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Hanok and the city: Bukchon Hanok Village

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2009 by Lydia

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.

A persimmon tree waiting for magpies

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , on November 21, 2009 by Lydia

(Bukchon-the northern village in Seoul)— Do you see the persimmon tree laden with persimmons? It is a Korean long traditon for magpies. Our forefathers thought that it is keenly necessary to help each other, even with animals. You can see it easily when you just walk around streets in Seoul at late fall.