Bukchon Hanok Village

We explored the Bukchon Hanok Village this afternoon. It was really hot today, but it’s definitely autumn now—there are kids in school uniforms all over the place, and the leaves are starting to turn. Plus the street vendors are starting to sell roasted chestnuts!

Hanok are traditional L-shaped Korean houses, with ondol heating systems (heat runs through the floor via passageways in the winter that also keep the house cool in the summer through an ancient technique that I don’t really understand), tiled roofs, and courtyards behind walls and gates. Bukchon is one of the last areas to have maintained its old-style hanok. There are a bunch of teahouses and museums up on the hill, plus some more modern shops down below.

It was a stupidly beautiful day.

It’s a really hilly area, so there are steps everywhere.

 

People still live in all these houses, so there are lots of residents walking around. We tried not to bother the residents too much, but we always bowed to the older residents as we passed, and they seemed pleasantly surprised by that.

That’s N. Seoul Tower in the background.

Warning to travelers in South Korea: Don’t go places on Mondays. Everything that even hints at being ‘official’ or ‘governmental’ is closed on Mondays.

I would love to go back to Bukchon and visit the Gahoe Museum, the Hansangsu Embroidery Museum, the Dong-Lim Museum of Buddhist Art, and the Seoul Museum of Chicken Art (all within 10 minutes of each other, and located in hanok houses). We have another couple of days in the city, so it’s not out of the question. Especially the Seoul Museum of Chicken Art. I think I might cry if I don’t visit the Seoul Museum of Chicken Art.

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