2012년 7월 5일 목요일

Bukchon Hanok Village


ukchon Hanok Village in Seoul is attracting more visitors than ever. In every alley of the village, where disappearing traditional Hanoks were revived, visitors holding cameras in their hands are peeking around. Since television dramas have recently highlighted the beauty and charm of Hanok, Bukchon Hanok Village has been crowded with visitors.
Hanoks appeared in the dramas, Cinderella's Sister and Personal Taste, and they have attracted drama viewers to the charms of Hanoks by revealing graceful figures and elegant taste. Hanoks that had previously been part of the backdrop in dramas from time to time were very traditional ones, while those in Cinderella’s Sister and Personal Taste are Hanoks with a modernized touch. In addition, the Hanoks served as critical factors for creating characters in the dramas, not simply as the background.
Daesung Chamdoga (Makgeolli brewery), where Eun-jo (played by Moon Geun-young) and Hyo-sun ( Seo Woo) were in a psychological confrontation over one man, is located around Lake Sanjeong, Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do. Old-world roof tiles and walls, and the antique interior of the house are in very good harmony.
While Personal Taste introduced a modern-style Hanok, Sanggojae, where Gaein (Son Ye-jin) and Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho) live together, is a place hiding a secret critical to the storyline. It maintains the basic structure of a Hanok, but with added modern-style touches, creating a unique fusion-style. The interior was shot at an indoor set in Yangju, Gyeonggi-do, and the exterior was shot at Bukchon Hanok Village.
Bukchon Hanok village is a place where you can feel the traces of the 500-year-long history of the capital, Seoul. There are very few buildings except palaces left in Seoul (in either Gangnam or Gangbuk) that embrace the thick layers of time. That makes Bukchon Hanok Village, located around Gahoe-dong and Wonseo-dong, more special. Hanoks in Bukchon were mostly built in 1930s to resolve housing problems caused by the huge migration of population into the capital. If you go to Bukchon, the blue sky hiding behind the forest of buildings reveals its face and welcomes you. Time also passes more slowly in Bukchon. These are some of the reasons that visitors keep coming to Bukchon.
Recent policy to conserve Hanoks facilitated the creation of various cultural programs and tours. In every corner of Bukchon’s maze-like alleys, you will find beautiful Hanoks, historical and cultural assets, museums, and art and craft workshops. Visiting there is a good opportunity to feel various aspects of Korean traditional culture. Bukchon provides visitors with a mobile guide system to provide information about Hanok conveniently through PDAs and help them fully enjoy various faces and beauty of Hanok.
Hanoks in Bukchon used glass and tile that are not found in traditional Hanoks. Some parts of the floor plans were standardized. In addition, Bukchon also gives us a chance to see into chronological changes and the unique housing culture of Hanoks, since rows of Hanoks stretch like tree branches. What makes Hanoks in Bukchon more valuable is that they still serve as actual houses where people live. Waves of grey roof tiles, the sound of rain drops from the eaves, weather strips trembling with the wind, and the sound of sliding doors, these are the moods that can be found only in Hanoks where people actually live.
Bukchon protected the Hanok Village, the jewel of Seoul, against the strong storm of modernization. The beauty and value of Bukchon comes from the fact that it is a place where traditional and modern live in harmony through the people who reside there. Even though times change, memories engraved in the alleys of the village continue to live.