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Jeonggangwon, a traditional Hanok compound that serves some traditional Korean food, is located in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do Province. (Korea Tourism Organization)

By Kim Young Deok and Kim Young Shin

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has introduced this year’s winners in its competition of traditional Hanok tour programs for international tourists.

The programs include a stay in traditional Hanok building, traditional tea ceremonies and a tour of nearby attractions.

The Hanok residences that are a part of the program are all certified by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism or the KTO itself.

There are a total of nine Hanok tours offered in Korean and two tours in English.

The two English tours are: “Exploring Gyeongju’s Historical Sites on Bicycle” and “Trip to Yeongju, a Town of Joseon Scholars.” Both offer a one-night’s stay in a Hanok and some hands-on traditional activities, such as making rice cake tteok snacks.

The Hanok tours will run until December.

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