Bukchon Hanok Village

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Wondering through Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) has always been one of the top places to visit in Seoul, so we were really lucky to have picked a good day when it wasn't very cold. Unlike other folk villages, Bukchon Hanok Village is not meant to be a tourist attraction because it's actually a residential neighbourhood where people actually live. However, the area has been adapted slightly to accommodate tourists who have come to experience the traditional culture of Korea.

Our time spent at Bukchon Hanok Village consisted of walking, taking photos and admiring the beautiful juxtaposition between traditional hanoks and the modern city landscape. (And finding cats randomly on the streets!) It was a bit of a walk if you choose to start from Anguk Station and make your way up to Samcheong-dong (삼청동), but it was good experience nonetheless.

The most famous and picturesque view of Bukchon Hanok Village is the one with N Seoul Tower (N서울타워) in the background (above). It's not easy to take a good photo without other people around, so we were quite lucky to arrive at a time before a flock of people started gathering—even if it was only for 3-5 minutes. As a Korean drama fan, we also visited the house featured in the drama "Personal Taste" (개인의 취향) starring Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin. In the drama, the house was called Yeorangjae (여랑재), but it's actually called Sanggogaje (상고재 or 相婟齋) in real life. If anyone is interested, it's just on the street just next to the picturesque street above, and its address is: 43 Bukchon-ro 11ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 북촌로11가길 43).



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