Eunpyeong hanok village is a traditional Korean village located in the Eunpyeong district of Seoul, South Korea. Established in December 2014, the Eunpyeong Hanok Village is the largest neo-hanok residential complex in the capital area. The village today is made up of over 150 hanoks, or traditional Korean homes.
The village is open to visitors and you can take a self-guided tour of the village, which includes taking pictures, learning about the history of Korea at the museum, eating delicious food or relaxing at the popular cafe overlooking the village.
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Eunpyeong Hanok Village has an old-town charm with the hanoks built with tiled roofs and wooden frames that also feature beautiful gardens and courtyards.
Visiting Eunpyeong village makes for the perfect relaxing day trip out of the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s also a lot less crowded than the popular Bukchon Hanok Village so you should definitely take a few hours to explore this beautiful part of the outskirts of Seoul.
Eunpyeong Hanok Village Guide
If you happen to have visited Bukchon hanok village, then you’ve seen the locals with yellow vests asking tourists to enjoy the views in silence. This is mainly because Bukchon was never intended for tourism, and the residents don’t want to be disturbed. Which definitely makes sense!
But Eunpyeong hanok village has been planned by the City of Seoul as a historical, cultural and tourist site so everyone moving there knows that there will be tourists roaming around and they don’t mind them at all. Since it’s also about half an hour of the city, it’s also a lot quieter and if I would have to choose between the two I would definitely opt for Eunpyeong hanok village.
How to get to Eunpyeong hanok village from Seoul?
If you’re staying in Chungmuro or Myeongdong area, then the easiest way to get to Eunpyeong hanok village is by Line 3 to Gupabal station Exit 3, and then Bus 7211/7723. These three buses will take you right to the entrance of the village. This journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
If you’re coming from Seoul station, you can just take bus 701 all the way to the bus stop below.
Closest bus stop: Hana High School, Samchunsa Temple, Jingwansa Temple Entrance (하나고.삼천사.진관사입구)
For a more accurate trip input this address in your Never map and get the live directions. The below address is not accurate in Google maps, so make sure you only use the link to open in Naver:
Eunpyeong Hanok Village
서울특별시 은평구 진관동 193-14
If you’re using Google maps (although I don’t recommend you do), then input this address: 서울특별시 은평구 진관동 127-25
What to do
Eunpyeong History Hanok museum (은평 역사한옥 박물관)
Relive the 17th-Century History of Eunpyeong at the Hanok Museum. Explore this traditional Korean house and discover the arts, culture and daily life of those that once lived in it. The museum features a range of artefacts and furnishings from the region, carefully preserved to preserve its authentic historical charm. Experience an immersive journey into Korean culture with educational activities such as tea ceremonies and crafts workshops.
Explore the kitchen, living room and bedrooms of a traditional Korean house, discovering the daily life and culture of those that once lived there. The museum also offers engaging educational programs like tea ceremonies and crafts workshops to give visitors an in-depth experience of Korean culture.
While there are a few restaurants in Eunpyeong hanok village, I would highly recommend 1인1상. This cafe spans over 5 floors, with the one highest up with the best views. Make sure you wait until the rooftop cafe is open to order because it’s much nicer there than on the ground floor.
Make sure to arrive a little before 11 am when it opens, to secure a spot though. We ordered a variety of desserts and coffees and it was all very delicious!
Jingwansa Temple (진관사 (서울))
Jingwansa Temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple located in the scenic mountains of South Korea. Built in the 8th century, this historic temple is a well-preserved example of traditional Korean architecture. Visitors to Jingwansa Temple can explore its many courtyards and halls, each filled with unique artwork and symbolism from Korean Buddhism. The temple also serves as an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists in South Korea, offering visitors a spiritual connection to nature through its peaceful location and stunning views.
The main hall of Jingwansa Temple houses numerous statues of Buddha, including images of Medicine Buddha and the Cosmic Buddhas of the Four Directions. Other notable attractions include Seokgamoni-bul, or “The Historical Buddha” – which represents the historical figure that brought Buddhism to Korea – and Jijangjeon Hall, which houses statues of 10 kings who protect Buddhism. Visitors are invited to explore these sites with reverence and quiet meditations.
In addition to its cultural significance, Jingwansa Temple offers plenty of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. A short hike up the nearby Gwanaksan Mountain grants spectacular views of surrounding areas, while numerous trails offer opportunities for more ambitious mountain hikes across the area’s picturesque hillsides. For those looking for something more leisurely, there’s a rock garden nearby where visitors can take in beautiful natural scenery while exploring various relics from centuries ago. All in all, Jingwansa Temple is an unforgettable destination for those seeking adventure and solace alike!
Walk on the wooden walkway
For a nice and relaxing day, make sure you don’t miss out on the beautiful path behind the hanoks. And if you happened to watch Somebody (the Korean drama on Netflix), then you’ll probably recognise this place as well.
Tombstone for Lady Sukyeong (숙용심씨 묘표)
Designation : Seoul Monument No. 25
Period : Early 16th century Location : 126, Jingwan-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
This tombstone was erected in front of the tomb of Lady Sukyong (?~1515), King Seongjong’s concubine. Lady Sukyong was the daughter of Sim Maldong, who contributed to the enthronement of King Sejo, and who was consequently bestowed the title of a meritorious retainer.
She became King Seongjong’s concubine before 1493 (24th year of King Seongjong’s reign) and gave birth to 2 sons (Princes Iseong and Yeongsan) and 2 daughters (Princesses Gyeongsun and Sukhye). It is recorded that Lady Sukyong died in 1515 (10th year of King Jungjong’s reign). The tombstone consists of the top portion, the stele body, and the base.
This tombstone was moved to Japan and was placed in a park commemorating Takahashi Korekiyo, Prime Minister of Japan, who was assassinated in 1936. It was thanks to the efforts of her descendants that the tombstone was brought back to Korea in 2001. It was located in Japan for more than four hundred years before it finally returned home. This tombstone carries a great significance as a royal heritage in that it proves the existence of the tomb of King Seongjong’s concubine, Lady Sukyong.
Galleries and art museums in Eunpyeong hanok village
Also make sure to check out some of the galleries and art museums in the area. Here are a few to consider:
Samgaksan Geumam art museum (삼각산금암미술관)
Set Iseo Literary Museum (셋이서문학관)
Gallery Io (갤러리 이오)
Other Hanok Villages to see in Korea
In case you don’t manage to see Eunpyeong hanok village and you’re more interested in a guided tour to spend some time in one, then make sure you see some of the options below:
I hope enjoyed this article about Eunpyeong Hanok Village. Don’t forget to leave any questions you have about visiting in the comments section below, and I will do my best to answer them.