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    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA SEP 13: (No charge for the supply, release, or publication of the photograph. The photos are allowed to use for editorial and commercial.)

    Ikseon-dong, one of the hot places for tourists, is pictured in Seoul, South Korea, on September 13, 2020.
    Ikseon-dong is the oldest Hanok village in Seoul. It was created by Jeong Segwon, considered to be one of the first modern real estate developers in Korea, to establish a community of Hanok architecture for the general public. Alleys in Ikseon-dong are lined with century-old Hanok structures, manifesting Korean architecture’s authentic feel and history. As the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”-while the Hanok buildings’ exterior may look ordinarily traditional, their interior is modern and unique in their way. Visitors of all age groups are sure to enjoy their Hanok experience, sparking newfangled interest to teens and young adults as well as nostalgia to middle-aged and senior citizens. Newtro (new + retro) is sweeping across Korea. Ikseon-dong is at the center of attention with a wide array of establishments from unique cafes and restaurants to various businesses, such as comic book stores, video rooms, stationery stores, flower shops.