Hello! Honestly I need to be a little more diligent in keeping this space updated. Hehe.
I wanna intro this guesthouse; Namhyundang Hanok Guesthouse if you are travelling to Seoul and want to experience Hanok; the traditional Korean housing. I was in Seoul in April 2015 and me and my friend stayed in this place. It’s a guesthouse, like a bed and breakfast and not a hotel. It was quite an experience as I’ve always wanted to stay in traditional houses (like Hanok in Korea and Ryokan in Japan).
Located in Jongro / Insadong, it is within walking distance if you need to get any chimek (Fried chicken and beer), Korean cosmetics and beauty products (in Insadong), hipster cafes (Sam Cheongdong), make a blessing (Jogyesa Temple) and the cultural and infamous Gyeongbukgong. It is also near to TWO subway stations (Anguk Station Exit 4 and Jongno 3-ga Exit 5)of different lines and the walk to the Incheon Airport Shuttle Bus (10,000 won per trip) is only 10 minutes away.
A : Namhyundang Hanok
B : Insadong
C : Jogyesa Temple
D: Gyeongbukgong Palace
E: Anguk Station, Airport Shuttle Bus stop
F: Towards Samcheongdong
Why you should try staying in the Hanok during colder temperatures?
Hanok is set apart by “maru” and “ondol” which are its unique features because they cannot be seen in other countries. Maru means “wooden floor” and it originated in the southern province of Korea where the climate is warm. It was invented to cope with the hot summer in the southern area. On the other hand, ondol, a traditional Korean heating system, came from the cold northern province of Korea. Using the ondol was one of the methods for people in the northern area to cope with the cold weather. Therefore, hanok combines the influence of both southern and northern cultures. These two different cultures harmonize well together.
The other important feature of hanok, ondol, is the special heating system of the hanok. The heating system works by the conduction and radiation of heat, using a large and wide stone called “goodle”. The goodle is located under the floor of each room, and it is heated from below by a furnace, called “agungi”. People in old times put wood in the agungi to make a fire. Then, all of the large and wide stones are heated by the agungi and retain the heat through conduction. Finally, the stone with its high temperature radiates heat to the floor of the house and it keeps the house warm in cold weather.
The biggest difference between ondol and other heating systems is that ondol keeps the room warm by heating the floor while other heating systems just raise the air temperature, not the floor temperature.
Breakfast was prepared for us every morning but on 1 or 2 of the days where we headed to the Noryangjin Market and Gwangjang Market, we told the host not to prep any food for us. Breakfast usually consist of bread and ALOT of spread selection, coffee or tea, yogurt sometimes, and fruits sometimes. If the host, Mr. Lee is there, catch up a conversation with him as he is very well versed with English (and German). He is very friendly and helpful. As this is my friend’s second time staying there, we asked Mr. Lee if we could have BBQ at the courtyard and our request was fulfilled. hehe. There’s also a kitchen and common room there if you want to make some ramyun or have a couple of drinks late at night.
Plus, the traditional hanok houses makes a good place for taking your #ootd shots 😉
23, Gyeongun-dong, Jongno-gu (by taxi. front of kyodong elementaly school), Jongro / Insadong, Seoul, South Korea
Airport Shuttle bus to Anguk Station