While travelling to a place with unique traditional culture, it seems like such a shame if we don’t try staying at the places that offer authentic atmosphere. For example, if we travel to Solo, then it might be fun if we can experince staying in a place that is very Solo. Or, if we travel to Japan, staying in a ryokan (=Japanese traditional accomodation) would definitely give a different tourism experience than if we stay on regular hotels.

Same applies if you go to Seoul. If there is a chance to stay at a hanok(=house with South Korean traditional architecture), then it is better to not miss that chance. When else would you be able to enjoy the sensation of staying at an authentic Korean house?

And, don’t worry about your travelling budget might run out to the bottom because not all hanoks have killing rates. At least, these 7 hanoks in Seoul have the rates that still make sense, with all the atmosphere to enhance the “Very Korean” impression into your vacation in Seoul.

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1. Ladies, You Can Start It By Checking Out iCOS Guesthouse 1, Budget Hanok Special For Female Travelers.

Budget Travellers, Here Are 7 Budget Hanoks in Seoul That Are Totally Sexy to Be Checked Out!
Budget Travellers, Here Are 7 Budget Hanoks in Seoul That Are Totally Sexy to Be Checked Out!

Wanna try staying in a hanok without having a culture shock? Try staying at iCOS Guesthouse located on Mapo-gu district, Seoul. iCOS Guesthouse, which stands from International Community of Seoul, is a guesthouse with a concept of hanok managed by international staffs. Due to that, this guesthouse is mainly targetting international tourists who wants to feel the real South Korean experience.

Main Gate, via agoda
Main Gate, via agoda
Entrance area, via agoda
Entrance area, via agoda

iCOS Guesthouse 1 is located on a strategic location. The district where this guesthouse is at have plenty famous universities, so the atmosphere at the area seems to be so young and lively. And, because this guesthouse is only a few minutes of walking from the nearest Subway Station, you can easily explore many popular tourism places in Seoul such as Myong-dong, Insadong, Dongdaemun, Gyeongbok Palace, and much more.

Entrance area, via agoda
Entrance area, via agoda
Shared kitchen, via agoda
Shared kitchen, via agoda

iCOS Guesthouse 1 has 5 rooms in types of shared room, single room, and double room. The rooms were designed with the atmosphere that is rich in Korean traditional culture, except for the toilet facillity and bathroom which were designed in Western style.

Unfortunately, male travelers can’t stay here, because all rooms at this guesthouse are only intended for female travelers. Male traveler can only stay here if he rent out the whole house, which might be doable if you stay with a group to get a friendlier rate.

The images of room atmospheres are more or less like this:

Shared room, via agoda
Shared room, via agoda
Double room, via agoda
Double room, via agoda
Double room, via agoda
Double room, via agoda
Bathroom, via agoda
Bathroom, via agoda

Address: 33-5 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-806
Access: 3 minutes of walking from Sinchon Subway Station (not Sincheon), or 5 minutes of walking from Sinchon Airport Limousine bus stop.
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from KRW19150/night or USD15,57/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, concierge, laundry

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2. For A Maximum Experience of Staying in Hanok Without Being Poor, Let’s Try Out Hyosundang Hanok Guesthouse.

Hyosundang Hanok Guesthouse, via booking
Hyosundang Hanok Guesthouse, via booking

Looking for a hanok with architectural style rich in South Korean cultural elements? Let’s check out Hyosundang Hanok Guesthouse. This guesthouse on Jongo district definitely has the authentic architectural style and seems to be “Very Korean”. That is because this guesthouse was actually built on 1850. That means, it is already more than 150 years old. Awesome!

Guesthouse exterior, via booking
Guesthouse exterior, via booking
Exterior, via booking
Exterior, via booking

According to its location, this guesthouse is strategic as it is only a few minutes of walking from many famous tourism object, such as Insadong Street (5 minutes of walking), Changdeokgung Palace (8 minutes of walking), and Geyongbokgung Palace (9 minutes of walking).

