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Koreans home in on the joys of traditional dwellings

Old and young rebuild 'hanok' to combine character with modern comforts - aided by govt subsidies

Sixty-three-year-old Kim Sun-dae had planned to move out of Seoul and return to his hometown in the countryside when he retired.

But he changed his mind after a chance visit three years ago to a mountainous region in north-western Seoul, where a small area was earmarked for a cluster of hanok, or traditional Korean homes with tiled roofs, wooden lattice windows and a courtyard.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2019, with the headline 'Koreans home in on the joys of traditional dwellings'. Print Edition | Subscribe