Seoul: Take a Stroll Through Historic Bukchon Hanok Village

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 24 comments

Bukchon Hanok Village

This week we’re taking a stroll through Seoul’s historical Bukchon Hanok Village. Welcome to week 301 (11/10/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Sandwiched between two of Seoul’s historic royal palaces, Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, Bukchon, a village of Korean traditional houses known as hanok, dates back close to 600 years to the Joesan Dynasty. The village was slated for renovation/demolition back in the 1960s; the area locals protested its demise. The government relented, and the village and its hanoks spared. There are approximately 900 hanok in the area, and many have been restored using traditional materials and construction methods. If you’re interested in learning about this traditional architecture, this is the place to go!  The area is also home to a cluster of small museums, independent art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. Enjoy the photos!

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Gahoe Dong (or Harmony)  Alley looks down on metropolitan Seoul with its modern office towers and hotels. Saturday and Sunday are busy with locals and tourists, and it’s common to see local women out in their traditional hanboks.


Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul

Baek In-Je House Museum

Baek In-Je is one of the larger restored hanboks in Buchon Hanok Village and dates back to the Japanese occupation.  Within the compound, there are men’s quarters (sarangchae), women’s quarters (anchae), guests quarters (byeoldangchae), and a pleasant garden area. The museum is open from Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and admission is free.


Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul


Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul


This beautiful sun filled room complete with traditional furniture is part of the men’s quarters.


Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul



Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul


Young Korean girls/women love wandering around the area in their traditional hanboks. These two were having a great time!


Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul


I loved these traditional door latches.

Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul


Walk straight up Gahoe-Dong Alley for this gorgeous view of the hanoks tiled roofs and the city below. There’s also a teahouse where you can rest your weary feet.



Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul


As you’re walking up the alley, there are many senior women sitting outside the hanoks with signs in English saying be quiet. I guess it’s only the English tourists who are loud since there were no signs in Korean. I wanted to take a photo, but the ladies didn’t seem too friendly, and I didn’t want to get run off!

To get to Bukchon Hanok Village take Subway Line 3 to Anguk Station (Exit 2).
After exiting, continue straight for approximately 300 meters.

Finally, if you are planning to visit on the weekend, start early to avoid the crowds. Most museums and businesses open by 10:00 am., and you should be able to tour the village in half a day. Good walking shoes are recommended.


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  1. I wouldn’t be able to stop taking pics of the young girls in traditional costume!!
    And doorknobs!

    • Hi, Jackie. Both are favorite subjects of mine too!

  2. I love that view over the traditional rooftops, with the city behind- so iconic!

    • Hi, CT. I like that shot, too!

  3. This is a very nice place! I am glad it was saved from demolition. No matter how modern a city is, places like this are still needed.

    • Hi, Ruth. I agree. Korea was devastated during the war, so most of the buildings have been rebuilt. From what I understand is that these hanboks are original, and have renovated.

  4. I love the photo of the girls taking photos. It’s such a great shot! (Also the badges are giving me grief so it’s just a link back, if that’s ok?)

    • Hi, Lydia. They were having such a great time, and their hanboks are so cute. I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the badge. Sometimes it can be pesky!

  5. Sorry, the linky gave me an error and then put me in twice. I would love to go to South Korea someday.

    • Hi, Rhonda. When you do come, I recommend late spring or fall. I think you’d enjoy the country.

  6. I especially liked your first photo Nancy, as I scrolled down the photo from the very modern city skyline to the very traditional street and ancient roofs of Bukchon Hanok Village. You must have felt like you were stepping back in time. At least until you ran into the ladies with the “Quiet” signs! 🙂

    • Hi, Anita. Yes, that’s exactly how it feels. The ladies with the quiet signs are hilarious, considering how loud Koreans can be!

  7. How interesting the signs “Be quiet” were only in English! You must be right about tourists being loud! I love your photos in this post! These girls in traditional clothing being very modern when taking photos of each other is such a great contrast. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi, Kreete. The young ladies were showing off two very different traditions. Koreans dislike listening to people speaking English. I have lost track of the number of time I have been told to be quiet on a subway or bus. Koreans themselves are quite loud!

  8. I would love the opportunity to stroll thru the streets of Seoul. It looks amazing, and I do love Korean food. Thx for sharing these lovely pics.

    • Hi, Doreen. Do come and visit sometime. Best time of the year is late spring or fall. Thanks for dropping by!

  9. I’m rather taken with the traditional door latches, too. Beautiful design. Enjoyed this little stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village. Interesting to see the modern city in the background of this ancient town.

    • Hi, Cathy. I always love the old and the new of any city or country. Thanks for dropping by.

  10. Bukchon Hanok Village looks like an interesting place to visit. The dresses on those young women are gorgeous.

    • Hi, Donna. It is interesting, and the next time I go there, I want to spend time looking through some of the small museums.

  11. Historic Bukchon Hanok Village looks like a great way to learn about the culture and history of the area. I love the pictures, I wonder if they still sell those door latches somewhere…

    • Hi, Nathalie. Bukchon is a lovely area. I don’t know if they sell the door latches. I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

  12. I loved walking around Bukchon Hanok Village too, but it was a lot less crowded when I was there. No girls in traditional dress, though.

  13. Loved going on this tour of Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul with you. Hope to see it in person one day.

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