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Seoul’s first meditation-themed hanok hotel – rejuvenate body and mind

Discover Seoul’s hilltop private sanctum where tradition and modern beauty coexist harmoniously.

 Seoul's Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan
Seoul’s Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan

Bukchon Binkwan’s central courtyard is a symbolism of harmony as it is where ground, nature and sky meet.

Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan, a new urban sanctum that boasts the most pristine views in Bukchon Hanok Village. Opened in partnership with the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), the name Bukchon Binkwan translates to “a house in Bukchon to host honored guests”.

Perched atop a hill in the centre of Seoul’s most iconic neighbourhood known for its picturesque display of Joseon Dynasty architecture and way of life, guests can enjoy the tranquil environment and rejuvenate their wellbeing in mind, body and soul as they seek respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

 Seoul's Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan
Seoul’s Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan

The hanok (traditional Korean house) was originally built in the 1920s by Sekwon Jung, who is credited with the development of the Bukchon Hanok Village and the modernization of hanok architecture. The hanok’s central courtyard is a symbolism of harmony as it is where ground, nature and sky meet.

 Seoul's Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan
Seoul’s Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan

One can enjoy the unique display of traditional Joseon Dynasty architecture and culture juxtaposed with contemporary city life in Seoul at Bukchon Binkwan. It is both a luxury boutique hotel and a cultural centre for visitors keen to experience the spiritual harmony of tradition and modern beauty coexisting together.

 Seoul's Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan
Seoul’s Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan

While the upper floor of the hotel is a private sanctum for guests of its five exclusive hanok-style traditional Korean guestrooms that have each been carefully designed to reflect the natural beauty of its surrounding,

The Living Room Korean Tea House is located on the ground floor of the hotel and is open to public visitors who wish to enjoy handmade Korean herbal teas based on oriental herbology.

 Seoul's Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan
Seoul’s Rakkojae Hanok Collection has opened Bukchon Binkwan

The Living Room Korean Tea House

Located beside Bukchon Binkwan is Rakkojae Culture Lounge – a modern-day ‘sarangbang’, where in Joseon times, was a reception room that aristocrats would use to welcome distinguished guests to their homes.

Visitors can experience Korea’s proud cultural values in a space that features a melange of centuries old traditional antiques and works of ceramic art. The culture lounge also offers a private tea ceremony experience that can be booked in advance where participants will learn about the elaborate art of tea appreciation.

Under the guidance of a professional tea master, guests will learn more about the beauty of Korean culture and take the opportunity to slow down and appreciate being in the present moment.

Said Dr Michael Jiwon Ahn, Executive Vice President of Rakkojae Hanok Collection, “We have designed Bukchon Binkwan to provide a space for rest and relaxation for each and every honored guest that enters our doors. Having established the Rakkojae brand to be synonymous with Korea’s first and finest traditional hotel, we are now introducing Seoul’s first meditation-themed hanok hotel where the emphasis is on slow living.”

He added, “We want to enable our guests to calm their minds and restore their physical and mental balance in a conducive environment. A home at harmony in nature where even the wind and the moonlight comes to rest would aptly describe how we want our guests to experience Bukchon Binkwan,”

Bukchon Binkwan is located around the corner from Gahoe-dong alleyway, a popular photo spot in the Bukchon Hanok Village.

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