Hanok and the city: Bukchon Hanok Village

Hanok and the City: Bukchon Hanok Village
By Gim Hyeonjeong

(Seoul, South Korea)–Seoul Breeze reporters covered Bukchon Hanok Village to take a stroll around the village and feel the sentiment of traditional-style Korean houses on 21 Noverber 2009.

Bukchon Hanok Village(북촌 한옥 마을) is located between Gyeongbokgung(palace) and Changdeokgung(palace) believed the best place according to the theory of divination based on topography(풍수지리 사상).

“It is the best kept and dense area of Hanok, the Korean wooden structure, house with clay roof tiles. From the top of the alleyway can be seen a good harmony with old scene of Hanok and new high-rise downtown of Seoul.” Our Seoul tour guide said about its scenery like that.

Similarly these days, many mass media like TV programs have highlighted Hanok’s rising influence on modern lifestyle because of its unique beauty of softness and its health effectiveness. It is said that If A equals Hanok, and then the formula is A equals X plus Y. X is classical beauty and Y is human-friendly structure.

“Actually, unlike other architectures of eastern countries, Hanok is the world’s first house to allow people to live with curvacious style and nature-friendly space.” Our guide made similar comment at an investigation of Bukchon Hanok Village.

But there are also concerns. In particular, it needs to be upgraded to catch up modern lifestyle, particularly in the fields of convenience.

So in an effort to overcome this problem, changing the several parts of internal structure or interior of the houses is ongoing. In the past, residents in Hanok had to go out from their main place to go to restroom or kitchen because of its structure, but now, they can have an access to restroom or something at anytime they want, for example.

Now, I’d like to say if A equals Hanok, and then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z. X is classical beauty, Y is human-friendly structure and Z is modern convenience.

And here are pictures of Bukchon Hanok Village.

6 Responses to “Hanok and the city: Bukchon Hanok Village”

  1. Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are pretty !!!

    Kidding ~

    I’m breeze writer too!!!!

    COlly flower, Jaehoon, and Hojung did come your blog too!!

    Your photos are awesome!!!

    I was one of the 4boys who came to Changdukpalace!!!

  2. hyunjung!!:)

    you did a great job, well done!

  3. Really did a good job! XD Wow I have to learn from you kk

  4. Yeah!
    I think Hanok is really great place to live.
    Especially for Koreans.
    I want to live in Hanok too.
    It will be special and feel really good.

  5. Very nice looking blog, and great hanok photos. I loved staying in Bukchon last year and hope to get back before too long. All the best, Richard


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