The week that I was in Gimpo, I ended up going to Bukchon Hanok Village. It is in Jongno, Seoul.
Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village.
It dates back 600 years to the Joseon Dynasty. It has several Hanoks (Korean traditional houses).
On the Tuesday when I was staying at a friend’s apartment, Jules, I ended up going to Seoul. I also had the pleasure of meeting one of Jules’ friends that lives near Seoul.
Solla planned a cute day and we had loads of fun.
I hopped on the gold line at Unyang station, which was right near the apartment. Then crossed over to the purple line. It took about an hour and a half to meet her friend in Jongno, Seoul. I had never realized how big Seoul was before.
We walked around for a bit and there were a bunch of restaurants.
The roads where the restaurants were were narrow but oh so adorable!
We tried going into a few of the restaurants, but they had a break from 3-5 pm.
We ended up finding an Italian place and it was delicious! I don’t remember the name of it. We thought it was funny how they gave us heads of lettuce LOL.
After eating, we walked around some more.
Bukchon Hanok Village was about a fifteen-minute walk from where we ate.
We ended up finding a store where we rented Hanboks! We picked out Hanboks, got our hair done, and also rented a locker all for ₩25,000 (~USD 25). The owner was also so nice. We were able to walk around the village and take pictures for two hours.
The lockers had notes written on them from a few months ago. People wrote where they were from. People visited from the US, Thailand, and other countries.
We wandered about and walked the streets of the village. It was amazing but difficult. Walking in a Hanbok was a lot harder than I thought. It also doesn’t help that I’m short and they were pretty long.
On our journey through the village, we hiked our way up to Cha-teul Cafe and took more pictures. It was less than a five-minute walk but there were quite a few hills and the roads like I said, are narrow so when cars would come by it was interesting.
We sat and drank some tea and ate some mochi. I’ve only tried frozen mochi and never liked it but real mochi was AMAAAZING.
The server was genial. He told us to go and take pictures while the sun was setting.
That’s when our second photoshoot came into play.
We found a great spot that showed the city. We walked up there for a bit.
Then, we found another spot where there were mountains in the background. It was gorgeous.
It was such a nice day out and the sunset was beautiful (pictured below). We took some photos and then went back to drink some tea.
Since the cafe was right near the store where we rented the hanboks from, we got to spend a decent amount of time sitting at the cafe and taking photos.
After the two hours were up, we dropped off our Hanboks and walked toward the KTX station. Then we went our separate ways.
The village is so close to Seoul and there are buses everywhere so it is easily accessible. All you have to do is type it in Naver and you’re good to go.
It was one of my most memorable days in South Korea.
As always, here’s a TikTok of my day in Bukchon Hanok Village wearing a Hanbok 😃