A following weekend in September, Bob and I walked around Bukchon Hanok Village in the popular Samcheong-dong area. "Hanok" is a term used to describe a traditional Korean house. In a previous post, I featured Hahoe Village in Andong, which is the most beautiful of all the clusters of traditional homes we have seen in Korea. Bukchon is interesting because it exists right in the middle of Seoul, not far from Gwangwhamun Palace. Individual families actually live in these homes, although many of them have been converted into small museums, arts and craft centers, or restaurants.
One interesting museum showcased Korean "Kokdu", which are wooden figures that adorned the funerary bier, or "Sangyeo". The Kokdu had four roles: travel guides, guardians, caretakers and entertainers. It seems the dead were well taken care of on their journey to the afterlife. I love these ancient works of art!
Thankfully, September blessed us with some beautiful clear skies and pleasant temperatures, which allowed for some happy site-seeing weekends in Seoul.