I haven't done anything cultural in Korea for awhile. A lot of foreigners talk about how beautiful the Hanok villages are. Hanok is what they call Korean traditional houses. The weather is starting to feel Spring like which is the best time to be outdoors, so I went to check out the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul.
Bukchon Hanok Village has lots of tea houses in Hanok buildings. There are so many tea houses to choose from. I wish I went for tea since I love tea, but I was on a mission which involved dinner in Itaewon later.
Bukchon Hanok Village is a residential neighbourhood where people actually live. Since this is a residential area make sure to be respectful of the neighbourhood and the residents. This village is about 600 years old. There are lots of alley ways and Hanok with different designs. Bukchon is actually between Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace so you can visit all three locations.
You will see lots of Hanok tea houses and stores selling souvenirs. I came across this freshly painted wall. I love paintings and graffiti so I made sure to get those pictures.
This Hanok has a new door. It is so beautiful!
Another alley in between Hanoks.
Selfie in the alley. I need a new selfie stick asap!
As I was walking around the village I saw a lot of guesthouses. It got me thinking about staying in a guest house for one night because they are historical buildings. I really want to see the inside too!
I really like this area. It is so great for selfies. There is beautiful scenery everywhere.
Ughh, I love the colour of the wood against the old brick buildings.
Oh the irony in this picture. This is obviously a remodeled Hanok, but it's so beautiful. The mailbox is too cute.
I'm not too sure what this building is, it was all in Korean. It looks like a school though.
Back through the alleys.
Lots of Hanok. You can see the top of the Hanok, which have the shingled roofs. You see these shingles a lot in older Korean buildings, they were very popular.
Throughout the village I saw all wooden doors with that same colouring, so when I saw this gate I was excited. It is something different which makes it very unique. Korea is all about conformity so having a gate this is very special.
Hehehe, I loved these wooden doors so much I took a selfie with one. I think I was here for about two hours. I ended up getting lost a few times and took detours away from the village and found my way back. The tourist center offers maps of the area, make sure to use those so you don't get lost.
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