Bukchon Hanok Village is one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Seoul. Known as a living museum, the historic village shows a glimpse into Korea’s past. Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine, it is home to hundreds of traditional houses called ‘hanok’ that date back to the Joseon Dynasty.

In this blog, we’ll walk you through the basics of Bukchon Hanok Village and recommend some activities to make your experience even more special!


All About Bukchon Hanok Village

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 the 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 yourself in Korean traditional culture.

 

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These traditional houses line small winding alleys, creating a bubble of history among Seoul’s towering modern skyscrapers. With a panoramic view of Seoul including the Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)it can be hard to believe you’ve not been transported to your favorite historical K-drama!


Traditional DIY Activities in Bukchon

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’ dolls. Click on the pictures to see what experiences you can have for yourself.

1. Traditional Knot Ornament Making Class

Traditional Korean knots have been used to decorate traditional attire and ritual objects throughout Korean history. At this workshop, you can enjoy a unique experience about the basics of this sophisticated artwork and make your own knot ornament to take home as a souvenir.

2. Mother-of-Pearl Accessories Making Experience

Mother-of-pearl is the shiny coating found on seashells that give off a distinct multi-colored glow. It’s a valuable material that has been used in traditional Korean artwork for centuries. Join a mother-of-pearl craft class led by a 3rd generation master artisan whose handiwork has been featured in various Korean movies and dramas!

3. Kimchi Making Class

Learn how to make Korean traditional Kimchi (seasoned vegetables) in Bukchon Hanok Village! Professional instructors will teach you how to make kimchi step by step and tell you interesting historical and cultural facts about kimchi. After class, you can take your own kimchi home in a sealed package.


Experiences only found in Bukchon

1. Korea Palace Tour

Bukchon Hanok Village is close to the palaces in Seoul. Join the guided Korean Palace Tour, which is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich historical heritage of Korea. You’ll get to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, National Folk Museum, and Namdaemun Market.

Check out the hanbok rental & photoshoot package as well. After wearing the beautiful Korean traditional attire, high-quality pictures will be taken and edited by professional photographers.

2. Secret Garden & Bukchon Haonk Village Walking Tour

 

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Travel back in time to the Joseon Dynasty and experience the lives of royal and noble families by joining this walking tour! First, you will get to visit Changdeokgung Palace and Secret Garden inside the palace. It’s the only Korean palace designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and Secret Garden is a royal garden that shows the beauty of Korean architecture.

Then you will head to Bukchon Hanok Village and walk through the alleys listening to interesting stories from the guide. Last but not least, you will explore Samcheong-dong, a hip area next to Bukchon filled with trendy cafes and shops. If you want to rent Korean traditional clothes, hanbok, you can make a booking here!

3. MMCA National Art Museum & Korean Cuisine Half-Day Tour

Join a guided tour to the MMCA Seoul, a prominent gallery featuring an extensive collection of Korean and international modern and contemporary art, led by a local guide with a major in art history. Afterward, explore the Bukchon and Anguk area, full of authentic Korean restaurants, and enjoy delicacies, such as bossam, jokbal, K-BBQ, or bibimbap.


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