Flanked by Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace—two of Seoul’s Joseon Dynasty palaces—Bukchon Hanok Village comprises hundreds of traditional hanok houses that today are home to restaurants, teahouses, cultural centers, art galleries, and B&Bs. It’s one of the best places to experience a taste of old Seoul.
Bukchon Hanok Village is well worth a visit. Most sightseeing tours of the Korean capital include a visit to the neighborhood, as well as Jogyesa Temple, the Blue House, Insadong, and the two nearby palaces. Those who want to learn more about this Joseon Dynasty neighborhood can opt for a small-group tour of the village. For a unique photo op, don a traditional hanbok for a professional photo shoot in the picturesque setting.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Bukchon Hanok Village is a must-visit for couples and first time visitors.
- The neighborhood itself is free to visit, but individual attractions might charge entrance fees.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces; the village is quite hilly.
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach the neighborhood is to take Seoul Subway Line 3 to Anguk Station and leave through Exit 1 or 2. Several buses also stop at the Bukchon Hanok Village bus stop.
When to Get There
The neighborhood is open throughout the year, and many visitors choose to stroll the streets during the morning or afternoon when most of the businesses are open. Many of the hanok remain as private homes, so noise is discouraged at night.
Bukchon Cultural Center
Begin your visit to the village with a stop at the Bukchon Cultural Center. Operated by the city of Seoul, this facility offers a range of programming for visitors, including tea ceremonies, handicraft workshops, and cultural seminars. The center is also home to a small museum on the history and culture of the neighborhood.