Korean Folk Village, Seoul
This is the other performance that I saw at the Korean Folk Village. It is one of the famous traditional Korean game.
The performers made many impressive stunt and jumps which were vastly entertaining.
243 acres and 260 buildings make up this village composed of buildings from the Chosun era of Korea's History. Many of these buildings were relocated to the site and restored to their original condition. It is a very good look at traditional Korean life, and also a great place to check out a hottie actress from one of your favorite Korean Dramas. Many of the traditional dramas film here and it is not uncommon to see one of the stars wandering around the village.
There are also plenty of workshops in case basket weaving is more your thing. And there are also folk museums, acrobatic shows, an art gallery, food places, and on festivals and special days they recreate traditional festival celebrations, weddings and other cultural stuff.
Ever wonder where they get those historical sets for the various Korean Dramas? Maybe not, but here they are. On any given day you're likely to see actors in costume rehearsing or filming scenes in the Korean Folk Village.
That's not all, though, there are also gymnastic displays (jumping on a high wire and with see-saws) and there are even people who LIVE here. Yes, they live in the old style homes, wearing old style clothes and doing things the...um, old style. It's really quite impressive.
If you're into Bhuddism there is a temple or two here and if you're hungry there is, you guessed it, old style Korean food too. No McDonald's at all.
If you drive there be sure you have a local with you...the last few turns don't have very obvious signs and it seems as if you're going down a country road rather than into a national park.
Interestingly, although you feel as if you're in another era the city is relatively close at hand. When they built the Village it was waaaaay out in the country, but since the burbs have grown it is becoming enveloped in 'civilization'. No matter, the setting is tranquil and you can easily spend 2-4 hours strolling and learning.
Be on the lookout for a wedding, also. Every few days they have a fake or REAL wedding ceremony. I saw one between a White gal and a Korean guy...it was for all to see, and gawk and take pictures. Very cool.
Last time in Seoul I went to Namsum Park and saw many traditional houses so this time I went to the folk village mainly to see the performances. I was not disappointed!! The farmers dance was very colorful, the acrobatics were quite fun to watch and the wedding ceremony was nice. The are two performances daily. There are also more craft smiths working here.
At this replica of a traditional Korean village you will see aspects of everyday village life that are uniquely Korean, including traditional houses typical of local provinces, a government office, market, a water-mill, and a pottery shop that offer glimpses of the cultural heritage and traditional lifestyles of the past.
Pottery Shop: Representative of Korean pottery are Koryo celadon & Yi dynasty's white ceramics. Celadon & Ceramics are products of fire & clay & glaze. The production process involves the kneading into dough of clay, the formation of vessel bases & baking.
Market Place: The history of market places in Korea goes back to the days of the Silla Kingdom.
At each market place the produce of the farming communities were traded with the artifacts produced by craftmen, & the products of the interior with the riches from the seaside communities. & since a market was set up on different sites on different days, there were traveling businessmen who carried their fare on the back from a market site to another throughout the year. These traveling businessmen, pobusang, served as effective disseminators of new culture & info.
Tobacco Pipe Maker Workshop: Here, you'll have a chance to see the making of tobacco pipes where the production process involved heating, forging & soldering.
The bowl & mouthpiece of traditional long-stemmed tobacco pipe were made of copper, alloy of copper & tin, crystal or porcelain. Those of the best quality were ones made of the copper-tin alloy inlaid with blackened copper & silver for decoration.
Provincial Governor's Office: (788.37 sq m) Office buildings for local government were called Kwana or Kongchong.
One government building consisted of the main gate, outer servants' quarters on both sides of the gate, the inner gate, the main office (Tonghon), the magistrate's living quarters & the inner servants' quarters. At the back of the courtyard was a jail.
Silk & cotton weaving can both be observed here. Hand-woven silk is now rated as precious cloth like hemp & ramie cloth. Silk dates back to the Samban period, like hemp cloth. Silk is produced by farm families as a sideline as in the past through all its process, from silkworm raising to weaving.
Cotton was first introduced to Korea from China in the 14th century & since became the most widely used material for clothes. To make cotton cloth, the cotton was first ginned & then yarn spun from the ginned cotton. The yarn was then fed into a loom for weaving. The finer the mesh of the woven cloth, the better the quality of the material.
Manor House in the Southern Part: 19th century mansion found in Muan district, Chollanam-do. The 1st 2 wings have all the necessary items like the wooden-floor room, wooden-floor veranda, & raised wooden-floor room. The space of the floor-rooms is as large as that of the rooms.
Separate quarters for men, women, servants & grain storage make up 4 sections of a wealthy household.
The making of Bamboo Ware: Bambooware is a specialty of Tamyang in South Choila Province. Boxes made of thin stripes of bamboo dyed in many colors are especially famous for their beauty. Bambooware of Tamyang also includes woven work-baskets, hats, screens & fans.
Lespedeza Ware: On any hills in Korea Lespedeza grows wild as a perennial plant. It has widely been used by the Koreans to make utensils from old times. Rice wine strainer, wicker tray, round basket, sewing box, kitchen utensils, farm implements have all been made using this plant.
There are many representations of houses (farmer's, peasant's & manor's) from different provinces & parts of Korea. Do also look out for house in Cheju Island, Ullung Island & House of Legends (Haunted house!). To enjoy them all, you need at least half a day!
Farmer's House in the Northern Part: This reproduction which consists of 7 detached wings is a typical 19th century farmer's house as found in Anju, P'yongannam-do. The inner wing, the outer or gate wing, the drawing-room wing, & the store wing are the 4 main wings with four open corners. The number of the wings is impressive, but their actual measurements are not very big.