Category: East Asia

Cultural Center in Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village: A Living Story of the Joseon Dynasty (Complete Guide & Map)

The ancient South Korean Bukchon Hanok Village in  is a rare time-machine neighborhood. An attraction worth of topping any list of places to visit in Seoul. The village takes you back more than 600 years ago, to the ancient Joseon Dynasty era, while confining pieces of what used to be the lifestyle of the upper class of those times. In all my travels, I have hardly ever seen such a surprising urban artefact.


Bukchon means Northern Village and it was called so due to its strategic position, north of Cheonggyecheong Stream and Jongno.

Traditionally, this was the residential quarter of high-ranking government officials and nobility. Even though some of the old hanoks have been modernized being transformed into the so called fusion hanoks, there are still plenty of well-conserved examples of art and architecture reminding of the ways old Koreans used to live.

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