Explore Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul South Korea

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 until now. 

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Bukchon Hanok Village is one of the most beautiful ancient villages in Seoul South Korea.

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
  • Travel cost
  • Tips to make the best of your trip

 

About Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul

Nestled in the middle of Seoul with high-rise buildings and the 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.

Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul Korea
The village is located in the north of the capital Seoul – where everyday life goes smoothly, gently, and leisurely.

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:

Prime location

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.

Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul Korea
Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is completely isolated from the bustling city of Seoul.

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.

Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul Korea photos

 

How to get to Bukchon Hanok Village by subway?

You can easily get to Bukchon on the 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 it.

 

Best time to visit Bukchon Hanok village

Spring or Autumn is the best time to visit South Korea, as well as Seoul and Bukchon Hanok village in particular. 

The ideal hour to visit Bukchon village is early morning or in the afternoon (4 pm-5 pm). As it’s a tourist attraction, it helps you avoid big crowds when visiting during these times. 

Seoul houses roof

 

Best things to do in Bukchon Hanok Village

1. Stroll the village in Hanbok

If you are interested in Korean heritage and style, renting  Hanbok and visiting Seoul’s ancient village is an excellent idea.

Hanbok is the beautiful traditional dress of Koreans with bright colors, simple lines, and no pockets. And it looks so good in the pictures! 

Also, wearing Hanbok will give you free entrance to the places, so I recommend renting Hanbok for a day, visiting the village, and the palaces for free. Read my Hanbok experience here.

Tips: If you are visiting Seoul with your significant other, try the couple-themed Hanbok, just for fun.

Hanbok South Korea
Me exploring Bukchon village in Hanbok

 

2. Enjoy a panoramic view of the village

To get a panoramic view of Bukchon as well as taking Instagramable pictures, walk up the hill, and take photos from the top down. Layers of roof tile are extremely eye-catching from there! 

Bukchon Hanok Ilgil (북촌 한옥 1길), a steep lane with a particularly good view of the hanok houses.

Bukchon village Seoul view

 

3. Visit Baek In-je House

If you’re interested to learn more about Korean culture and architecture, don’t forget to visit the Baek In-je Museum, a well-preserved example of modern hanok.

The house was built during the Japanese colonial era and has been open since November 2015 for all visitors.

Baek In-je House Seoul Korea

You can register 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.

Foreign language tour schedule

You can reserve Foreign Language Tours in advance or on-site on the day of the tour. Click here to reserve the tour

  • Wednesday (4 pm) Japanese
  • Thursday (4 pm) Chinese
  • Friday (4 pm) English

Information

  • Admission: free
  • Opening hours: 9 pm to 6 pm (last entry 5:30 pm)

※ Visitors not on a guided tour may only tour the grounds
※ Open until 8 pm on weekends (Fri, Sat) during August

Baek In-je House Museum Seoul Korea

 

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. 

coffee and cheese cake

 

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.
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