Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong: Complete Guide

Bukchon Hanok Village Things To Do and See
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Discover how to go to Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong in Seoul with useful tips and photos. These are the places where you can explore the Korean traditional houses with many years of history, cultural centers, cafes, restaurants, tea houses and craft workshops.

Questions that might come out from your mind before going there …

  • What Things to See in Bukchon Hanok Village?
  • What Things to Explore at Samcheongdong Street?
  • What Information that Need to Know Before Going to Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheongdong?
  • What is the Most Economical Way to go to Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheongdong Street in Seoul?
  • How to Communicate with a Taxi Driver if want to get to Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheongdong by Taxi?
  • What are the Simplest Ways Getting to Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheongdong without Wasting Time?

Let’s check the information below to get a better understanding of these places. In addition, choose one of the methods provided below to reach the Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong.

Bukchon Hanok Village is a great place for you to experience Korean village environment and see the old houses in Korea. From there, you can get a quick intro to the Korean Traditional lifestyle.

At Samcheongdong Street, you will discover many shops, cafes, restaurants, craftsmanship shops, street foods and mixture of modern and traditional building structures. So, remember to spend several hours to stroll along this interesting street.

What Things to See in Bukchon Hanok Village?


 

Alley in Bukchon Hanok Village
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Bukchon Hanok Village has more than 600 years of history and surrounded with Korean Traditional houses that built up by Brick and antique Wooden. In Seoul, they called it “Hanok” which mean traditional Korean houses.

It’s near to Samcheongdong street and located between the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace.

When you walk around the alleys in this village, you will discover many residential area and some antique wooden houses that uses to serve as cafes, tea houses and craft workshops.

This is a perfect place for you take an opportunity for some memorable shots with these all old buildings at the rich historical village.

When you stroll around the village, remember to lower down your voices. Because there are local residents living in there but you still can enjoy the village and explore the traditional houses.

Tea House in Bukchon Hanok Village
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Tea House at Bukchon Hanok Village
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Don’t forget to take a break for taking a traditional hot tea or nicely coffee at the tea house after walked for a long duration. Take a rest for a while and sit there to enjoy the surrounding atmosphere.

Tourist Helper at Bukchon Hanok Village

If you get lost in direction, you may ask for help from the tourist helpers who know to speak English. They are dress in traditional Korean clothing and stand around some corners of the houses.

Top View of Samcheongdong Street

When you reach the higher place at the village, you are able to see the overview of Samcheongdong Street and beautiful trees.

Namsan Seoul Tower View at the Top of Bukchon Hanok Village
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Other than this, you will see the Namsan Seoul Tower from the top of the village.

What Things to Explore at Samcheongdong Street?


 

Street View of Samcheongdong

Art Gallery Buildings along Samcheongdong
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After visiting the Bukchon Hanok Village, you can walk through the stone stairways that connects to Samcheongdong street.

Samcheongdong street is a lovely place for you to stroll along the street with boutique shops, artisan shops, mixture of old and new style of coffee shops, gift shops, bars, wall paintings and restaurants.

Gingko Trees Line up at Samcheongdong Street

When you walk along the street, you not only shop the local outlets that sell bags, fashion clothes and shoes but also can see the colorful ginkgo trees lined-up the street during autumn and early of winter. This make the surrounding full of enjoyable and wonderful.

Cute Items Display at Samcheongdong

Apart from shopping, there are some shops selling cute things which you can go to explore and see it.

Coffee Beam at Samcheongdong

BeansBins Coffee at Samcheongdong

After walked around the street for some times, it is a good time for you take a break at one of the mixture of modern and antique coffee buildings. Get a chance to sit at the top floor of the coffee building to see the surrounding view. At the same time, relax yourself with a cup of coffee and dessert. 🙂

Wall Painting Train Museum at Samcheongdong

Old Train Display at Train Museum of Samcheongdong

Ancient Train Display at Train Museum of Samcheongdong

Other than this, you can pay a visit Train Museum in Samcheongdong. There are many types of old trains display in the museum that you can explore and get know more about it.

What Information that Need to Know Before Going to Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheongdong?



Opening Hours

Open all year round

Best Time To Visit

Morning

Tickets

Free

Take Note

Remember to lower down your voice when visit Bukchon Hanok Village in the morning because there are local residents staying at there.

