For those interested in historical sites and/or traveling back in time, the Bukchon Hanok Village is a real blast to the past with hundreds of traditional houses dating back to the Joseon dynasty. This neighborhood lies north of two significant landmarks: Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Many of these houses operate as visitors’ centers, allowing guests to have first-hand experience with traditional Korean culture.
At the visitors’ center you can pick up a map of the whole village as well as learn about the traditional way Korean people heat their houses. You can also take your shoes off and step inside one of the houses to really immerse yourself. Behind the visitors’ center is a library overlooking the village rooftops and filled with various study materials. If you’re lucky you might meet a very friendly cat that lives under the library porch. When I visited, there was also paper and a calligraphy marker available so visitors could leave a note for future visitors to see.
The village is open all year round and entrance is free. If you intend to participate in a guided tour, all you have to do is make a reservation online at least three days prior to the intended date of visit. You can make these reservations at dobo.visitseoul.net with applications available in English, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Nearby sights include Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. Facilities such as cafes, workshops, and museums are nearby as well. The whole village is stocked with beautiful scenery and unique shops that you can visit. There are also several hanbok rental shops with varying rental prices. Some even include a free photo shoot with hanbok rental.
More information can be found at the official website: