Stay at one of Korea's most traditional accommodations

by Story and Photo: Korea Tourism Organization
Korea Tourism Organization

There is something decidedly Korean about every inch of a traditional hanok home.

Enjoy the rustic elegance of a traditional Korean home that has all the modern amenities you need.

You’ll appreciate the beauty and style of these hanok homes with every one of your senses.

With a name meaning "Silla palace," Ragung is distinct from other hanok houses in the way it aims to provide modern hotel services while respecting the style and function of the traditional hanok , or Korean-style house. Ragung is located inside Shilla Millennium Park in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, and a city so steeped in history that it is like an open-air museum.

Ragung has added a modern touch to the traditional hanok structure in order to meet its goal of being a one-of-a-kind luxury hotel. Designers made use of eco-friendly materials such as wood and hanji (traditional Korean paper hand-made from mulberry wood) to ensure excellent ventilation. The tiled roof and spacious main floor room have been kept in the typical hanok style.

There are 16 separate suites that branch off from a 100-meter hallway. Inside each Suite and Royal Suite are a bedroom, living room, bathroom and outdoor tub.

The bedroom, the ondol (underfloor heating system) room and the garden surround a square yard with an outdoor spa. You can enjoy the soothing waters of this spa in total privacy. The water, which comes from a hot spring located 600 meters underground, is known to be good for the skin and for people with arthritis.

Every piece of furniture here, from the wardrobes to the tables, has been carefully selected. Rooms here feature both vintage and modern Western furniture, including beds, sofas, TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, bidets and showers. In addition, each suite has both a traditional ondol room and a bedroom.

In the backyard is a traditional Korean garden with a small pond and a bench. With a high level of comfort and convenience that many hanok lack, Ragung has earned a reputation as a Korean "well-being hotel" that respects nature without turning its back on tradition.

Information

Address : (Bomun Lake Resort) 55-12 Expo-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

Tel : 054-778-2000

Website : www.smpark.co.kr

Rooms : 16 rooms

Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 11am

Services : Complimentary breakfast, dinner and theme park ticket for two

On-site : Outdoor hot tub, Korean cuisine restaurant and cafe, rear garden, Shilla Millenium Park, etc.

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