From the title you might be thinking – Ah, yes ~ yet another Hanok village. But, this one is not just your typical Hanok village. If you’ve been in Korea long enough, you’ve probably heard of Bukchon Hanok Village or Jeonju Hanok village and if you’ve read those articles then you’re probably eager to discover more. Let me introduce you to this hidden gem, the Eunpyeong Hanok Village!
About Eunpyeong Hanok Village
Eunpyeong Hanok village is located in Eunpyeong district of Seoul, which is located in the far northwestern Seoul. The village is nestled at the base of the famous mountain Bukhansan, making it a perfect stop for hikers and seekers of natural beauty.
This village was built in 2014 as a part of a hanok subsidiary project to promote Korean culture. And, to attract more tourists to the Eunpyeong district.The district itself has chosen to focus on bringing Korean traditional culture to modern Korea. There are lots of tradition based attractions in the area.
According to the project, there are 158 hanok buildings in Eunpyeong, and most of them are built for residential purposes, however, some hanoks are open to visitors to let them fulfill their traditional Korean dreams.
Activities around Eunpyeong Hanok village
Compared to Bukchon hanok village and Namsangol hanok village, there are fewer people here. So you can take your time to walk around and explore. Close to the village is the Eunpyeong history and hanok museum where you can learn about the history of Eunpyeong. Plus, if you climb the hill a bit there is a beautiful Buddhist temple called Jingwansa. It is known as one of Seoul’s four major temples. Around the village, there are also a lot of hanok style cafes with rooftops. If you want to take an instagrammable photo with a view, then make sure you visit either cafe 1In 1Jan or Bukhansan Atelier.
Eunpyeong History and Hanok Museum
The Eunpyeong History & Hanok Museum is an exhibition hall that opened in 2014. The museum allows visitors to appreciate and experience the history of Eunpyeong, and Hanok. This 3-story museum has a total floor area of 2901㎡.
On the 1st floor, a toy library, education room, pond, and rest area can be found. The 2nd floor includes another library. Plus, the Eunpyeong History Hall in which the cultural heritage of the area can be appreciated. The Special Exhibition Hall and Hanok Exhibition Hall are located on the 3rd floor. On the roof and outside, a tile kiln replica from the Unified Silla Period is installed.
Eunpyeong History & Hanok Museum Address: 8, Yeonseo-ro 50-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM, Closed Monday Admission: 1,000 KRW (adults), 500 KRW (youth), and free for infants and senior citizens
Buddhist temple “Jingwansa”
Jingwansa Temple is a centuries-old temple located in Bukhansan National Park. The temple was built by order of King Hyeonjong of the Goryeo Dynasty in honor of the great Buddhist monk Jinkwan. According to historians, Jinkwan saved King Hyeon-jong’s life when he was young and the king repaid the priest by building the temple. Jinkwansa Temple comprises of several buildings. Some of the most notable buildings include Daeungjeon Hall, Myeongbujeon Hall, and Nahanjeon Hall. The temple also operates templestay programs where visitors can experience Buddhist culture firsthand. There are programs for groups, children, and youth.
Jingwansa Temple Address: 73, Jingwan-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: No closing time
Cafes and restaurants in Eunpyeong Hanok Village
At first, this place seems like a regular cafe. However, as you go up you can find more and more traditional decorations.
This 5 story building located in a traditional hanok village around Bukhansan mountain is not just a coffee shop but also a fancy restaurant. It is famous for its stunning view of the mountains and hanok houses from every window of every floor. The restaurant/coffee shop is still always full of visitors such as cute couples, friends, or even students who come for studying. For coffee, they have a variety of options as well as non-coffee and tea alternatives. They also have a dessert set available on the 5th floor which consists of traditional treats such as Ddeok (rice cake):
On the 3rd floor, they also have a gallery that opens between 13:00-18:00 and 13:00-20:00 on weekends. This floor is no kids zone because there are furniture items inside that need special treatment:
Now for the restaurant, they serve fusion modern-traditional food. Everything is served on a traditional Korean table with white porcelain dishes. As you can tell, it is expensive.
Although this cafe is a bit pricier than your regular coffee shop, it still offers a great service with a breathtaking view and atmosphere that takes you back in travel time~
1In 1Jan Address: 534, Yeonseo-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 10:00am - 9:00pm
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you added Eunpyeong Hanok village to your bucket list!