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Bukchon Hanok Village

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Bukchon, meaning “North Village” is a traditional village located in between the two palaces Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung. During the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), many yangbans (people from the ruling class) lived in these 900 hanoks (traditional house).

 

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Tiled roofs are called giwa in Korean.
Tiled roofs are called giwa in Korean.

 

 

Stone walls and wooden beams are predominant in every hanok.
Stone walls and wooden beams are predominant in every hanok.

 

 

The edge of Hanok's curved roof is modified to regulate the amount of sunlight that gets in the house.
The edge of Hanok’s curved roof is modified to regulate the amount of sunlight that gets in the house.

 

 

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On my first day in Seoul, I decided to visit Bukchon Hanok Village, a few minutes walk from my hotel, Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong. Going around the village is pretty easy as long as you follow the tourist map ( I got the map from the tourist centre on my way back to the hotel, :-(  go figure). The map directs you to the 8 views which highlights the beauty of the village. It starts with the panoramic view of the Changdeokgung Palace to the stone stair alley of Samcheong-dong.

 

 

Where to start?
Where to start?
These girls are getting to it
These girls are hanbok ready

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These helpful maps are located in each of the 8 views.

 

 

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Seoul’s autumn colours

 

 

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Gahoe-dong Catholic Church

 

 

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Korean laneways

 

 

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I want this house

 

 

Brace yourself tourists are coming!
Brace yourself tourists are coming!

 

 

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There are also modern houses in Bukchon Hanok Village

 

 

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One of the interesting buildings with the “Shsssss for Silence please!!!!” sign. Lol.

 

The village is  a centre for culture and the arts. It has a number of art galleries and museums. Hanok restaurants, guesthouses and  craft workshops which provide hands on experience for the traditional Korean way of life. The Bukchon Traditional Crafts Experience Centre offers tourists, for a reasonable price, training with knot making, folk fan painting, handkerchief dyeing and even Dak (native Korean tree) Paper (hanji) doll making. They have different schedule during summer (1000-1800) and winter (1000-1700). According to the Bukchon guide it is open 365 days except on the Chuseok (is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar as per Wikipedia) and the Lunar New Year’s day. Open 365 days! Peace.

 

 

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Donglim Knot Workshop

 

 

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Hanok Guesthouse

 

 

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There are a number of cafes and shops selling souvenirs, clothes as well as Kpop memorabilia.  Wifi spots are conveniently located around this area (Like really! They are everywhere). Just look for the red Wifi signs. Tourist guides are also available for distraught tourists like me. They are wearing red hats and jackets. You will find them in pairs.Very helpful. Good job Seoul!

 

 

Nice looking shop
Nice looking shop

 

 

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A pair of Tourist guides in red in the middle. Or maybe not, they don’t have the red hats. But seriously there are a few here holding “Shssss silence please!!!” sign.

 

 

This is one of the many the wifi spots. Every tourist spot in the world should have this!
This is one of the many the wifi spots. Every tourist spot in the world should have this!

 

 

Mickey and Minnie in hanboks
Mickey and Minnie in hanboks

 

 

A variety shop
A variety shop

 

 

For Kpop fans
For Kpop and Kdrama fans

 

 

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Asenso Negosyo

 

How to get to Bukchon:

 

Location

  • 37 Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Subway

  • Line 3 at Anguk Station, Exit 2 & 3, 5 minutes walk
  • Lines 1, 2 & 5 at Jongo 3-ga Station, Exit 6, 10-minutes walk

Bus

  • 109, 151, 162, 171, 272, 601, 7025

 

Special treatment for tourists
Special treatment for tourists

 

 

Bukchon Guide with map inside
Bukchon Guide with map inside

 

 

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An advisory from Visitseoul.net:

Due to the increasing amounts of visitors to the Bukchon Hanok Village area, the number of complaints from residents living in the village about disruptions in their neighborhood has increased.

Unlike Namsangol Hanok Village or other folk villages, Bukchon Hanok Village is not meant to be a tourist attraction. Although many of Seoul’s hanoks can be found clustered together in this area, Bukchon Hanok Village is a residential neighborhood where people actually live.

Please keep this in mind and follow the precautions below when visiting Bukchon Hanok Village:

– Please keep noise levels to a minimum (e.g. no loud voices, horsing around, filming, etc.)
– Please do not litter
– Please keep group visits to a maximum of 10 people
– Please do not use microphones or loudspeakers
– Please do not take photos or film the insides of houses, even if the door is open

Please note: The heavily residential areas of Bukchon Hanok Village (31 Gahoe-dong, 33 Gahoe-dong, etc.) will no longer be offered as part of the Seoul City Walking Tours.