Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Also known as the Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated across various countries in Asia. In Korea, this festival is known as Chuseok, which lasts for 3 days, starting on September 23rd.

On this holiday, many Koreans will return to their hometown to celebrate with their family and pay their respects to their ancestors.  This 3-day festival typically involves many feasts, gifts and specialty traditional food. We’ve put together a little guide in case you’re interested in trying some of the traditional food (and drinks) during Chuseok. We’ve also included our favorite places to stay in Seoul during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Songpyeon

One of the major foods prepared and eaten during the Chuseok holiday is the delicious and fragrant songpyeon. This is a Korean traditional rice cake which contains stuffing made with ingredients such as sesame seeds, black beans, mung beans, cinnamon, pine nut, walnut, chestnut, jujube, and honey.  Songpyeon is made by steaming the rice cakes over a layer of pine-needles, which is a critical aspect of the process because the pine needles add an aromatic fragrance and touch to the taste. 

Hangwa

Another popular Korean traditional food that people eat during Chuseok is hangwaHangwa is made with rice flour, honey, fruit, and roots and can come in a range of different colors, shapes and textures. 

Baekseju

One can’t celebrate Chuseok without traditional Korean alcoholic beverages. The liquor drunk on Chuseok is called baekju  (“white liquor”), also known as sindoju (“new rice liquor”), since it is made of new, freshly harvested rice. The Koreans serve them in small cups with can be sipped or drunk as a shot (depending on your tolerance). 

Where to Stay

If you happen to be in Seoul or are planning to visit there soon, we’ve hand selected our favorite properties that will offer a truly unique experience.  Below are some of our personal favorites, including the iconic Hanok houses, which are the traditional Korean house, but with the comfort of our concierge amenities!

BUKCHON HOUSE 3

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Experience a traditional Korean stay at our 1930s hanok, Bukchon House 3.  Located at Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, this charming Bukchon House is as peaceful as it is beautiful with its modern and zen interior design. 

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Modern Hanok House

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Located in Bukchon, the historic village in the heart of Seoul, this home combines the traditional architecture of a hanok house with elements of contemporary art and culture. With its intimate wooden stone and paper interior, you will definitely enjoy a quiet, relaxing break from the everyday life at this hanok.

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SAJIKRO

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Our 2BR and 2Bath Sajikro hanok house, is a beautiful traditional Korean house located near the Gyeongbok Palace.  Experience the traditional korean architecture and interior design while staying in a lively neighborhood, just a few steps away from the most interesting sites in Seoul.

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