On our way to finding Bukchon village for our photography shoot, Melody and I got a bit lost. It was the first time we were going to Bukchon village and a friend of mine had given me some vague directions that morning. It was way too cold to be wandering around aimlessly through the streets of Seoul. So, I asked a random ahjussi (older Korean man) if he knew where Bukchon village was. He told us he lived there and he would show us the way.
As we walked together, we passed by a busy restaurant, he told us it was way too expensive. He pointed out some art galleries and new stores on the street, saying how this area has changed so much. He told us that the elementary school we passed by was over 100 years old! As he continued on with the tour and explanations, he led us to the two existing areas of Bukchon village.
All of a sudden on our walk, he told us that he lived in America for 4 years and started speaking in English to Melody. As he led us to the street and gave us some more directions on what path to take, we saw that we were not the only photographers in the area. We saw some other tourists and couples with their cameras on the old streets and alleyways. It was a beautiful and historic piece of Korea that was hidden in the quickly evolving and cosmopolitan city of Seoul that I finally got to discover. It would be a great place to go back in the spring or summer when frozen fingers and toes are not an issue.
Click here for pictures from Part 1.
Directions to Bukchon village (북촌한옥마을): Take line 3 to Anguk station. Get off exit 2, walk straight for about 300m.
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