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Bukchon Hanok Village

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"Hanok" is the Korean name for a traditional village, and Bukchon is the name of this particular village, which is within the confines of modern day Seoul.

The spider's web of alleyways is around 600 years old now, it flourished in the Joseon dynasty, when it was home to high-ranking government officials and lesser members of the royal family.

These days, as well as the historic atmosphere, one of the main reasons people visit Bukchon is for the food - it's become a restaurant quarter and street food mecca within Seoul.  Because of its popularity there are plenty of walking maps or guided tours you can take to get a feel for the place.  It takes about two hours to comfortably stroll the streets and see the highlights.  

For a deeper experience you can also arrange to stay here overnight. 

Written by  Sophie Edgerton.

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