Starbucks just opened a new store in a 103-year-old traditional Korean home — see inside

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Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
  • Starbucks opened a location in a hanok in Daegu, South Korea built in 1919.
  • Hanoks are traditional Korean homes with heating and cooling abilities.
  • The store has a traditional hanok side, a more modern side, and a garden for customers.
Starbucks just opened a unique store located in an old Korean hanok, a traditional house, in Daegu.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
This hanok was built over 100 years ago in 1919 in what is now Daegu’s commercial district.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
Much of the original decor was preserved, including roof tiles and flooring, Starbucks said.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
Original beams were also preserved.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
The historic space was adapted into a modern Starbucks, divided into two distinct spaces.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
One side is the traditional hanok.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
The other side is more modern, like a typical coffee shop.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
There is also a garden space where customers can spend time.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
The store has seating for 120 people.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
Starbucks designed the store in collaboration with audio brand Bang & Olufsen to create a space designed for listening to music, with a turntable and speakers.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek Store
Hanoks are traditional houses dating back to the 14th Century.

Korea hanok

Source: National Folk Museum of Korea

They were developed to accommodate life in Korea’s climate, which in some parts has extreme warm and cold weather.

Hanok traditional house
The design includes systems to heat the floor and inner rooms for cold winters, and cool wooden floors for hot summers.

Korea hanok

Source: National Hanok Center

Elements of hanok designs are used in more modern Korean buildings today, especially for heating and cooling.

Korea hanok
Hanoks have seen a renewed interest from the design community in recent years, and are considered forebears of eco-friendly architecture with natural materials.

Korea hanok
The new store joins other unique Starbucks locations around the world, from an 18th Century Edo building in Kawagoe, Japan to a store made of recycled shipping containers in Hualien City, Taiwan.

starbucks taiwan shipping container store

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