One of the must-see tourist spots in Seoul is the quaint little Bukchon Hanok Village. Don’t be fooled by its name because, despite being called in village, it is located in central Seoul, a short walk away from the Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace.
Once we entered Bukchon, we were instantly amazed by its lovely rustic architecture, something that gets a bit lost in the rapidly developed skyscraper landscape of Korean urban areas. This area was hilly, with small one story houses that were in impeccable shape. In the little alleyways, there were shops and galleries that sold various traditional trinkets. We were also lucky enough to see a live violin concert, where we were also treated with traditional Korean sweets called chapsaltteok (rice cake with sweet read bean filling) and warm soup. The view from the top was amazing, overlooking the Blue House and its surrounding area. Once we were done exploring Bukchon, we descended down steep stairs that led us into the vibrant bohemian area of Samcheong.