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Seoul: Bukchon Hanok Village

We paid a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village under Ant’s recommendation. It’s hyped as a 600-year-old cultural site for tourists, but had its charms as a result: numerous little boutiques and cafes housed in olden-style architecture in this beautiful fusion of old and new. Ottie and I got lost wandering the neighbourhood (as is wont whenever I lead the way with nowhere in mind) and stumbled upon some residential spots arranged in such a way that one would have to really have to trust that their neighbours wouldn’t climb all over their tiled roofs as I was tempted to do.

Panoramic view of Bukchon, South Korea.

Historical architecture up the slope in Bukchon, South Korea.

Historical architecture up a slope as viewed from a main street in Bukchon, South Korea.

Some cute shops and art we passed by:

Souvenir shop in Bukchon, South Korea.

Shop exterior of a photographic store in Bukchon, South Korea.

Shop exterior of a photographic store in Bukchon, South Korea.

Shop display in Bukchon, South Korea.

Ren with handmade flowers in a row of pots in winter in Bukchon, South Korea.

Slide down from the second floor of a school facility in Bukchon, South Korea.

Clever manipulation of structures to create images in Bukchon, South Korea.

Cute art of a fisherman and fish  in Bukchon, South Korea.

Graffiti in Bukchon, South Korea.

Ottie and I posing in front of a wall painted with a jungle and a sloth in Bukchon, South Korea.

Painted shutter of a store in Bukchon, South Korea.

Graffiti portraits in Bukchon, South Korea.

We discovered a palace – I mean school – up a steep slope at the end of the stretch of cafes. Choong Ang High School was a cluster of pretty structures and sprawling grounds. It was easy to see why it was the backdrop for famed drama series Winter Sonata.

Panoramic view of Choongang High School in Bukchon, South Korea.

Thumb selfies at Choongang High School in Bukchon, South Korea.

Bukchon also offered heritage activities such as kite-making and paper doll workshops, among many others. However, Ottie and I are guided by our stomachs, and were more interested in Jung Ae Cookies, this cute little cafe:

Ottie outside Jung Ae Cookies in Bukchon, South Korea.

Shopfront of Jung Ae Cookies in Bukchon, South Korea.

Chocolate cookies at Jung Ae Cookies in Bukchon, South Korea.Our second batch of chocolate cookies.

Eating chocolate cookies in the warmth of Jung Ae Cookies in Bukchon, South Korea.There’s the owner baking more yummy treats.

Sketch of chocolate cookies in Jung Ae Cookies in Bukchon, South Korea.Her chocolate-filled cookies are the best I swear.

Animated gif of Ottie enjoying chocolate cookies from Jung Ae Cookies in Bukchon, South Korea.We were obsessed. It was the best thing to eat during winter. <3

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