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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed at Rakkojae for three nights on our first trip to Korea. I didn't have much time beforehand to plan the trip or review accommodation, so I couldn't be happier with my luck in making the decision to stay there. The house is beautiful. We stayed in the patio room, I could have spent all day sitting on the...

3Thank MrAndMrsLim
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

The stay here was really amazing given that it's surrounded by Bukchon Hanok Village. The people here made us feel that we're not just customer but more like invited guest staying over. (You only feel like customer when you got to pay at the end of stay). The rooms are well heated during winter and food we ate were delicious....

3Thank thisisjeffrey
Reviewed 21 December 2013

We love our 2 nights experience here. The people were great and welcoming. Chen received us and took good care of us (he is great with my kids too). We thoroughly enjoyed all our meals in our room (which was of much convenience). Our breakfast varied from Korean to Continental for the 2 days (appreciated the variations). We had one...

7Thank oliviamummy
Moneta, Virginia
Reviewed 16 December 2013

Our family stayed over Thanksgiving 2013 for five nights. We are a family of five, and had not been to Seoul in 20 years. We wanted to experience a Hanok experience and in the experience and food Rakkojae excels. The service was outstanding especially Ms. Whoopi. One of our sons (a teenager) was sick during a portion of our stay...

1Thank BoazandRuth
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 10 November 2013

We stayed just one night at this hanok just to get an experience for what's its like to stay in one. Although it is by no means cheap, the Rakkojae allows you to experience authentic hanok style living. With just a few rooms one gets a real sense of the ancient surroundings with a lovely courtyard. Rooms are very comfortable...

1Thank MatthewLim
Reviewed 6 November 2013

We stayed just one nigh at this wonderful hanok. Everything was great, the room, the food, the sauna and we even managed to have hanbok-wearing =) Sleeping on the ondol floor was simply magical. Next time we're in Seoul, we'll definitely come back for some more time.

Thank BastetNika
Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Fabulous introduction to Korea with two nights total immersion in the old-style of living. Very attentive but unobtrusive service from Whoopi and her colleagues. Not cheap, but worth the cost, especially as there are so few rooms. Lovely, tranquil, courtyard. Comfortable sleeping on the bedding rolls on heated ondal floor although would have slept better first night if the Japanese...

1Thank Richard254
Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

I agree with all the other person said about the Hahoe inn and the UNESCO village. Beautiful energy there. Please do be aware that it is quite remote from a dinner restaurant - closest was a 25 minute walk and it closed by 6 pm. Also, the Village is a long way from anything else in the Andong area. I...

Thank Shirley F
georgetown, ontario
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Visited Seoul for 4 days prior to travelling to Suncheon-si for the garden expo. Rakkojae emersed us in history, culture and food of South Korea. Thanks to Whoopi and the staff for a a regenerative stay after a 13 hour flight, good food, whether Korean cuisine or continental breakfast. Ideal for palace touring - within walking distance, Hanok walk right...

Thank Bearcat57
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Stayed in seoul for a week and decided that on one night we'd stay in a Hanok for a more traditional experience. It was really a good idea and I'm glad we did. The place itself was beautiful and I'm glad we spent a bit more on this Hanok ( although I think there are quite a few more affordable...

2Thank kc_meow

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Samcheongdong / Bukchon
This historic neighbourhood was traditionally home to Seoul’s middle and upper-classes. Now it’s most famed for its clusters of beautiful, traditional Korean homes (called hanok), many of which are found in Bukchon. Many of these homes have now been converted into restaurants, cafes, shops, and even guesthouses, and their unique architecture offers a look at Korea’s traditional beauty. Samcheongdong’s main and side streets attract locals and tourists alike for their quaint and charming scenery, while the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) serves as the residence for South Korea’s president. Art fans will love exploring the many independent and private art galleries in the area.
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Meaning "a place where one can enjoy the traditions of times past and rest one's soul," Rakkojae Seoul is a Korean traditional culture space with a history of 130 years. It was renovated by Human National Treasure-Master Carpenter Young Jin Chung in 2003 and has since received international acclaim. Here, the harmony created between traditional Korean architecture and nature has created on opportunity for the true beauty of Hanok to shine. Upon passing the graceful main gate, one can see neat cozy Hanok. The bamboo and pine trees scattered in the garden add to its natural beauty and the rubber shoes placed on each terrace stone bring back the scent of old memories. Standing in a square formation around the yard, the elegance of ancient noblemen can be felt in each crevice of Rakkojae. The pavilion, lotus pond and patio that past scholars enjoyed were carefully revived to draw out the beautiful elegance of traditional Korean architecture. The Patio, in particular, adds to the beauty of the Hanok's refreshing empty spaces. When sitting on the patio like scholars of the past, time itself seems to slow down and the smallest sounds coupled with the cool breeze become special. In slowly looking up, one can only see the blue sky and white clouds-while the complications of life in today's modern society seem to become insignificant. As the place to enjoy the true elegance of Korean traditional culture, Rakkojae also offers the opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of Korea. One can encounter such beauty through savoring a traditional Korean course meal, experiencing a tea ceremony, relaxing in the yellow-mud sauna, trying on a Hanbok, or making your own Kimchi. Reminiscent of an aristocratic house of the Chosun Dynasty, Rakkojae's accommodations are as tidy and as comfortable as those found at top class hotels. Going above and beyond, we offer our guests a healthy voyage by sleeping on a natural jade ondol floor or relaxing in a yellow-mud sauna that is heated with firewood. Create unforgettable memories by experiencing Korea's beauty through the simplest of scenes, such as the faint moonlight sinking into your room through a door left ajar. We are confident that a night at Rakkojae will deliver special inspiration. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rakkojae Seoul

Address: 49-23, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03056, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Seoul > Samcheongdong / Bukchon
Price Range: ₹ 11,785 - ₹ 29,462 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“All rooms are peaceful and quiet. The entire premise is gated, keypad locked, walled, private and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles TheHungryHawaiian, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The veranda room would be lovely as you get your own porch, but we had a "porch" as well with the far bedroom and made use of it.”
 of 5 bubbles MelissaW405, 29 Aug 2015 | Read review
“hard for taxi to find but we didn't have korean address, taxi driver had to call”
 of 5 bubbles znetbabe, 28 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Every room is different, but every one has advantage. Just speak to hotel staffs who can speak English,Japanese what you want.”
 of 5 bubbles SammyOhrit, 17 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Both Master bedroom & Far Bedroom are the rooms nearest to the main entrance hence be prepare to hear people walking pass your room/talking as they enter the hotel. As there are only 4 rooms available in this boutique hotel, such scenario only happens a few times a day.”
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