Bukchon Hanok Village: A home to hundred traditional houses

Philstar says, traveling gives us a lot of great memories we can always look back on. Getting out of our comfort zone opens the mind to more ideas and possibilities. And while it gives us a peek into how the rest of the world lives, it also makes us appreciate more what we have back home. And the emotion of wanting to be away from home and see a place in a new light is somehow a great experience.

Next Stop, the Bukchon Hanok Village.

1.22Live history in the heart of Seoul

Seoul has a long history far back into Korea’s dynastic past. On my first arrival in the Land of the Morning Calm, high rises abound, a marked contrast between modern skyscrapers, design shopping malls, and shanty towns that was immediately striking. What is more interesting about this “it” city is aside from their highly developing economy and modern infrastructures, they maintained few of their historical points. What a rich culture, isn’t it?

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Let’s get into prospective!

As the capital of a country that has gone through massive development, Bukchon Hanok Village is there standing firm and still.

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Joseon’s gift to the people of Korea

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Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul Education Museum and Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon is the only place in Seoul where you can easily find ancient arrays of Hanoks, a home of hundred traditional houses, that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty, over 600 years.

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Ahn-nyong-ha-se-yo Seoul • Seoul Education Museum

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The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “Northern Village”, came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jogno. Today many of these Hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture.

Refer to http://english.visitkorea.or.kr

8Quiet and quaint

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It is once a clique of high-born families and high-ranking officials. While it is being swamped with locals and tourists from all over the globe, the village is also a private residential community of most Korean people.

1011May forever sa Seoul #seoulmate

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HOW TO GET THERE:

37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea

A 10-15 minutes away from Seoul City Hall. Access to the village is also quite easy, take subway Line 3 just one station away from Gyeongbokgung Station exit No. 01 or No. 02, and get off at Anguk Station. It is surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul Education Museum and Changdeokgung Palace.

13In case you feel like you’re lost, red-coated men are scattered all over the village and the whole city of Seoul with letter “i” on their head which means “information” #paraparaansibes

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Seoul Education Museum, right before the village

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Admission Fees 

Free Admission

Operating Hours 
24 Hours from Mondays to Sundays

Opens all year round

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Touring around the traditional houses of Bukchon

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Disclaimer: Be watchful and sharp while walking, because some areas are privately owned by the locals up to these days. No littering and observe silence.

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Telephone 
+82-2-2148-4160

+82-2-2148-4161

Parking Facilities 
Not available

Refer to http://english.visitkorea.or.kr
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Seoul is such a dynamic, fast-paced metropolitan city. A great balance of the old and the new, as you get both skyscrapers and Hanoks, wide array of irresistible Korean cuisines and local retail side by side with high street, and luxury and reasonable-priced brands.

Truly interesting!

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References:
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/
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