Address

Bukchon Hanok Village: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Samcheongdong Street: Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu ~ Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

Official Websites

Bukchon Hanok Village

Nearby Attractions

Google Maps

What is the Most Economical Way to go to Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheongdong Street in Seoul?


Getting to Bukchon Hanok Village by Subway

Anguk Station
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The most economical method to Bukchon Hanok Village is going by Seoul Subway.

The thing you need to do is looking at the Seoul Metro Map or Seoul Metro App that can help you find the station that has connected to Subway Line 3.

Once you get the Subway Line 3, ride the train to the Anguk Station and then looking for Exit 2.

Subway Station

StationLineExitInfo
Anguk32~ 12 mins Walking

How to get to Bukchon Hanok Village from Myeongdong?

  1. Take Line 4at Myeongdong Station [Danggogae direction]
  2. Change to Line 3at Chungmuro Station [Daehwa direction]
  3. Get off at Anguk Station and go out exit 2

What’s the way to Bukchon Hanok Village from Cheonggyecheon Stream?

  1. Grab Line 5at Gwanghwamun Station [Macheon direction]
  2. Switch to Line 3at Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station [Gupabal direction]
  3. Leave at Anguk Station and look for exit 2

How can I go to Bukchon Hanok Village from Dongdaemun?

  1. Get Line 4at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station [Oido direction]
  2. Transfer to Line 3at Chungmuro Station [Daehwa direction]
  3. Alight at Anguk Station and leave exit 2

Walking Guide to Bukchon Hanok Village from Anguk Station

Anguk Station to Bukchon Hanok Village Guide MapClick here to see a clearer map

Step 1 Walk to Bukchon Hanok Village from Anguk Station

When you get out from the Anguk Station Exit 2, on the right of you should be innisfree shop that selling skin care products and right back side of you should be Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant that selling fast food.

Once you walk out the station, go straight ahead and you will notice a Starbucks Coffee on your left and Lotto shop on your right.

After that, there is a road sign board indicates go straight for Samcheong Tunnel, right arrow pointing to Changdeokgung and left arrow pointing to Gyeongbokgung which just ahead of you.

Then walk pass the light gray building on your left. The Korea Center on Gambling Problems office just opposite the main gate of light gray building.

Step 2 Walk to Bukchon Hanok Village from Anguk Station

Next, you will pass the antique wooden shops that selling craft and souvenir items on the right side. The Mint Gray clothing shop is next the antique wooden shops.

Cross the crosswalk ahead of you and continue walk straight up the road. The Gahoe shop in beige color located at the left corner of the road.

Remember to stay in the right lane and go straight ahead. Later, you will spot the Tia Pol dessert shop in white and black color on your left. Soon you will find the GS25 convenient shop on your right and red building on left side.

Step 3 Walk to Bukchon Hanok Village from Anguk Station

Then, you will see a famous Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup on your left. After Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, there is a JINJOO Shell in black and white building on your right.

Continue walk straight and take a left to the small alley when you get to the CU convenient shop on your right. There is a small alley in front of CU convenient shop.

The small alley is in between the craft shop in dark chocolate color and red bricks’ apartment. There are many antique houses when you go in the small alley. Follow the small alley, soon you will see the Korean traditional houses.

Walking Guide to Samcheongdong Street from Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace to Samcheongdong Street Guide MapClick here to see a clearer map

If you prefer visiting the Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong street after the Gyeongbokgung Palace, better go to Samcheongdong Street first then only go to visit the village.

This is because Samcheongdong street is nearer to the Gyeongbokgung Palace compared to the village.

Step 1 Walk to Samcheongdong Street from Gyeongbokgung Palace

When you go out from the Gyeongbokgung Palace front gate, turn left and then go straight. Don’t cross the road when you reach the first intersection road instead turn left and go straight up.

Step 2 Walk to Samcheongdong Street from Gyeongbokgung Palace

Once you turn left, you will notice the Christmas Jamong coffee shop on the right. The gray color building just next to the Christmas Jamong coffee shop. Remember to stay on the left lane and there is are boundary walls on your left side.

