Bukchon HanokFree: All time

Bukchon Hanok is a Korean traditional village located in the hilly neighborhood of Seoul. During the Joseon Dynasty, this area is home to the Korean noble families and high-ranking government officials. Wandering through the narrow alleyways in Bukchon is like a trip to the past, with hints of modern lifestyles sprinkled throughout (fingerprint security system on wooden door; small trucks trying to make an impossible turn, etc.) Since it’s perched up on the hill, this neighbourhood also allows you a view of Seoul metropolitan buildings, framed within the “Hanok” houses. From a poll conducted by Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2011, tourists voted that exploring the narrow streets of Bukchon was their fourth favorite activity in Seoul. Head over to the Bukchon official site to download the printable free walking guide map and guidebook prior to your visit.

Address: Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Direction: Underground Line 3 to Anguk Station, Exit 2
Phone: +82 2-3707-8388
Website: bukchon.seoul.go.kr/eng

Photo credit: Penmerahpenbiru, Sakaori