I invite you to walk along the peaceful alleys of Buam-dong. Looking at adorable murals will take you back to old days of Seoul.

Sunshine, Breeze, and Cat.

One summer of 2012, the world danced along Psy’s addictive “Gangnam Style,” pronouncing Seoul as one of major cities in Asia aligned with China or Japan. Prior to Psy, Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, was relatively less known.

But kudos to Gangnam, one of 25 districts of Seoul, the bustling city now invites people from all over the world to experience full-time Gangnam way. Seoul may be “city that never sleeps” as seen in the music video, but you haven’t experienced the best parts of Seoul, yet.


Young people carrying around their cameras. Little children holding their parents’ hands, hopping around and peeking into stores. It’s an ordinary scene you’ll meet in this place. Some say these alleys are best for lazy walks, others say the alleys have something special where time slows down outside the hectic metropolitan.

I invite you to walk along the peaceful alleys of Buam-dong. Looking at adorable murals will take you back to old days of Seoul. What should I wear? What should I do with my hair? No worries if you’re headed to Buam-dong. Wear your most comfy clothes, carry your camera and you’re set.

There’s no need to rush, there’s no need to hurry. Chilling out is the key of Buam-dong tour. Go on a little scavenger hunt for hidden cafes, classic restaurants, and various galleries around alleys.


It’s fun getting lost in the maze-like Buam-dong, but there’s more—Hannam-dong, Sunrise St.

You can explore old, shabby 70’s hillside community in this place, looking down at panoramic view of Seoul, and even running into dead ends of the alleys. Empty houses are in increase due to redevelopment plan, but Solmaru St. that connects to Itaewon—the biggest global community in Seoul—still lures people to the alley to reminisce of the soon.

But the alley may soon say so long, so make sure to make a visit before sunsets and sunrises from the alley become memories of the past.


Third alley is more popular to foreigners than to the natives—it’s Seochok Hannok (“Korean traditional house”) Village, to the west of Gyeongbok Palace.

Although not as famous as already well-known Bukchon Hannok Village, Seochok expresses its own nostalgic and sentimental ambiance that you cannot easily forget. Places where sentiments of historic pasts linger, leaving hectic 21st century behind.

Take the subway to Line Number 3 Gyeonggbok Palace station and come out to Entrance 2. The moment you step outside the subway, you will be timewarped to Seoul in the 1970s. Unlike crowded Bukcheon Hannok Village where 50-year-old restaurants and bustling Tongin street market are, you’ll find another charm of folksy and peaceful Seochon Hannok Village.

PINCAKE TIPS :These “alleys” are bigger than you think, so make sure to dedicate enough time to have a good look around. The alleys are also popular “date courses” full of small art galleries, cafes, or even creeks, so consider it for your next date destination, too.



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