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 . One spot to see authentic hanok houses in Seoul would be Bukchon Hanok Village.
The history behind Bukchon Hanok Village
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.
The Bukchon village of modern times
Today, 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. It’s also a favorite film location for popular Korean dramas.
Some houses are set up for workshops for traditional arts. You can take an embroidery or knot-making workshop or simply follow the streets and let them momentarily, whisk you back in time.
Getting to Bukchon Hanok Village
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.
Red #9710, Get off at Anguk Station, walk towards Gahoe-dong Office past the Constitutional Court.
Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul
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.
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