Bukchon in Black & White

One of my favorite places in Seoul, South Korea is the neighborhood in and around two of the most famous palaces in the country.  Squeezed in on a hillside between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces is Bukchon village.  Traditional hanok (한옥) houses line winding alleys creating a labyrinth worth getting lost in.  A quiet stroll through these still residential streets will make one easily forget that you are only blocks away from modern skyscrapers and the sounds of one of the most densely populated cities in the world.  In an attempt to get a feel for what the past may have been like, I processed these photos in black and white.

A traditional tool for weaving straw rugs.

Looking up from a small alley.

A steep climb home.

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