Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village located in the northern of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. The name “Bukchon” literally means “north town.”
Once a hub of Joseon Dynasty’s politics, administration and culture, it is now a village that contains about 860 Korean traditional houses called ‘hanok.’ Today, many of these hanoks operate as art galleries, cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing an eye opening opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in the Korean traditional culture.
The uniformity and continuity of the traditional houses, lined up in small alleys almost make you feel as if you’re in a ‘living museum.’ You’ll be bewildered by the tranquility as well. And from the hilly alleys, you get a panoramic view of Seoul including the Namsan Tower.
There are small and boutique traditional workshops located in the alleyways of Bukchon Village where you can experience craftworks such as folk painting, gold leaf imprints and Korean traditional paper ‘dak’ doll. Click on the pictures to see what experiences you can for yourself.
The village gained more attention after it was aired several times on Korean TV shows and dramas. It’s been quite a touristy spot lately, but it still preserves the traditional ambiance that makes you feel like you are in an open air historic museum.
Bukchon Village is definitely worth a visit. Just go. You won’t regret.