Bukchon Hanok Village is my favorite place to visit in Seoul, South Korea. This dreamy village was built 600 years ago, and it still retains its beauty now.
This article includes the following sections:
Information about Bukchon village
Reasons to visit
How to get there
Best time to visit
Best things to do at Bukchon village
Tips to make the best of your trip
About Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul
Nestled in the middle of Seoul with high-rise buildings and bustling streets is the beautiful ancient Bukchon Hanok village.
About 600 years ago, the architects built Bukchon “northern village” with unique architecture.
The village was an area where Joseon dynasty officials and rich nobility lived hundreds of years ago. About 900 houses with Hanok architecture still retain the pristine ancient beauty despite the changing times.
Together with hundreds of traditional houses of simple clay and stone, Bukchon embodies a miniature Joseon-era Seoul. There is no better place for you to learn the long history stories and bold colors of Korean traditional culture than Bukchon.
Coming here, you can also spend time visiting nearby monuments and interesting places like Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok, and Jongmyo Shinto Shrine.
Address: 03055 16 Bukchon-ro 7-gil (Gahoe-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul
Why should you visit Bukchon Hanok Village?
Bukchon is not the only place with hanok pavilions in Korea but it is on the list of top places to visit in Seoul, South Korea. That’s because of the special things that only Bukchon hanok village has:
Located in the hills between two famous palaces in Seoul, Gyeongbok Palace, and Changdeok Palace, Bukchon brings an even more ancient and magical atmosphere like a miniature Joseon country.
With winding alleys on the hills and beautiful houses, Bukchon is like a maze that makes visitors admire and go on forever.
The place with the most traditional hanok houses
Bukchon village has more than 900 hanok houses, which is home to the largest collection of privately owned hanoks in Seoul and even South Korea.
The hanok houses here also retain the simple simplicity with materials from clay, stone floor, ancient tile roof.
Not only has a harmonious appearance, but the interior design is also Korean-style, neat, clean, and eye-catching.
How to get to Bukchon Hanok Village by subway?
You can easily get to Bukchon on subway line 3 to Anguk Station (exit 2). When you exit the subway station, continue to walk another 480m.
You will see a smaller street on the left where the rows of gray-tiled roofs lie along the walkway up the slope. It’s the old village of Bukchon.
Note: There are lots of maps and signs along the sidewalk so you can easily find the way.
When turning into a small alley, the beautiful old houses have gradually appeared before your eyes and just waiting for you to explore them.
The house was built during the Japanese colonial era and has been open since November 2015 for all visitors.
You can register for English tours to listen to the stories of the aristocratic families who have lived here since the early 20th century. Also, you can maybe take a flyer to walk and explore the house itself.
※ Visitors not on a guided tour may only tour the grounds ※ Open until 8 pm on weekends (Fri, Sat) during August
4. Visit traditional houses, cafes, and shops
Most of the houses in Bukchon are restored and preserved into relics, cultural centers, and shops selling local specialties and handicrafts.
So take your time, stroll the narrow, and check out the shops, or relaxing at the cafe.
5. Participate in craft-making classes
You can also experience craft-making classes such as folk painting, making embroidery bags, dyeing fabrics, or participating in traditional activities at shops or cultural centers.
It can be complicated at first glance, but just by following the step-by-step instructions, you can create necklaces, bracelets, and phone bands with intricate patterns and attractive colors.
The cost of visiting Bukchon Hanok village
You do not need to spend money to visit Bukchon hanok village because it is a residential area anyway so there is no entrance fee.
However, some attractions in the village have entrance tickets and different operating hours. So make sure you check the information before you want to visit those points.
Tips to visit Bukchon Hanok village
You should wear comfortable shoes because the streets in Korea are quite steep.
Bukchon is a heritage neighborhood, so it is advisable to follow a group of no more than 10 people to have a view of the old town. Don’t forget to be quiet because this is still a residential area. It is not uncommon to see signs that notice noise in the area.
You should purchase a 4G sim card or rent pocket wifi to travel easier.
Taxis in South Korea run 24 hours, starting at 2,800 Won for the first 2km and 100 Won for every 144m thereafter (midnight to 4 am charged an additional 20%). Buses and subways cost 1,350 Won/way.
Travelers shopping in Korea can get a tax refund. Don’t forget to retain the invoice for a tax refund at the airport.