City Walking Tours

Traditional Culture Tour: Bukchon Hanok Village
Traditional Culture Bukchon Hanok Village

[Walking Tour Introduction]

Walking Tour Introduction

A traditional Korean village with over 600 years of Korean history
A place where visitors can embrace the beauty of traditional Korean houses.
This walking tour takes visitors around the area of Bukchon Hanok Village, the only place in Seoul where hundreds of traditional Korean houses, or hanoks, are clustered together. Bukchon Hanok Village is an important area for culture and the arts, with its number of museums, craft workshops and historic landmarks. Make a reservation

[Walking Tour Details]

  • Route : Anguk Station -> Bukchon View No. 1 -> Bukchon View No. 2 -> Han Sang Soo Embroidery Museum -> Bukchon View No. 3 -> Gahoe Museum -> Bukchon View No. 4 -> Bukchon View No. 5 -> Bukchon View No. 6 -> Bukchon View No. 7 -> Bukchon Museum -> Bukchon View No. 8 -> Yun Boseon House -> Anguk Station
  • Length of tour : 2~3hours
  • Meeting Place : Exit 3 of Anguk Station (subway line 3) View meeting place

※ Experience programs offered by museums are not included in the walking tour. Participation in experience programs must be done individually once the tour is over.

[Major Tourist Attractions]

  • Bukchon Hanok Village
    Bukchon Hanok Village sits between the two palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung. Unlike other hanok villages, Bukchon was not created for tourists but it is a living village inhabited by Seoul citizens, comprised of about 900 hanoks spread across 11 dongs (administrative sections). The most famous part of Bukchon Hanok Village is Gahoedong-gil (Alley), located at 31 Gahoe-dong, which amazes visitors with the sight of hundreds of hanoks clustered together in midtown Seoul and with the stunning panoramic views over the city from the top of the alley. Gahoedong-gil is also popular with tourists because it is said to be the finest of the "Bukchon 8 Views", eight great views of Bukchon Hanok Village.

A complete view of Changdeokgung seen over a wall

Bukchon View No. 1: A complete view of Changdeokgung seen over a wall

Wonseo-dong Gongbang-gil

Bukchon View No. 2: Wonseo-dong Gongbang-gil (Crafts Workshop Road)

Museum Alley at 11 Gahoe-dong

Bukchon View No. 3: Museum Alley at 11 Gahoe-dong

View of tiled rooftops at 31 Gahoe-dong

Bukchon View No. 4: View of tiled rooftops at 31 Gahoe-dong

Upwards view of an alley at 31 Gahoe-dong

Bukchon View No. 5: Upwards view of an alley at 31 Gahoe-dong

Downwards view of a valley at 31 Gahoe-dong

Bukchon View No. 6: Downwards view of a valley at 31 Gahoe-dong

View of alley next to 31 Gahoe-dong

Bukchon View No. 7: View of alley next to 31 Gahoe-dong

Samcheong-dong Stone Step Path

Bukchon View No. 8: Samcheong-dong Stone Step Path

Museum of Korean Art

Museum of Korean Art
Opened in 1993, the Museum of Korean Art houses more than 6,000 Buddhist relics related to Buddhism including paintings, sculptures, crafts and ritual items. special artistic value are the Buddhist paintings and statues of the Buddha from the Joseon Dynasty which have given experts some very useful insights. The museum also organizes a program of temporary exhibitions alongside its permanent collection.

Han Sang Soo Embroidery Museum

Han Sang Soo Embroidery Museum
The Han Sang Soo Embroidery Museum displays the beautiful artwork of embroidery master Han Sangsoo, designated as Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 80. Since its foundation in September 2005, the museum has promoted the cultural significance of Korean embroidery to the public and foreign visitors through a variety of programs, including open classes, hands-on activities, seminars, international exchange programs, demonstrations, and regular exhibitions. The museum consists of exhibition rooms and an audiovisual room, allowing visitors to appreciate the process and history of Korean embroidery work and its aesthetic value.

Gahoe Museum

Gahoe Museum
The Gahoe Museum is located in Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, and houses the most comprehensive collection of Korean shamanistic art in the world and a repository of Korean indigenous culture and beliefs. Since its establishment in 2002, the museum features a collection of more than 1,500 outstanding shamanistic art relics produced during the Joseon Dynasty. On display are 750 talismans, 150 wooden amulets, 250 folk paintings, 150 classical books, and 250 other miscellaneous materials filled with the essence of Korean hopes and beliefs. An elegant, traditional Korean house was remodeled into the Gahoe Museum, and it is comprised of exhibition halls, a hands-on experience room and a Korean tea drinking room.

Bukchon Museum

Bukchon Museum
The Bukchon Museum is a hanok (traditional Korean house) that was converted into an exhibition hall. The museum displays various life relics which were actually used in the Bukchon area.

Jongchinbu

Jongchinbu (Jeongdok Public Library)
Designated in 1969 as Seoul Tangible Cultural Property No. 9, Jongchinbu is one of three remaining Joseon Dynasty government office buildings. Built in 1433, it was where issues of the royal family and kindred of the king were discussed during the Joseon Dynasty. It is now located within Jeongdok Library.

    Yun Boseon House

    Yun Boseon House
    The house of Yun Boseon has such an extensive history that it was designated as Historic Site No. 438 in 2002. This large house, composed of 99 units, was the residence of the Min family at the end of the 19th century. It was once occupied by Park Yeonghyo, who was the son-in-law of King Gojong and played a leading role in the Gapsin Coup. From 1910 onwards it was occupied by the father of the former president Yun Boseon and his descendants for 4 generations. It is still occupied by his descendants to this day, but the house is not open to visitors.

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      Map of Walking Tour Route

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