Another one of the top sites that you must see when you travel to Seoul is the Bukchon Hanok Village. The word “Hanok” means a traditional Korean house (not to be confused with the word “Hanbok”which is a type of traditional Korean clothing).
The picture below is of one of the most popular (and crowded) streets in the village. The street is a perfect analogy of how history is still a crucial part in the modern day Korean culture; at the end of the street, the historic hanoks blend into the modern and newly constructed high rises and skyscrapers. The mountains are in the very back, emphasizing the unique balance found in Seoul between humans and nature.
Fun Fact: You can see the Namsan Seoul Tower at the top of the mountain (the only structure visible on the mountain). To read up more on the N Seoul Tower, click here.
An important thing to keep in mind about the Bukchon Hanok village is that it’s a residential neighborhood, meaning people live in these houses.
You’ll see signs, like the one pictured above, on houses that say “silence please” or “no trespassing.” Remember to be keep your voice down, or better yet stay silent, when walking through the neighborhood.
Not only are these houses beautiful on their own but there’s also this additional element that comes from the people that live there. Each house has its unique blend of pottery, flora, and personal items that give the place both a historic and a homey feeling at the same time.
On the other side of the village, there are some spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. I am very jealous of the people that get to have this outlook from their homes.
As the Bukchon Hanok Village continues grow in popularity amongst tourists, so have the surrounding amenities. In the area around the village (and even at a few spots within the village), there are a number of restaurants, cafes, and little touristy shops.
Student & Traveler Tips
This place is a very popular tourist destination and it seems that there is always a plethora of people here. It’s so hard to take any photos here without getting a ton of people in them. I heard that your best bet to avoid the crowds is to come here as early as you can in the morning.
Also, make sure you remember that this area isn’t your typical historic site- people live here. Be respectful of their property and watch your volume.
37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Have you been to the Bukchon Hanok Village or is it on your list of things to see?
Do you think that it’s cool or weird that families live in this village, especially with so many tourists coming by?