Korea has, for a long time, been closed off to the world and its influences, or so it seems. „The opening to the West“, which occurred only in the past century, brought drastic changes, both economic and cultural. This however, does not mark the advent of foreign transmissions to the peninsula, but rather made it susceptible to a much more alien variety. Prior to this, Korea has, for a long time, been exposed to the cultures of other East-Asian countries, especially that of China. This had effects on many areas, one of the most prominent being architecture, and with it, dwelling customs. Based on this, this thesis aims to demonstrate how Korea‘s vernacular residential building traditions were influenced by, and how they influenced, other cultures. To achieve this, features that are characteristic to the traditional Korean house, or what is generally understood to be one, will be compared to those found beyond the peninsula‘s borders. Pointing out similarities and differences, in both construction and lifestyle, will be vital in uncovering the background of their development. This will lead to a better understanding of why Korean architecture shares features with other places, even those it has no apparent connection to.