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Hanok – The Traditional Korean House


The book gives an overview of the traditional Korean residential house, the Hanok, meaning a ”traditional house”. The Korean hanok style is uniquely different from a Japanese or Western building style, since it was built according to the needs of the country’s very distinct four seasons, with an open veranda for the very warm, humid summers and an under floor heating-system for the harsh, cold winters. With the oldest hanok dating back to 1450 and the most recent built in 1947, the book presents a range of traditional Korean houses over a period of 700 years.

The book gives a detailed photographic description of 40 of these residences, all designated important national cultural heritage. In terms of order, they are ordered by area, time of construction and form of living.

The book is published in cooperation with the Korean publisher Youlhwadang