This post was created in April 2013, but posted late due to busy schedule.
For those who don’t know, Sanggojae is the house featured in Lee Minho and Son Yejin drama, Perfect Match / Personal Preference.
It’s a Hanok (traditional) house in Bukchon Hanok Village, a little bit South East of Gyeongbukgung Palace. This is basically a walking distance (Korean standard) but you might want to ride the subway since both places will require you to not only walk a lot, but hike as well.
Bukchon Hanok Village is pretty much tricky since the house numbers are not chronological. There’s a street sign saying from 1 – 42 but no sign will tell you where number 43 is. Number 43 by the way, is Sanggojae, or at least what it’s called in the drama.
Number 43 Bukchon Hanok Village is a private residence. You cannot enter the house, but that’s okay since they didn’t actually film inside.
Now on to the directions: as I’ve said, the place is pretty much tricky with streets looking exactly alike. Not only that, but there are also long winding roads that lead to a dead end. It’s actually not advisable to trek the area without a route in mind since you’ll most likely end up walking down the same street over and over without realizing it – that’s an exaggeration, but I hope you get the picture.
To reach Sanggojae from the Anguk Station, follow the steps below.
- Anguk station exit 2.
- Walk straight ahead, about 300m, passing the information center on your right. You can ask directions from them, but just in case they’re still closed (they open at around ten, but it’s best to trek the area before this time because you’ll have a photo opportunity all to yourself.) here’s the direction given by the walking tourist information center – or so she calls herself.
- Walk for about 3 – 5 minutes until you see a green sign on your left which reads Donmi (it’s a pharmacy and the writing is actually Hangul)
- Turn left at Donmi and walk straight up ahead.
- You’ll find another store called Mizzium, and it intersects two streets. Walk straight up to your right.
- Sanggojae is at the end of this street, at your left.
When we arrived at Anguk Station, it was only 8:30 in the morning; the information center was still closed by that time. We stopped in front of the center with our maps, trying to figure out if we should cross the street, or just walk straight ahead.
Good thing there was this middle school or high school girl who walked by us and asked us if she could help us. Long story short, she drew on our map where Bukchon is. I asked her where Sanggojae is specifically, and she drew the directions on our map as well. Thank goodness.
She told us that she’s the walking Tourist Information Center in the area since she walks around the area heading to Bukchon Hanok Village. She mentioned that since the center is still closed at that time, she would help early bird tourists find their way. She can fluently speak English and we’re really thankful for this kind girl who helped us on a Sunday.
If you have questions, or an easier way to get to this house, please share them at the comments below!