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  • View an Exhibition and Read a Book at a Hanok

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  • In Bukchon, Jongno-gu, an area that is highly populated with Korean traditional houses called hanok, a diverse and special hanok has opened its doors to allow anyone free access. The Seoul City is set to begin running a culture program in order to expand the use of public hanok and preserve the historical and cultural value of hanok in the Bukchon area.

    The five newly opened places include: ① Bukchon Bookstore, ② Bukchon Hanok Hall, ③ Hanok Heritage Center, ④ Traditional Safflower Dye Workshop, and ⑤ Weaving Workshop.

    First, Bukchon Bookstore will hold a diverse program of cultural activities with books as the central theme, including the selling of used books, book club activities, lectures on the humanities, reciting experiences, and more.
    Operating Hours: 11:00-17:00 (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
    Location: 19-12 Bukchon-ro 5-gil
    Inquiries: 82-2-995-6630

    Entrance to Bukchon Bookstore
    Entrance to Bukchon Bookstore View of the Interior
    [Entrance to Bukchon Bookstore] [View of the Interior]

    Located in Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Bukchon Hanok Hall is a facility for exhibitions, educational programs,‧forums,‧regional events which are related to hanok and the historical and cultural value of hanok areas. To book a program between March and July 2018, register on the online Seoul Hanok Portal (http://hanok.seoul.go.kr) by Feb. 20, 2018.
    Operating Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays)
    Location: 29-1 Bukchon-ro 12-gil
    Inquiries: 82-2-2133-5580

    An Event at Bukchon Hanok Hall
    An Event at Bukchon Hanok Hall Exhibition inside Hanok Hall Exhibition inside Hanok Hall
    [An Event at Bukchon Hanok Hall] [Exhibition inside Hanok Hall]

    The Hanok Heritage Center is operated on the grounds of a former guest house which was transformed into a hanok education and research center with facilities such as a library and exhibition room. The Hanok Document Library allows you to search books and documents related to hanok, while the Hanok Model Exhibition Room displays existing wooden hanok structures at 1/5 scale.
    Operating Hours: 11:00-17:00 (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
    Location: 103-7 Gyedong-gil
    Inquiries: 82-2-741-7441

    Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center
    Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center Hanok Document Library
    [Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center] [Hanok Document Library]

    The Traditional Safflower Dye Workshop is a place where visitors can appreciate various restored works of art created using the traditional safflower dyeing method, and for those who make a reservation in advance, they can also experience natural dyeing. The traditional method is a way of dyeing using safflowers. It was widely used for making the red gowns worn by kings, the scarlet-hued Hongnyongpo, the royal costume, everyday household items, and much more.
    Operating Hours: 10:00-17:00 (closed on Mondays)
    Location: 10 Changdeokgung 5-gil
    Inquiries: 82-10-3993-3325

    Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center
    Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center Hanok Document Library
    [Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center] [Hanok Document Library]

    The Weaving Workshop allows visitors to experience various textile handicrafts (fabric weaving demonstrations, textile handicraft experience programs) based on the slowly disappearing method of traditional weaving.
    Operating Hours: 11:00-18:00 (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
    Location: 14 Bukchon-ro 11ga-gil
    Inquiries: 82-10-3326-5383

    Weaving Workshop
    Weaving Workshop View of the Interior View of the Interior
    [Weaving Workshop] [View of the Interior]

    For more detailed information on public hanok in Seoul, check the online Seoul Hanok Portal at
    http://hanok.seoul.go.kr.