One of the best parts about traveling is getting to stay at incredibly unique places that you can’t find anywhere else! Wouldn’t you agree? In Korea, we guarantee that these hanok stays offer some of the most incredible accommodations that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!
“Hanok” refers to traditional Korean houses. With unique tiled roofs and a distinct vibe, these hanok stays will surely transport you to Korea’s beautiful ancient past! Get to know that makes them special in this guide about Hanok.
Here we’ve compiled just 12 of the most eye-catching hanok stays that can be found all over the country. What are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!
1. Yettle Stay
Up first we have the incomparable Yettle Stay that can be found in the city of Gyeongju. Yettle Stay is the perfect example of “old meets new.” Here you can see the traditional Korean architecture you’d expect to see in a hanok but presented with a cool modern twist! The chic kitchen, Western-style bathroom, and raised beds make this hanok stay much more inviting.
Yettle Stay also has a gorgeous little garden and terrace area where you can hang out and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. The guesthouse is structured in a way that makes natural light seep through every corner, ensuring a peaceful and picturesque environment. The best part? Yettle Stay provides free Wi-Fi for its guests, so you’ll never have to worry about being disconnected!
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2. SeoulStory Hanok
SeoulStory Hanok is one of the most comfortable hanok stays you can find in the city of Seoul. It has everything you could ever need to relax and unwind after a long day of traveling around the city. SeoulStory Hanok boasts a relaxing sauna, fun barbecue facilities, a sun terrace, and more! The spacious rooms also provide maximum comfort with a flat-screen TV, bidet, private bathroom, and even an oven if you want to try out cooking!
SeoulStory Hanok is also conveniently located to some of Seoul’s most popular destinations like the Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and more. Imagine visiting all these incredible historical sites and going home to a guest house that looks fashionably traditional as well! SeoulStory Hanok makes for the perfect guest house to complete your historical K-Drama fantasies!
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Our next pick takes us back to the city of Gyeongju through a hanok stay that feels a lot homier and quainter than some of the other ones on this list. What makes Siwoowadang stand out is that it’s run and maintained by a small family that’s dedicated to giving you the most comfortable stay ever! Expect excellent service and an awesome-looking interior when you book a night at Siwoowadang.
Located right in the middle of the hanok village in Gyeongju, Siwoowadang is the perfect place to stay if you want to sightsee around the city. While it looks super traditional on the outside, don’t be intimidated! Inside you can find all of the modern comforts you need, including free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, private bathrooms, and more. Siwoowadang also serves an excellent continental breakfast menu that varies every day!
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4. Suni Hanok Guesthouse
This next guesthouse is a little oasis that can be found in the bustling city of Seoul. Suni Hanok Guesthouse is a charming little hanok stay that boasts comfort and hospitability above all. Guests boast about the host’s excellent service–from cooking delicious breakfast daily to providing all of the insider tips and tricks you’d need to get around the city like a true Seoulite!
Suni Hanok Guesthouse is also located pretty near Dongdaemun Market and Gwangjang Market, so you can do a little bit of shopping on your way home. With a shared kitchen, 24-hour front desk, and more, Suni Hanok Guesthouse will guarantee your stay will be hassle-free. For the vegetarians in the house, we’ve got you! You won’t have to worry about finding other options as Suni Hanok Guesthouse also provides exceptional vegetarian dishes for its guests.
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5. Jukheon Traditional House
Up next we have a beautiful hanok stay located in Andong, a city a few hours away from Seoul. Andong is famous for having open-air heritage museums and folk sites that will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. And what better way to enjoy all these traditional places than by staying in a hanok guesthouse?
Jukheon Traditional House is about as authentic as it gets. First of all, the views from each room are simply to die for–towering mountains and lush greenery everywhere! With cobblestone pathways, embroidered cushions, wooden furniture, and more, the Jukheon Traditional House is absolutely teeming with rich Korean culture. Spending a night here will definitely make you feel like you’ve gone back to the Joseon Era!
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6. Dajayon Hanok Stay
In a bustling and modern city like Seoul, you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find so many gorgeous traditional structures. But the amount of beautiful hanok stays you can find in this city says otherwise! Dajayon Hanok Stay is another charming hanok guesthouse you can find right in Seoul. It’s located quite near popular sights like the Jongmyo Shrine, Changdeokgung Palace, Bangsan Market, and more, which makes it a very convenient place to stay.
