98 Gye-dong, Jung-gu
COST: More than ₩150,000 per night
SUBWAY: Anguk (Line 3)
Straddling the realm between accommodation and wholesale cultural experience, this gorgeous hanok (traditional house) property sets the bar for the increasing number of traditional guesthouses in Seoul.
Rakkojae has a mere half dozen rooms (₩180,000-450,000, including breakfast and dinner) set around a carefully landscaped garden, ensuring guests highly personalized service and that little disturbs the compound’s serenity. Each room is tastefully decorated with antiques and artwork that add to the traditional flavor, and equal care is put into the elaborate Korean course meals.
A stay here is truly a one-of-a-kind experience and recommended to anyone who can handle sleeping on the floor and a relative lack of modern gadgetry.
© Jonathan Hopfner from Moon Seoul, 1st Edition