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Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul

March 8, 2015

The Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, South Korea is possibly one of the most charming part of town the city has to offer. It is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok and walking down the streets bring you into a place of calm and quiet. I would recommend going early in the morning to avoid the tourist crowds and get a good photo taking opportunities.

The funny thing that stood out was the number of ‘please keep quiet’ signs peppered along the streets. If you attempt to be slightly rowdy, for instance being in the midst of a very exciting selfie taking session, residents living in these traditional houses would not hesitate to come out just to shush you. It’s totally hilarious to watch the fierce Ahjushi(s) and Ahjuma(s) come out with a broom in hand.

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The nearest train station is Anguk. The Hanok Village is simply 5 to 10 minutes walk from there.

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I would totally wear comfy footwear for this part of town because of the many steps and steep slopes involved. Anyway, street and sports footwear is very very popular in Seoul now so no harm decking out in your best pair of New Balances.

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It’s spring time here in Seoul and you can spot the Sakura Cherry Blossom trees from afar. This is a beautiful place to spend half a day at.

 

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As you make your climb to the top of the village, you’ll overlook the Samcheongdong area which i absolutely love. It’s another town where you can do a little shopping and cafe-hopping, perhaps after your visit to the Bukchon Village. I much prefer Samcheongdong to some other popular places like Hongdae where there are always throngs of people and tourists on the streets. Samcheongdong is relatively quiet and less hectic.

 

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I hope this is useful for you. For more information, you can check out the tourism page here.

Comment below f you’ve been here before and if you have any additional tips or places to checkout at Samcheongdong.

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