But, even though the location is around the crowd places, the atmosphere of the guesthouse itself doesn’t seem to be affected with the era development. You can feel a real traditional atmosphere since you step inside through the main gate, and surely such experience might be difficult to find outside South Korea.

Atmosphere of the guesthouse, via booking
Atmosphere of the guesthouse, via booking
Atmosphere of the guesthouse, via agoda
Atmosphere of the guesthouse, via agoda
Atmosphere of the guesthouse, via agoda
Atmosphere of the guesthouse, via agoda
Atmosphere of the guesthouse, via agoda
Atmosphere of the guesthouse, via agoda

It is not just the exterior atmosphere which is “very Korean”. This hanok also still preserves the Korean style on its interior nuance. There are 12 rooms to rent with various rates, and each room totally has the traditional nuance. Randomly, the looks of guesthouse interior atmosphere (including the rooms) can be seen at the series of images below:

Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda
Interior, via agoda

Address: 133-2 Anguk-dong, Jongno-gu, Jongro, Seoul
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from KRW39170/night or USD31,84/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, concierge, family room, restaurant, barbecue facility, laundry, dry cleaning, shared kitchen, room service, tour, money changer, ATM

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3. If Jongno District is Your Chosen Travelling Destination, Choose Hanok Guesthouse Nuha To Maximize Your Holiday in Seoul.

Hanok Guesthouse Nuha, via agoda
Hanok Guesthouse Nuha, via agoda

The district of Jongno in Seoul is famous as a special district. It is because this district is home for numerous palaces where the South Korean kings (on its era) used to live and work. Even the current president of South Korean is now staying in Jongno district, which make this district often used as the face of South Korea.

Main entrance, via agoda
Main entrance, via agoda

Now, Jongno district has numerous amount of palaces which become the main tourism objects in Seoul. One of those is Gyeongbokgung Palace,  with its main entrance gate would be Gwanghwamun, which become the symbol and landmark of the long history of South Korean.

If you plan to visit those palaces, especially if you are interested to explore the Gyeongbokgung palace, then you really need to consider Hanok Guesthouse Nuha to be your basecamp during your travel in Seoul. Hanok Guesthouse Nuha is located on Seochon Hanok Village (Hanok Seochon village) which is only 800 minutes from  Gyeongbokgung Palace. How cool is it?

Atmosphere at Hanok Guesthouse Nuha, via agoda
Atmosphere at Hanok Guesthouse Nuha, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Atmosphere, via agoda
Bathroom, via agoda
Bathroom, via agoda

Hanok Guesthouse Nuha is one of the hanoks that preserve its originial design style, but it equips its guesthouse with some modern facilities such as AC and western-style bathroom. There are 4 rooms to rent with different rates, but guests can rent the whole house for KRW 450.000.

Each room is equipped with ondol (under-floor heating system), and the wall is layered with hanji (Korean traditional paper). Detailed information of the rooms as well as the pictures of its ambiences are more or less like this:

An-bang

Room for 4 people with 4 windows and doors

Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda

Sarang-bang

Room for 3 people, with 2 doors facing towards the main entrance.

Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda

Geul-bang

Room for 2 people.

Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda

Byeol-dang

Room for 1 person.

Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda

Address: 74, Nuha-dong, Jongno-Gu, Gwanghamun, Seoul 110-805
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from KRW45455/night or USD36,79/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate? 
Facilities: WiFi, business center, family room, shared kitchen, shops, laundry, garden, valet parking

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4. Still On the Jongno District, You Can Choose Hanok Guesthouse 201 Which Is Located Startegically: Between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace.

Hanok Guesthouse 201, via agoda
Hanok Guesthouse 201, via agoda

Interested in visiting palaces in Seoul? Make Jongno District as your tourism destination. It would be even better if you choose Hanok Guesthouse 201 as a basecamp, because this guesthouse is located super strategically: between the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Wow, it’s perfect, isn’t it?

Hanok Guesthouse 201, via agoda
Hanok Guesthouse 201, via agoda
Hanok Guesthouse 201, via agoda
Hanok Guesthouse 201, via agoda

Not only strategically located, but Hanok Guesthouse 201 also has a homey atmosphere. Staying at such place would give us the ambience similar to staying at our own house or at a friend’s or relative’s house.

