“Located just door to the Gyeongbokgung Palace and offering a traditional Korean experience, this restored, minimalist décor home has 4 hanoks (rooms) where the beds are made up in the evening.”,
Kim, the discoverer. Read the full story.
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Hotel Description

This 130 year old Korean traditional house is reminiscent of an aristocratic Chosun Dynasty home. Standing in a square formation around the yard, the elegance of ancient noblemen can be felt in every crevice. The elegant pavilion, lotus pond, patio, and relaxing yellow-mud sauna heated with firewood enhance a healthy sleep on a natural jade ondol floor.

There is no substitute for local knowledge and personal assistance to help you plan the perfect stay. The Secret Retreats Concierge is ready to share insider tips with you to ensure you book the best room for your stay on the best available rate or offer , to share tips on what to see and do and where to dine, to help you with personal requests, and to keep you informed of any cultural events, shows or festivals that match your dates of stay. Enjoy the difference that turns a good stay, into a great travel experience. Your Secret Retreats Concierge is looking forward to hearing from you. Contact the concierge on dream@secret-retreats.com.

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Hotel Facilities & Highlights

Rak Ko Jae Seoul highlight
Experience first hand how to prepare kimchi, or a traditional tea ceremony with the kitchen team of Rak Ko Jae.
Rak Ko Jae Seoul highlight
His passion for wood, carpentry and tradition prompted the owner to open a Hanok school to promote now-how and new talents.

Your Host & The Team

Young Hwan AhnYoung Hwan Ahn
“The world is now emerging beyond its focus on self comfort and moving towards the pursuit of true relaxation, a healthy body, and a peaceful mind. In today’s era of cold modernism, exact science and calculative digitalism, there is a fervent need for something more. We at RakKoJae believe that elegance of Korea and the warm-heartedness of the Korean people is the answer to this problem. RakKoJae is truly a breath of fresh air from ubiquitous hotels. We provide an unforgettable travel experience that is sure to nourish your inner spirit. If the comfort from the lines and empty spaces of a Hanok is the beautiful hardware, the elegance and warm-heartedness of Korea is the elegant software that fills it. We believe that these factors are what create the emotions unique to Korea that cannot be felt elsewhere in the world. With the passage of time, Hanok develop an old fashioned ambiance and grace. It is a home that is in harmony with nature, where even the wind and the moonlight come to rest. A Secret Retreat that can only be experienced in a Hanok awaits you.”

Young Hwan Ahn - Master Carpenter and Human National Treasure

Young H. Ahn is a Master Carpenter and Human National Treasure who’s personal love for Korea’s hanok, traditional houses, led him to start the first Korean traditional home experience in the early 90s. Ahn’s seminal work in both preserving and celebrating Korean architecture is reflected in the two properties he created, RakKoJae Seoul and RakKoJae Hahoe, which are now run by his son, Michael Ahn. Both properties have received international acclaim and the value of Hahoe Folk Village was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site shortly after RakKoJae Hahoe opened. Captivated by the ability of a hanok to bring comfort and tranquility, Ahn started a carpentry school that promotes and preserves the ancient traditions of Korea’s craftsmanship.

"The world is now emerging beyond its focus on self comfort and moving toward the pursuit of true relaxation, a healthy body and a peaceful mind. In today’s era of cold modernism, exact science and calculative digitalism, there is a fervent need for something more,” says Ahn

Welcome to Seoul

Nestled along the Han River and officially known as Seoul Special City, dynamic Seoul is the nation’s capital and one of the world’s biggest metropolises. An intoxicating blend of old and new, this throbbing 600 year old city is an energetic feast for the senses. Here, travellers can explore everything from its illustrious cultural attractions, meander through streets lined with modern buildings, browse the array of fashion boutiques, antique shops and markets, while away the night at myriad entertainment options, indulge in a tantalising traditional Korean BBQ meal, or simply sit back and enjoy a pot of tea in a traditional tea house.

Seoul is home to five grand palaces. Built in 1395 and home to the National Folk Museum of Korea, Gyeongbokgung Palace is its jewel. Set in a park and meaning “Palace of Prospering Virtue”, Changdeokgung Palace and the smallest palace Deoksugung Palace are equally wonderful. The latter’s changing of the guard ceremony is a riveting spectacle. Wander the arsty area Samchengdong, laden with traditional Korean home, galleries, restaurants cafés, and shops. Sweep in the views from the observation decks at the N Tower. Experience dance performances, music or a Korean tea ceremony. Immerse in dazzlingly emotional Seoul.

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Useful Information

Total number of rooms: 5
Annual closing:
open all year

Time zone: (GMT+09:00) Seoul
Currency accepted: KRW
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners
Electricity voltage: 220V
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Your concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation, contact them on dream@secret-retreats.com
At Anguk subway station (Exit 2) , walk straight for about 300 meters at the intersection, go straight ahead in the 1 o’clock direction for about 50 meters and turn right in front of the GS25 convenient store and walk in about 150 meters to the entrance of Rakkojae Seoul.
Nearest Airport: Gimpo International Airport (GMP) - 27 km
Nearest Airport: Incheon International Airport (ICN) - 64 km
Nearest Railway Station: Seoul Station - 4.5 km
Nearest MRT Station: Subway Line 3 - Anguk Station (Exit 2) - 0.6 km

Rak Ko Jae, 98 Gye-dong, Jongno-gu , South Korea


Time & Weather

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-8° C

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