Bukchon Village at night

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We managed to squeeze in a little bit of time to explore the Bukchon Village before heading to meet my (ex)Korean teacher, 박선생님, at the Noryangjin Fish Market. It was literally an uphill task… it’s a hilly area with pretty steep slopes. We passed by a couple of familiar shops, but the night setting gave the area a slightly different feel and made it even more of an adventure.

Bukchon Village at night
The slopes during evening time
Bukchon Village at night
When it was dark

Bukchon Village
Compared to the day time, where there were more people

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

As it was evening time, there were many students on their way home after school and the crowd was lessened as compared to the last time I was there with DramaQueen in the day time in 2013.  While browsing the shops, I was actually a little worried that I would lose track of time and be late meeting up with the teacher.  But we managed to explore and do a little shopping (ok I think I was the one that bought the most), and still made it in time to meet 박선생님!

Bukchon Village at night
Shopping!
Bukchon Village at night
Unique souvenirs and jewelry
 
It was C and M’s first time in the Bukchon Village, so they (M especially) were pretty intrigued by the uniquely Korean hanoks, particularly the hanoks with had digital lock pads and security cameras.

Bukchon Village at night
How the hanoks look like at night
Bukchon Village at night
A totally different 'feel' from the day time
Bukchon Village at night
Another hanok with a stone stairway
Bukchon Village at night
Pretty hanok
Bukchon Village at night
The alleyways at night....
Bukchon Village
as compared to the day time
Bukchon Village at night
A restaurant
It might have been a short visit (about an hour or so), but it was worth the trip (especially) with my loot from the shops – one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry! M was also satisfied with the hanoks, snapping away on her new iPhone 6. We even managed to have our first street food snack – mini bungeoppang (fish shaped bread stuffed with red bean paste). They were mini, but nice and hot (not to mention crispy on the outside and nice and fluffy on the inside), perfect on a cold autumn’s night.

Bukchon Village at night
Bungeoppang (방어빵)!!

I think this was one of the days that we actually ate the most! From toast, tortilla and bingsu to bonjuk, street snack and ultimately fresh yummy sashimi at the Noringgin Fish Market (and that doesn’t even include the alcohol and coffee/tea/water). It was like we were literally eating non-stop that day, but well worth it.

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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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