My interest about Korean drama has piqued my curiosity about Korean culture and history which in turn have a major influence in their architecture too. They featured their grand palaces and traditional villages in their historical dramas and even in modern-day TV drama, they continue to feature Hanok which are Korean traditional style houses.
After taking a walk around the expansive Gwanghwamun Square and exploring the majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace, I walked towards Bukchon Hanok Village. Since it is situated in the middle of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung palace, most of the families of high-ranking officials used to live here during the Joseon Dynasty. This village remains a residential area where majority of the remaining Hanok can be found.
As a Korean drama fan, I wanted to see the film locations of my favorite Korean dramas and I was fortunate to have come across Bukchon Traditional Culture Center while I was looking for these locations. This center was a former residence of the Min family who was in charge of finance during the late part of Joseon Dynasty. It was converted and reopened in 2002 as a place which offers information and exhibit to share and experience Korean traditional culture.
Near the entrance, you will find an art shop on the right side and an exhibit hall on the left. At the end of the exhibit hall is a small pavilion which used to be a shrine (sadang). I took a rest here for a few minutes. It was relaxing and peaceful and it was my favorite part of the Center. I was having such a sweet time and was tempted to stay longer but I still have some exploring to do.
Beside the sadang, is the anchae which is the main building of a house that has a living room (anbang) and a study/reception room (sarangbang). At the back side is the byeolchae (a separate building) where classes are held.
I was able to see the film location of Heartstrings ( 넌 내게 반했어 – You’ve Fallen for Me), the traditional gates of Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye’s houses in this Korean TV drama. I was also able to explore the alleys and observe other clusters of Hanok. I also saw the view of Namsan Tower from afar.
There was also a dessert cafe that I would like to try which features Philippine mangoes but unfortunately it was closed. Hope I will be able to try this when I go back to Seoul next year. Mangoes from the Philippines are well known for its sweetness, and this is my favorite fruit, so I hope you will try this if you happen to come across this cafe and let me know if you enjoyed it. ^_^
Bukchon Traditional Culture Center:
Direction: Subway Line 3, Anguk Station Exit No. 3. View the map here.
Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37
Operating Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Admission Fee: Free.
Direction: Bukchon Hanok Village: Subway Line 3, Anguk Station Exit No. 2. Go straight for about 300m to arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village.
Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37 (계동)
Operating Hours: 24/7 (however, be mindful that this is a residential area so please respect the privacy of the people living here)
Admission Fee: Free.
You may visit the following links for more information about Bukchon Culture Center and Hanok Village: