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Why Bukchon is special ?
Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village with a long history located between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment. Now it is used as a traditional culture center and hanok restaurant, allowing visitors to experience the atmosphere of the Joseon Dynasty.
The area of Bukchon, which consists of neighborhoods: Wonseo-dong, Jae-dong, Gye-dong, Gahoe-dong and Insa-dong, was traditionally the residential quarter of high-ranking government officials and nobility during the Joseon Dynasty. It is located north of Cheonggye Stream and Jongno, hence named Bukchon, which means north village.
What to explore at Bukchon?
Preservation of the past is paramount here and so the area’s recently opened western-style restaurants and clinics were all established inside hanoks, maintaining the traditional exteriors.
Rakgojae - a hanok guesthouse
Rakgojae is a guesthouse for international visitors. Unlike other Bukchon hanoks, Rakgojae is surrounded by walls and has a spacious courtyard. The inside of the house has all the modern facilities which overseas guests would expect whilst outside in the courtyard is a beautiful tranquil garden of pine trees and bamboo.
The traditional liquor brewery
At the brewery, visitors can learn about the brewing process of a type of soju called “samhaeju,” a type of liquor once served at palace functions. Samhaeju, which is colorless, is matured several times at a low temperature giving it an intense flavor and a very pleasant aftertaste.
At Gahoe Museum, visitors can explore the role of symbol-bearing talismans in the lives of Koreans. The museum also houses a variety of landscape and folk paintings.
The Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum
Here you can see the embroidered patches which were worn on the chest and the back of the official uniforms of kings and high-ranking officials. Designs would reflect the importance of the wearer, incorporating animal imagery such as dragons, giraffes, lions and peacocks. There are also displays of embroidered bed linen, folding screens and embroidery kits.
Museum of Korean Art (former Museum of Korean Buddhist Art)
The Museum of Korean Art houses more than 6,000 Buddhist artworks including paintings, sculptures, crafts and ritual items. Of special artistic value are Buddhist paintings and statues of the Buddha from the Joseon Dynasty which have given experts some very useful insights. The museum also organizes a program of temporary exhibitions alongside its permanent collection.
How to get to Bukchon?
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2.
Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.
Local line(green bus) : 7025
Arterial line(blue bus) : 109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 601
Airport Bus : 602-1
- Traditional Korean House, Amazing Place
- Traditional Hanoks, Modern Families
- One of the few traditional neighbourhoods left untouched
- Hidden gem in the city
- Good place for picture taking
37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tips for you
This is my 1st visit to Seoul and over the 2 days visit I've gone back twice to this place. It is a place for people who appreciate old traditional buildings. I love wondering on every paths as many of them are unique and different in their own ways. One of the Hanok has crafted creatures on their balcony, another have plants in traditional pots outside their house, very Zen & peaceful. There is a shop called Granhand, love his creations of different scents. It's of natural scents made from plant extracts of quality ingredient, very different feel from the branded eau de toilette over the counter. Amongst the Hanok one of them are opened to public for a minimal price of KRW15000 entrance fee comes with a nice herbal tea at the end of the tour of. This house belongs to an owner who reside in Latin America and this is their summer house. I was told this house worth USD$4M. If i ever come back again I will live in the Hanok guest house instead of hotels.
Lovely, scenic walks where cherry blossoms trees line the roads and little alleyways as one explores architecture and art. Quaint cafes, little shops, big shops, restaurants and bakeries await.