With attentive security and a 24-hour help desk, the staff at Dajayon Hanok Stay will make sure your stay is as comfortable as it can be. With clean and spacious rooms featuring a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom, you can’t ask for anything more when you spend a night at Dajayon Hanok Stay!
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7. Samlockhon Hanok Stay
Of course, when talking about hanok, we can’t miss talking about Jeonju! This city in the western part of South Korea is famous for its folk villages, traditional crafts, and mouthwatering Korean food! That’s why it’s only fitting that our first Jeonju hanok stay is the Samlockhon Guesthouse, which truly exemplifies the beauty of Jeonju.
Samlockhon Guesthouse is one of the most beautiful and eye-catching hanoks you will ever see. The gorgeous structure of the exterior is paired well with the tasteful interior design that will immediately make each photo you take feel like a professional photoshoot! This private little paradise is perfect if you want to get the true hanok experience. What’s more, it’s located quite near the Jeonju Hanok Village!
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Do you want more recommendation in this city? Don’t miss our list of the best Hanok stays in Jeonju!
Namhyundang is definitely one of the best Hanok stays in South Korea! This Seoul hanok stay boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen with everything you could ever need, a dining area, and even a terrace with a delightful garden view! We recommend bringing the whole family to experience what it is like to live in a traditional Korean house.
Namhyundang also offers a picnic area–perfect for catching up, winding down, and spending some quality time with your loved ones! Namhyundang is also conveniently located near Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gwangjang Market, and more.
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9. Happiness Full Hanok Guesthouse
Our next pick takes us back to the “hanok capital” of Korea: Jeonju! The Happiness Full Hanok Guesthouse is located conveniently near popular sites like the Jeonju Hanok Village, the Statue of Peace, the Jeonju Fan Culture Center, the Gyodong Art Center, and more. Happiness Full Hanok Guesthouse definitely lives up to its name–the decor and the staff work in harmony to provide guests with maximum comfort and happiness!
With comfortable family rooms and a beautiful little garden area, Happiness Full Hanok Guesthouse is a true gem. The gorgeous curved roofs and intricately framed windows are trademarks of each hanok stay, but the Happiness Full Hanok Guesthouse takes things to the next level and infuses each aspect of the house with detail and care. Staying at the Happiness Full Hanok Guesthouse would be the perfect way to rest and rejuvenate after a long day of sightseeing.
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10. Hwangnamguan Hanok Village
If you want something just a little bit more luxurious than your regular old hanok stay, then we definitely recommend checking out the Hwangnamguan Hanok Village! This 2-star hotel boasts spacious and comfortable rooms equipped with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, wardrobes, a flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. You’ll also have no trouble getting around the area because of the accommodating staff who speak both English and Korean.
The Hwangnamguan Hanok Village is conveniently located near some of Gyeongju’s most beloved spots like the Cheomseongdae Observatory and the Anapji Pond. It’s also pretty near the Gyeongju Station so you won’t have any trouble getting around the city!
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Check out our last post about the best Hanok stays in Gyeongju for more options.
11. Laon Hanok Gguljam
In terms of scale and grandiosity, Laon Hanok Gguljam outperforms all the other hanok stays with ease! Located in Jeonju, it’s a towering structure that will catch your eye the moment you see it. You can find Laon Hanok Gguljam near famous Jeonju spots like the Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum, Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall, and more.
With wide family rooms equipped with everything a tourist might need, Laon Hanok Gguljam provides comfort at its finest. There are also plenty of communal areas for picnics, meals, and other small gatherings that can make even this spacious place feel personal and intimate. You can also look forward to a delicious continental breakfast served every day!
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And finally, we’re ending this list with a hanok stay which is the true definition of luxury. Located in the chic Jongno-gu district of Seoul, Onyouheon is a premier hanok villa that’s perfect for travelers who are looking for a little more grandeur when it comes to their accommodations. Onyouheon boasts two bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, and even a private foot bath!
You’ll also have no trouble relaxing while staying connected as Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the entire property. Onyouheon is located near some of Seoul’s must-see places like the Changgyeonggung Palace, the Jongmyo Shrine, the Jogyesa Temple, and more!
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We hope you enjoyed our article on the best hanok stays in Korea! Which traditional guesthouse caught your eye the most? Don’t forget to tell us about it in the comment section!
Hanok stays are unique places you won’t find anywhere else in the world, so we definitely recommend staying in one if you get the chance! From the ancient style architecture to every corner filled with Korean sensibilities, staying at a hanok is a cultural experience like no other.