An alternative to Bukchon.
Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을) is a traditional Korean house village located right in the midst of tall buildings and busy streets, and on the northern side of Mt Namsan. Located right outside Exit 3 of Chungmuro Station on Line 3 and 4, it is smaller in scale compared to the Bukchon Hanok Village at Anguk Station but still very interesting. There are five restored traditional hanoks and a pond in this village. There is usually not as many visitors here compared to the Bukchon Hanok Village, and is popular with Koreans for leisurely walks.
In addition to the hanoks, there are also various souvenir shops that sell traditional craftwork and tea. There is even a booth that provides information to tourists on medical services here in Korea!
During the warmer months, you can even catch re-enactments of traditional Korean marriage ceremonies. These ceremonies are usually held from 12 noon to 1pm, and visitors are able to take pictures with the Korean actors wearing their traditional wedding costumes.
There are also plenty of activities held here at Namsangol Hanok Village during the warmer months. Some of these activities include taekwondo and hanbok experience events, traditional Korean games and activities as well as kimchi making tutorial classes!
How to get to Namsangol Hanok Village:
From Exit 3 of Chungmuro Station (Line 3/4), turn right about exiting from the station and you should see the following sign guiding you towards the entrance.
Head straight and you should see the entrance to the village. Best part, there are no entrance fees! Namsangol Hanok Village is highly recommended for travellers seeking to check out traditional Korean houses in a less crowded environment. You can even take bus 02 from Exit 2 of Chungmuro Station to Mt. Namsan after your trip here to Namsangol Hanok Village!
- Address: 28 Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
- Subway: Chungmuro Station, Exit 3, Line 3/4
- Opening Hours: 0900 ~ 2100 (Apr – Oct), 0900 ~ 2000 (Nov – Mar)
- Website: http://www.hanokmaeul.or.kr
- Contact Number: +82-2-2264-4412
- Email: NA