The Culture of Traditional Korean Architecture

During my time in Korea, I was able to visit and stay in traditional Korean homes, or Hanok. This was the first time that I had experienced housing that differed significantly from Western style housing – it really made me reflect on how cultural values and traditions both influence and are influenced by the style and development patterns of housing. Traditional Korean architecture exhibits many principles of sustainable design. Partly, this is true of most vernacular architecture. People built houses out of the materials that were available to them. Korea is blessed with a diversity of natural resources, and their homes were built from a variety of materials including stone, wood, earth, and either straw or clay for the roof. Windows were made of paper. Continue reading “The Culture of Traditional Korean Architecture”