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Bukchon Hanok Village is a touristy local residence located between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung. While most residential areas in Seoul have been converted to modern housing, Bukchon Hanok Village strive with 900 traditional hanok houses. This small-scale Korean traditional residence have been attracting hundred visitors who wish to experience life of traditional Korean society during Joseon Dynasty. Bukchon Hanok Village boast numerous historical spots and art museums, people who wish to immerse more with the traditional Korean culture wouldn't want to skip this quaint village.
How to (Not) Getting Lost in Bukchon Hanok Village
As a start, you should visit nearby hanbok rental and rent a hanbok before you go on your small trip around Bukchon Hanok Village. You might be surprised by how different your experience will be when you explore the village in the Korean traditional dress. It's the easiest way to immerse with the traditional atmosphere, you might even get to snap some memorable and also instagramable photos of you wearing a vibrant-colored hanbok with ancient patterned stone walls as the background. If you are a huge fan of historical K-drama, it is your time to make your dream comes true!
People with keen eyes will be intrigued with intricate wall patterns carved on each hanok. The good news is, not only you can admire them you might even learn to craft one by joining cultural workshops. By only paying small participation fee, you'll get to learn many forms of Korean ancient arts, from embroidery to ancient talisman crafts. Each workshop's tutorials is available in multilanguage such as Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and English.
Gahoe Museum is one of the most popular cultural museum in Bukchon Hanok Village, boasting more than 250 folk paintings and other Korean traditional art and cultural works. One of the most interesting one are collection of 750 amulets and talismans used by the ancestors to ward off evil spirits and all kind of diseases. Literature-enthusiasts will be spoiled with over 150 collections of classical literatures. A visit to Gahoe Museum is often paired with Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum and Museum of Korean Art.
Art of Embroidery is one of the largest part of Korean Culture, that is one primary reason why you should visit Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum. The museum not only showcasing various enchanting embroidery from the ancient times, it also display lavish embroidery relics worn by the emperor and high-ranking officials in ancient times. Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum was established and named after an influential Korean craftman.
Visiting Museum of Korean Art is absolutely a must, especially if you're into local culture. The museum boast staggering 6,000 artworks depicting Buddha including paintings and sculptures. Visitors can also find numerous ritual relics collected from Korea Peninsula and other Asian and Southeast Asia countries. There are also several cultural workshops you can participate in, it's a great chance to learn more about how traditional foods were made in ancient times and Korean folk paintings.
Bukchon Hanok Village obviously not the only place where you can enjoy kimchi, bulgogi, and other Korean delicacies. But the village is the only place where you can truly enjoy its authenticity. There are numerous eateries serving enticing Korean dishes, from sour and spicy kimchi to delectable bulgogi. Most of the dishes are seafood-based foods, so seafood lovers will absolutely love to dine in there.
How to Get Tickets?
Bukchon Hanok Village is a great choice for low-budget vacation trips, as you can access the vibrant village for free. You will have to pay few amount of money if you want to rent a hanbok, participate in workshops, and entering museums in the village though.
How To Get Around?
Bukchon Hanok Village is a relatively small village that can be explored only on foot. If you're tired you can always take a breather in nearby cafes or eateries.
What Should I Wear?
Definitely rent a hanbok before you explore Bukchon Hanok Village to escalate your experience. There are plethora of hanbok rental shops sprawling along the street offering collection of traditional hanbok in many colors.
Best Time to Visit
While there's no particular opening and closing hours to explore Bukchon Hanok Village, you might want to consider one thing. As much as it's promoted as a touristy attraction, Bukchon Hanok Village is still a residential area and it will be impolite to visit the village early in the morning and stay until midnight. It is best to visit Bukchon Hanok Village between noon and afternoon where most attractions are open for public.
Will I Need a Guide?
You can hire a guide if you want to learn more about Bukchon Hanok Village. However, it is not a necessity since you can find vital informations regarding the attraction in this website.
How To Get There?
The easiest way to get to Bukchon Hanok Village is by taking the subway Line 3 Exit 3 to Anguk Station. The village is just few kilometres away from the station.
We highly advise you to purchase Bukchon Museum Freedom Pass for 10,000 Won that grants you access to Gahoe Museum, Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum, and the Museum of Korean Art.