ARIRANG HOUSE: A TRADITIONAL KOREAN HOUSE NEAR INSADONG, SEOUL

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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ARIRANG HOUSE: A TRADITIONAL KOREAN HOUSE NEAR INSADONG, SEOUL

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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This traditional Korean 'Hanok' house has been totally renovated to fully experience the beauty and tranquility of a traditional Korean house with the convenience of modern kitchen and bathrooms. Enter through impressive wooden doors into a cozy courtyard, where behind each sliding wooden doors with Korean paper 'Hanji' panels ykou will find 3 lovely bedrooms 'chimshils' each decorated with unique color. A fourth bedroom is available upon request.

The living room is used for gathering for meals, tea and games, etc. It has a 42-inch plasma TV with DVD player. Three of the four bedrooms have wall mounted LCD TVs and air conditioners. Naturally we have high speed internet with WIFI. Radiant heating is used throughout the house, and it is a treat to sleep on heated floors! Two modern bathrooms are available although one of them is quite small. There is an electric bidet in the small bathroom. A washing machine is provided for your convenience. A rack is used for drying.

All commerces including cleaners, 24-hour convenience store, bath houses and many restaurants are within steps of the house. Many restaurants will deliver fully prepared meals right to the house for no extra charge. Clean up is a cinch; place the dishes outside and they will be picked up.

After arriving in Inchon International Airport, you can take a taxi, but the airport bus #6011† takes you right to the Anguk subway station, which is a 5 minute walk from the house.

The location is perfect for exploring Seoul. The house is a short 10-minute walk to the famous Insadong and the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces. The famous markets at Namdaemun and Dongdamun are 3-4 subway stops away.

The neighborhood is designated as historical preservation area for traditional Korean houses and many galleries are here and many more are opening.

After a full day of exploring vibrant Seoul, the house will seem like a secret private sanctuary.

Keywords: House, Hanok, Traditional House, Courtyard House, Guesthouse

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
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The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Proximity to Insadong, Samchundong, the palaces of Seoul. Great location to explore Seoul.

Experiencing the tradtional Korean house yet have all the western amenities.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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4.5
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Arirang House: a Traditional Korean House Near Insadong, Seoul
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Arirang House: a Traditional Korean House Near Insadong, Seoul
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South Korea Asia
Lander, Wyoming/USA
5

Great Time

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time with our adult children. It is ideally located to see everything. We walked most places. Used cabs for longer trips. Evenings when we got back, found us all in our bedroom off the living room visiting about our days travels and planning for the next day. It was just a great atmosphere to reconnect.

Recommend it for everyone.

bill
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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South Korea Asia
Denver
5

Experience traditional Korean life, with all the modern amenities

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Arirang House was wonderful. Upon entering, we were transported back in time, to the traditional patio surrounded by rooms on all sides.There was plenty of room for the six of us. The kitchen and bath were modern and functioned well when we cooked at home, which we did often. The electronic lock on the door provided added security and was easy with so many of us coming and going. It did take getting used to sleeping on the floor (with bedding), but that just added to the experience.
The house is located in an area where there are many traditional Hanok homes. Exploring the small alleyways and museums nearby was really fun. There were many restaurants and shops nearby. We easily walked to Insadong, Nam Dae num, and many of the palaces. The subway was easy to navigate and only two blocks away.
As another reviewer stated, there is a washer, but no dryer. This was a little difficult, as we were there during the rainy season, but we just set up the drying racks inside with a fan on them.
I would strongly recommend this home to families or anyone wanting to experience Korean culture, and have the flexibility that a home can offer. Thank You!
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Portland, OR, USA
5

Perfect for my family

  • 5 of 5
Arirang House was perfect for my family's stay in Seoul. It was their first time to Seoul and the location was excellent and easily accessible to many of the sights that they wanted to see ( 10 minute walk to Insadong, palaces very close, Myeondong, Lotte, parks, subway, bus, coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, etc). We took the bus from Incheon for $11/person, a little over an hour. The instructions the owner sends for the house and directions are great. We did not have any problems. Since it was their first time in Seoul, the traditional style house was a good choice, yet they appreciated the modern kitchen and bathroom, which was great. It was perfect for a group of people or a family. Each bedroom is set apart with entry into each from the courtyard so everyone had their own privacy. The open air courtyard was great because the sunshine and air was wonderful and a great congregation area after a long day of walking around or in the evening. The house is down a little alley so it was quiet as well. The house is in a great little area with minimart, coffee, restaurants as well. The house isn't really fancy, but it's very comfortable and let's you have the "Korean"experience, if you've never had it. It was charming. If you need something fancy and sterile, you should go to a hotel...but it will be a whole different kind of experience. I prefer this type of experience, wherever I travel. The owner was excellent from the first contact through the end. The owner was very prompt, professional, friendly, and accommodating. I have stayed in many VRBO rentals and can always tell from the beginning, based on the owner's communications if it will be a good one, and it was the same in this case as well.
  • Submitted: May 28, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
4

Traditional Hanok Home

  • 4 of 5
I am glad I had the opportunity to stay in a traditional Hanok home, much like the ones my parents lived in. So for sentimental reasons, this was a wonderful experience for me and my teenagers. The Hanok was ideally located within a 5 minute walk to the Anguk subway station and was surrounded by many good restaurants, and was a 30-second walk away from a convenient 24 hour mini-mart. Changdeokjgung Palace is a 2-minute walk away; Gyeongbukgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Square (with the statues of Admiral Yi and Great King Sejong **check out the free cultural centre/museum, the entrance to which is found behind Great King Sejong's statue** The cultural centre has a replica of a turtle ship that you can enter and naval games that would appeal to kids, King Sejong's alphabet and scientific achievement displays, and a free calligraphy area where you can write your name in Korean to take home!) and Insadong are about 7-10 minutes away by foot; Bukchon Village is right next door.

