Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌 한옥마을

Bukchon is a residential area of the Yangban class established during the Joseon Dynasty, which did not change much until the 1920s, but in the 1930s, the administrative district of Seoul was expanded and the urban structure was modernly transformed. Housing management companies purchased large parcels of land and forests in Bukchon and built small and medium-sized hanoks on the site. The houses of 11 and 31 Gahoe-dong, 35 Samcheong-dong, and 135 Gye-dong, where hanoks are concentrated, were all formed during this period.

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Bukchon is located between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine, and is a representative traditional residential area in Seoul where traditional hanoks are concentrated.
It is also called a street museum in the city center because of its many historical sites, cultural assets, and folk materials.

Called “North Village” in the sense of Cheonggyecheon and Jongno, there are Gahoe-dong, Songhyeon-dong, Anguk-dong and Samcheong-dong. Sagan-dong, Gye-dong, Sogyeok-dong, and Jae-dong have been preserved for hundreds of years with traces of history remaining as the names of neighborhoods.

At the end of the Joseon Dynasty, large-scale land was divided into small-scale housing sites for social and economic reasons, and the shoulder-to-shoulder hanoks that can be seen now are estimated to have been transformed around 1930. This change in the form of hanok reflected the social image that is becoming denser due to the influx of people into the city center.

The remains and cultural assets from the Joseon Dynasty to the modern era tell the history of the region to those who visit the region.



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