The weather in Seoul is getting colder and colder. People started to wear coats, and wear muffler. People in Seoul are very hard workers. They always try their best to earn money and make their dreams in their mind to see the light of their own.Have you heard of Hanok? Hanok is the traditional Korean House that built of woods. Woods, are trees, not the cement, though woods are not solid and strong, Korean ancestors lived in the house made of woods. Okay before introducing the Bukchon village , I want the readers to know a little more information about Hanok, Korean traditional House.
“Harmony” and “Eco-friendly” is the main view point when ancestors made Hanok. They wanted to live with nature and feel the freshness that the nature gives. So, ancestors built the house not using artificial subjects, and they chose “woods” which is from the nature. While they were building the houses, they followed a formation . I mean they didn’t build the house by their own personal designs like today. They loved the beauty of ridges of the mountain. Accordingly they built the roof not straight lined, and let roofs not filled. The reason they didn’t fill is to let birds to make their nests inside the roofs.
Different from straight lined Japanese architecture form, Korean loved the ridges and curves. Even the case of small roofs, they didn’t make the roofs straight. They always considered the harmonies with surroundings, and they even considered small sections of the parts.
Not only Hanoks, but also palaces (Gung) were built with the consideration of ” Harmony” , But one biggest difference is that Gung is colored and most of the hanoks are not colored. The most probable reason is “the colour was too expensive”. Some of the Hanoks in Bukchon was built in Japanese imperialism. Those have 2 floors. and their roofs are not that curved. The reason they made two-floor was to improve the rooms of each building.
Okay, it’s time to get into the bukchon Hanok village. Bukchon was the place where high status governors lived. So most of the building are pretty tidy and handsome. Instead, Jungchon which means ” Middle village” is where lower class governors lived and other normal citizens lived. Most of Korean people had a job as a farmer and the rice has been the main crop that they harvested. Like most of the countries, Joseon Dynasty consists of people who has different classes. High status Governor, and King’s families are people who lived in Bukchon village.
You see this buildings are looked quite modern. To live inside, people had to re-fix the house since the main structure was built in more than 100 years ago. People still live in these areas. So it’s just hard to get inside the house and check out. If you do that, you’ll not be welcomed and the people living inside may call the police. Find the places that welcomes tourists. How? It’s just simple, find the place that has signboard.
It’s hard to find this kind of small tidy paths between building like these. walking through the paths, you’ll feel the freshness that Korean ancestors wanted to feel and their old wisdom. People living here are same like other people, they have jobs in Seoul, and their children go to the school, just one thing different is their houses. I’m sure residents are pretty kind since they had been facing tourists from around the world. I mean they know how to treat people well.
People living this areas, are normal and kind. But some people are very famous and they have great abilities. These people are called “Jang-In” Jangin means maestro. Not the conductors, they are traditional handmade craft makers. Korean Traditional crafts are very popular among foreigners. “key chains” and ” accessories” are the most popular things. Oh, don’t for get the Korean masks. They do not only make crafts. There are Jang-ins like music performers and hand-made foods makers.
Want to go to the Buk-chon village? Get the subway line number 3 which is yellow line. Then get off at Anguk station. Just Go straight to the North which means bukchon. Then You’ll find the houses. Get the free room in your mind. Korean ancestors always like to empty their mind and think positively.
I went to Namsngol hanok village myself. pamphlets are supplied English. Inside the pamphlet. Information needed are inside and I guess that will help you a lot!
If you are chinese. It doesn’t matter. There comes with Japanese and Chinese too!!
This is the map of the village. The village is somewhat smaller than the Bukchon one. To tell you the truth it has only 6 families. But this place is the right place for the foreigners tourists. Since the information here is very definite, learning about Hanok. There’s no better place than here.
Do you know what those are?? Those are called “ong-gi” Ong gi is the traditional Pot made by fine muds in really hot-tempered holes. Around the Seoul, you can find shops that sells this pots. The pot is used for storing foods. Especially Kimchi. Kimchi has to be fermented inside the pot. After farmentation for more than 3 months, you can enjoy the freshness of kimchi. A long last taste. The korean saying “Ongkijongi” means staying toghether like picture above.
Korean ancesters must be the number one soccer players. I mean they had a family entertainment called “Jaegi” This may looks cheerleader’s brushes. But it’s actually a stuff to kick and drop by using your leg and foot. Like juggling. To tell you the truth, when I was a little kid, I played with it pretending I was cheerboy!. I was crazy maybe.
This is inside the Hanok. You can’t find beds. here. They just slept on the floor. But don’t worry. The floor is heated. Using “ondol” under the floor, they could heat the floor. by heating big thin rocks under the floor, they could live in cold winter with no shivering. Nowadays, European people got interests in “ondol” and they imports the idea of “Ondol” . The tradition can become a money.
by subway : Chungmuro Station, exit no 3
by bus: green0013. 0211. 7011
Cost : There is no costs. Just bring transportation fees.
more information : Bukchon village