Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bukchon Hanok Village

During our trip to Seoul, we wanted to focus on observing the local culture and lifestyle. But, we also wanted to get a glimpse of old Seoul. So we headed off to Bukchon Hanok Village to appreciate the charming wooden houses known to be homes of the elite society in the olden days. This traditional Korean house is called a Hanok.

Since we were staying in the Gangnam-gu area, we took the train from Apgujeong station, went down Anguk station on Subway Line # 3, Exit 3 and walked straight a few meters. It was a very cold day when we chose to visit this place but it was all worth it. This area has plenty of uphills and downhills. I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

I can't stop admiring the architecture. I love the intricate design of the roofs! 

This place reminded me of a "hutong" which is an alley lined by traditional courtyard houses when we where in Beijing. 

This Korean traditional village is surrounded by the infamous Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. My husband and I agreed to visit these palaces on our next trip. This picturesque village is also surrounded by cute cafes, restaurants and art galleries. 

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Bukchon is a great place to trace back Korean origins. I've read that these hanok houses are starting to get fewer. It's a good thing that the government is taking measures to preserve and protect the remaining ones.

Most of the photos taken using a Canon 550 D 

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