Samcheong-dong - Bukchon Village: Food, Shopping, Cafe and History!


As Gyeongbokgung Palace (not to mention the Ginseng Chicken at Tosokchon) took more than half a day, we left Samcheong-dong to the 6th day. Samcheong-dong is near to Gyeongbokgung Palace and is relatively near to Cheong Wa Dae (the Blue House a.k.a the President’s Office) and Insadong; both of which are tourist spots worth to visit. To get there just alight at the some subway station stop (Anguk Station, Subway Line No. 3) for Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Samcheong-dong
From the subway station out to Samcheong-dong

Just follow the signs and you will find yourself at Samcheong-dong, one of the most unique places in Seoul where there is the hanok (traditional house made out of wood and put together without any nails) Bukchon Village. Samcheong-dong is a beautiful neighborhood and will definitely take more than half a day to take in the sights.

Bukchon Village
Signage is almost everywhere
Bukchon Village
Korean restaurant! We are going to try this the next time we are there for sure! ^^
Bukchon Village
When you are tired from all that walking :) Or you could just pose with it
Bukchon Village
Since it is a residential area, there are shops that sell the daily necessities. Celebrity en dossed detergent anyone? ^^
  
Don't forget to grab a map before you start your wondering wandering around as it is a big scenic place with lots of slopes / hills and small alleys, so be prepared for a lot of walking, but it is worth it!

Bukchon Village
Slopes...
Bukchon Village
... and more slopes
Bukchon Village
but the view is worth it (and the exercise)!
Bukchon Village
Snacks in the shape of stars!

Walking through the neighborhood peppered with both the traditional and modern is an enjoyable activity: some hanoks are occupied by residents while some are into chic galleries, restaurants, cafés and accessory shops.

Bukchon Village
Hanok style roof together with modern architecture next door
Bukchon Village
Each hanok is unique and different from the others
Bukchon Village
A tinge of modernness amidst the traditional
Bukchon Village
Spring foliage that resembles autumn!
Bukchon Village
Another hanok

Besides the hanoks, there are cafes of all types to add into the interesting mix!

Bukchon Village
From arty cafes...
Bukchon Village
... with modern designs
Bukchon Village
... to Hello Kitty!

For the artistic or interested in the arts, there are a couple of museums and workshops that allow you to get the hands-on-experience.

Bukchon Village
Donglim Knot Workshop
Bukchon Village
Folk Painting Workshop
Bukchon Village
Gaboe Museum
Bukchon Village
Pottery anyone?
Bukchon Village
Unique combination of flowers, plants, even trees and stone!

There are 8 photo spots where you can take the best pictures with the most picturesque background in Bukchon Village. Just remember to look out for these signs.

Bukchon Village
Guaranteed photo spot!
Bukchon Village
:)
 
And how could we forget shopping? The accessory shops and clothes etc... are plentiful that you would be spoilt for choice!
Bukchon Village
Accessories? Souvenirs? They have it all!
Bukchon Village
Even K-pop merchandise! Posters, mugs, calenders etc...
Bukchon Village
But the celebrities (and/or their photos) are a little 'dated'. So if you are looking for the latest up and coming celebrities/idols than Myeongdong would be a better choice.

The traditional architecture amidst the backdrop of the city with a tinge of modernness exudes a certain air of tranquility and uniqueness. And after all the walking how could we forget to refuel ourselves? Food is a must so ate we did! ^^

Bukchon Village
A long queue indicates good food... and it was nice!
Bukchon Village
Another long queue but definitely worth the wait!
Bukchon Village
Somewhere to rest our tried feet and eat more! ^^
 
There is a tourism information center located in front of Jeongdok Library near Exit #1, Anguk Station (Subway Line No.3), and provides tourism information on Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheong-dong as well as interpretation services in English and Japanese.

We even stumbled upon the Seoul Education Museum which had really pretty springtime cherry blossoms! (Although you might want to avoid the toilets at the Seoul Education Museum).

Samcheong-dong
Seoul Education Musuem
Samcheong-dong
The scent of spring in the air!

Getting Here:

  1. Exit 2 of Anguk Station (Subway Line #3) walk straight for approx. 700 m
  2. OR
  3. Exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line # 3), walk 10-15 min along the stone wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the starting point Samcheongdong





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