GYEONGJU WINTER TRAVEL GUIDE (2)

Even a bitter wind cannot freeze the thrill of a traveler.
Set out, Gyeongju’s winter is waiting for you.

With a cold nose from the wind breaking through a paper window, one night at a traditional house where you should struggle to occupy its warm spot will remain as a memory. At a long winter night, you can enjoy the night longer at a traditional house. Gyeongsangbuk-do has the largest number of traditional houses in Korea. Particularly, Gyeongju possesses a Hanok image due to a number of Korean-style and traditional houses. A place where its large floor, thresholds and old tiles create a living history. Stay at a traditional house.

First of all, here are three representative traditional houses which have been selected as “luxury traditional houses” by Korea Tourism Organization. A traditional house experience is available in all the three houses.


1ST, CHUNGUIDANG

Rich Choi’s Family cannot be omitted when talking about Korean noblesse oblige. It is a prestigious family which produced 9 Jinsas and 12 millionaires over 400 years, and Eon-Gyeong Choi, the seventh grandchild of General Jin-Lip Choi, also known as Jeongmugong in Gyeongju Choi Clan, lived in the present location of Gyochon Village. The story originates from Naenam, Gyeongju. Chunguidang is located in Naenam, where General Jin-Lip Choi spent his life, who defended his country through participating in both Imjin Waeran, Japanese Invasions of Korea, and Byeongja Horan, First Manchu Invasion of Korea. At first, it was called Heumheumdang, but since a repair in 1700s, the name has been changed to “Chunguidang.”

Location: 28-17 Ijo 3-gil, Naenam-myeon, Gyeongju-si / Inquiry: 010.3429.1149


2ND, DOGLAGDANG

Despite its name which means to enjoy alone, it is not a lonely house where you can enjoy the nature as your friend. Doglagdang is a place where Eon-Jeok Lee, also known as Hoejae, conducted his study. A detached house is called Doglagdang or Oksanjeongsa.

Location: 300-3 Oksanseowon-gil, Angang-eup, Gyeongju-si / Inquiry: 054.774.1950


 3RD, HYANGDAN

Gyeongsang Governor Eon-Jeok Lee, also known as Hoejae, had an aged mother who was sick. As a comfort, the king granted him a house with 99 rooms. Hoejae handed the house, “Hyangdan,” to his little brother who took care of his mother on his behalf. Thus, this house contains his love for his mother and brother. As a house for his aged mother, the house is centered on its main building. The main building is located in the center of the house so that he could see his mother at any time, and detached houses and servants’ quarters are surrounding it as if they protect it.

Location: 121-83 Yangdongmaeul-gil, Gangdong-myeon, Gyeongju-si / Inquiry: 010.6689.3575

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