Bukchon Hanok Village

We've been enjoying a much needed week off for Chuseok, or 'autumn eve,' which celebrates the harvest. It's a time for songpyeon, a type of rice cake, rice wine, and visits to family hometowns to pay respects to those who have passed. And so, Seoul empties out, which has given us the time and space to explore leisurely. 

This is not without its limits, however, as most of Seoul, particularly the food joints, also closes down. Fortunately, we found one open mom-and-pop shop where we had delicious kimchi and tofu stews for about $10 in Jongno, where there are labyrinths of coffee and tea shops in beautiful traditional-style houses (hanok), before making our way to Bukchon Hanok Village. 

sweater purchased at Express Bus Terminal, skirt at Gangnam Station, Sam Edelman booties 

Bukchon Hanok Village was one of the top on my list of things to do in Seoul. I could admire architecture for ages, especially that which transports you to another era. The winding uphill roads, carts with pumpkin candy for sale, ornate doors and rooftops, and other visitors dressed in the traditional Korean hanbok (despite the smartphones and selfie sticks in their hands) contributed to the feeling of being in another time.