Bukchon Hanok Village

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Bukchon Hanok Village
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Overview of an area of Samcheong-dong in the Bukchon Hanok Village
Korean name
Hangul
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.

History

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]

Tourism

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 an alley, just on the foot of the hill. Entrance is free, the visit allows to see those traditional housing in 15–20 minutes.

If you want to get to Bukchon Hanok Village it is close to Samcheongdong street and located between the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. You can get to the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul by taking the subway to the Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3). Take exit 3 and head to your right. After about 200 meters you will see large information signs that begin the Bukchon Village Walking Tour. In this Hanok Village there is a free walking tour is about 2–3 hours long taking you to multiple destinations will you collect stamps from each of them and at the end you can get a keychain at the end. The village is the home to Bukchon Traditional Culture Center, Seoul Intangible Cultural Heritage Center, Donglim Knot Museum, Gahoe Museum, Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum, Bukchon Asian Art Museum, and Owl Museum. Sll place to you should make sure to visit on your trip to Korea. In Bukchon that has over 600 years of history surrounding it many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants, and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture. They have very  picturesque locations and beautiful architecture that you no longer seen in modern-day society. Overall the villages are amazing locations that everyone should see and enjoy. Many tourists come here for photo opportunities and to immerse themselves in the history that is now surrounded by the modern Korea. You can make a guided tour reservation to help you go around the trail. There are tons if things to do while you are there. Recently in 2018 because of so many tourists visiting the area they have changed the hours of when people may visit from 9-5 Monday-Saturday and Sundays is now closed off to nonresidents. Currently there is an issue with tourists making trouble for the residents that live there; one resident even being yelled at for driving their car on its narrow roads. Residents who live there are not very happy that their resident environment is being taken over by an overwhelming amount of tourists taking photos all the time. This village averages about 10,000 visitors a day. Because of the tourists the number of residents fell from over 9000 to 7530; they say the tourists are driving the residents out of the neighborhood.

Gallery

Media

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

See also

References

  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.
  • "Bukchon, a trip back to the past in Seoul". Seoul Metropolitan Government official website. 2006-09-18. Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  • "Introduction of Main Programs of Hi Seoul Festival 2007". Hi Seoul Festival. 2007. Archived from the original on November 3, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  • Michael Gibb (2007-10-15). "Living History in Bukchon". Ryu Seunghoo (photo). Seoul Metropolitan Government Official website/ Monthly SEOUL. Archived from the original on November 4, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  • Jeremy Ferguson (2007-09-08). "Korea's hanoks offer a glimpse of centuries-old lifestyle". Seoul Metropolitan Government official website/Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  • Anna Fifield (2006-10-07). "Seoul - New life for an old way of building". Financial Times. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  • "Restoring the Continuity of Seoul's History and Culture". Seoul Metropolitan Government Official website. 2004-07-01. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  • KTO Sydney (2003-09-11). "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous". Korea Tourism Organization (KTO). Retrieved 2008-05-07.

External links

  • Bukchon Hanok Village - Seoul's official site
  • Bukchon (Jongno-gu)
  • Gallery of Buchon Hanok Village
  • Bukchon Walking Tour[permanent dead link] at the Royal Asiatic Society - Korea Branch
  • (in Korean) Gahoe-dong Hanok Village at the Women Dong-a
  • Rakkojae Seoul Hanok Hotel

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

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