Walking in Bukchon Hanok Village is a relaxing and magical experience for both tourists and locals alike. The neighborhood contains an estimated 900 Korean traditional homes (called hanok). Come on a sunny day to enjoy a view of the Namsan Tower at the photo hotspot. Or visit on a snowy winter afternoon for an added layer of romance.
When skies are clear even on a cold winter day, you can see the famous Namsan Tower from Gahoe-dong Alley. The street is easily filled with a hundred tourists at any given time. On the snowy day I went, a maximum of ten people walked up the popular street.
It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many people pass by this bike, it doesn’t get stolen. Faith in humanity restored. Partially.
The view of Namsan Tower from Gahoe-dong Alley at sunset.
The following photo looks like a car commercial. I cringe. But it proves that people inhabit these old traditional homes.
View standing from the edge of Bukchon-ro 5na-gil.
The building which houses the Glass Dish Museum and Silk Road Museum located on Bukchon-ro 5na-gil.
Couple rings, couple t-shirts, couple undies… and even a viewpoint just for couples. This country is made for lovebirds.
On the stroll to the famous Gahoe-dong Alley.
Hungry? Walk up from the Gahoe-dong Alley and turn to your left. You might get lucky and encounter the baked sweet potato man! He’ll have his truck of other winter favorite produce ready for your taste buds.
Another shot from Bukchon-ro 5na-gil. Looking towards Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Directions to Bukchon Hanok Village (the Information Box where you pick up a helpful map): Exit 2 at the Anguk Station. Walk one block and look to your right.