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Bukchon Hanok Village

A short walk away from the Gyeonbokgung palace, lies the beautiful Bukchon Hanok Village. With its origins dating back to over 600 years, it is one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in the city. Filled with old traditional houses called as hanoks, they house a mix of residential and commercial properties. What makes this place unique is that, people still live in a lot of these houses and have refurbished them while maintaining the old-world charm. You can take a photo walk in its lanes or try your hand at making traditional Korean art and ornaments at the Bukchon Traditional Crafts Centre. The image of modern skyscrapers in the background of these traditional houses is quite an unforgettable watch.Nearest subway station: Accessible via Line 3 on the subway (exit at Anguk Station).Get mesmerised in the vibrant Changdeokgung PalaceHead east towards the Changdeokgung palace. Though this is not the oldest or the biggest of the palaces but its one of the prettiest royal residences which was used as a principal palace for over 270 years by 13 different kings over a period of time. One of the highlights of this palace is the Secret Garden which covers around 80 acres of land and is filled with more than 56000 species of plants and trees. With an impressive landscape filled with fountains and a colourful display, it is nothing short of spectacular. It is one of the most popular attractions during fall or spring as thousands of trees start blooming.Open hours: 9 am-6 pmEntry fees: The palace ground entry costs 300 ₩ (approx.₹20), while an entry and tour of the secret garden costs 3,000 ₩ (approx. ₹192.50)Nearest subway station: Accessible via Anguk Station (Line 3) and Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1)LunchtimeStop for a not-so-quick lunch at one of the street food markets!