There are many of those who dream of living in a hanok but it’s really a matter of whether or not living in one fits your lifestyle.
(K) Our landlord advised that if we came to live in a hanok just for the plain fact that it’s ‘pretty,’ we’d soon be burdened with loads of trouble. The wooden front door that had absolutely worked well would start to swell and barely budge as the days get hot and humid in summer, you’ll encounter all kinds of bugs because the eco-friendliness of the structure can’t stop them from invading, and the rooms won’t heat up above a certain temperature even if you set higher measures. Roaming inside the house wearing short-sleeves during the winter like you do in apartment buildings is just not the kind of lifestyle that fits a hanok.
(H) I was told from the last tenants that this was built in the 1930’s. It meant that it had to go through constant care. Things like how the house may surprise you by dropping part of its ceiling mud due to its aging, and the regionality of it centered around a tourist area(Samcheong-dong) that blurs the boundary of your personal daily life and the public realm may be a bit too bothering.
So how do you feel? Are there things that are unexpectedly uncomfortable or oppositely really nice?
(K+H) If we were to count all the inconveniences acknowledged by our actual experiences, we’d be running out of fingers to name them all, but luckily, we’re both easy and open to those circumstances and are barely annoyed. We have to climb up and down the steep stairs carrying heavy garbage bags, parking in front of our house is and never will be possible, grocery shopping is like a trip or labor, according to others, but for us who actually enjoy ourselves engaging in physical activities, these never come as a stress. Most of all, listening to the rainfall and feeling the breeze while seated in front of our yard makes all the weight of those daily chores feel like nothing.