Insa-dong traditional teahouse coffee sales, Ikseon-dong commercial hanok repair support… Expanding the scope of Seoul’s ‘tradition’

Citizens walk in front of an alley cafe in Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Kyunghyang Shinmun data picture

Traditional teahouses in Insa-dong and Bukchon, Jongno-gu, Seoul will also be able to sell coffee. Ikseon-dong hanoks that have been renovated for commercial use will also receive support for repair costs.

According to the Seoul Hanok 4.0 Leisure Plan announced in February, the City of Seoul announced on the 28th that it would ease hanok regulations and increase support as the criteria for negotiating hanok and hanok cost support and other architectural asset promotion ordinances are revised. Its purpose is to revive hanok by expanding the scope of ‘tradition’.

First of all, coffee is allowed to be sold in the traditional teahouses of Insa-dong and Bukchon. In the area unit plans first published in 2002 and 2008, respectively, in the two areas where hanok are concentrated, the use of rest restaurants, bakeries, and general restaurants was reduced to traditional tea houses, Korean restaurants ( Korean food), and traditional. pubs.

In particular, traditional tea houses sell traditional drinks, tea, food, bread, rice cakes, and snacks, and coffee is excluded from tea.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government said, “Although the sale of coffee has not been allowed to invigorate traditional teahouses, changes in social conditions such as the beverage market and consumer preferences have led to a loss of competitiveness and differentiation in traditional teahouses.” We want to lead to an area where diverse food and drink cultures coexist.”

Hanok in Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul with general windows that are newly included in the target of support such as repair costs due to the expansion of the standard for hanok registration in Seoul. Provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Government

In the Bukchon district unit plan, the phrase “coffee is allowed to be sold as an accessory” is added to the specific use of the plan, which is “traditional drink, tea, food, bread, rice cake, snack, etc. traditional food). manufacturing and sales shop (less than 100㎡)” it is changed In the Insa-dong district unit plan, the definition of traditional tea house among the detailed uses is to delete the content of ‘except coffee’ and add ‘allowing coffee to have sold as an accessory’.

If the two plan changes are announced next month and confirmed during the Joint Urban Architecture Committee discussion in July, 10 dongs in Bukchon, including Gahwa-dong, 1.12 million square meters, and 120,000 square meters around Insadong-gil in Gyeongun -dong , traditional tea houses located around 120,000 square meters, each for 15 years, After 21 years, you can sell coffee.

Repair and construction costs for commercial hanoks such as Ikseon-dong, which have not been subject to public management, are also supported.

As the concept of hanok, which was limited to ‘hanok building’, expanded to ‘hanok architectural style’ with the application of modern materials and technology, the number of people who can apply for registration as a hanok in Seoul increased. Even if the house is being improved or converted, as long as the main structure of the house is a Korean-style wooden structure, it can be registered regardless of the existing exterior. Accordingly, commercial hanok can receive up to 50% of the hanok subsidy if they apply for repairs in the hanok architectural style.

Hanok in Yeonyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul with an atrium newly included in the target of support such as repair costs due to the expansion of the standard for hanok registration in Seoul. Provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Government

For registered hanoks, the Seoul Metropolitan Government provides support for full and partial repairs, replacement of old electrical wiring, and termite control, as well as on-site inspections and consultations through the Hanok Support Center. In order to continue the unique technology of traditional hanok, hanoks that make good use of the traditional construction method, form, and features are given incentives of up to 20% of the subsidy.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government aims to increase the number of registered hanoks from the current 1063 to 3,000 over the next 10 years by expanding the support target. It plans to inform owners of a total of 8,500 hanoks in Seoul, including Bukchon and Seochon, as well as the Gangnam and Buk area, on how to register and apply.

Han Byung-yong, head of the Seoul Housing Policy Office, said, “Since we can build more convenient and creative hanoks than before, we expect that hanoks in downtown Seoul will expand.”


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