History of Hanok 4 - The present and future of Hanok
Modernly improved han-oks, hanok-style buildings, or interiors are changing our perception of hanok. The sophisticated cultural space "Rakgojae" in Gye-dong, Jongno-gu and the hanok hotel "RaGoong" in Gyeongju have been presenting the hanok's new possibilities.
Nine local governments and public organizations across the country are also pushing for a new hanok boom. The Seocheon area between Inwangsan Mountain in Seoul and Gyeongbok Palace has been developed as a new 'hanok designated area' following the existing Bukchon Hanok Village.
However, many experts advise people to be wary of making hasty hanok villages. Architectural circles say that efforts to prepare a related legal system and research and development of "Shin Hanok(New Hanok)" are needed to supply and activate hanok. Protecting and developing traditional Korean houses, capturing new technologies and new functions while enjoying the taste of conventional hanok, and seeking a completely different direction in which only the structure is structured and the interior is completely modern, these are the three directions of activating 'New Hanok', claimed by professor Kim Hong-sik.
For modern people who are accustomed to living in apartments, hanok is an uncomfortable form of residence. However, Hanok is not just a residential space, but the definition of "hanok is nature, communication, culture and comfort" tells us that hanok is culture itself.
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