먼 친척보다 가까운 이웃이 낫다.
A close neighbour is better than a far off relative.
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.
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.
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
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