It happens quite often. Jo and I will be sitting in the apartment and find the need to go out.
One day recently it happened yet again and before we knew it, we were in the heart of Seoul, looking for some history. Today’s trip would take us to a place Jo had always wanted to visit and one I knew I’d enjoy: Namsangol Hanok Village.
As the name implies, it’s a Korean traditional village tucked in at the base of Namsan Mountain.
There are several ways to get to this little gem, but we had to make a short side trip first, so we opted to take the bus in from Dongtan and then walk to the entrance. Most people will find taking the subway a bit easier. To get there, hop on Line 3 or Line 4 to Chungmuro Station. Located within a 5 minute walk outside exits 4/5, visitors will be instantly transported back in time.
Unlike some of the other hanok villages of Seoul, Namsangol is set aside as more of a historical museum than an living town. You won’t find people living in any of the homes, but what you will find are hundreds of plaques detailing the area’s history.
Houses built here range all across the class system of the Joseon period, from King to commoner.