There are quite a few folk villages all over Korea but the Korean Folk Village in Yong-in City (용인시), at Gyeonggi-do is one of the most popular one and I chose to head here instead of going to Nami-san for this trip, as I felt I wanted more of Korean culture and more of the ancient Joseon Culture rather then just a lovely scenic place…
The Korean Folk Village is partly a theme park and is said to offer visitors a glimpse into traditional Korean life. There are plenty of old-style Korean buildings, arts and crafts displays, performances, and more. You could visit for an hour or spend the entire afternoon, and there are really a lot of interesting things to do and see for everyone.
Korean Folk Village is a lovely cultural village that consists of traditional houses, culture and customs of Korea’s Joseon period. The village consists of relocated hanok houses, buildings and artifacts that depicts the lifestyle of the Joseon period.
Thus as it is, this village was used as a filming location for many Korean historical dramas including the Jewel in the Palace, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, My Love From The Star, Six Flying Dragons, Dong Yi, Empress Ki and Moon Embracing the Sun. And yes, there are posters, molded hands and autographs here…even some props on display….
The Folk Village is truly home to Korean heritage and many features of olden Korean culture have been collected and preserved. There is even a traditional marketplace offers exotic flavors of Korean food from various regions, and numerous shops sell a variety of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs, most which were made there at itself by skilled craftsmen.
Korean Folk Village introduces traditional culture from the late Joseon period to both local and international visitors through cultural classes experience, shaman faith, seasonal customs and others. Also, the village shows various places with unique features such as a farming village, private house, official districts, Confucian academy, seodang (village school), and a village street in realistic descriptions, as well as, a nobleman’s house and traditional workshop.
Visitors like me who enjoy historical dramas and stories will be thrilled to participate and enjoy interesting performances such as nongak (farmer’s music) which I missed… and Equestrian feats aka acrobatics and martial arts on horseback – I swear these people were really born on the horseback, they are so at one with the horse. I was really enthralled by the performers amazing moves…. Check out the pictures I have here…..
We even got to view traditional wedding ceremony which was just so colourful and fascinating.. But I heard there are also other special events which varies according to the season…
Of course, for those who likes some fun rides, etc, be sure to check out the amusement park area and scream yourself hoarse with the crazy rides they have there such as the swinging Viking ship, Drop n Twist ride, Crazy Raft ride or enter the spooky Korean Folk Village’s Legendary Hometown…..
Of course, do not forget to stop to smell the flowers or enjoy the glorious scenery around this place…..
There are many options to go from Seoul to the Korean Folk Village:
From Exit No. 2 of Moran Subway Station (Bundang Line), take City Express Bus N. 1116 and get off at Korean Folk Village (70 minute ride).
From Exit No. 6 of Gangnam Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 2) or Exit No. 7 of Yangjae Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line N. 7), take City Express Bus N. 1560 or 5000-1 and get off at Korean Folk Village (30-40 minute ride).
From Bundang line Subway to Sanggal Station Bus 5001-1 (or ask any local and they will guide you as which was our case….)
From Seoul Subway Line 1 to Suwon Station. Then, take exit 5 and once outside of the station you will find a tourist information office. There, you can get a ticket for a free shuttle bus that will take you directly to the Korean Folk Village. Runs five times a day (10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 30 minute ride).
At Jamsil Subway Station (Subway Line No. 2) take City Express Bus N. 1116. (1 hour and 20 minute ride)
(1) Nongak (farmer’s music and dance): 10:30 / 14:00
(2) Equestrian Feats: 11:00 / 14:30
(3) Fusion B-Boy Dance : 11:30 / 15:00
(4) Traditional wedding ceremony : 12:00 / 16:00
* In case of rain, the programs are subject to change/cancel.
Adults (ages 19 and up): 15,000 won
Children (ages 4-12): 10,000 won