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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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 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.
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