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Review of Rakkojae Seoul

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Rakkojae Seoul
Ranked #20 of 911 Seoul B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Peace in the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

We decided to book a night at Rakkojae to try out the hanok experience during out 10 day trip to Korea. While pricy, we definitely have not regrets! Other hanoks are more backpacker style. Rakkojae is extremely well maintained and the grounds are spectacular. Location wise, very near anguk station.

We got the master bedroom with heated jade floors. Sleeping the floor was a great experience, mattresses are thick enough to get a good night's rest. The food is excellent! We had ginseng chicken soup for dinner and a traditional korean breakfast. We also tried out their sauna which was great on a cold night. They even taught us how to tie our hairs up with a towel!

Excellent place to stay if you want to experience a hanok.

Room Tip: The one with the balcony is very nice.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

The 4 of us stayed in 'separate house' at RakKoJae Seoul for 2 nights. Staff were really helpful and service was good without being too intrusive. The place is beautiful and gave us a feeling of old times. We had lots of fun trying out the natural mud sauna and photo taking while wearing Hanbok.

Breakfast was delicious. We had a choice of Korean or western and we chose Korean menu for both morning (the mains were different for the 2 days but unfortunately the sides were the same for all 3 meals). We could also enjoy traditional dinner on our 2nd night at their related restaurant in Myeongdong...complete with traditional instrument performance.

Our unit has 2 rooms and a common sitting area. The common area is really warm as it has a glass roof...we had to stay in the rooms with air conditioner when we're back in the afternoons. Will be perfect if there's a cloth or blind to block the sunlight coming in during warm weather.

The staff room/kitchen is located right between our 2 rooms...which is kind of odd. We could hear the staff when they go about their daily work. We didn't mind that much since it's not loud and we were out most of the day. We were bitten by mosquitoes at night...so better to bring mosquito repellent stickers.

Nevertheless, it was a fantastic experience for us and we will stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

After eight days in a normal hotel in Gangnam, RakKoJae was a complete change of scene. From the moment we walked through the front gate it was time to relax.
It's shoes off, sleep on the floor, and eat cross-legged (or more awkwardly if you are like me). It's also squeezing into a tiny bathroom, and getting used to not spreading out your belongings on every flat space, because that's primarily the floor.
It's also a Korean breakfast served in your room - we got abalone porridge, fried fish, and a plethora of side dishes including kimchi of course.
Woody, who runs the reservations, looks after the guests who communicate better in English (than in Korean, Japanese or Chinese). She was a fantastic host, offering tips on how to eat Korean food, why certain foods are served together, where to go during the day, and much more. Our understanding of Korean culture improved enormously as a result.
The owner runs RakKoJae as a way of keeping traditional Korean culture alive and should be commended for that. We also visited their traditional restaurant in the centre of town (a medium walk away) and enjoyed a fantastic meal. We still may not know exactly what the dishes were, but each course was served with complementing side dishes that were traditionally believed to aid digestion or counter the effects of one or other ingredient.
I gave RakKoJae five stars – not because its a glass and marble tower with hot towels, because it is not – but because I can't imagine a better Hanok experience.
There are only four or five rooms, so if you are considering booking, email Woody now to secure your spot.

Room Tip: Each room is unique, so look at the pictures online, then the floor plan. The jade floor in our room...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rickbarrett
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Venise-en-Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

t was a very long flight and I and my friend  were very tired, but our fatigue melted away when we met the staff welcomed us with a big smile.
Rooms are very comfortable with  Korean traditioanl bedding to sleep on the floor.
The bathroom in my room was small but had everything I needed from the heated toilet seat to the sit-in wooden bath.
Breakfast and Dinner was excellent.
Loved the traditional sauna, with suitable clothing provided.
 The hotel is an easy walk to two of the palaces and not far at all from Anguk subway station.
 I am convinced that Rak Ko Jae  an cultural oasis of calm in the city!!!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

We stayed at Rakkojae for three nights on our first trip to Korea. I didn't have much time beforehand to plan the trip or review accommodation, so I couldn't be happier with my luck in making the decision to stay there.

The house is beautiful. We stayed in the patio room, I could have spent all day sitting on the patio enjoying the atmosphere!

The food, especially the abalone porridge for breakfast, was amazing - though we didn't get to try the associated restaurant after eating too much throughout the day we'd planned to go there.

Rakkojae is located in Bukchon Hanok village, so is surrounded by amazing traditional architecture set upon hilly streets full of cafes, galleries, and local craft stores - heaven!

We hadn't really planned our trip ahead, so Whoopi carefully drew out a plan for each day for us on a map and we set out and enjoyed the sights.

Such amazing, friendly service, we really did feel welcome - and were provided with a key to the gate so we could come and go as we pleased without bothering anyone.

We stayed at Rakkojae in September 2013, but have only just made an account with Tripadvisor, so have come back to leave a review.

Hopefully we'll have another chance to stay again, it was really a special experience - I'd love to see it in Winter!

Room Tip: Patio room was great for enjoying the courtyard view during meals
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MrAndMrsLim
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
71 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

The stay here was really amazing given that it's surrounded by Bukchon Hanok Village. The people here made us feel that we're not just customer but more like invited guest staying over. (You only feel like customer when you got to pay at the end of stay). The rooms are well heated during winter and food we ate were delicious. If you walk along many of the trails, you will find many nice scenery and cafe along the way. The nearest Sunway is Anguk.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore
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64 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

We love our 2 nights experience here.

The people were great and welcoming. Chen received us and took good care of us (he is great with my kids too). We thoroughly enjoyed all our meals in our room (which was of much convenience). Our breakfast varied from Korean to Continental for the 2 days (appreciated the variations). We had one dinner in the Hanok and another in their restaurant (in Mydedong). Both were equally great.

We stayed in the separate house. It comes with 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms, and it was comfortable for our family of 4. We were excited to find out that the room was the same room where SHINEE filmed Hello Baby. Understood from Woody that quite a few Korean stars stayed in the hanok before.

Wifi in the room was great and we had no issue at all. The room did not come with a lock. It was not an issue for us though. We were given the key to the front door and was not given a curfew as mentioned in the past review. The complimentary steam room was great for us especially on the cold winter day. It was a good prelude for us before we try the public bath houses.

As it snowed the night before, the next day we woke up to a beautiful scene in the hanok. This was such a great experience and we totally loved it.

The location actually allowed us to venture around Bukchon Hanok Village easily. We met some tourist guide on the 1st night and gotten the map from them. The map was helpful with suggested routes which we tried the next day.

Staying here is by no means cheap and we were glad that we were not disappointed. Woody and Chen made us felt at home and well taken care of. We would love to stay longer ... if only it is cheaper ... :)))

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Rakkojae Seoul
Address: 49-23, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03056, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Samcheongdong / Bukchon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 911 B&Bs / Inns in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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