Bukchon Hanok Village – Past Meets Present

Bukchon Hanok Village – Past Meets Present

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Garvey

One of the things that I like most about South Korea is despite their progress and unbelievable technological advances, they respectfully retain their old traditions and culture no matter what circumstances bring them. Would you believe that Bukchon (which means northern village) dates back 600 years during the Joseon Dynasty? I bet there are lots of wars, raids and pillages happened there but it stood the test of time. The village is home to the traditional wooden houses called hanok and some are still occupied by South Koreans as residential homes up to this day.

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Bukchon Hanok Village is located in between the two most popular palaces in Seoul – Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palace. If you’re palace hopping, include Bukchon Hanok Village as a primary stop in between the two palaces. If you’re just doing one palace, then make it as a second or third stop in your day’s itinerary.

Bukchon Hanok Village Houses

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Bukchon Hanok Village

Good thing we’re early… Not much tourists that time

As mentioned, the village is home to beautiful traditional houses called hanok. Today, some of the residents put up and operate restaurants, tea/coffee houses and guesthouses where you can stay for the night and experience their culture.

Bukchon Hanok Village

A pro photographer can shoot an awesome pic in this spot. Unfortunately I’m no pro.

We even saw this Philippines themed restaurant along the way and chatted with the store clerk. I guess they really love our mangoes and beaches.

Bukchon Philippines cafe

Are we back home?

They also know that some of the guests loves K-pop. Auntie here selling k-pop items.

Bukchon Kpop items

I was so close to buying a Song Hye Kyo notebook lol

Bukchon Hanok Village Church

We also passed by a Church. Around 10% of South Korea’s population are Catholics

But what’s fascinating are the houses itself. I particularly love the design of the roofs and the doors. It really feels that you’re in a different time when looking at the authentic details of the architecture. And of course… photo ops! Even me, an amateur or should I say, one that sucks in photography, was still able to capture decent photos. Sometimes all you need is the perfect spot and Bukchon Hanok Village is one place that every photo enthusiast would love.

Bukchon Hanok Village Roof

We’re at the high point of the village

Bukchon Hanok Village door

Beautiful door.. and of course my wife too

Take your photos to another level by wearing a Hanbok

I know girls would love this. You can rent and wear a Hanbok in Bukchon and roam the village like you’re a Korean princess during the Joseon dynasty.

Click here to rent one.


Where to stay in Bukchon?

Some of the residents converted their homes to guesthouses. I found some of these accommodations in Agoda. They have good reviews so check it out!

Sky guesthouse

Dalzip Bukchon Hanok Guesthouse

Todaki Guesthouse

Bukchonmaru Hanok Guesthouse

Bukchon Houses

Would be lovely to stay in one of the hanoks here

Directions to Bukchon Hanok Village

Line 3: Anguk Station – Exit 3, 10 min. away on foot

On your way there, you’ll pass by a Tourist Information Center. You can get a map and instructions on the best way to tour the village.

No entrance fee and it is open 24hrs.

Bukchon Hanok Village Door







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