Marrying contemporary and traditional hanok architecture, Chiwoonjung in Seoul’s Bukchon Hanok Village offers visitors a glimpse of the past without compromising the convenience of modern living. One way it does so is through its décor, which ornaments each of the rooms of the house and includes traditional paintings, sculptures and ceramics by renowned Korean artists. Other standout features include a gorgeously landscaped courtyard garden and a breathtaking bathroom outfitted with a wooden tub and natural elements that blend harmoniously with the home’s surroundings. Visitors can also enjoy a host of cultural activities and performances and even sample Joseon-era cuisine. Although currently functioning as a boutique hotel, Chiwoonjung has hosted numerous dignitaries, and was once the residence of former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak.