Hanok Cluster, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

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It’s a relatively slow period exploration-wise for me right now. I’m still waiting for things to open up in a few locations, so for the moment, I patiently wait. Here are some photos from a hanok cluster in Seongbuk-gu. Most of the doors are still locked or barricaded with garbage. The only hanok I got into was a real treat and well worth the visit.

I love the colorful tile work of these hanok.
Is this a sign of demolition or renovation?
The other side of the hanok cluster. This spot is where a lot of the workers next door come for smoke breaks.

I’m not sure what the story is with this group of houses that stick out like a sore thumb among the modern, high-rise apartment buildings. The one unit I got into was not housing but as a former place of business. I assume that the former Korean Culture and Arts Association was a place to gain knowledge and training in traditional Korean art techniques. I can only go on the evidence I saw inside. Covering the windows in the hanok were hanja characters written on delicate calligraphy paper. Hence, I call this place the Art Hanok.

I will be making return visits to check-in, hoping to get into a few more hanoks before changes (redevelopment? renovation?) occur. It’s a tricky place to navigate, but it’s all about timing.

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