A Hanok is a Korean traditional house. There are over 900 of these structures in the Bukchon Hanok Village enclave that is located in Seoul. To this day, this settlement has become a popular tourist attraction in Seoul as it feeds our fascination with Korean traditional culture and past times.
There are two main places I recommend you make a pit stop at before venturing off into the village itself. The first stop is the Bukchon traditional cultural centre where you can learn interesting points and facts about the village itself. There are wall diagrams and exhibits that show how the Hanok’s are constructed and how they are an important example of Korean architecture.
The second stop is the tourist information centre where you can pick up a free map in several different languages. This map will detail key points and viewing areas where you can see the full beauty of the village.
The area is quite hilly and the majority of your walking will be uphill to reach the viewpoints, so if visiting in the summer I recommend that you bring some water with you and go early in the morning before the temperatures become too hot. The morning is also a good time to go if you want to get some clean empty shots of the houses and the intertwining streets.
My favourite stop on my visit here was the Bukchon Observatory, a stop i have written another blog about. It has the best views of the settlement and the new towering city beyond which shows the deep contrast between old Seoul and new Seoul
How to get there:
Get off at Anguk Station(Subway Line 3) and take Exit 2. Go straight for about 5 minutes to get to Bukchon Hanok Village.