I suppose that in a country where most people live in identical boxes in high rise buildings, a neighbourhood of traditional style housing can become a tourist attraction.
The Bukchon Hanok Village can be traced back to the Joseon period.
The houses are in the style of a hanok, the traditional Korean house.
Some of the houses are guesthouses, cultural centres, or restaurants.
Many tourists like to dress up in a hanbok, the traditional Korean dress,
and wander around the neighbourhood taking photos.
There are signs everywhere warning people to be quiet.
The mistranslations are charming.
The streets are narrow and lined with the distinctive curved roofs of the hanok replicas.
Like everywhere in South Korea, space is at premium
which leads to interesting ways of using space.
I followed the sign to see a few stone steps.
I guess they’re of significance since they’re old
in a country where most heritage sites are replicas.
While many people enjoy looking at this traditional village,
it is not something I’d recommend unless you have an hour to fill
and want to see replicas of the original buildings made in the traditional way.
However, we combined it with a trip to Changdeokgung Palace.
Perhaps next time we can enjoy the many museums in the area.
Are you interested in visiting? Take the orange line and get out at Anguk Station.