SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 11, 2018 – The Seoul Museum of History will open the Baek In-Je House Museum located in Bukchon at weekend night for two months from July through August. This decision was made for domestic and international visitors who may have difficulties to visit in daytime due to the sweltering summer heat wave.
Those who would like to see this early 20th-century Korean traditional mansion at night should arrive no later than 8:40pm on Fridays or Saturdays.
During the same period, the guided tour program is also available from 7pm to those who make a reservation in advance at Seoul City’s Public Service Reservation System (http://yeyak.seoul.go.kr). If one gets all five stamps hidden inside the House, five postcards will be given as a souvenir.
Built in 1913, the Baek In-Je House was designated as the Seoul Cultural Heritage No. 22. The Seoul Metropolitan Government purchased this “modern hanok (traditional house)” from Baek’s family in 2009, and renovated it and turned it into a public museum in November 2015.
This House was the first house opened to the public in Bukchon, where has traditionally been one of Korea’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Unlike other hanok houses, men’s quarters Sarangchae and women’s quarters Anchae are connected to each other with a hallway, and it uses many red bricks and glass windows. The Baek In-je House sized in 2,460 square meters represents Korean’s upper-class lifestyle in the early modern days.
It is expected to attract many visitors, especially couples and families because it is a rare opportunity to enjoy a beautiful night view of hanok.