Seoul Day 5: Strolling Bukchon Hanok Village

Our last day was supposed to be spent on Nami Island and Petit France, we already bought our train ticket to Nami Island ahead of time but we woke up late on our fifth day and we only have few hours left to spent before our agreed departure to Incheon Airport so we’ve decided to just spend our remaining time on Bukchon Hanok Village and Lotte World.

Bukchon literally means “northern village” because the neighborhood was situated north of Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Cheonggyecheon stream is a landmark that already exists during the Joseon Dynasty while Jongno is one of the oldest district in Seoul.

 

Bukchon during the Joseon Dynasty was the official residential area for high-ranking government officials and nobles. It is also located  between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Nowadays, most of the area surrounding the palaces are already modernized but an area in the Bukchon street was preserved and lined with traditional Hanok houses.

 

HOW TO GET TO BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE

HOW TO GET TO BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE

MAP LEGEND 1: From Anguk subway station Exit 2, walk for atleast 15 minutes to Bukchon Village. There’s actually a metal plate signage on the street indicating how many meters left before you reach the place.

MAP LEGEND 2: You’ll notice the street towards the Bukchon Village when you found a CU mart, a few buses lined on the street, tourist information officer giving leaflets to the visitors and numerous souvenir shops around the area.

MAP LEGEND 3: Bukchon Village.

The entrance of Bukchon Hanok street are bunch of restaurants, food stalls, souvenir shops and Hanbok shop (traditional dress) – option for you to stroll the street like those on traditional era.

Bukchon Village today is a residential area so you’ll notice a lot of signage requesting visitors to stay quiet  and respect the place to avoid disturbing neighbors on the area. There aren’t much to do there but to stroll, take pictures and appreciate the structures of each house made of wood. The street is uphill and a lot of tourists walking around, the group of tourist ahead were actually the indicator where to go next since there are not much signage of which street to go.

After reaching the top area of Bukchon Village, we went back to the entrance street of Bukchon and walk towards Anguk subway for our Lotte World experience.

 

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