The Eunpyeong Hanok Village – Seoul’s Hidden Gem
A visit to a hanok village should be on everybody’s bucket list when traveling to South Korea. The most popular of these kinds of attractions is Bukchon Hanok Village, but it’s not the only hanok village worth visiting. I recently stumbled upon the Eunpyeong Hanok Village (은평한옥마을) in northern Seoul near Bukhansan National Park and instantly fell for its unique charm.
Here’s all about the Eunpyeong Hanok Village – Seoul’s hidden gem!
Getting to Eunpyeong Hanok Village by Bus
It’s pretty easy to get to the hanok village with bus 701 heading north from Seoul Station. The journey takes about 41 minutes over 23 stops and drops off right in front of Eunpyeong Hanok Village.
You can also take bus 7723 from bus stop 12112 at exit 4 of Gupabal Station. This ride will only take 7 stops (about 10 minutes) and also stops right in front of the hanok Village.
Getting to Eunpyeong Hanok Village by Car
I visited the hanok village by car and parked inside the village in one of the alleyways for free. At the time of writing this article, they are building a parking lot specifically for visitors to the hanok village.
Adresse: 127-27 Jingwan-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul (서울 은평구 진관동 127-27)
Eunpyeong Hanok Village in Seoul
What not to miss
The Eunpyeong Hanok Village has a lot to offer! I recommend to take it slow and explore the village alley by alley and discover the beauty of the hanok village. However, there are still a few places that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Eunpyeong Hanok Village.
This hanok cluster is actually part of a broader mission to attract more tourists to Eunpyeong-gu and become a top destination for traditional Korean cultural experiences.
So definitely be sure to watch out for Eunpyeong!
Some of the 158 hanok houses are actually residential, but many also run shops or cafés. Some houses are open to visitors to live in and experience a hanok stay or partake in different traditional handicrafts.
1인1상 Hanok Café
I had previously seen photos of this café on Instagram and found out about Eunpyeong Hanok Village after looking up the address. 1인1상 is a rather big café that covers five floors and a rooftop.
The interior of the café is traditional with a modern twist and offers incredible views of the hanok village and Bukhansan mountains.
The venue serves coffee and desserts, as well as traditional teas and hot food.
An easy walk from the Eunpyeong Hanok Village sits Jingwansa Temple (진관사). It’s actually a pretty important temple and one of Seoul’s four major temples besides Bulamsa, Sammaksa, and Seunggasa. Jingwansa is also the only temple in Seoul to be dedicated to Suryukje. This is a traditional Buddhist ceremony where food is part of the Buddhist prayers to spirits.
The temple was destroyed during the Korean War but was later rebuilt.
If you are interested in learning more about the temple’s unique Buddhist practices, you should take part in the temple stay program offered there.
Adresse: 73 Jingwan-gil, Jingwan-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
The Eunpyeong History & Hanok Museum
Learn more about the history of Eunpyeong Hanok Village and hanok houses at this three-level museum. Start on the first floor and check out the toy library, pond, and a relaxing area and then move over to the second floor to learn about the cultural heritage of Eunpyeong. The third floor is dedicated to a vast hanok exhibition, and there is also a rooftop area with a great view.
Admission: Adults W1,000; Children W500.
Adresse: 8-gil Yeonseo-ro 50, Jingwan-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
Other Hanok Villages Worth Visiting
There are so many other beautiful hanok villages you should check out in Seoul and Korea. You can join tours to other villages to get more out of them, too. Here are some great options:
- Yongin Folk Village + Everland with Klook
- Jeonju Hanok Village + Rail Bike Park Day Tour with Hanbok Experience with Klook
- Visit the Andong Hahoe Folk Village in a private tour with Trazy
- Visit the Korean Folk Village where Dae Jang Keum was filmed and get a discounted ticket through Klook.
- Take a private van tour to the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and the Korean Folk Village with Trazy.
Why not stay in a hanok house?
If you want to stay in your own Hanok House while you’re here in Seoul, the best options are still over in the Bukchon Hanok Village.
Best for travelers who wish to experience Korean style accommodation in Seoul with all the modern comforts. Bonum 1957 is also located in a fantastic location in the heart of the famous Bukchon Hanok Village surrounded by traditional Korean houses and a short walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace. This is the most memorable hotel in Seoul for me. Check rates on Booking.com.
Eunpyeong Hanok Village:
Worth a Visit?
Absolutely! As you can see, the Eunpyeong Hanok Village is a beautiful hidden gem in Seoul and is a great day trip destination if you are looking to get away from the crowds.
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