Bukchon Hanok Village

Category : Historical/Nature Place | Arts/Souvenirs
Sep 02, 2015

Bukchon Hanok Village


Located between two grand palaces Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung – Bukchon Hanok Village was
once a residential area for the elites of the Joseon Dynasty. This explains the number of Korea’s traditional
houses found in here – the Hanok. The Hanoks that erect in this area right now are reformed versions
of the original structures.

Over 900 Hanoks are spread across this village. Many of these Hanoks operate either as private residences,
tourist accommodations, art galleries, cultural centers, shops, and restaurants. A tour around the village
will take around 3 hours or more.

There are a variety of museums located in the village including Bukchon Traditional Culture Center, Seoul
Intangible Culture Heritage Center
, Donglim Knot Museum, Gahoe Museum, Han Sangsu Embroidery
, Bukchon Asia Art Museum, and Owl Museum. These centers provide a platform for learning
and understanding Korean culture more through exhibits and hands-on programs.

Despite all these establishments, visitors of this village should keep in mind that this is residence area
and are expected to keep noise level to a minimum.

Operating Hours/Days: Weekdays 09:30 ~21:30 | Closed on Sundays

Admission Fees: Free

Things to try:

» Complete the recommended 8 photo spots or views in Bukchon Village.


1. Get out of Bukchon Culture Center and go up the hill to see Changdeokgung Palace
over the stonewalls.

2. The end of the Changdeokgung Palace stone wall alley. The view includes the patio of
Institute of Korean Royal Cuisine and the wall decorated with giwa (Korean traditional tile)

3. The area of Gaehoe-dong 11 where a lot of craft workshops and museums are located.

4. The spot where you can see Gaehoe-dong 31 area filled with hanok roofs.

5. Gahoe-dong 31 downhill alley where you will find an array of well-preserved antique Hanoks.

6. Uphill alley where you see the finest view of Seoul in between the hanok houses.

7. A narrow and cozy alley where you can actually feel the daily lives of the residences.

8. Stone stairway connecting to Samcheong-dong street



» Join hands-on program at the Gahoe Museum


Peony T-shirt making: 12,000 won (30min)
Character painting picture frame making: 10,000 won (1 hr)
Fan drawing: 7,000 won (1 hr)
Cup saucer drawing: 7,000 won (30min)
Goblin roof tile stamping: 5,000 won (20min)
Amulet stamping: 3,000 won (20min)
Dancheong (Colors) card making: 3,000 won (20min)


Operation hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00
* Last Admission to hands-on program is 1 hour before closing.


» Choose from one of these suggested routes by the Korea Tourism Organization



Route 1
Uhnyeongung (Palace) ▶ Bukchon Traditional Culture Center ▶ Buddhist art museum ▶ Han Sangsoo
Embroidery Workshop ▶Gahoe Minhwa (folk paintings) Workshop ▶ Donglim Maedeup Workshop ▶ Hanok Experience Center ▶ Seoul Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Hall


Route 2
Unhyeong (Palace) ▶ Bukchon Traditional Culture Center ▶ Seoul Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Hall ▶ Lacquer Studio (Bukchon Chogo Workshop) ▶ World Jewelry Museum ▶ Gyeungeondang and Okchupdang of Jongchinbu


More info at



Address : 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Location : Seoul-si > Jongno-gu


Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2.
Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.

Anguk Station
Bus no. 109, 151, 162, 171, 172. 272, 601, 7025
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Contact Information
Bukchon Hanok Village Cultural Center:
Website: http://bukchon.seoul.go.kr/
Phone number: (02) 2148-4160

Gyeongbokgung Palace:
Website: http://www.royalpalace.go.kr
Phone number: (82)-2-3700~3900