Updated: Jan 10, 2022
The Truth about Traditional Korean Beds
It's a comforter on the floor AT BEST. The term bed is used very generously because I would disagree.
For starters, it feels like sleeping on the hard floor. It may look plushy, but it's what I would call an illusion and folding it in half DOES NOT HELP. I kid you not I tried to fold the "bed" in half and even tried to add another layer with the blanket. It did nothing. Although I'm glad I got to experience this side of Korean traditions... I don't need to do it again.
On the other hand, it's warm because of the ondol (floor heaters). In Korea the heat comes through the floor instead of vents or radiators. This style of heating is unique to Korean culture and, to be honest, it makes a lot of sense. When you enter a house and even some restaurants you take off your shoes and sit on the floor. It's only right the floor is the warmest 🤷🏾♀️
It's also easy to clear the room if you want to eat or have a party (post global pizzeria). There are spacious wardrobes for the beds and blankets to be stored. It’ll take you all of thirty seconds to transform your room full of pallets into an empty space.
Western style beds are more common in Korea now, but the traditional style beds are not completely gone. When looking for an Airbnb in Korea you'll more than likely run into listings with the old style beds. If you want a real authentical experience you can give it a try, but proceed with caution.
• Pro tip: If you're looking into moving to Korea make sure you get a WESTERN style bed 🙌🏾
Would you try the traditional Korean beds? Let me know in the comments.