Designated as a hanok conservation area, Seochon Hanok Area has been evaluated as an essential area for preserving and promoting local hanok architecture. Other hanok conservation areas in Seoul include Bukchon, Insa-dong and Donhwamun-ro Hanok Areas as well as Seonjamdanji (Site of Seonjamdan Shrine) in Seongbuk-dong.
Its name Seochon (Korean: “West Village”) refers to its location, situated west of Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is known as a quiet and pleasant village where you can explore traces of the arts and culture from both the past and present.
Seochon Hanok Area boasts various cultural heritage including: Sangchonjae Hanok House, the former residence of poet Yi Sang (author of Crow’s-Eye View and The Wings) that exhibits content to inform the excellence of traditional Korean culture; Park No-soo Art Museum, the former residence of artist Park No-soo; and Tongin Market, which preserves the appearance of Korea’s traditional market ambiance and setting.
As Seochon is known for its hanok architecture, the scenery of snow-covered hanok buildings looks like a scene from a romance movie—many couples came to visit just last week which marked the first snowfall of the year. Now, it’s your turn to visit Seochon Hanok Area for a special hanok experience!
Address: Area from Pirundae-ro to Jahamun-ro in Jongno-gu, Seoul