Thursday, April 23, 2009

sorry for the late notification

The Joongang has an article about traditional Korean homes and lodging in them.

If you had registered by the deadline, a week ago, you might have been able to stay at a traditional home in Gangneung for free. Still, you are still able to stay at one if you pay.

I am late in announcing the event and also lazy in describing it. Here is a long excerpt from the Joongang:
To promote hanok culture and help tourists find one they can stay in, the government set up a Web site ( this month that contains information on 145 hanok available for lodging across the nation.

In addition, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization have been subsidizing renovations at over 100 hanok to make the aging homes more suitable for commercial lodging.

Visitors can search hanok by location, price and program. The site also has explanations on tourist destinations nearby, and an English language service will be available soon, the ministry says.

“The Web site was created to help visitors experience the Korean traditional residential style and learn about the advantages of living in hanok,” said Jung Jae-hwon, an employee at the tourism organization.

To mark the launch of the Web site, the ministry will provide free lodging and cultural programs for 80 people at a hanok in Gangneung, Gangwon, on April 25 and 26.

The Gangneung Seongyojang, built during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), was the first privately-owned hanok to be registered as a cultural asset. There will be traditional masked performances, folk plays and sessions on Korean etiquette and woodcraft.

Interested parties can apply via KTO’s Web site ( through April 19. A similar event is scheduled for a hanok in Andong, North Gyeongsang, on May 23 and 24. More information on the second event will be available later from the tourist organization.

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