South Korean Hanok Stay
The South Korean tourist board has launched Hanok Stay, a promotion to encourage travellers to stay in a Hanok – a traditional Korean house – to experience traditional lifestyle and culture.
The traditional houses available range from decades to hundreds of years old. They have been modestly renovated for safety and convenience, but their traditional features have been retained. Some offer various programmes where visitors can experience Korean culture, including tea ceremonies, pottery making and traditional Korean folk games. Simple meals are available at extra charge.
Seoul hotel rooms priced at as much as $300 (£183) a night, this scheme offers travellers inexpensive accommodation (from $40 or £25 a night) as well as an insight into local culture, when visiting South Korea.