Yongin, South Korea —
Ever wonder what Korea and Koreans’ typical lifestyle were like in the old days? Way before cellphones and internet were invented, they enjoyed the outdoors and established numerous customs and traditions.
Korean Folk Village (한국민속촌) depicts how simple the life of Koreans was in the past. It is also the filming location of few historical fictional Korean movies and dramas namely Jewel in the Palace or Dae Jang Geum (2003), The King and I (2007), Masquerade (2012), My Love from the Star (2013) and many more. [SOURCE]
First off, we bought our entrance tickets for ₩15,000 each. After passing through the main gate, one may spot a cafe, restaurants and small stores selling souvenir items and the like. The folk village is situated right after the second gate.
We headed immediately to the performance area to witness their afternoon programs. The shows are executed by professional acrobats twice each day, one in the morning and second in the afternoon. The village’s highlight called Farmer’s Music and Dance is the first on the list. Followed by tightrope walking, martial arts on horseback and traditional wedding at the noble man’s mansion. There were not much narration and dialogue. So, guests may easily understand what they are portraying.
During the month of October, fusion B-boy dance is the last program for the day. But, we weren’t interested to see it. Instead, we walked around the village and looked at the different traditional houses. The place is so vast that we weren’t able to see the temple and bazaar. Well, that gives us a reason to go back, right?
Enjoy my photos~
I highly recommend to include this attraction to your itinerary most especially if you are interested in Korea’s rich culture. It’s worth every penny, you won’t regret it. Just be sure to catch all the performances.
Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Directions [Subway + Bus]:
- Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 10 or Sinnonhyeon Station (DX Subway Line), Exit 6. Take Bus No. 5001-1 or 1560 to Korean Folk Village.
- Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3-1. Take Bus No. 5500-1 and get off at Korean Folk Village 3-way Junction Bus Stop.
- Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 5. Take Bus No.10-5 or 37 to Korean Folk Village or Nagok Village.
- Sanggal Station (Bundang Subway Line), Exit 3. Take Bus No. 37, 10-5 or 5001-1 to Korean Folk Village or Nagok Village.
Website [Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese]: http://www.koreanfolk.co.kr/