Hanok houses are unique to Korea, adapted to the surrounding environment with underfloor heating, a multi-purpose board-floored room in the center, and thatch or tile roofing. This structure creates a cool living environment during the scorching summer season and a warm living space in the harsh winters. Houses are typically situated on a site protected by hills or mountains on three sides, with a stream or river passing in front, built in harmony with the surrounding environment.
The village is oriented around a stream flowing through the valley and lake at the front doors of the houses.
The first house was built by Master Carpenter Yi Seongeop, who participated in the rebuilding of Gyeongbok Palace in the 1860s.
Master carpenter's house
The next house was built in the 1890s and the family lived in it for over 100 years.
1890s hanok house
A third house, believed to have been built in 1907 by Emperor Sunjong's father-in-law, included outer quarters, inner quarters, and a shrine for the Emperor to use when he came to visit.
Outer quarters, including kitchen
Uncle of the empress
The collection of houses is well done and offers an incredible peak into how people lived in hanok housing in the late 1800s and early 1900s.