Walking: Bukchon Views

  • Start Anguk station, Exit 3
  • End Anguk station, Exit 1
  • Length 3km; two hours

Take in views across Bukchon’s tiled hanok roofs on this walk around the area between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung. Don’t worry if you get a little lost in the maze of streets – that’s part of the pleasure. This walk is best done in the early morning or early evening (or even on a moonlit night) to avoid the daytime crowds.

From the Anguk station subway exit turn left at the first junction and walk 200m to Bukchon Traditional Culture Center where you can learn about the area’s architecture. Continue to head north up Gyedong-gil, an appealing street lined with cafes, boutiques and hanok guesthouses; at the T-junction at the top of the hill is the entrance to Choong Ang High School, an attractive early-20th-century educational complex that featured as a location in the hit Korean TV drama Winter Sonata.

Wind you way back downhill from here past the Gahoe Minhwa Workshop and the Dong-Lim Knot Workshop to emerge on the major road Bukchon-ro. Cross over and locate the start of Bukchon-ro 11-gil; follow this narrow street uphill towards the parallel set of picturesque streets lined with hanok in Gahoe-dong. To see inside one of the hanok pause at Simsimheon.

Turn left and go a few blocks west towards the chimney stack to Bukchon-ro 5na-gil; to the right is a viewing spot across Samcheong-dong. Head south down the hill, perhaps pausing for tea at Cha Masineun Tteul. Further downhill is Another Way of Seeing, an art gallery with interesting exhibitions by the vision impaired.

Turn left after the World Jewellery Museum and then right at the junction; on the corner by another tourist information booth, walk up to Jeongdok Public Library, where the small, quiet park in front of the building is a prime spot for viewing cherry blossoms in spring and the yellowing leaves of ginkgo trees in autumn.

Return to the subway station via Yunposeon-gil.