Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, these hanoks are still inhabited by Seoulites though some operate as cultural centres, galleries, craft workshops, restaurants, teahouses, museums, and guesthouses for foreign visitors.
Bukchon Hanok Village also houses a traditional liquor brewery where Korean alcoholic drinks such as makgeolli (raw rice wine), yakju (medicinal wine), and soju (distilled liquor) are produced. Visitors can also learn about the brewing process of samhaeju, which is a type of soju that was served at palace functions.
Meanwhile, visitors looking to immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture can visit the Gahoe Museum, Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum, and the Museum of Korean Art by purchasing the ‘Bukchon Museum Freedom Pass’, which is priced at 10,000 won.
Opened in 2002, Gahoe Museum houses over 250 folk paintings, 750 amulets, 150 classical books, and over 200 traditional folding screens. During the olden days, symbol-bearing talismans are used to prevent possession by evil spirits, ward off diseases and bad spirits, as well as for good health, wish fulfilment, and accompany family prayers.
Dedicated to a renowned Korean craftsman, the Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum exhibits intricate embroidery works by Han Sangsu as well as a collection of embroidery-themed folk art and embroidery relics once worn by the king and high-ranking officials.
Lastly, visitors can marvel at more than 6,000 Buddhist artworks at the Museum of Korean Art. Housing beautifully-preserved paintings, sculptures, crafts and ritual items from Korea, China, Tibet, and other Southeast Asian regions, the museum also organises workshops on Korean folk painting and traditional food-making.
Entry to Bukchon Hanok Village is free of charge and the easiest way to get to this historical neighbourhood is by taking the subway (Line 3, Exit 3) to Anguk Station.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 09:30 – 21:30
Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul