*05 Samcheong-dong·Bukchon

Most Interesting Districts
Sixteen of Seoul's Most Interesting Districts

*To experience the city's ancient history, traditions, cuisine and trendy culture, a visit to these 16 areas is a good place to start.

[ Authorship-Korea Tourism Organization ]

1 Samcheong-dong Street

Traditional Korean Houses and modern buildings are juxtaposed to create unusual scenery. Contemporary restaurants and wine bars have been established in traditional houses along with galleries, designer shop, specialty shops and themed museums.

2 Bukchon Hanok Village-Bukchon Korean Traditional House

This district between Gyeongbokgung(Palace) and Changdeokgung(Palace) is packed with over 900 Korean traditional houses. Members of the royal family and noblemen lived here during the Joseon Period. As it retains the city`s old appearance, it is a popular filming location for movies and TV dramas. Bukchon`s Eight Views

1. Panoramic view of Changdeokgung(Palace)
2. Wonseo-dong Gongbang-gil
3. 11 Gahoe-dong area
4. Hillside area st 31 Gahoe-dong
5. Downward alley in Gahoe-dong
6. Upward alley in Gahoe-dong
7. 31 Gahoe-dong
8. Stone steps in Samcheong-dong

2-1 Bukchon Korean Traditional House

2-2. Hanok Guesthouse `Urizip`

Bukchon Traditional Craft Studios Craft studios engaged in hanji(Korean traditional paper), kite, embroidery, knot and lacquer crafts

3 Changdeokgung(Palace)

This was originally built as the secondary palace of Gyeongbokgung(Palace) in 1405; its structure remains close to the original among the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. Halls are built along the mountain slope and gardens are designed to preserve their natural states as much as possible, leading to a perfect harmony between nature and artificiality. For this reason, the palace was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997.
Apr-Oct. 09:00-18:30, Nov-Mar. 09:00-17:30, Dec-Feb 09:00-17:00(Closed on Mondays) *Tour of Huwon(Secret Garden) offered at separate hours(Internet reservation) *Guided tour available in English, Japanese and Chinese(Please contact for exact hours)

4 Samcheonggak

Six traditional Korean houses located in the forest of Bukaksan(Mt.) where visitors can watch traditional performances and enjoy tea in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

5 Unique Museums

There are a number of unique theme-based museums in Samcheong-dong and Bukchon. You can view unique artifacts and enjoy new hands-on cultural experiences.

5-1 Gahoe Museum

5-2 Han Sang Soo embroidery Museum

5-3 Donglim knot Museum

5-4 Museum of Korean Art

- Have stylish meals in restaurants, wine bars or cafes transformed from traditional Korean houses.
- Visit `Bukchon`s Eight Views` designated the most beautiful places in the area by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

< Recommendation of Accommodations nearby >

Anguk Guesthouse - www.anguk-house.com
126st Mansion - www.126mansion.com

*Korean Traditional House
Samcheongdong minbak Guesthouse - www.minbak1.com
Samcheong-dong Hanok Guesthouse - www.samcheongdong-house.com
Bukchon Guesthouse - www.bukchon72.com
Kundaemunjip Guesthouse - www.kundaemunjip.com
Seoul Guesthouse - www.seoul110.com
Doo Guesthouse - www.dooguesthouse.com
Tea Guesthouse - www.teaguesthouse.com
Mumum Guesthouse - www.mumum.net
Sophia Guesthouse - www.sophiagh.com
Moda Guesthouse - www.modaguesthouse.com
Myeonggajae Guesthouse - www.myeonggajae.com
Maru Guesthouse - www.bukchonguesthouse.com
Manaedaong Guesthouse - www.manaedang.com
Rak Ko Jae Guesthouse - www.rkj.co.kr
Seoul Story House - www.seoulstoryhouse.com