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Traditional Korean Living At The Ancient Bukchon Hanok Village In Seoul

Traditional Korean Living At The Ancient Bukchon Hanok Village In Seoul

on Jul. 30, 2013 by

I was lucky enough to receive a private tour inside a traditional Korean house completely custom built over the year inside Bukchon Hanok Village.

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On my way to Changdeokgung palace I stopped by Bukchon Hanok village which is a popular tourist area a little north of the Seoul city center.

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Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village with a long history located between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine.

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The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment.

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Now it is used as a traditional culture center and hanok restaurant, allowing visitors to experience the atmosphere of the Joseon Dynasty.

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Due to the increasing amounts of visitors to the Bukchon Hanok Village area, the number of complaints from residents living in the village about disruptions in their neighborhood has increased.

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Just 30 years ago, there were over 800,000 hanoks in Seoul, but today only some 12,000 remain with 900 concentrated in Seoul Bukchon Hanok Village. Hanok are typically single-story structures made of clay, wood and stone with ondol heated floors topped by curved tile roofs called giwa.

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As hanok continue to be demolished in other parts of Seoul, at least one neighborhood is making an effort to preserve them.

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Let’s hope the sea of arching tile roofs and winding alley roads still found in Seoul Bukchon Hanok Village can stick around. 

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