It’s amazing that almost every place on Earth has an interesting story to tell. Every place has treasures that couldn’t be erased easily, or are meant to last. Some places seem as if they are talking to you, saying: “Hey, hello there. I am from a different era. I hope you enjoy strolling in my ancient streets.”
If you are looking for that kind of place in Korea, then Bukchon Hanok Village can be one of the destinations that should be part of your list. It will give you a glimpse of how Koreans lived in the past, and you can vividly imagine the Korean ancestors walking in Hanbok in its once busy street.
The Traditional Village
Bukchon Hanok Village, once the home to the noble and high-ranking government officials of Korea back in the Joseon Dynasty Era, is surrounded by two of Korea’s Grand Palaces: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Literally translated as Northern (Bukchon) Village, the hanoks (traditional houses) are still well preserved giving every tourist the opportunity to see them in their old-fashioned beauty.
Most of the hanoks now are being used as cultural centers, restaurants, cafes, and guest houses, and a stroll in the village will only take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your pace.
Getting There and Admission Details
There are two ways on how you can get there via public transportation:
1. Subway – Take the subway at Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), take the exit 1 or 2, then walk straight for around 300 meters and you’ll arrive at the Village.
2. Bus – Take the Jongno Area bus (Maeul Bus Jongno 02) and get off at the Bukchon Hanok Village Bus Stop
Strolling in the village is free and it is also accessible to tourist 24/7.
More of Korea’s Culture
Bukchon Hanok Village is just one of Korea’s cultural destinations. If you want to experience and see more of Seoul’s heritage and cultural treasures, you may want to pay a visit to their Grand Palaces and see Korea from a different perspective. The nearest Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village is the Changdeokgung which is also a must-see cultural treasure that every tourist in Korea must experience.