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.
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.
This beautiful sun filled room complete with traditional furniture is part of the men’s quarters.
Young Korean girls/women love wandering around the area in their traditional hanboks. These two were having a great time!
I loved these traditional door latches.
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.
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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