Hanok Village Tour – What to Expect
What better way to get to know a country’s heart and soul than going to its most traditional village? Bukchon Hanok Village is a 600 year old urban environment made up of hundreds of Hanok Houses (Korean traditional style houses) which date all the way back to the Joseon Dynasty. Traditionally this village was home to high-ranking government officials and nobles.
Bukchon literally translated to “Northern Village” still to this day remains a residential neighbourhood, with real people living there. For this reason we ask that you be respectful and considerate at all times during our Hanok Village tour.
These days, many of the Hanok houses are also operating as tea houses, restaurants, cultural centers and guesthouses. This is great for visitors because it means we will be able to enter these beautiful buildings and experience traditional Korean culture in an authentic setting.
One of our most desired tours in Seoul, our journey will make you fall in love with Korea’s cultural legacy!
Bukchon Hanok Village tour – Course Overview
We will begin by picking you up at your hotel in Seoul. You will spend the entire day in the capable hands of our licensed tour guide, who is more than happy to answer all of your questions and provide interesting facts as you go along.
Our first stop will be the royal Changdeok Palace, followed shortly after by Bukchon Hanok Village. We will have enough time to explore its hidden gems and alleys before we head back, making a stop at either the Ginseng or Amethyst Center.
After a trip full of cultural immersion and excitement, we will drop you off at either City Hall or Itaewon so you can continue with your day from the center of Seoul. So don’t miss the opportunity to discover the best of Korea’s culture and history with our Bukchon Hanok Village tour!
Changdeok Palace – Discover the Joseon Dynasty’s Favorite Palace
Our tour begins at one of the Five Grand Palaces, Changdeok, which was, in fact, the Joseon kings’ favorite. The palace is effortlessly nestled within a natural park, surrounded by a tranquil lake and beautiful trees. Allow yourself to take a photo for a quick moment. You will enter Changdeok Palace through the Donhwamun Gate which was burned down in 1592 and beautifully restored in 1608. Then, you will see Geumcheongyo Bridge which is the oldest in all of Seoul!
Next ahead of you will be Injeongjeon Hall which is where the most important state banquets and events were held. Make sure to pay special attention to Huijeongdang Hall – the royal bedchamber. This room burned down in a fire and was rebuilt, featuring wooden floorboards and carpets, glass windows, and chandeliers that make it stylistically different from any other room in the palace.
Bukchon Hanok Village – Live Authentically at the Most Charming Village in Seoul
A poll conducted in 2011 determined that the Bukchon Hanok Village is one of travelers’ top five favorite activities in Seoul, and how could it not be! Here you will enjoy strolling along winding alleys lined by heavy wooden doors, seeing the traditional brick and tile wall designs, and discovering plenty of unique cafes, galleries, and shops.
The location of the village has been carefully chosen – right between the Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace, and Jongmyo Royal Shrine, on top of a scenic hill. Don’t miss the chance to take some photos, because they will surely turn out fantastic! Our Bukchon Hanok Village Walking tour allows you the opportunity to get some exercise while observing the traditional way of life which has been preserved for over 600 years!
Here, you will see people wearing traditional Korean clothing which is vibrant and elegant. Make a stop at a tea house for a quick break, or pop into a crafts shop to pick up some gifts for your loved ones. You will be pleasantly surprised by scenic little spots on every corner. Best of all, you can visit the Bukchon Hanok Village at any time of the year, regardless of the season!
Bukchon Cultural Center – Learn About Traditional Crafts
The Bukchon Cultural Center aims to educate and show you traditional Korean culture at its core. Here, you can witness a tea ceremony, gugak, observe handicrafts, and learn more about the hanok houses that you have seen throughout the village. The center offers seminars the goal of which is to preserve the original Korean culture and spread awareness.
Some of the seminars offered include embroidery, traditional music, and calligraphy. The center draws many visitors, both local and international who wish to get to know Korea better through its customs and you will be able to get the first-hand experience on our Hanok Village tour!
Donglim Knot Museum – Learn The Fine Art of the Korean Knot
Next on our Bukchon Hanok Village tour, we will visit the Donglim Knot Museum. Knots are an important part of Korean culture and decoration. Here you will learn how to make a knot featuring different materials like cord and thread. Knots are often used for belts, bags, and accessories. The museum follows their evolution through the years from simple to more elaborate patterns and designs.
There are various exhibits happening at the Donglim Museum as well as a maedeup class lead by Sim Yeong-mi whos is the museum’s curator. You can expect to be a true knot expert after visiting Donglim!
Han Sangsoo Embroidery Workshop – Learn the Craft from the Best
Have you always wanted to learn about the art of Korean embroidery? Do you love knitting? Our Bukchon Hanok Village Walking tour will take you to the Han Sangsoo Museum which has plenty of beautiful pieces on display, such as quilts and decorative accessories. The workshop is set in a traditional house that will take you back in time. Feel free to ask any questions about the process!
You will see both recent and timeless pieces representing the long-standing tradition of the craft. The Cultural Heritage Administration of South Korea holds the art of embroidery very highly and this is the best place to see exactly how it’s done.
How would you like to go on a journey through Korea’s history and learn the fundamentals of traditional crafts? Our Bukchon Hanok Village tour is the ideal trip for art lovers or those who wish to learn about the very heart of Korean culture!