Because the atmosphere totally reminds us of our own home. After getting exhausted for walking around, maybe you can sit back at the house terrace while enjoying the views towards the mini garden, or just to have some chitchat with other guests.

Ambience, via agoda
Ambience, via agoda
Ambience, via agoda
Ambience, via agoda

Hanok Guesthouse 201 has 5 rooms consist of 3 types: Single, Double, and Family Room (maximum capacity of 4 people). All rooms were designed with traditional Korean style, but the bathrooms have western model. The room ambiences look more or less like this:

Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda

Address: 201 Gahoe-dong (40-3 Bukchon-ro), Jongno-gu, Jongro, Seoul
Access: 3 minutes of walking from Anguk Subway Station
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW40000/night or USD32,36/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate? 
Facilities: WiFi, concierge, laundry, family room, tour, garden

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5. Doo Hanok Guesthouse Is Not Only Located Strategically, But Also Give Out Promo Voucher for Staying Quite Often. Wanna Try?

Doo Hanok Guesthouse, via agoda
Doo Hanok Guesthouse, via agoda

As a district with plenty palaces and South Korean kings’ workplace at the historic era, Jongno district definitely has a lot of hanok-type accomodation. Some of them are located on strategic positions because they are not too far from some palaces. One of those is Doo Hanok Guesthouse.

Main Gate, via agoda
Main Gate, via agoda
Main Garden, via agoda
Main Garden, via agoda 

This one guesthouse claims itsef as one of the most popular guesthouses in Seoul. Apart from whether it is true or is it simply a promotional trick, Doo Hanok Guesthouse definitely has what it takes to be dubbed as a popular guesthouse.

For the location, this guesthouse is positioned between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace (10-15 minutes of walking to reach each palace), which means you can easily explore those 2 popular palaces in one chance. This guesthouse is also not too far from the nearest bus stop, so you can easily explore other popular districts such as Myeongdong, Namdaemun, and more.

Here are the glimpse of atmosphere at Doo Hanok Guesthouse:

Public Space, via agoda
Public Space, via agoda
Tea-drinking Room, via agoda
Tea-drinking Room, via agoda
Kitchen, via agoda
Kitchen, via agoda
Other ambience, via Doo Guesthouse/facebook
Other ambience, via Doo Guesthouse/facebook

As for the room, this guesthouse has 4 types of room: single room, semi double room, double room, and family room. Normally, the rates at this guesthouse are starting from around KRW50000. But you can get a much lower rate if you make the reservation through various hotel booking sites.

Other addition, this guesthouse also often gives out promotion of free 1 night of staying if the guest make the reservation for 7 nights straight. You can also get a discount voucher of KRW5000 if you upload a photo of you holding the Doo Hanok Guesthouse’s logo (picture can be downloaded here http://www.dooguesthouse.com/img/doosign.jpg) to their facebook page. Awesome, right?

Oh, the pictures of room ambience are more or less like this:

Room ambience, via Doo Guesthouse/facebook
Room ambience, via Doo Guesthouse/facebook
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda
Room ambience, via agoda

Address: 15-6, Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Jongro, Seoul
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 11.30
Rate: starting from KRW48346/night or USD39,07/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate? 
Facilities: WiFi, laundry, room service, shared kitchen, fasilitas meeting, tour, garden, fax machine

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6. Bibimbap Hanok Guesthouse Adds Up The List of Hanok on Jongno District That Deserves To Be Tried Out.

Bibimbap Hanok Guesthouse, via agoda
Bibimbap Hanok Guesthouse, via agoda

From so many hanoks in Seoul, Bbimbap Guesthouse might be one of the oldest ones. This hanok is already more than 100 year, and still exists being an accomodation for travelers up until now.

