Korea House & Namsan Hanok Folk Village, Seoul
At first there is no "entrance fee" completely open to public for free. In this village displays various household goods and furniture arranged in accordance with the times of which they were a part. You can see everything inside the house. The traditional craft hall here exhibits souvenirs and a variety of works by master craftsmen, designated as intangible cultural treasures.
The traditional garden in the village is adorned with native trees that grow in Namsan, a valley where the water flows naturally, a pavilion and a pond, but this was frozen on our visit in January. At Namsangol Hanok Village, visitors can not only learn about the architecture of Hanoks but also about their architectural orientation, structural layout, and furniture arrangement styles popular during the Joseon Dynasty period
April – October 09:00 – 21:00
November – March 09:00 – 20:00
Namsan Hanok Village was built mostly for the tourists in 1998, but originally here was located a summer resort (during Joseon period).
Village are is small so you well spend no more than 30-40 minutes here. Entrance is FREE .
April - October - 9.00 a.m - 9.00 p.m
November - March - 9.00 a.m - 8.00 p.m.
!! Tuesday - closed
Our hotel was just in 5 minutes from the village so we visited it almost every day :-) It's great that tourists can see how actually lived Korean people! Kitchen, living rooms/sleeping rooms... But even now some people live in this type of houses in Seoul . You can go to Bukchon Hanok village to see it ;-)
This village lies at the foot of Mount Namsan. It is made up of five traditional Korean wooden houses. There were people wandering around in traditional Korean clothes. Brides and grooms come here for their wedding shots. There were some displays of traditional craft and people playing traditional Korean games.
The grounds of the village also include the Seoul Millennium Time Capsule. To celebrate Seoul’s 600th anniversary as the capital of Korea, 600 typical Korean items were buried here and are not to be opened until November 29, 2394, which will be the city’s 1,000th anniversary. I look forward to going to that!
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.
There is a few houses in the village. And the house is either the actual house or a restored house according to the actual design. What interest me the most is something that you can see at Saranchee in Taekyong Yun's house. What you can get is a very cheep costume to rent. It only cost 1,000 won per costume and they have a lot to choose from. They have costume for both man and women. You can dress in a normal hanbok or you can wear the wedding hanbok, the palace staff hanbok and in my case I choose to dress as the King and Queen.
Other than the hanbok wearing you can also experience other activity such as food making, calligraphy, watch traditional instrument performance, play the traditional games and etc. They also offer free guide in 3 language korean, japanese and english
Namsangol Hanok Village is the place to go if you're interested in traditional houses. Aside from this, there's not much to see here. Quite popular with the tour buses. Still worth a short visit.
This is one of my favourite places in Seoul. Five traditional noblemen's houses from the Joseon dynasty have been reconstructed on a site at the foot of Mount Namsan. It has a peaceful location, undisturbed by the sounds of the modern city, and there aren't usually many visitors there, so as you wander around you can imagine what it must have been like to live in a village like this.
In the courtyard you can play traditional Korean games, one of which consists of trying to throw an arrow into a sheath. It's a lot more difficult than it looks. Cultural performances are also held here.
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