By Local Unnie
One step away from the busy city center is a rustic village that leads to an alleyway. This place was named “Seochon” since this is located on the west side of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Among the old Hankok houses are the small museums and lavish workshops, and there are a lot of traces of the artists who have passed through this place. Forget about the busy digital era and feel the analog days of Seoul by walking around.
Unlike Bukchon, where most of the noble class lived, Seochon is the place where the middle class and common people lived. If Bukchon is well-known for its magnificent and gorgeous structures, Seochon is known for its alley travel course.
What to do in Seochon?
Watch photographs for FREE at Ryugaheon
Ryugaheon, which means a house with songs in Chinese, is a gallery which exhibits photographs.
Operating hours: 10:30 ~ 18:30 (closed every Monday)
How to get there?
- From Gyeongbokgung Station (orange line or line No. 3) Exit No. 3, go straight about 248m until you see the bus stop (Station ID : 01-116)
- Ride any of the bus with numbers 7212/1020/7022
- Get off at the Gyeongbok High School Stop (third stop). Bus ride will take about 8 minutes
- Walk about 117m and you will see Ryugahyeon.
Here are some of the pictures from Ryugahyeon.
Go to Tongin Market for lunch
Upon entering the Tongin Market, you will see people roaming and eating while carrying a black plastic plate. This is due to the lunch box café operated by the market, in which people buy old coin money at the entrance. Pick the dishes of your choice and have fun eating!
One coin is equivalent to KRW 500.
Operating hours: 7:00 ~ 21:00
How to get there?
- From Ryugahyeon, walk down the street until you see the Seven Eleven.
- Cross the pedestrian lane
- Walk down the street and you will see Tongin Market on your right side.
What to eat?
Oil tteokbokki (rice cake) and tteokgalbi (grilled short rib patties)
Take a look at the House of Lee, Sang and Dae-oh Bookstore
House of Lee, Sang
Originally, Dae-oh bookstore was just a shop selling books. obviously. Yet, as time goes by, this place has turned into a gallery-cafe. At this store, you can look around and take photos of antique Korean style house filled with old books and furnitures. Something special about this bookstore? This place has been the shooting place for IU’s album entitled “A Flower Bookmark”.
Aside from IU’s album, this place is also featured in the Korean drama Series “The Shark” – featuring Kim, Nam-gil and Son, Ye-jin.
Admission & souvenir : KRW 4,500 (souvenir : Bookmark carved with Dae-oh Bookstore)
Admission & drink : KRW 6,000
How to get there?
- From Tongin Market, go straight until you see Woori Bank.
- Turn right and walk a bit then you will see the House of Lee, Sang.
- From House of Lee, Sang, go straight until you see the Dae-oh Book Store on your left.
Feel the analog at Baknosu Museum
At the end of Okin-dong Street, a building with a unique architectural style is visible. This is the Baknoksu Museum run by Jongro City. Bak, Nok-su is known for his paintings in various colors when only black and white were used on the oriental paintings.Operating hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00 (17:30) (closed every Monday)
Admission at KRW 3,000
Your Local Unnie’s Tips:
- Avoid going to Seochon on a Monday since most of the sights are closed every Monday.
- For what to eat and where to eat, refer to below posts on:
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