Hanoks are one-story buildings designed in a cube, the shape of which depending on their geographical location in the country. While they are usually constructed using wooden beams and blocks of stone, other traditional building materials include straw, mulberry paper, and clay. They are truly beautiful and are undoubtedly a symbol of Korea. Though they can still be found all around the country, they are sometimes difficult to find in cities like Seoul, where re-development is rampant and the ill-effects of the Japanese attempt to wipe out Korean culture are evident. Back in the late 1970s, the Seoul government designated areas that had a particularly high concentration of these homes as cultural assets as to preserve them. The Gahoe-dong area in Jongro- also known as Bukchon Hanok Village- was one of the areas protected, as it contains over 500 hundred traditional hanoks, most of which belonged to yanban, or upper-class families.
Everything about Samcheongdong oozes charm; the simplest of objects come across as artsy.