Hanok houses are absolutely sublime. It’s a shame that Koreans are replacing them with bland high-rise apartments. However, there are places where you can stroll through the walled mazes and see them well-preserved .
Once a village of aristocrats during the Joseon Dynasty, Bukchon Hanok Villages rests in the hub of Seoul, connecting to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and downtown Seoul. Many of the houses are still inhabited with families, while others have been converted into art shops and restaurants vibing with a soul, both trendy and ancient. You can take an embroidery or knot-making workshop (of the many courses) or simply follow the streets and let them momentarily, whisk you back in time.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Hours: Mon~Fri (9:00 ~ 18:00)Sat~Sun (9:00 ~ 17:00) Open all year round
Pick up a walking map at the Bukchon Traditional Cultural Center.
Getting there by Subway:
To get the Bukchon Traditional Culture Center, get off at Anguk Station (Line 3), Exit #4, walk towards Gahoe-dong Office past the Constitutional Court.
Getting there by Bus:
Red #9710, Get off at Anguk Station, walk towards Gahoe-dong Office past the Constitutional Court.
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