Bukchon Hanok Village
79-12 Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Photo courtesy of Korean Tourism Organization NY
Bukchon Hanok VillageTo catch a glimpse of ancient Seoul, head to Bukchon Hanok Village. This historic, hilly neighborhood lies between the palace walls of Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung and consists of more than 800 hanoks, traditional one-story homes with tiled pagoda roofs. Many of the hanoks still function as residences, which is why you’ll find reminders to stay quiet posted everywhere. Not only is the 600-year-old village beautiful, it offers some of the most stunning views of Seoul. Stop at the tourist center (a block from Exit 2 at Anguk Station) for a free map of scenic walking routes and highlights. Then get lost looking for cultural centers, folk art workshops, boutiques, teahouses, and Koreans wearing traditional hanboks. For a deeper experience, arrange for a guesthouse stay through the Hanok Homestay Information Center.