Worth a Hike — Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul

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The highlight of my 36 hours in Seoul was our morning visit to the historic Bukchon Hanok village. Unconsciously I had expected Seoul to have a more historic feel across the city, so wandering the streets of Bukchon Hanok was very satisfying.

The day before we had toured N Seoul Tower and Namdaemun gate, this morning we decided to take the hour subway ride to the village. It’s convenient from the metro, and within 5 minutes we’d reached the outskirts and started up the scenic hill.

Bukchon Hanok Seoul Bookshop

Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul Alley There were signs everywhere asking people to respect “visiting hours” which started at 10AM and avoid loud talking and excessive picture taking. It was 9:30, we needed to leave before 11AM in order to make our bus back to the airport, so I was hoping it was ok.

I was worried we were being too loud – what does that even mean – when we came across a large group of Chinese tourists talking VERY loudly and walking into people’s gardens, etc to take pictures. Oh.

Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul Traditional House

Not in someone’s garden!

Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul Shopping Street

I realized we would hardly be a blip on the radar. It was a pleasant scenic stroll that took about 30 minutes past historic houses and interesting architecture. When we started to approach the main road, there was a strangely harmonious Kiehl’s building, maker of my favorite face cream, and other picturesque shops.

Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul Kiehls

Bukchon Hanok Village Seoul Flower Shop

They offer more formal walking tours — both led and self-guided, but I enjoyed just moseying around on our own. If you’ll be visiting Seoul I highly recommend an hour or two stroll here!

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