Built in the famous Huwon Garden of Changdeokgung Palace, this 19th century residence was built in the rustic fashion of a country gentry.
Located between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces, this neighborhood of tile roofs and winding alleyways is home to Seoul’s largest collection of hanok homes.
Found to the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seochon isn’t as lavish as Bukchon, but it’s still home to many hanok homes, including residences of some of Korea’s most important modern cultural figures. Recently designated a preservation zone.
Not far from Insa-dong, this Joseon-era villa — the home of the important Joseon regent Heungseon Daewongung — is a spectacular example of traditional hanok architecture.
Use of Space
Traditionally, hanok often consisted of several buildings, with dedicated spaces for men, women and servants. Many good examples can be seen in the countryside, home to many grand aristocratic villas. In Seoul, however, many of the hanok — built during the capital’s urbanization in the early 20th century — have been adapted to urban conditions in order to make maximum use of space.