Then, continue walk straight and you will pass the white color building on your right. Next, you will spot the Gallery Hyundai building in light gray color on your right as well. The Kumho Museum of Art in beige color is beside the Gallery Hyundai building.

Step 3 Walk to Samcheongdong Street from Gyeongbokgung Palace

Stay on the left lane and go straight again. The boundary walls still on your left side and there is a red bricks’ building on the right. Later, you will spot the antique wooden shop located at the right corner of the road.

Soon you will see an orange color short building on your right side after pass the antique wooden shop. You should take right after the orange color short building. You will discover the Jinsun Book Cafe at the right corner of the road.

After turned right and walk for some distance, there is a cafe KONA QUEENS on your left. Then, you will find the 5 dollar shop on the left and then next to it should be a Barbour shop.

Go straight and you will see wall painting on the right and Sogno & desert Pizza on the left side. You are in Samcheong-dong street now. Continue walk straight up you will discover more cafes, coffee shops, clothing stores, craftsmanship shops, restaurants and many more.

It takes about 20 minutes walking from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Samcheong-dong street.

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How to Communicate with a Taxi Driver if want to get to Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheongdong by Taxi?


Seoul Taxi

Seoul Taxis
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Getting a taxi in city of Seoul is very convenient. You can easily get a taxi to Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong at any tourist attractions in Seoul.

Don’t let the worry of language barrier problem to stop you ride a taxi in Seoul.

Nowadays, some taxis in Seoul even provide free English and Chinese language interpretation via mobile phone.

As a result, you can easily talk to the interpreter and they will help you explain to the taxi driver about the location that you want to visit.

In order to make your trip to the village and Samcheongdong street even smoother, you can show the destination and address in Korean characters to the taxi driver.

Bukchon Hanok Village:
Google Street View: Hanok Village
Korean Name: 북촌한옥마을
Korean Address: 서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37 (계동)

Samcheongdong Street:
Google Street View: Samcheongdong
Korean Name: 삼청동길
Korean Address: 서울특별시 종로구 삼청동

This can help the Korean taxi driver easily to catch the destination throughout the Google Street View and information in Korean characters.

Estimated Taxi Fare:

  1. Myeongdong to Bukchon Hanok Village – 5,000 Won to 6,000 Won
  2. Cheonggyecheon Stream to Bukchon Hanok Village – 3,000 Won to 4,000 Won
  3. Dongdaemun to Bukchon Hanok Village – 5,000 Won to 6,000 Won
Taxi Fare in Seoul

 

What are the Simplest Ways Getting to Bukchon Hanok Village & Samcheongdong without Wasting Time?


1. Private Guided Walking Tour in Seoul

Seoul Private Walking Tour Guide
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Private Guided Walking Tour in Seoul is suitable for those who want local expert guides them getting to Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong street by foot and public transport.

One of the advantages taking the private guided walking tour to Bukchon Hanok Village is you can get to know more about the interesting history of village through the local expert guide sharing.

Furthermore, save your time to navigate the village and also freedom to enjoy the surrounding at your own pace.

Besides that, you can get a chance to receive more information about Korean history, culture, delicious foods and recommendations shopping areas throughout the walking tour.

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2. Private Car Tour in Seoul

Kia Carnival
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Going to Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong street by Private Car Tour is great for first-time visitors who have limited time in Seoul but don’t want to miss up visiting this golden tourist spots in Seoul.

Travel with an infant, little kids and elderly family member is not easy because you need to spend time to look for the interested places and also need to concern about their safety.

Hence, taking a private car tour to Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong street can help you to avoid these all troublesome and make your journey with comfort and easy.

It is also good for elders don’t need to walk and stand for long times to accompany you finding subway stations in Seoul.

In addition, they have provided door-to-door service in Seoul to make your trip even more convenient.

Moreover, you can explore the best attractions in Seoul according to your planned.

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Conclusion …

Bukchon Hanok Village is a long historical village to let you explore the actual Korean Traditional houses. At there you also can get to know more about their old time living style and culture of Korean.

On the other hand, Samcheongdong street is a place filled with fashion shops, souvenir shops, artisan shops, accessory shops, European-style cafes and wall paintings.

When you stroll along the street, you will discover different kind of building structures and shops with colourful painting.

If you interested to know the ways to get to the Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong street, you can check the above information.

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