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[Seoul Series] Day 5: Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheong-dong Walkway

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As I said in a previous post, one of the things I love about 126 Mansion is that it is just within the vicinity of Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheong-dong Walkway. The neighborhood is swamped with art galleries, local shops, restaurants and cafes. The vibe there is fresh, hip and artsy, and I love it!

Bukchon Hanok Village

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From the KTO website: “Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses called ‘hanok’ that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name, ‘Bukchon,’ which literally translates to ‘northern village,’ came about as the neighborhoods that the village covers lie to the north of the two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture.”

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Around Bukchon Hanok Village, you’ll also see restaurants and cafes that are in, obviously, hanoks! 🙂

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You can easily get lost in a web of hanoks but don’t be disheartened. You’ll enjoy the view and you can definitely find your way to where you wanna go next because there are many tourist aides deployed around the area.

To get to Bukchon Hanok Village:

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2.
Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.

Samcheong-dong

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Here’s a photo of the Samcheongdong Walkway that we always pass by when going to Insadong. So from 126 Mansion, we walk along the hanoks and shops in Bukchon all the way to this beautiful walkway which ends at a major intersection, the opposite street of which is already Insadong! It’s very accessible in that it is right in between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, and at one end is Insadong while at the other end is Cheongwadae. It’s a really really nice place that you may want to explore especially that it is very near the Bukchon neighborhood.

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Many shops and restaurants/cafes line this alley.

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Long lines were formed towards this hotteok stall. Apparently, the lady who sells hotteok was already featured in a K-drama 🙂

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Very hot and delivious hotteok!

 
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Skewered chicken from this dude is seriously yummy!

And this wraps up my Seoul Series 2012. I hope you enjoyed my posts and if you have questions, feel free to drop a comment. I’d love to hear from you 🙂
Til my next Seoul-ful adventures! Annyeong! 🙂
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