Day 4 – we decided to explore the popular street of Samcheong-Dong (삼청동) which is very famous for its Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을), a living village inhabited by Seoulites, with hundreds of hanoks spread across 11 administrative sections. The area is also home to distinctive cafes, shops and galleries.
How to get to Samcheong-Dong (삼청동) using the subway :
• Anguk Station (Line 3, Exit 1) – 10 minutes on foot
• Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3, Exit 5) – 20 minutes on foot
We got off the Gyeongbokgung Station, hence we were privilege to see a lot more during our walk. The walk down Samcheongdong-gil Road (삼청동길) is peaceful with lines of cafes, museums, antique shops and a number of famous galleries.
Soon we realized that we missed breakfast and it is lunchtime. What else do we do… search for authentic korean cuisine …. after exploring the area for a while, we notice a small lane where people are walking out with a very satisfied look. Exploring the little lane, we discover Samcheong-Dong Hwa (삼청화), a little cosy Korean Restaurant located in the little street of Sogyeok-dong (소격동). Exactly what we were looking for! To read more about this little restaurant tucked away in the little corner of the back lane, check out the review on this link : http://wp.me/p5QIAi-rw
After our satisfying lunch, we continue our exploration. We took the connecting stairway from Samcheong-Dong (삼청동) to Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을). The stone-stair shaped alley connects Hwagael-gil to Samcheongdong-gil. This alley has unique scenery, with a sculpture made entirely of one gigantic rock bed.
It was a rainy day when we were exploring the area, although it was our original plan, we did not managed to visit the famous Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) which was a pity. Instead, we had a wonderful time exploring some of the cafes as well the surrounding shops and galleries.
The details on Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)
- Address : 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37 (계동)
- Website 1 : http://bukchon.seoul.go.kr/eng/index.jsp
- Website 2 : http://english.jongno.go.kr/englishMain.do
Below are some rules and precautions needed to take note when visiting Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) :
– Minimum noise level (e.g. no loud voices, horsing around, filming, etc.) especially in the 31 Gahoe-dong area
– No littering allowed
– Small group size, not more than 8 person
– Please do not use microphones or loudspeakers
– Please do not take photos or film the insides of houses, even if the door is open
Ending our walk at the end of the alley, we discover a unique Hanok Cafe called, Luden Loquen SPACE, also known as Cafe LN (카페LN). To read more on our experience and about this unique cafe which is rich in cultural value, check out our review on this link : http://wp.me/p5QIAi-se
The highlight of our day is the Klive Hologram Concert which is available on Level 9 of Lotte FITIN, Dongdaemun. A hologram experience is where the concert is digitized live performance in a special concert hall. Indeed a wonderful experience from the moment we enter the photo booth to the concert. And of course to make it even better, it is the Big Bang Hologram concert that we attended!
After the concert, we explore Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), an iconic landmark of Korean design industry that is located in the centre of Dongdaemun Area.
We ended the wonderful and memorable day with dinner at the popular comedian, Kang Ho-Dong (강호동) Baekjeong Korean BBQ (강호동 백정). To read more about our experience, click here : http://wp.me/p5QIAi-uE