin Chung in 2003 and has since received international acclaim. Here, the harmony created between traditional Korean architecture and nature has created on opportunity for the true beauty of Hanok to shine. Upon passing the graceful main gate, one can see neat cozy Hanok. The bamboo and pine trees scattered in the garden add to its natural beauty and the rubber shoes placed on each terrace stone bring back the scent of old memories. Standing in a square formation around the yard, the elegance of ancient noblemen can be felt in each crevice of Rakkojae. The pavilion, lotus pond and patio that past scholars enjoyed were carefully revived to draw out the beautiful elegance of traditional Korean architecture. The Patio, in particular, adds to the beauty of the Hanok's refreshing empty spaces. When sitting on the patio like scholars of the past, time itself seems to slow down and the smallest sounds coupled with the cool breeze become special. In slowly looking up, one can only see the blue sky and white clouds-while the complications of life in today's modern society seem to become insignificant. As the place to enjoy the true elegance of Korean traditional culture, Rakkojae also offers the opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of Korea. One can encounter such beauty through savoring a traditional Korean course meal, experiencing a tea ceremony, relaxing in the yellow-mud sauna, trying on a Hanbok, or making your own Kimchi. Reminiscent of an aristocratic house of the Chosun Dynasty, Rakkojae's accommodations are as tidy and as comfortable as those found at top class hotels. Going above and beyond, we offer our guests a healthy voyage by sleeping on a natural jade ondol floor or relaxing in a yellow-mud sauna that is heated with firewood. Create unforgettable memories by experiencing Korea's beauty through the simplest of scenes, such as the faint moonlight sinking into your room through a door left ajar. We are confident that a night at Rakkojae will deliver special inspiration. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rakkojae Hotel Seoul