October 22, 2012

Seoul, South Korea : Namsangol Hanok Village

A great effort from the government to preserve the history and give the youngsters and visitors a glimpse into the lives of traditional Korean, is the recreation of a small village that resembles the architecture and gardens of the area during Joseon Dynasty.

N Seoul Tower as seen from the village

Located at the northern foot of Namsan Mountain, five traditional houses were moved here or rebuilt to create Namsangol Hanok Village. The houses represent houses from different social classes, from the residences of high government officials to commoners. Various types of furniture and household goods that would have been found in the Joseon Dynasty were also displayed.

These are the houses.

Okay.. I forgot which one is which one.. The colors are all the same!! haha... 

And these are some of the decorations inside the houses...

Visitors can also experience various Korean traditional cultural fare such as plays and dance performances as well as folk games.

And make your own souvenirs!

making traditional mask

making traditional gasing!

playing gasing

making a kite

fly baby fly!

arrow throwing

A traditional Korean style garden, complete with a flowing stream and pavilion was also constructed in the village area in order to revive the Joseon Dynasty feel. 

Walking towards the rear of the village, the trail takes you to Seoul Millennium Time Capsule. This time capsule was buried on November 29th, 1994 by then mayor of Seoul, Byun Yul Choe, to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Seoul being designated as the capital city. Containing 600 items representing Seoul and the lives of its citizens, it is set to be unearthed 400 years later on November 2394, marking the 1000 years of Seoul. I wonder if the earth is still alive then...

Namsangol Hanok Village is open daily except Tuesday.
Visiting hours are from 9 am to 8 pm.
 Entrance to the village is FREE!
Direction: Take Subway Line 3 or 4 and stop at Chungmuro Station, then proceed to Exit 3 or 4.

An interesting visit indeed!

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