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  • Korean: 韓屋 (han ok)

Hanok are the chief style of traditional Joseon Dynasty Korean residential architecture. As with machiya in Kyoto, many hanok can be found today which have been maintained, restored, or built anew to serve as restaurants, bed & breakfast accommodations, shops, and the like. Neighborhoods such as Bukchon in Seoul are popular among both locals and tourists for their hanok-lined streets.

Common features of a hanok include papered lattice doors and windows and tiled roofs.

Hanok often included a study, known in Korean as a sarangbang.

Underfloor heating, known as ondol, was developed in the 17th century and involved circulating hot air from a furnace under the floors of a home.


  • Gallery labels, British Museum.[1]