I would recommend this property to motivated travellers who understand that Hanok living entails sleeping on thick blanket/mattresses that must be set down every night and folded and stored every morning. Washing machine provided is great, but it was a challenge to air-dry laundry during our stay due to rain and high humidity-clothing never seemed to get fully dry. My family stayed for two, non-consecutive weeks which was a bit too long. For me, a stay of a few days would have been perfect.
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So Cal, USA
3

Good experience, but I won't be coming back

Good experience, but I won't be coming back
  • 3 of 5
Overall, I had a great time in Seoul. However, I don't think I'll be staying at this house again and will be checking into a hotel next time. The directions to get to the house were not very clear. It would be helpful if the owner gave specific, landmark-oriented details- I feel this may make things much easier for future guests (i.e., "across the street from the bus stop, you will see a family mart to your left" or something to that effect). Upon arrival to the house, the first thing that struck me was that although it is in decent shape, it was not very clean. I literally used my Clorox wipes to clean the main bathroom sink and shower areas, which were turning pink due to lack of scrubbing the place down. I did the same for the kitchen sink. I think we left the house cleaner than before we checked in. We also bought a couple of better-quality towels, which we left behind for future guests, as the towels provided for us smelled like mildew or old rags. My husband and I also got several insect (mosquito?) bites, so we bought (and left there) a plug-in repellant for the main bedroom. I think this house is best for people wanting to experience how Koreans lived a LONG time ago.... no one lives in these types of houses anymore!

Aside from the issues I had with the cleanliness of the home, the neighborhood itself was quiet. It was nice to have a Family Mart very close by, for those late night runs for ice cream or beer! It was also great to have a kitchen to store drinks and breakfast foods. It's not the most happening neighborhood, though, so people wanting a more lively nightlife should look elsewhere. The Seoul subway system is very easy to navigate, so getting around was no problem at all.
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We are always appreciative of reviews that can help us improve the experience of staying at the Arirang House. The directions to the house will be improved further. The cleaning and the towels will be addressed, especially in the bathrooms and the kitchen.
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
5

Great Place To Stay, Had a Great Experience

  • 5 of 5
We travelled to Seoul to meet with my wife's bio mom. There were 7 of us in our party. I have to say that I love Seoul and the people all of whom treated us with nothing but courtesy and genuine warmth.

We arrived at the Arirang House early in the morning lost and a bit confused about where we were going. A nice man and his son helped us to find the house which really was easy to find once we were able to get orientated as to where we were.

The house itself lived up to the billing. It was comfortable and spacious. Everything worked great. We would advise doing laundry everyday so that you can use the drying rack. We also used hangers and hung our clothes up in the courtyard areas using the rain gutters. That was perfect and added to the experience.

Everything at the house worked perfectly. If you are bringing videos though, forget it. They are region coded and your western dvds won't work. The TV has about 4 US channels with movies etc. If you are there to watch TV then you should stay at home.

Seoul is a terrific, beautiful and clean city. The neighborhood that the house in is not so busy and there are plenty of great places to eat, lots of grocery stores with all the "comfort food" you can think of. If you walk around you will find plenty of coffee shops, a few gift shops, flower shops and down by the Anguk station there is a Woori Bank where you can exchange money at the global ATM.

Many of the people in this area speak some English, which is NOT the case if you get off the beaten path. We went up to see my wife's mom and she lives about a 40 minute subway ride away and NO ONE speaks English. It was great and part of the adventure.

I would like to mention one restaurant. When you leave the house and walk down to the street you will see a deli (Hann Deli?) right across the street from the mini-mart. Go to the Deli and walk about 10 steps. You will see a flight of stairs on your left. Go up those stairs. You will find a restaurant there where the cook is a famous vegan cook and the food is fantastic. Not only that but these are absolutely the nicest people in the world. When we were lost, trying to get in touch with my wife's mom they help us and kept us there until she could arrive. They even fed us for free!! So kind and generous which is a quality that we found in most of the people in Seoul.

We had complete instructions on how to use everything in the house.

The Arirang really was a peaceful pace to go after a busy day in Seoul.
  • Submitted: May 29, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,100
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Fees And Taxes $80 cleaning Fee
Notes 50% required to confirm booking
Remaining 50% due 30 days prior to arrival.
Cancellation Policy:
More than 60 days prior to arrival date: 25% is non-refundable
Between 60 to 30 days prior to arrival date: 50% is non-refundable
Less than 30 days to arrival: 100% non-refundable
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Amenities

Amenities

South Korea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
General:
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Traditional Korean bedding means a firm mat on the floor that is put out at bed time. We allow two people per bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • health/beauty spa
  • zoo
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • racquetball
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • basketball court
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • rock climbing
  • fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
PLEASE NOTE: Parking is NOT available at the the house.
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