Seoul still retains its old appearance in certain areas, representatively the area around Gyeongbokgugng Palace in Jongno-gu. Gyeongbokgung Palace is surrounded by two villages – Bukchon to its right and Seochon to its left. Although both villages are full of hanok buildings and old stores in narrow alleys, they have different charms; while Bukchon has a classy atmosphere, Seochon has a folksy and friendly image. Thus, Seochon was the home of many artists and writers in the past, so tourists can find various historical buildings, such as the House of Park No-soo (painter), the House of Yun Dong-ju (poet), and the House of Yi Sang (writer) along with old hanok buildings and stores. It attracts many tourists from Korea and other countries.
Samhyeongul, one of the Gyeongbokgung 24 Guesthouses, is located on an alley of Seochon, and was opened in 2016.
The name ‘Samhyeongul’ means ‘if you have a pure heart, you will appreciate everything’. It consists of two rooms with a communal kitchen, living room and toilets. It has a structure of a traditional hanok building with modern facilities including kitchen and toilets. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, a microwave and other amenities for simple cooking. Its living room and guestrooms are also larger than typical hanok rooms. The guesthouse provides breakfast consisting of toast, butter, tea, etc. and offers towels and water without any restriction. Samhyeongul is connected with other hanok guesthouses, Yeonghuidang, Obokheon, and Chilboam, which are operated by the same owner. This complex of hanok guesthouses is linked together, although each guesthouse has a separate entrance, so that it can be used flexibly depending on the number of guests and the purpose of the stay. When these guesthouses were built, as the owner wanted to build them in harmony with the surrounding atmosphere of the area, the complex was constructed as a hanok structure with a low x_height by using Korean red pine wood and by preserving the unique features of the hanok such as pillars, rafters, wooden floors, doors and roof tiles. Its high quality construction materials including pine wood pillars and white hanji (traditional Korean paper handmade from mulberry trees) add a refined atmosphere to the hanok buildings. The scent of pine trees and the yard pebbled with precious stones will help guests to enjoy walking around the guesthouse in the middle of the city.
The guesthouse is also adjacent to various famous tourist attractions including the hot spot of Seochon, Daeho Bookstore, Suseong Valley, Tongin Market, and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Furthermore, walking further along the road, guests will find other popular destinations in Seoul such as Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong, Changdeokgung Palace, and Deoksugung Palace. Samhyeongul’s staff can speak in Chinese and English and will provide tourist information in detail.
21-4, Jahamun-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul[Google Map]
telname: Choi Yoon-hyeok
accomcountlodging: 6 persons (up to 8 persons)
reservationlodging: Available (02-732-3000, https://hanokguesthouse.modoo.at)
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scalelodging: Approx. 79㎡, one floor