day 126 part 3

서촌. 西村. Seochon

(Information from KTO) To the west of Gyeongbokgung lies another area rich in hanok, where the contorted alleyways of old Seoul remain. Seochon contains more than 300 of the 1,400 hanok that remain within the bounds of the old city walls, many of them tucked behind taller, newer buildings. In several neighborhoods, the narrow and winding alleyways of older Seoul survive. Described by some as the “capillaries of the city,” these passages are too narrow to admit cars. Bicycles, cats, pots of flowers and vegetables, playing children, and the occasional hanging laundry are instead their principal occupants. They are not visible from the outside, and those wishing to discover their charm are best advised to dive into as many random alleyways as possible.

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