Bukchon Hanok Village is the photographer's dream and just begging for high fashion photo shoots - a trifecta of a striking colour palette (a personal favourite: bright white, black and light wooden accents), interesting stone textures and gorgeous patterns. Not to mention the steep slopes that make for dramatic corner shots. Definitely the place for a wide angle lens (decision to lug my hefty 24-105mm lens definitely a correct one in this context!).
One thing I love about Korea is how tourist-friendly it is - the Tourism Centres are right at the start of Samcheon-dong and Bukchon Hanok Village, with helpful maps to show you recommended walking roots (usually available in Chinese, Japanese and English). You'll also be able to tell you're headed in the right direction when you see the Korean tourism volunteers standing around in red coats marked with the information logo, who may help you if you're lost. At -5C temperatures, this is not an easy job.
That being said, getting lost in this village isn't all bad, especially if you're lucky enough to go during a sunny afternoon when the light of sunset hits the village.
And especially if you have the iconic selfie stick. I'm not going to lie, this is one of my favourite photos so far
It's easy to forget these are actually residential properties of some very rich people, until you're taking a photo of your travel companion on the interesting stairs of a house and a mother and daughter pair are patiently waiting until you're done and you assume they're also tourists waiting to get a shot until they climb the stairs and head inside. Oops.
And then you stumble upon someone's two gorgeous pet dogs peeking out over a 3m high wall and striking majestic poses for you. Definitely on purpose, those camwhores.