After the exciting morning exploration of Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁), our next stop is Samcheong-dong (삼청동).
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
Samcheong-dong (삼청동), is a must visit place in Seoul as it is one of the most unique places in Seoul. With Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁), located on its left and Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon (창덕궁과 후원) on its right, it is a beautiful area surrounded with mountains and many great explorations of cafes, shops and galleries.
From Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁), we walk to Samcheong-dong (삼청동), which is just across the street from the Palace. Without any proper planning, we decided to just walk along the street while looking out for the sign to head to Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을), our next main destination.
To my delight, we came across Samcheong-Dong Hwa (삼청화), a cosy Korean Restaurant located in the little street of Sogyeok-dong (소격동). I had visited this restaurant over the past few times I was in the area and I must say that it is my favourite restaurant to date in Seoul. Never the less, this visit was just as satisfying as before…. and I get to try new items on the menu (it is my travel partner 1st visit to Samcheong-Dong Hwa (삼청화)) Read more my past review about this restaurant Samcheong-Dong Hwa (삼청화)
After getting our tummy filled, we continued our exploration around Samcheong-dong (삼청동). To our delight, we came across my favourite stop, Gallery AM where the popular Youk Shim Won (Korean Artist) products are sold…. Happiness beyond words for this fan of her work! Anyone keen to explore her products, it is available here: Youk Shim Won Gallery AM
Finished with my shopping (while my travel partner rolled her eyes at my purchase as she could never understand why I could go crazy over her products), we continued our exploration and journey towards Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을).
We came across another favourite place of mine, a unique Hanok Cafe called, Luden Loquen SPACE, also known as Cafe LN (카페LN). Read more on my past experience and about this unique cafe which is rich in cultural value, check out our review on this link : http://wp.me/p5QIAi-se
A short coffee break at Cafe LN (카페LN), we continued our journey uphill towards Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을). Along the way, we were also privileged to be able to see helicopter around the area heading towards the Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House) (청와대), located North of Samcheong-dong (삼청동).
Finally we made it to Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을). This is actually my 3rd attempt to check out this popular Korean Traditional Village. Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을), is home to hundreds of traditional korean house, called Hanok that are dated back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, translated as ‘northern village’ is a neighbourhood lies the north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno.
With lots of hilly and steep steps up and down Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을), it was indeed a tiring exploration especially for me whom am still in the recovering stage, just 1 month after majorly twisting my ankle. This area however, is indeed a good experience to learn and immerse oneself in the traditional Korean Culture.
One of my favourite stop at Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) is a typical korean home that also at the same time, serve as a little cosy traditional cafe.
While, for my travel partner, she was a happy girl when she found Granhand (그랑핸드), Korean Homemade Fragrances that is said to be very popular. Read about about Granhand (그랑핸드)
Ending our tiring yet fun exploration of Samcheong-dong (삼청동) & Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을), we ended our evening with exploration for street food and shopping at the ever popular Myeong-dong (명동) Area.
While at Myeong-dong (명동), don’t forget to check out Innisfree Green Cafe that located a stone away from Myeong-dong Theatre.
Read also on my past exploration of Samcheong-dong (삼청동)