Why is there a bathtub in a hanok room? Eight years of hard work in the mountains of Yeongwol, ‘Extraordinary Hotel’

Bukssang-ri, Nam-myeon, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do, arrived after a 2-hour and 30-minute drive from Seoul. When you cross the Pyeongchang River and climb a low hill, you will see a majestic tiled roof that does not match the deep mountain valley. The Hanok Heritage House, a hanok hotel that was completed last month and is ready to welcome guests at the end of August.

I wonder if the house of the old dignitary was like this. If you go through the gate and climb the stone steps, you will see two hanoks that are both dignified and dignified. This hanok, called Yeongwol Jongtaek, is a private hotel located on a wide land of 3300㎡ (1000 pyeong). It is divided into A and B buildings, and the total floor area of ​​each building reaches 598㎡ (Building A , 181 pyeong) and 674㎡ (Building B , 203 pyeong). Even considering that the area is the sum of the first floor and the first basement floor, the scale is considerable.

The interior is the pinnacle of luxury. The interior built in a traditional way, such as strong wooden beams, pillars and rafters, is full of the scent of wood. Works by domestic craftsmen, such as neat finishes with no electric wires visible, neatly aesthetic furniture, and moon jars and mother-of-pearl cabinets, are harmonized in a well-balanced manner. While the structure of traditional hanok, such as the anchae, sarangchae, cheungcheunggak (corridor), and daecheongmaru, modern reinterpretations stand out here and there. The marble-finished bathroom, dry sauna, basement media room and indoor glass courtyard are incorporated with the elements of a luxury house

Eight years of hard work, ‘Hanok Project”Why, so far…’ After looking around the two hanoks, I was blown away by their perfection. Cho Jung-il (61), CEO of The Hanok Hotels & Resorts, said, “I wanted to prove the value of the hanok by building it very well.” The so-called ‘Hanok Project’, which took 8 years of effort from land purchase to material and technology development and construction, is a work of CEO Cho’s stubbornness and perseverance.CEO Cho Jeong-il, who often traveled abroad while running a mid-sized IT software company, ‘Kona I’, said that he was very envious of the nice old space in a foreign country casually blending into his daily life . Run a restaurant in a medieval structure, build a hotel over a tomb so you can admire the ruins from your room, and more. When I thought about what a nice old space we could enjoy, it was a hanok. From then on, I went to see hanoks all over the country, but I didn’t like it. There is no inconvenience even for modern people to stay, and there is a desire to make a hanok with completeness as a house.

Developed equipment to dry trees and actively use foreign materialsThe problem was the material. “When it comes to hanok, there is a perception that it is vulnerable to drafts and heating and cooling, and that the interior is narrow and inconvenient,” said CEO Cho. He hired several carpenters, including Daemokjang, to study and experiment with them, and throughout the construction of the hanok, he concluded that everything had to be ‘dry’. The common flaws of hanok are that they use less dry wood and improperly use materials with moisture such as mud.

Above all, he focused on drying the wood. After selecting the finest tree species, it was dried for 7 years with the ‘microwave’ equipment developed by the plant itself, lowering the moisture content (moisture content) to 15%. Normally, the moisture content standard for wood used for restoration of cultural properties is 25%. The wood dried in this way is so hard that it cannot be put together with a chisel and hammer, so carpenters learn computer programs to do chimok (shaving wood) with machines.

He did not hesitate to use foreign materials for a good house. According to the characteristics of a hanok that allows the outside scenery inside, the windows are widened메이저사이트, but an insect screen is made of German transparent fibers that do not block the view. For air conditioning and heating, triple glazed windows had to use traditional window designs, so they used top-notch foreign hinges that could withstand the weight of wood and windows.

Hanok without limits to expressionDisruptive design is also eye-catching. One room in building B is a so-called ‘couple room’, and the room, bathroom, and small living room are separated only by sliding doors and arranged in a straight line. When you open the door, you can see the bathtub from the bed, and the scenery outside comes in through it. The firing temperature of each tile was different, and the color was slightly different, completing a unique and beautiful roof. For the completeness of the scenery seen from the main floor, the wall was cut by 40cm, and instead, a floor groove was dug for the height of the wall determined by the Building Act.CEO Cho Jung-il said, “I fought against the opinion that ‘Hanok is not like this’ throughout the project” and “I want to show that Hanok, like any other house, has no limits in expression or directing.” He said, “For 8 years, there have been numerous trials and errors while working with carpenters and other experts, and we will disclose the hanok construction techniques accumulated in the process.”

“I didn’t save money on building it.”By 2027, a 137-room Hanok hotel will be built near the newly completed Yeongwol Head House. A total of 180 billion won is invested in the project alone. CEO Cho said, “If a hanok is built well, it will definitely have marketability.”

The unique comfort felt when entering a hanok allows modern people who are mentally exhausted to experience complete rest. In addition , now that interest in ‘ K- culture’ is high worldwide , a special cultural space called hanok is a new product.

In addition, hanok is not just a place to stay, but can also serve as a ‘platform’ to promote Korean culture. In fact, there are art works by Korean artists and traditional Korean crafts such as mother-of-pearl and moon jars all over Yeongwol Head House. The beauty of Korea is permeated even in the furniture, lighting, and fixtures that he made himself. The speakers in the media room were designed and made by CEO Cho himself, conceived from the resonance of Onggi.“What would you do if you said that the work of traditional culture artisans is good only in words without actually putting a value on it? I can’t eat and live, so I keep being bossed and I can’t continue. The same goes for Hanok. If you build a hanok you want to stay in and make them spend money, this market will grow. Only then can carpenters and traditional culture continue their lives.”


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