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Samcheongdong / Bukchon
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Address: Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Phone Number: 82-2-3707-8388
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Small-Group Tour of Bukchon Hanok Village
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There is a good amount of exercise involved- narrow alleyways, very steep slope and stairs. A good time to go would be in the afternoon. At the bottom there are a few shops and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bukchon is just a residential area with a taste of old Korea and most of the houses were locked and closed when we visited there. Need to walk for 20-30 mins along the wall of Gyeongbukgung palace before reaching Buckhon. Do take bus or other transport to reach Bukchon. Honestly, nothing much in Buckhon and should be able to complete... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a good amount of exercise involved- narrow alleyways, very steep slope and stairs. A good time to go would be in the afternoon. At the bottom there are a few shops and boutique stores. Dolls wearing traditional Korean dresses also found here.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This district is very nice if you know where you're going, or if you have time to explore. It's not huge, but you might be disappointed. There is a famous street there, though, so make sure you see that one at least. The street goes uphill/downhill depending on where you are. Sometimes there are so many tourists there, so it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The road below the Bukchon Hanok Village had clusters of private galleries, cafes and shops which makes it fun to explore and just have a cuppa in. To get to the village - follow the brown signs and be prepared to climb up a steep flight of stairs. Once there - just walk freely and you will eventually come across... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I absolutely loved wandering the winding ways around this neighborhood. Quaint and delightful. Fun to walk about exploring. Caution to be quiet and respectful--this is someone' home!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This area has rows and rows of houses that are in traditional Korean style. There are signs that post recommended paths to walk through. It is residential area with people who still live in the houses, so being quiet is a must. Very nice views from the higher streets. Many of the streets are fairly steep, but it's not extremely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These houses are being built in the middle ages and they are still in use. Beautiful. Nice boutiques and restaurants, little corner shops.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice area with some old style korean houses, with lots of caffes, small resturants, souvenirs and art. On the start in the tourist center take a map with the route to follow, helps not to get lost. It is quite a walk and you go high up with some stipe areas, to make the full round. Ideal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the houses and how simply they are constructed. Felt like a trip back in time. Quiet in inhabited and so respect the neighborhood

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place for photoshoot... but sometimes theres alot of visitor and its hard to take a good photo...

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Samcheongdong / Bukchon
This historic neighbourhood was traditionally home to Seoul’s middle and upper-classes. Now it’s most famed for its clusters of beautiful, traditional Korean homes (called hanok), many of which are found in Bukchon. Many of these homes have now been converted into restaurants, cafes, shops, and even guesthouses, and their unique architecture offers a look at Korea’s traditional beauty. Samcheongdong’s main and side streets attract locals and tourists alike for their quaint and charming scenery, while the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) serves as the residence for South Korea’s president. Art fans will love exploring the many independent and private art galleries in the area.
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