In the surprisingly tranquil city sector north of Anguk subway station lie some of Seoul’s most interesting places to stay – here you can spend the night in traditional Korean housing known as hanok. Highly beautiful, these are wooden buildings with tiled roofs, set around a dirt courtyard – a style that once blanketed the nation, but rarely seen in today’s high-rise Korea. The generally bed-less rooms – you’ll be sleeping Korean-style in a sandwich of blankets – are kept deliberately rustic and heated in the winter with the underfloor ondol system; all, however, provide modern-day indoor toilets and internet access.

 

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