Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village which makes you feel that you’re traveling back in time with a history surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine. It allows the visitors to feel and experience the Joseon Dynasty with its atmosphere. The village is composed of hundreds of traditional houses called “Hanok”. Now, it operates as guesthouses, cultural centers, restaurants, and tea houses. But still it shows what Seoul used to be 600 years ago.
My husband and I went to see and find out what the Old Seoul look like. Considering that Seoul is now very modern! The place was really quiet coz there are still residential areas. While strolling, you have to pay respect and be quiet. Bukchon is a very nice place to take good photos with their narrow alleyways surrounded by Hanoks. I admire how intricate the shapes and details of each houses.
Hanoks are considered environment-friendly architecture. Korea’s weather can be very cold during winter and very hot in the summer but hanoks are built with an underfloor heating to give heat during cold days on summer days. They have a wide front porch to make the house cooler. Until today, most of their homes are using this primitive way of heating and cooling.
After visiting Bukchon Village and while walking, we saw this restaurant —- Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup. The crowd is mainly locals around the area. It means the food here is authentic and delicious. The staff are very friendly and they have english menu. We ordered the usual Ginseng Chicken Soup and Pajeon. Surprisingly, everything was very delicious and healthy. I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for their traditional Ginseng Chicken Soup. Definitely, a good place to have lunch or dinner.
Address: 41 Bukchon-ro, Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-747-5535
HOW TO GET THERE:
There’s no direct connection from Seoul Station to Bukchon Hanok Village. But, you can take the line 1 subway to Jongno 3-ga Station, take the subway to Anguk Station, then take the walk to Bukchon Hanok Village.