Bukchon Hanok Village

Lonely Planet review

Meaning ‘North Village’, Bukchon, between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, is home to around 900 hanok, Seoul’s largest concentration of these traditional Korean homes. It’s an increasingly touristy area, but it’s still a pleasure to get lost in the streets here admiring the patterned walls and tiled roofs contrasting with the modern city in the distance.

The Bukchon Traditional Culture Centre has a small exhibition about hanok and is housed, appropriately enough, in a hanok . There are sometimes English-speaking volunteers here and you should be able to pick up the free English booklet Discovery Bukchon, which includes a map detailing the top eight photo spots around the area. Digital mobile guide systems can also be rented from the Bukchon Tourist Information Centre ; rent from 10am to 2pm, return by 5pm.