An historic site located in downtown Seoul (South Korea) between the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, Bukchon Hanok Village was a residential area of aristocrats during the Joseon Dynasty. Was named “Bukchon”, meaning the north village, because is located on the upper north side of Cheonggyecheon Stream district.
With hundreds of Korean traditional houses (hanok), Bukchon Hanok Village was the place where politics, administrators, royals and Confucian literati elites were living.
The village was originally built with wooden materials and red brick walls however at the end of the Joseon period the area was divided into small housing lots due to social and economic reasons. The renovation was made without losing the original style and the village was transformed into a modern urban area.
Today, many of these houses are used as: cultural center, art galleries, museums, guesthouses, antique shops, craft workshops, restaurants and teahouses.
To experience the beauty of Korean life, visitors need only to walk around Bukchon’s narrow alleys and see people actually living their life: housewives hanging out the wash, children playing and adults having conversations. And for a unique view of hanok houses, visit the Bukchon Observatory, a villa rooftop transformed into a viewing platform.
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