Bukchon Hanok Village is one of the must-go tourist destinations in Seoul, which is so-called a living museum in Seoul. Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine, it is home to hundreds of traditional houses called ‘hanok’ that date back to Joseon Dynasty.
Find out all about Bukchon Hanok Village and the activities that will make your experience 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 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.
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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 (N Seoul Tower).
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’ doll. Click on the pictures to see what experiences you can 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. Korean Calligraphy Class
Learn how to write your name in Korean using fancy calligraphy techniques at the scenic Bukchon Hanok Village! Learn from Oh Jeong-mi, an esteemed calligraphy artist with 30 years of experience. Embellish your name with various pictures, such as your favorite flower or the landmarks of Seoul.
4. Canvas Tote Bag DIY Class with Traditional Indigo Dyeing
Try Korean traditional and eco-friendly Indigo (jjok) dyeing at this special dyeing workshop! Create your very own unique tote bag by drawing Korean traditional patterns or write your name in Korean on the canvas bag. Then dip it in the exotic jjok dye that will eventually make exceptionally beautiful colors.
5. Bookmark & Greeting Card DIY Class with Traditional Gold Leaf Imprints
Grab this very special chance to experience the gold leaf gliding applications at ‘Kumbakyeon’, a 5th generation old traditional gold leaf workshop center, owned by the royal gold leaf gliders. You will get to make your own bookmark and greeting card using the Korean traditional gold leaf gliding technique and create a variety of gold leaf patterns.
One & Only Experiences in Bukchon
Bukchon Hanok Village is also a great place to try Korean traditional drinks and experience a relaxing stay hanok. Check out how you can relax while drinking at Bukchon Hanok Village!
1. Makgeolli Spa & Jjimjilbang Experience at Rakkojae Hanok Hotel
Rakkojae Hanok Hotel provides a private premium Makgeolli spa and jjimjilbang (Korean sauna) experience with a collaboration with Boksoondoga, one of the finest rice wineries in Korea. During the experience, you will not only relax your mind and body at the beautiful hanok, but also try Korean traditional drinks and snacks.
2. Secret Garden & Bukchon Haonk Village Walking Tour
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Travel back in time to 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!
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