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Three Best Hanok Villages in South Korea

Hanok villages are small gatherings of traditional Korean houses. They can be found in almost every city or town in South Korea, and they give you an insight into how Koreans use to live – and how some still live today. I have seen several beautiful Hanok villages throughout South Korea, and they are each wonderful in their own ways. Below are the three best Hanok I believe all visitors should see when possible.

Samcheondong: Bukchon

Bukchon Hanok Village is my favorite for three reasons. First, it’s a beautiful village in and of itself. The architecture and design of this village is beyond any others.

Secondly, it’s located near an equally beautiful area os Seoul. Samcheongdong is considered the most beautiful suburb of Seoul, and it’s not hard to see why. This town has aesthetically-pleasing shops and cafes, and the colors around the town itself are wonderous.

Finally, this village is on top of a hill – so the view from this village is exquisite. You can see the twon below, as well as the mountains that surround much of Seoul. When visiting South Korea, this Hanok should definitely be on your list.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is also known as the Northern Palace and is the biggest  and most beautiful (in my opinion) of the five palaces in Seoul. The buildings were destroyed during the war but were later restored so that future generations could appreciate its beauty.

The Hanok buildings here aren’t officially a Hanok village, but they are still beautiful in their own right. They are clean and classic, and when visiting the Palace, every person should see it.


I believe I discovered one of South Korea’s best-kept secrets when I came upon a small Hanok village located in downtown Gongju. What’s better is that I found this village by accident when I went to visit the Gongju National museum. I was pleasantly surprised.

This village is one of the few untouched by the destruction of the war, and you can definitely tell when you walk around. While the structures are traditional, they do not look old. They have a vintage beauty that cannot be rivaled. The only reason I have listed this as third is because of Gongju’s location.

This small town is located in the most rural province in South Korea and can be difficult to find if you don’t know where you’re looking. However, that doesn’t mean you should count it out.

Have you ever seen traditional Korean houses? Have you seen traditional houses in any other cultures? I’d love to hear your experinces!

Houses, like people, have personalities, and, like the personalities of people, they are partly molded by all that has happened to them.
Louis Bromfield

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