Bukchon Hanok Village is a popular tourist destination for everyone visiting Seoul. It’s become a popular hot spot because of their beautifully designed rooftops, beautiful walkways, and so much more. It’s really gorgeous to see any time of the year, but honestly, I prefer when I can see the snow on the rooftops. As someone who lives near Seoul, I struggled to find the Village myself and there were several misguiding information online and the map isn’t as accurate. So I wanted to write this guide on how to get to Bukchon Hanok Village.
Things to know and how to go to Bukchon Hanok Village
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. This is still considered a residential area so please be respectful and quiet when walking through the village. Many people working there will remind you, but people still make noises, don’t be that tourist.
How to get to Bukchon Hanok Village by Subway and Bus
The closest subway station is Anguk station. After you get off at the subway station, you can take the bus Jongno 02 up 3 stops at Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을 돈미약국 하차). Across the street you will find the entrance to the village, however, it is still quite a walk until you get to the famous road. At the entrance are many souvenir shops and hanbok rentals. It is smart to start the rental there and walk up and then walk back to return them when done.
Where Is Bukchon Hanok Village?
It is located between Changdeokgung and Gyeongbukgung Palace and is centrally located. However, the main road or popular strip is further up the hill. Continue walking up the path until you reach a fork in the road and then turn right. On the left-hand side, you will find the main road popular for photographing.
How to go to Bukchon Hanok Village from Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Public Transportation: Take the subway located at Gyeongbokgung, exit 5 and take the subway heading to Anguk. Get off one stop at Anguk station and take the bus Jongno 02 up 3 stops at Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을 돈미약국 하차).
- Taxi: You can easily take a taxi from Gyeongbokgung Palace to the village as well and get dropped off at Bukchon Hanok Village bus stop (북촌한옥마을 돈미약국 하차).
- Walk: If you wanted to walk, it would take about a 25-minute walk if you aren’t pressed for time and want to save a little bit of money.
How to go to Bukchon Hanok Village from Insadong
- Public Transportation: Depending on where you are located in Insadgong, you can take the subway and go to Anguk station. Then, get off one stop at Anguk station and take the bus Jongno 02 up 3 stops at Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을 돈미약국 하차). However, if you are not close, a taxi may be recommended. There are a few buses in the area that can get you from Insadong to Bukchon Hanok Village. You can try and find the Jongno 002 bus stop and take the bus to Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을 돈미약국 하차).
- Taxi: A taxi may be preferred depending on your location.
- Walk: You could walk from Insadong to Bukchon Hanok Village which would take around 17 minutes.
How to go to Bukchon Hanok Village from Myeongdong
- Public Transportation: Take the subway at Myeongdong Station. Transfer at Chungmuro station to the orange line. Take the subway heading to Anguk station. Get off one stop at Anguk station and take the bus Jongno 02 up 3 stops at Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을 돈미약국 하차).
- Taxi: Taxis are affordable in South Korea and if you want, you can take a taxi, but it would be better to take public transportation.
- Walk: I do not recommend walking since Myeongdong is too far for walking to Bukchon Hanok Village and the palaces.
Bukchon Hanok Village Map
Things to do in Bukchon Hanok Village
There are several things to do in Bukchon Hanok Village, however, eating might be limited. I highly suggest you grab some food prior to heading to the village since there are not that many restaurants nearby in the area.
Bukchon Hanok Village Walking Tour
You can easily take a walking tour. The tour takes about 2 -3 hours to get through. The walking tour is great to learn more about the history of Korea and this beautiful village. The tour is absolutely free and highly recommended if you love history.
Where you will go during your walking tour
Unhyeongung Palace > Bukchon Culture Center > Choongang Middle & High School > Gahoedong > Jeongdok Public Library > Paik In-je’s House
It’s pretty common in this area to see people dressed up in Hanboks for the village and palaces. The hanboks are absolutely stunning and make every girl feel like a princess. If you are obsessed with K-Dramas, I’m sure you have seen a lot of these all over the area. There are several places you can rent a hanbok including the main entrance of the village. However, if you happen to be plus-size, I think your best bet would be to rent a hanbok at One Day Hanbok. They have a great selection of plus size hanboks, but you have to arrive early to get the best designs available.
Traditional Tea House at Cha Masinuen Tteul
Address: Samcheong-dong 35-169, Jongno-gu Seoul
Drink some traditional teas and Korean style drinks. You will need to be able to it on the floor at this tea house as many traditional tea houses are. Additionally, you should try some traditional Korean sweets like Tteok (rice cake) or a sweet red bean soup. I suggest you try a traditional sweet rice drink like Sikhye. It’s one of my favorite drinks and it’s supposed to be good for stomach health.
Rent and stay in a Bukchon Guest House
If you want a nostalgic and interesting experience in Seoul, you can rent the Bukchon Guest House. Stay in a traditional home overnight. The guest house was built in the 1930s and has built-in ondol heated floors which is great during the winter months. Staying in a traditional house often means sleeping on the floor or with a padded mat on the floor. A traditional Korean breakfast is served for their guests and you can participate in some other Korean activities such as kimchi-making and needlework.
Traditional Korean Cooking Class
There are a variety of different traditional Korean dishes you can learn to make. The classes are one hour long and you have the option to make bulgogi or bibimbap.
Bukchon Asian Cultural Art Museum
Check out some traditional Korean folk paintings and art. There are also a lot of art from China and documents from the Joseon era which makes it quite interesting to check out.
FAQ about Bukchon Hanok Village
Learn about some tips on how to make the most of your experience at Bukchon Hanok Village.
Is there an entrance fee to enter Bukchon Hanok Village?
Bukchon Hanok Village is free for all visitors.
Bukchon Hanok Village Opening Hours
Since this is a residential area, there are only certain hours and times you can visit the village. Typically, the hours are Weekdays & Saturdays 10:00-17:00 and it is not open to visitors on Sundays. Keep this in mind when adding this to your Seoul itinerary.
Tips for visiting Bukchon Hanok Village
- Be quiet and respectful
- Be patient for the right photo opportunities
- Visit during the weekdays to avoid big crowds
- Arrive right at 10:00 am.
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