Atmosphere at the guesthouse, via agoda
Atmosphere at the guesthouse, via agoda
Atmosphere at the guesthouse, via agoda
Atmosphere at the guesthouse, via agoda

Bibimbap Hanok Guesthouse is located at Jongno District. The position is not too far from Gyengbookgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and some other popular spots such as Insadong, Myeongdong, Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun, etc; so it is totally ideal to be your second house while you are in Seoul. And, interestingly, this guesthouse is not just providing place to stay.

Here, guests can also get the chance to experience the real South Korean culture. One of the ways is by renting various Korean traditional clothes provided. Guests can also ask for help to plan a tour according to their budget, because this guesthouse has tour information service and tourism guide that you can take advantages of for free.

The atmosphere at Bibimbap Hanok Guesthouse is more or less like this:

Ambience, via agoda
Ambience, via agoda
Ambience, via agoda
Ambience, via agoda
Ambience, via agoda
Ambience, via agoda

Rooms at this guesthouse consist of many tpes, starting from single room, twin room, triple room, up to the family room. Normally, the room rate at this guesthouse is starting from KRW 60.000 for the single room (capacity of 1 person) up to KRW180.000 for family room (capacity of 4-6 people).

But if you make the reservation through hotel booking sites that become their partner, you can get the rates for around KRW 49.000. Each room at this guesthouse is already featured with ondol (floor with heating system) and private bathroom. It is also equipped with numerous amenities such as towels, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.

Single room, via bibimbapguesthouse
Single room, via bibimbapguesthouse
Twin room, via bibimbapguesthouse
Twin room, via bibimbapguesthouse
Triple room, via bibimbapguesthouse
Triple room, via bibimbapguesthouse
Family room, via bibimbapguesthouse
Family room, via bibimbapguesthouse

Address: 21-10 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongro, Seoul 110-340
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from KRW49155/night or USD39,72/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate? 
Facilities: WiFi, laundry, dry cleaning, barbecue facility, room service, staffs fluent in 6 languages: Chinese (Kantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese, Korean, Thai.

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7. Last but not Least, Let’s Try Staying At 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung, One of The New Hanok On Jongno District.

24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung, via agoda
24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung, via agoda

Another more accomodation that you must try on Jongno district. 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung, that’s the name, is one of the new guesthouses in Jongno District. This hanok-type accomodation was just opened for business on this 2016, so the atmosphere is still totally fresh and brand new.

Facade, via agoda
Facade, via agoda
Facade, via agoda
Facade, via agoda

Different with other hanok which generally use the homey concept – especially those old hanoks – 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung uses a slightly different concept. This hanok was designed with the combination of Korean traditional architecture, with elegant and beautiful finishing. But the homey impression is still preserved, so guest would still feel comfortable like they’re on their own house.

Garden, via agoda
Garden, via agoda
Garden, via agoda
Garden, via agoda
Ambience, via booking
Ambience, via booking

The guesthouse interior was made slightly different than other traditional hanok in general. The modern impression is quite strong, matches beautifully with the Korean ethnical elements.

Very ideal for foreign tourists who want to try accomodation with traditional nuance, but is afraid of a culture shock. The cool thing is, most staffs at this guesthouse have multi-language skills, so guests can feel the real South Korean experience without worrying of having difficulties in communicating with the staffs on duty.

Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via 24guesthouse Gyeongbokgung/facebook
Interior ambience, via 24guesthouse Gyeongbokgung/facebook
Interior ambience, via agoda
Interior ambience, via agoda

The room ambience is about like this:

Room ambience, via booking
Room ambience, via booking
Room ambience, via booking
Room ambience, via booking
Room ambience, via booking
Room ambience, via booking
Room ambience, via booking
Room ambience, via booking

Address: 112, Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Gwanghwamun, Seoul 137-064
Check in: 15.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: starting from KRW54951/night or USD63,44/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, family room, shared kitchen, laundry, foshopspi, public lounge, fax machine, staffs fluent in 5 languages: Korean, Chinese (kantonese), Chinese (mandarin), English, Japan.

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Note:
– Prices may change unexpectedly. Kindly Check Latest Rate to find out regarding the updated price on your desired date.
– Pictures may have been resized without other additional editting 

 

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