I feel like I’m slacking on my blog posts. Sorry, guys. Where does the time go?
Last weekend we traveled out of Seoul — I think, technically — to Yongin to visit the Korean Folk Village. We took the train to Sinnonhyeon Station (exit 6), and walked a bit to catch Express Bus 5001-1 to the park. Yes, it’s a park, a theme park re-creation of a Joseon Dynasty-era village.
We expected the weather to be warmer but no such luck. It was SO cold! Amazingly enough, there were still plenty of other tourists at the Korean Folk Village. The place is enormous, 245 acres to be exact. There’s a pretty river flowing through it, and mountains behind it, and lots of trees (which are unfortunately bare right now!). You can see and walk through many different types of traditional Korean houses — including a nobleman’s mansion, a large landowner’s house, a farmer’s house, a mountain village home, and traditional homes from Jeju island and Ullung island.
You can explore places like the pottery workshop, the mask dance exhibition hall, a buddhist temple, a musical instruments shop (featuring bamboo flutes), an area where they film many popular Korean historical dramas, and they have other interactive things for kids like making paper lanterns and kites or experiencing ancient punishment and torture techniques at the local government office (not kidding, see pics). The ferry boat rides and traditional wedding ceremony were not taking place when we went.
It’s nice to walk around and see and learn about the different buildings and structures, but I think the main highlights of the park are the traditional folk art performances that take place throughout the day. These include tightrope walking and acrobatics, horseback riding featuring fancy martial arts moves, and farmer’s music and dance. The crowds love these, and they truly were fun to watch. The performers made everything look easy! I’ll leave you with videos and pics below — LOTS of them.
Oh, lastly, there’s an amusement park next door (separate admission fee) for kids.
Tightrope walking video 1:
Tightrope walking video 2:
Horseback riding show:
Farmer’s music and dance show:
Farmer’s dance video 2:
Entrance to Korean Folk Village.
Not sure what this is called.
Old farming tools.
Just hanging out.
Gazebo. I’m sure that’s not what they’re actually called.
Aw, the stepping stone bridge was closed.
Entering a traditional jail.
Old punishment/torture devices. I asked, but Will didn’t want to try them out.
Horseback riding stunts show.
Entering the village used for filming Korean historic dramas.
They do handprints of their celebrities.
Inside the filming location.
They were playing one of the dramas filmed there.
Photo ops for the inclined.
I had to.
Mask dance exhibition hall.
Display of traditional mask dances.
Explaining the different types of traditional Korean masks.
Bamboo flutes. The vertical kind, not the horizontal kind.
Bamboo flute engraving.
Another traditional kitchen.
A devotional/wish tree.
Taking a break between shows.
Local government office.
Dancers making their entrance.
Farmer’s music and dance.
Doing crazy flips and kicks.
This guy basically break danced while twirling a long ribbon using his head.
I made him.
Old games – tossing the stick into the buckets.
Another kitchen? I don’t remember.
Small, two-room mountain village house.
On the steps leading to the buddhist temple.
One of the several resident cats.
Anyone know what they were toasting? They were strips of orange colored stuff. I don’t know if it was dried seafood or candy or what.
Another wish tree, I think.
Totem poles served as guardian deities protecting the village.
Fun on the ice.
Little kids armed with pointy stakes.
Pretty. The stone step bridge from earlier.
I imagine this place is beautiful in the spring, summer and fall.
Not as scary as crossing over fallen logs in the woods.
Shiba inus? Love.
Jeju island or Ullung island style house, I forget.
Lots of them.
I don’t know exactly what’s in these, but you can see the years they were filled. They use these to store grains and such.
Ferry boat for rides.