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The Ragung, meaning “Shilla Palace,” is a traditional deluxe hotel built on an area of 16,500 square meters. The Ragung, or Millennium Palace, with a floor space of 1,650 square meters consists of 16 separate houses that are connected with corridors. The 16 houses, interlocking with each other, form a unique structure, with a total length of more than 100 meters. The plan for the Ragung was ascertained with historical evidence and consultation of more than 100 experts in ancient architecture. Eighty carpenters, specialized in ancient architecture, gathered from across the country to work on the project. It is the largest mobilization of specialized carpenters ever since the restoration of the Gyeongbok Palace. The Ragung bears special significance, as it is the first ever attempt to restore the legacy of the past for commercial purposes. It is a “modernization of tradition,” through which traditional houses are recreated for commercial applications. In particular, the modern, modular design made it possible to complete the construction from timber trimming to putting up the ridge beam in just 100 days. This cost-saving method is expected to contribute to the proliferation of traditional type of housing. It is also the first time that an outdoor hot spring has been incorporated into the inner court of a traditional Korean house. As soon as you enter the gate, you will feel like a king. The Ragung is a place for rest as well as to dwell in history, creating new values for the word, “rest.” No doubt, the Ragung is the first architectural attempt to introduce hot springs to a traditional Korean house and has become the new standard for Korea’s deluxe hotels.