Attraction 2-84 Pil-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-272, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Namsangol Hanok Village is special ?
Namsangol Hanok Village, also known as "A Village of Traditional Houses in the Namsan Valley", is a Korean village located in the area of Pil-dong neighborhood in Jung-gu, a central district of Seoul, South Korea where hanok (한옥) or Korean traditional houses have been restored to preserve the original atmosphere of the area.
The Namsangol Hanok Village offers one the opportunity to experience a wide cross-section of Joseon-era citizenry and activities, from royalty to commoners. A great effort has been made to accurately furnish each dwelling with appropriate era and social status appointments.
The location of the village was originally the site of a well known Joseon-era summer resort called Jeonghakdong. Jeonghakdong means "The land of the fairies for the blue crane where the Jeonugak Pavillion stands along the stream in the valley". The area boasted such superb scenery that it was called the land of the fairies and was considered one of the five most beautiful parts of Seoul.
What to explore at Namsangol Hanok Village?
If you get off at Chungmuro Subway Station, you are right in front of Namsangol Hanok Village (traditional Korean village). You may consider it interesting to find this area standing between the tall buildings. This village has five restored traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule, which make it a perfect spot to take a walk.
When you enter the front gate, you will see the vast valley and the Chunugak building to the left of the pond. Along with the pond, it is a splendid place where performances are held. On the side you will see five traditional houses. These houses were rebuilt after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty and belong to those of various social classes, ranking from peasants to the king. The furniture in the house is situated to help guests understand the daily life of the past, and the clean, traditional houses and their antique items provide a great photo op. If you would like to check out some souvenirs, stop by the traditional craftwork exhibit where you can buy small dishes and other items. You can also have traditional tea and refreshments. On the grounds, there are traditional games you may try such as 'neolttwigi' (sea-saw jumping), 'tuho'(arrow throwing) and 'yunnori' (traditional game of throwing wooden yut sticks). Don't forget to go see the traditional marriage ceremony! During the weekends, traditional marriages are shown at Bak Yeong Hyo's Residence. The traditional marriage ceremony is an interesting event for both Koreans and foreigners and many gather to watch. During the winter season (November to February), there are not as many wedding ceremonies as held in the spring and fall. Weddings are typically held around noon or 1 p.m. and visitors can take pictures with the husband and wife wearing traditional wedding costumes. There is also a time capsule commemorating Seoul’s 600 Year Anniversary that was buried in 1994 and is scheduled to be reopened four hundred years later in 2394.
How to get to Namsangol Hanok Village?
Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3 & 4), Exit 3 or 4.
- Walk along the road
between oh!zemidong (Chungmuro Media Center) and Maeil Business Newspaper Building (150m).
- Take bus 104, 105, 140, 263, 507, 604, 421, 7011.
Get off at Toegyero 3(sam)-ga (National Pension Service).
- Take bus 263, 104, 507, 421, 02 or Seoul City Tour bus.
Get off in front of at 'Twegye 3 (sam)-ga (Hanongmaeul, Korea House)
- Well presented traditional houses from the past
- Nice cultural experience
- Traditional village in the middle of the city
- Back to Joseon
- Great place, especially the Taekwondo experience
2-84 Pil-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-272, South Korea
Tips for you
It's a really beautiful place that allow you understand and see more of the traditional Korean culture. There is also free touring guide in English everyday at 2pm and 3:30 pm.
If you're a first time traveler to Korea, it wold be nice to visit this place and take pictures. You could see traditional Korean housing and play traditional sports.