Bukchon Hanok Village

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Bukchon Hanok Village
Overview of an area of Samcheong-dong in the Bukchon Hanok Village
Korean name
Hanja 마을
Revised Romanization Bukchon hanok maeul
McCune–Reischauer Pukch'on hanok maŭl

Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok[1] and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment.


The area of Bukchon, which consists of neighborhoods: Wonseo-dong, Jae-dong, Gye-dong, Gahoe-dong and Insa-dong, was traditionally the residential quarter of high-ranking government officials and nobility during the Joseon Dynasty. It is located north of Cheonggye Stream and Jongno, hence named Bukchon, which means north village. [2]Traditionally, this place was inhabited by nobles, serving in the palace and their families. Later on, due to wars and disasters, the place was occupied by commoners.


A poll of nearly 2,000 foreign visitors, conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in November 2011, stated that exploring the narrow streets of Bukchon was their fourth favorite activity in Seoul.[3]

According to data by the Bukchon Traditional Culture Center 30,000 people visited the area in 2007. However, after the Village was featured in television programmes, such as 1 Night 2 Days and Personal Taste, the number rose to 318,000 in 2010. In 2012 the figure is expected to double to more than 600,000.[4]

A large beautiful hanok has open to the public in 2015, as part of the Seoul Museum of History. It is located in a alley, just on the foot of the hill. Entrance is free, the visit allows to see those traditional housing in 15-20 minutes.



  • KBS《Documentary 3 days - Morning at Bukchon》(June 27,2009)
  • KBS1 Night 2 Days(Korean: 1박 2일) - Seoul special》 (September 26,2010)

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  1. ^ Rachel Sang-hee Han; Frances Cha (17 December 2012). "13 things you've got to do in Seoul". CNN Travel. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. ^ Joe, Yong-hee (28 June 2002). "Old area offers eye-opening slumber party". Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Mt. Nam Tops List of Foreign Tourists' Favorites". Chosun Ilbo. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ Kim, Hyung-eun (16 November 2012). "Historic Bukchon besieged by tourists, businesses". Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2012.

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Coordinates: 37°34′59″N 126°59′01″E / 37.58306°N 126.98361°E / 37.58306; 126.98361