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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rak Ko Jae is absolutely beautiful, it breathes serenity, it's something that comes with time. It is also well situated in Bukchon Village, literally walking distance or a short subway ride to many attractions. We were there for 4 nights and were able to stay in all 3 suites. Each one of them is special in its own way. My...

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Altadena, California
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Out of selfishness, I wish I could keep the Rakkojae a secret and post the stay as poorly managed, noisy, and uncomfortable. Or maybe that the Rakkojae reminded me of a fake Hollywood set for a Korean drama. Or better yet, that Rakkojae is located in a completely inconvenient location with zero access to historic areas and their iconic shop-filled...

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RakkojaeOwner, Owner at Rakkojae Seoul, responded to this review

Dear TheHungryHawaiian, Thank you very much for your heartfelt review of Rakkojae Seoul. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed the serenity that comes with staying in a hanok and hope that we were able to leave a lasting good impression of Korea and our culture - especially to your daughter! We hope you will choose to stay...

Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Stayed in Rakkojae and found it a very serene and beautiful place.. breakfast was perfect (the traditional breakfast is esp good)... room was clean and spacious though there were a lack of hooks to hang our clothes.. the only problem is walls are paper thin (typical of a traditional lodging) so we could hear almost every single sound that's transpired...

Thank Esther N
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Stayed for 3 nights and could not have enjoyed it more. Very authentic, traditional, historical, without being tacky or touristy, maintained and run to a T. Very central, yet, once you are on the premises, it feels like you are in a literati's cabin somewhere remote. Special thanks and credit to Sung Won Kim, who manages the place, for his...

Thank NY008
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

It was our first time to Seoul and my friend and I decided to spend the first 2 nights in a Hanok. We chose this place based on the pictures and reviews people posted here. It turned out to be the best experience ever. We had lots of fun and al Mr.Kim was a lot of help. He helped pointed...

Thank Elly M
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

My son (16) and I stayed in this traditionally styled hotel. We were seeking a 'real Korean experience' and that is what we received during our stay and didn't want to be stuck in a western hotel. We chose traditional style bedding but could have selected western style and they would have switched beds. We chose western style breakfasts and...

Thank RacheleAustralia
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We stayed at the Rakkojae Seoul, a traditional hanok style guest house in early October 2016 for 4 nights. Located between the eastern and western palaces in the Bukchon Village area of Seoul it really is perfectly located for visiting a part of Seoul that wasn't destroyed by the war. The neighborhood is interesting with many good restaurants and the...

Thank Abigail A
Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Staying at Rakkojae Seoul was incredibly fun. Highly recommended for anyone seeking history & culture vacation. Rakkojae resided in the heart of the Bukchon village, convenience location, great walking neighborhood, steps away from tourism info center, and minutes away from subway station. We stayed for 3 nights in the separate house. The house was well maintained very nice and clean....

Thank Mia T
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Stayed for a night in the separate house (which has 2 bathrooms) with 3 other friends. The house was well maintained and clean!Hosts were responsive and helpful. You could borrow the hanboks from the host to try on and take Instagram-worthy pictures with the traditional setting. As if you just hopped on the time machine! What we love most was...

Thank xueli0928
Honolulu, Hawaii
Reviewed 15 July 2016

It was quite cool to experience staying in a traditional Korean Hanok residence - it was similar to traditional Japanese accommodations I've stayed in - we slept on cushy beds on the floor, though we had electricity/outlets, lights, modern plumbing, refrigerator, and enjoyed a great breakfast. I think our group of 9 somewhat overwhelmed the small establishment, though they were...

Thank Bob M

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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: €167 - €417 (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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 of 5 bubbles Shoei25, 30 Nov 2014 | Read review
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