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Bukchon Hanok Village

먼 친척보다 가까운 이웃이 낫다.

A close neighbour is better than a far off relative.

-Korean Proverb

I always love how tradition meets modernity whenever I travel. But more than anything I just wish there were investments made to keeping traditions preserved and alive. I found this in Bukchon Hanok Village.

Streets filled with hanoks that run back to the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) the area was inhabited by people from the ruling class. I read on the official website (link below) that due to this, there are 900 hanoks spread across 11 dongs (sections).

Located in Samcheong-dong (sam means “three” and cheong “clean or good”) which is said to be the ideal location, with Insadong also located near by.

Attracting the artistic types (you can read my review on an art gallery cafe located near the area here) and international tourism, due to its perfect balance in integrating culture,art and modernity to tradition.

I especially loved how the village remained standing through time, through preservation, and restoring the traditional homes. With new comers such as specialist museums(Embroidery, Korean Art, Jewellery & more) and galleries, it has increased the area as a centre of culture and art.

Interestingly though.

Unlike other folk villages, Bukchon Hanok Village is not meant to be a tourist attraction. The Village is a residential neighbourhood where people actually live. So when visiting the area, please do make sure to keep noise to a minimum, as noise complaints have increased, with tourism to the area.

There is much to enjoy in this area, I personally would suggest starting earlier in the day, to really have a good walk around the whole village . Take breaks and finish off your discovery with the many cafes and restaurants in the area.

Bukchon Official Website

Visit Seoul

Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

[Subway] Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.

– Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.

[Bus] Anguk Station

109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 601 7025


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I was born in Marondera, Zimbabwe and raised in Luton,England.I'm currently working towards the final year of my Journalism degree. I'm a lover of Tea and all things nutty covered in chocolate and could expressively try to tell you so in four languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Shona,Korean)Travelling is beyond an obsession, its just a way of life for me now, and cannot imagine ever being stuck in one place for the rest of my life. Im even more so passionate for people, and the stories they have to tell and the placed they come from.I can be as a superficial traveller from Hotels and great venues and experiences, to life changing,perspective altering travels that hold more depth and meaning than the tourist areas offer. I want it all.

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