Bukchon, also called “the street museum in the urban core”, located between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, have many Hanok residentials, historical and cultural heritage sites. Hanok is Korea traditional houses.
(Source: Hanok Homestay)
You can see this map once you exit Anguk Metro Station, Exit 2, or you can also get a copy from the Jaedong Tourist Information Center, on your way to Bukchon. On the map, it has a highlighted route that you can follow to see the most of Hanok residential area. Just follow the sign to the Tourist Information Centre.
You can also check out Hanok homestay Information Centre (or website), if you wish for more Hanok experience, or engage an alley tour.
Where it’s an living residential area, many of the houses are not allowed to enter. We are to also try to keep out voices down to avoid disturbing the residents there. However, there are some art museums, craft centres and also a open house to visit with limited visitors per visit.
Halfway through Bukchon-ro 11-gil, you can see this house named Simsimheon, which is an actual living Hanok that you can see at KRW10,000 with a cup of tea.
There will be a lady to introduce you to the house. The top level of the house is for public viewing while the owner lives at the lower level.
This house has been refurbished to a certain extent where certain area of the house is suited to a modern lifestyle (especially the kitchen and bathroom) but at the same time its structure, living and resting room are still at it’s traditional ambience. It’s wooden structure has since lasted many years without any nails and still standing strong.
Its resting room has a window with serene and beautiful view. From afar, it can look like a picture of the window frame. This window is at the same time big enough to be a door for us to step out to the view of the garden below.
After the tour, you can take a seat to relax and is served with homemade cold plum tea. It’s refreshing and cooling while enjoying the view of the garden of the last time.
About 930m walk from Metro Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 2.