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Hanok: Korea's Answer to Japanese Ryokan

These cozy dwellings with rice-paper walls and plush futons on heated stone floors—Korea’s answer to Japanese ryokan—have been frequented by non-Westerners for years. Now more upscale offerings are luring foreigners, with many popping up in Seoul’s 600-year-old Bukchon district. Some even host kimchi-making or dado (tea ceremony) classes. Chiwoonjung ($$$$)—a house once rented by President Lee Myung-Bak—has been reborn as an inn with four simple, antique-filled rooms. Kundaemunjip ($) mixes traditional architecture with modern touches (rain showers; frosted glass). At Rakkojae ($$), one of the most revered hanok, the intricate sliding doors are by master carpenter Chung Young-Jin.

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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