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  • Seoul to certify and announce the 12 Seoul Well Hanoks in 2020

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    • Seoul completed certification of the 5th Seoul Well Hanok to inherit and develop the value of Hanok
    • The 12 Seoul Well Hanoks were selected out of 30 requests
    • The Certified Seoul Well Hanoks will be supported to repair within 3.5 million won per year and produce of photo albums

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 27, 2020 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government has completed the 5th screening of the Seoul Well Hanok Certification and selected 12 locations as the “2020 Seoul Well Hanok”.

    Since 2016, the ‘Seoul Well Hanok Certification Syetem’ has been operated every year to inherit and develop the unique value of the Seoul Hanok to create an excellent architecture environment and contribute to the popularization of Hanok.

    The Seoul Well Hanok, which was selected through document, on-site and final examination by a separate committee composed of experts on Hanok, is considered to show the aspect of Hanok that has changed and developed while preserving its traditional form as a living space.

    Go Joo-hwan, the head of the Cultural Heritage Repair Engineers Association and judges of the Seoul Well Hanok Certification System, said, “The Seoul Well Hanok has the detail of the traditional Hanok. Through the process of certification, it contributes to expand the supply and develop the quality of the traditional Hanok.”

    The review of the selected major Seoul Well Hanok is as follows. “Chung Won San Bang” in Gye-dong shows the typical Bukchon Hanok in the city and traditional features such as various windows and yards. “Pyeongsanjae” in Pyeongchang-dong is a good example of Seoul Hanok in the 1950s, with its exterior and back yard particularly outstanding. “Sieunjae” in Gyeongun-dong is the well-preserved historical nature of Joseon Hanok, a typical noble family around the palace. “Taejuheon” in Tongui-dong contains the sentiments of Hanok, such as the organic connection of space and overcoming narrow land conditions. “Damseojae” in Eunpyeong-ok Village has a finely constructed wooden structure and provides a feeling of Hanok.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government grants certificates and marks to the selected Seoul Well Hanok, and conducts regular inspections of experts once a year to provide small repairs directly within the city’s maximum 3.5 million won per year if necessary.

    In addition, the government plans to promote the construction cases through the production of photo albums for 12 Seoul Well Hanoks and provide information on people participating in the design and construction process to publicize Hanok and particiapants.

    Ryu Hoon, the head of Urban Regeneration Office at Seoul Metropolitan Government, said, “We hope that Hanok, which has its strength as a healing space, will become widely known to the world as a K-housing in the pandemic era when good examples of Hanok architecture have been continuously discovered and widely known by Seoul Well Hanok Certification System.”