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Airbnb Wants to Add ‘Hanok’ as a Category amid Growing Interest in K-culture from International Travelers

Airbnb Wants to Add ‘Hanok’ as a Category amid Growing Interest in K-culture from International Travelers

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Airbnb Inc. could add Korean traditional houses known as “hanok” as an independent booking option on its home rental platform, an executive has said, amid the growing popularity of the Korean wave of pop culture among international travelers. In May, Airbnb made major upgrades to its platform, including a [...]

Rush to Build Traditional Housing Faces Limitations

Rush to Build Traditional Housing Faces Limitations

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Interest in hanok, traditional Korean-style housing, has skyrocketed with new architectural technology and financial support in the form of government subsidies, and more and more Koreans are now rushing to build houses using once-forgotten traditional designs. According to government sources, over 50 local governments have come up with official [...]

Korea Establishes New Village of Traditional Houses

Korea Establishes New Village of Traditional Houses

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – A new Hanok (traditional house) village will be completed Wednesday near Ojukheon, a major tourist destination in South Korea’s eastern port city of Gangneung.  Dubbed the Gangneung Ojuk Hanok Village, it will feature 19 traditional houses with 32 rooms, allowing visitors to experience traditional culture activities, including [...]

Authorities to Create Hanok Village in Gangneung

Authorities to Create Hanok Village in Gangneung

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – A hanok village will be created in the eastern coastal city of Gangneung by October, next year, to promote the beauty of traditional Korean dwellings to foreign and local tourists, the government said Thursday.  The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it will construct a “hanok experience complex” composed [...]

‘Hanoks’ in Seoul Welcome Visitors with New Nameplates

‘Hanoks’ in Seoul Welcome Visitors with New Nameplates

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul city government on Friday said it has completed attaching new nameplates to public “hanoks,” or Korean traditional houses, to better host domestic and foreign visitors.  The Seoul Metropolitan Government said the new nameplates on 23 hanoks provide their names and operating hours in both Korean and English.  [...]