A Trip to a Traditional Korean Village

A while back I visited a quaint traditional little village in Bukchon here in Seoul. Located between the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces, it’s full of small traditional houses, street food, and cute little shops selling traditional Korean goods mixed with the usual tourist items. It took a lot longer to get there than what I originally thought, although that might have been due to the fact that we walked in circles for a little while. As it took us some time to arrive we ended up feeling a bit peckish, so the first thing we did when we got to the village was to buy some street food!

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One of my absolute favourite street foods in Korea! Tteok (λ–‘) is a Korean rice cake used in soups, stews, sold as street food like pictured, or in dessert (another favourite of mine).

After finishing up our snacks we walked around the village for a bit, and it was absolutely beautiful! The lady selling tteok told us that it is an old village with quite a longΒ history of several hundred years. Now despite living in Korea for a couple of years and studying Korean, I’m ashamed to say that lately my skills in the language have slipped dramatically (definitely need to work on that!), so I didn’t really understand when she was talking about the history of the village and the relation with the palaces it’s located in between. Even so, she managed to get the message across that it was once an important areaΒ where nobility from the Joseon dynasty used to live. Although I’m not the best photographer around, I took some pictures to share with you here!

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The village is located right in the middle of the city surrounded by modern buildings and the bustling city life.

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As we went in the middle of the week, there were not as many tourists as there would be on a weekend.

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Old Korean architecture is so beautiful!

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This was on the side of an adorable little shop, and though it’s not very traditional I found it to be quite cute so I’ve included it here as well.

Bukchon is one of those places that I would love to visit again! It’s so quaint and cute, and the people running the shops in the area are really nice. It would make a perfect date spot if you want to experience some of the culture at the same time. Seoul is a big city that is always full of life, but if you want to get away to some place quieter yet still stay in the city, this is the place for you. I had a wonderful time visiting and would definitely recommend it!

It is located close to the Jongno district, with the closest subway station being Anguk Station on the Orange line (Line 3), exit 2.

Till next time!

Ida Gabriella

xxx

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