Hanwha Resort Hotel, Jeju Island
It is resort hotel with near 400 rooms, situated on a small hill top in the middle of the Island. By international standard, Hanwha should be considered a 5 stars hotel, which provides such facilities as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, even 3 or 4 dining rooms. But the bathrooms in guest rooms are not luxuriously equipped. It may be a Korean tradition that each guest is provided nothing more than a towel each, as we were told in advance to bring our own tooth brush or (cake of) soap.
Another Korean custom or tradition that has been introduced in many reputable hotels, including Hanwha, is that the floor of the room is not carpeted. Instead, a raised wooden floor or platform of roughly 6 and 9 inches high is constructed covering the entire room, except an area of roughly 5 to 6 feet square at the entrance. Guests are expected to take off their shoes at this sunken area of the floor, and walk up the room within bare footed.
In winter, a room is not just kept warm and comfortable by the wall air-conditioning system; the raised floor of certain part of a guest room is also heated.More