|The traditional Korean houses at Bukchon Hanok Village
The literal meaning of BUKCHON is Northern Village, this was a place where high ranking officials lived during the Joseon Dynasty. People have preserved the place even after the Joseon era and it’s amazing how they passed this on from one generation to another without actually ruining it.
So this is how a typical Hanok looks like:
They are typically single-story building and the structures are generally made of clay, wood and stone. Because Korea has Winter Season, people a long time ago installed Ondol on their Hanok, this is a heated floor which is topped by curved tile roofs.
This is the typical view inside the Hanok.
I am not 100 percent sure that this is what it used to look like because nowadays, people who own these Hanok houses put some modern touches into the house to commercialize it and make business out of it. People are flocking into this area of Seoul just to see these traditional houses, while this bothers some residence of the village because of the noise, others find this a good opportunity to open a business like cultural centers, museums, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses.
|One of the many museums at Bukchon Hanok Village
I like the village because there’s a nostalgic ambiance. Although I don’t exist during the Joseon Dynasty, I get a glimpse of how Korean people lived a long time ago in the area. I wonder how it feels like to really live in this village.
One of the most visited areas in the village is this house called Sanggojae. It’s a Hanok with a modern touch. The reason why it's famous is because it was featured in the Korean drama called Personal Taste.
And I have made fun out of it by doing the Lee Min Ho pose in front of the Sanggojae.
It was nice seeing that house in actual. The house name literally means “A place for mutual love”.
To go to Bukchon Hanok Village, get off at Anguk station on Subway line number 3, go to Exit number 2 and walk straight ahead for about 300 meters.