Korea October 2014 Part 6 – Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheongdong

Bukchon Hanok Village is the only place in Seoul where you can find hundreds of traditional Korean houses (called hanoks) with over 600 years of history. While it is a common tourist spot, people still actually continue living in these houses.

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Made me miss my own dogs!

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Bukchon Hanok Village covers a huge area filled with little alleyways and museums that explore Korean traditional crafts, etc. Sadly, my mom and I only had time to visit early in the morning… when most of the museums were still closed!

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Even this cute cafe was still closed. Boo!

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So we settled in the only cafe that was open during that time – Cafe DooRoo. Apparently, they’re pretty well-known for their organic, hand-dripped coffee! My hipster boyfriend will be proud, lol.

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Korean cafes have the quirkiest interiors! On the walls are coffee bean bags from all over the world.

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Books to read! If I only understood Korean!

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I actually discovered this place while watching EXO Showtime, lol. I had to include it in my itinerary! I didn’t get to taste those crackers(?) that they loved so much, but at least I got some good photos from my brief visit.

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Dressed in autumn colors~

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Why thank you!

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Managed to get this view from the Bukchon “Observatory” a.k.a. a little residential rooftop/balcony that someone converted for business. 3000 won for a view, free drinks, and wifi! Not bad!

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After this, my mom and I walked aimlessly around the Bukchon area.

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We found another amazing-looking cafe!

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They preserved the hanok design <3

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Slowly, we started stumbling upon more commercial buildings that oddly still blended well among the traditional hanoks. How can we not have anything like this in Manila? So pretty!

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PSY is officially the new icon of Korea.

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Artsy store display~

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Mom and daughter fashion goals!

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We found ourselves in an area called Samcheongdong, known for its cafes, art galleries, etc. It’s only a few steps away from Bukchon Hanok Village, so you can’t miss it. My mom and I planned to go to Insadong after this, and coincidentally, this was really the path that we had to take to get there.

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The cafes here are really something else!

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Natural lighting is best. I want my back porch to look exactly like this!

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Fresh flowers <3

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Obligatory Korean couple shot because they have such a rich ~couple~ culture! Like, it’s so normal for them to match clothes, shoes, and accessories! Was able to catch this shot a couple happily strolling along the street.

Look at that beautiful autumn scenery!