Korean Folk Village, Seoul
Great place filled with Korean culture and tradition! Here's a glimpse if you want to see what to expect or want to reminisce about your trip there in the past!
It is well worth taking a trip to the Namsangol Traditional Korean Village. I actually went to visit it when it was getting dark which was just by chance. I was very glad about that in the end as they had hanging lanterns which made it look really great.
A few hours in Korean Folk Village (한국 민속촌) is good enough to see how Korea was like during the Joseon Dynasty. Traditional houses with Ondol heating systems, traditional dresses, workshops, food and performances.
The Korean Folk Village is open all year-round.
Open from (Summer : 09:00 to 18:30), (Winter : 09:00 to 17:00)
Adult: 15,000KW / Child: 10,000KW
If one wants to see more than just the Hanok village to know how life was in the past, then visit the Korean Folk Village in Suwon, a 2-hour journey by train and bus from Seoul. On display are old houses and their furnishings, depending on the resident's occupation from a lowly farmer to a rich aristocrat. The 'villagers' are in period costumes of course, and activities include a colorful music and dance performance by farmers, a tightrope act, a traditional wedding ceremony and a display of equestrian skills.
It is open 9 am - 6:30 pm in summer, 9 am - 5 pm in winter.
Tip: don't buy souvenirs here as they are more expensive as the exact same merchandise are cheaper in the Namdaemun market.
To get there you can either get a bus from Gangnam bus no 5001-1 (like us) or you can go to Suwon Station and either get a bus no 37 or their Korean Folk Village shuttle bus. This place a bit far from the city because all of us fell asleep during the journey.
This place is huge and beautiful, we spend the whole day playing. Ther is so many thing you can do and try. If you like korean drama you will love this place. We went to Iljime house and the "king and the clown" palace. We saw a very traditional toilet (not for used only for display). Don't miss this village during your visit to Seoul.
They have show such as farmers music and dance, acrobatics on a tightrope, traditional wedding and equestrian feats everyday. The show is between 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, so come early if you want to watch all the show.
After selecting the spouse through a marchmaker,silk was sent as gifts,the marital harmony was predicted by a fortune teller and a date of the wedding ceremony fixed. The first time the bride-
groom visited the house of the bride was called the "first trip". It occurred on the day before the wedding and he was accompanied by senior guests representing the bridegroom's family in addition to male friends of the bridegroom carrying a box of presents to the bride's family. After the marriage ceremony, the bridegroom spent his first night at the bride's house where the women would take a peek at the bride chamber. The next day, the bridegroom took his bride to his family's home and this was called shinhaeng, or a new trip.Ukyi, a return trip is performed, on the 3rd day,
the 3rd month and the first year. The bride went to the husband's home, presented the wedding gift, and lived there.
All villagers came together and performed the ritual services in front of a big shrine tree, piles of stone, a shrine, milestone, a stone pagoda and wooden totem poles, praying for peace and prosperity with offerings in early January.
Worshipping of the village god was observed by performing ritual service for
the god who guards the village. A shrine of the mountain god, Sansindang,
was built on the hill at the back of the village and a tomb of prosperity was
placed in front of the village to pray for prosperity, expulsion of misfortune,
Traditional Korean houses are characterized by
having both ondol (under-floor radiant heating
system) and wooden floors.In the course of time
- according to the social needs - the houses have
evolved into complicated and diverse forms having
a main wing, annex, and areas for raising cattle and
storing grain. Houses relocated to and restored in
the Folk Village,not only include typical houses of
commoners, farmers, and noblemen from the
Southern, Central, and Northern parts of Korea,
including island areas,but also buildings for special
purposes, such as the shrine of scholars, the provincial governor’s office, a private school,a Buddhist temple and a shaman's house.
All houses can be visited
The Korean Folk Village is home to numerous collections of
Korean cultural artifacts, providing an opportunity for Korean
children to experience and learn the culture of their ancestors
firsthand. The site provides a venue to promote traditional
Korean culture to both domestic and international visitors,
and provides an open-air learning place for succeeding
generations. The village has been developed to convey the
wisdom and the spirits of the ancestors to both domestic and
You can visit various traditional Korean houses that are recreated. Can see the various handicrafts, performances and different ceremonies of Korea.
Seeing is believing. So enjoy being submerged into Korean traditional lifestyle.
As some VTers have stressed, this is a "must-visit" theme park to catch the soul and spirit of Korean culture. Some traditions have been handed down till the present.
The area is so big, it would take the whole day to finish everything. If you are pressed for time, like we were, don't miss the Farmers' Harvest Dance, the traditional Wedding Ceremony, the different shops selling curios and such. There is even a demonstration of how to make Dragon's beard candy and other delicacies.
This is more like a theme park with the architecture of a 19th century Korean village. Everything is really well made and there are many old artisans working on traditional labors such as weaving, making pottery, getting silk from the cocoons, etc.
There are several performances in the afternoon and a very big food market; also lots of handicrafts to buy.
I really recommend catching the farmers dance show. It's by far one of the best folk shows I've ever seen.
This is a day well spent. It takes about 2 hours travel time one way from Northern Seoul by subway, train, and finally a bus. Plenty to see, good food, interesting demonstrations, fun activities, and hand-made crafts. We enjoyed the traditional Korean wedding ceremony and the shopping the most. The farmers band was quite exciting as well.
Take your camera as you will have ample opportunitues to get great shots. This picture is of my wife getting a manicure. Flower petals are crushed and tied on the nail wrapped in a leaf. Left for several hours the nail turns a pale red. Mostly young children had this done but my wife has always been young at heart so why not.
This place is huge! With so much to see and do, it's unfortunately we won't able to spend more time there. Being a part of a tour, you sometime feel like cattle..."mush!"
The village tries display the life styles of bygone years. With artist and craftsmen demonstration skills that's lost on the modern world.
It takes about an hour drive out of Seoul and about double that on the way be (traffic). But once you're there at the Village, it worth it.