Hanok History and Preservation Walking Tour (Confirmed)

Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Bukchon District
W20,000 for members and W25,000 for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Robert Fouser


Hanok History and Preservation Walking Tour


        Destination:       Bukchon in northern Seoul
        Meet Up Point:  Exit 6 (top of steps) of Jongno 3-ga Station (where Lines 3 and 5 intersect) 
        Cost:                   W20,000 for RAS-KB members; W25,000 for non-members
        Tour Leader:      Robert J. Fouser, PhD.

       The rows of hanoks, or traditional Korean-style houses, in Bukchon have become one of the most common images of Seoul. Interest in hanoks has recently spread from Bukchon to nearby Seochon and Ikseon-dong where less restrictive zoning has allowed hanoks to be adapted to various commercial uses. Preservation efforts, spreading commercialization, and the influx of tourists has caused stress in the communities and debates about the impact of preservation on established communities.

       On this excursion, we will visit all three neighborhoods and focus on how preservation efforts have affected the design of hanoks since they began in the early 2000s. We will also see how official preservation guidelines have affected design, particularly in Bukchon. We will also look at the few hanoks that remain close to their original 1930s condition.

       The excursion will begin at Jongno 3-ga Station and from there, we will make our way through Ikseon-dong which has experienced rapid commercialization since 2015. Long slated for redevelopment, Ikseon-dong is not in a preservation district and the new business have updated the hanok in unique (and controversial) ways.

From Ikseon-dong, we will make our way to Bukchon where hanok preservation efforts began in the early 1980s. Early regulations prevented owners from making changes to the houses, but these regulations became increasingly unpopular. In the late 1990s, the city of Seoul adopted a policy of offering hanok owners financial incentives to remodel their houses. Architectural guidelines developed at this time dominated hanok renovation efforts and we will see several houses that best represent “Bukchon Style.”

Seochon will be out final stop. In the 2000s, parts of the neighborhood were threatened with redevelopment, but in 2010, the city of Seoul began to promote hanok renovation using the guidelines that were used in Bukchon. In the early 2010s, commercialization of the area picked up and many hanoks were remodeled into “hip” cafés, restaurants, and bars. Younger residents also began to remodel hanoks in idiosyncratic ways without the support of the city. We will look at various examples of residential and commercial hanok renovations.

The excursion will end near Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3), but participants may join Robert afterwards for a coffee or a meal (not included in the excursion fee) in a remodeled hanok.  

 This walking tour is already confirmed. Payments are due upon registration of RSVPs.

To register, simply click here by Friday, May 25, 2018.

☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:  SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

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