If you want to see traditional houses called the hanok that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty, this is the place to visit. Bukchon Hanok Village lies on a hill. Many of the hanoks operate as cultural centres, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses and some still houses residents.
I walked over to the hanok village from Gyeongbokgung Palace. It takes maybe around 15 minutes. The lane towards the village is just beside this police station. I got help from the friendly guides in red at the entrance of the road towards the village. They gave me a map and the route to take to see the village. She told me there are two routes and I decided on the shorter route. From here, its all uphill.
There are some shops along the uphill road towards the village. We followed the instructions and soon we lost ourselves in the beautiful lanes of the Bukchon Hanok Village. There are a lot of visitors here too. The roofs, walls and the doors of the houses makes me feel nostalgic. Its really beautiful. One of them is open for a visit with a fee.
Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)
Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37 (계동)
Nearest Subway Station: Anguk Station
How to get there:
- Anguk Station is served by Line 3 of the subway.
- Go out by Exit 2. Walk straight for about 300m to reach Bukchon Hanok Village.
I actually walked over from Gyeongbokgung Palace. To get there from the palace:-
- turn right from the main entrance and walk all the way straight.
- Once you reach the junction, cross the traffic light and make another right and walk all the way straight.
- Follow the road until you reach the police station.
- You will see some tour guides standing around near the junction after the police station. You can ask them for directions and a map.
- It is an actual residential area, so its open daily.
- Please be considerate and don’t make so much noise to disturb the residents living there.