If you want to feel like you’ve time travelled to the olden times in Korea, this would be the place to go.
This is one of my favorite places I visited here. It is located in the Gyeonggi Province and quite a distance from Seoul but its easily accessible with the reliable public transportation here.
I made it here by stopping at Suwon Station and taking the public bus since I missed the free shuttle bus that could take me there. It is the last stop on the bus, so I wasn’t worried about stopping at the wrong stop. The bus driver automatically stopped to let us out at a huge parking lot at the end of the bus ride. Cross this parking lot and you can reach the entrance. It is worth it to travel all the way here.
The Korean Folk Village was opened in October 1974. It is one of those open-air museums. This village is from the Joseon period composed of real houses relocated there from different provinces in Korea. Once we got the tickets and stepped in, it was like we had teleported back in time. From the village houses to the sand paths and the trees, the rustic charm of this place will amaze you.
There are some shops and restaurants as you enter the village. This is the market place near the entrance. There is another market place at the other end of the village where you can find more shops and restaurants.
Once you step through here, its a whole new world.
There are many different houses you can find here. In front of every house, it tells you who’s house it is and there is layout of the house. There is a potter’s house, a farmer’s house, a noble’s house, a scholar’s house and so much more.
I didn’t realize that there are different types of roofs. It is interesting though to go from house to house and just walking around.
There are a lot of activities, exhibitions and performances here too. You can take a ferry boat ride, a horseback ride, try out traditional dyeing, making pottery or Korean archery and so much more!! Do note some are chargeable.
There is a Korean Folk Museum and The World Folk Museum that can be found here. You can also find a Mask Dance Exhibition Hall and the Pottery Exhibition Hall. They have really interesting displays. My favorite would be the Korean Folk Museum. It displays the life of a Korean from birth until death. It made me understand their culture and traditions more.
There are some performances you can catch here. Here are some information of the performance you can find here. There are two performances per day. Make sure you grab a map and reach the location before it starts. Do note that it can be changed due to weather conditions.
- Farmer’s Music & Dance at 10.30am and 2.00pm at the Performance Area
- Equestrian Feats at 11.00am and 2.30pm at the Equestrian Feats performance area
- Fusion B-boy Dance at 11.30am 3.00pm at the Performance Area
- Traditional Wedding Ceremony at 12.00pm and 4.00pm at the Noble man’s Mansion (No. 22) [It is not available from December to February]
This is from the traditional wedding ceremony. I just love the vibrant colours of their traditional costumes.
If you love watching Korean dramas like me, this is also the filming location of some dramas like “My Love from the Star”, “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”, “Moon Embracing the Sun”, “The Great Queen Seondeok” and “The King and I”, to name a few famous ones. There is a drama photo zone where you can see hand molds from the actors and actresses or costumes from some of the dramas filmed here. If you are lucky, you might even catch them filming a drama here. I did! But can’t go near though. There was someone guarding the place. But you can always wait until they are done filming and leaving to see who the actors or actresses are.
It is quite huge and I spent a whole day here. It is quite peaceful and relaxing to be here. I like just strolling around and looking at the houses. My fellow traveler and me were joking around a lot about how it feels like the New Year visiting for us since we kept visiting from house to house. In New Years, its a tradition in my country to visit relatives houses to celebrate the New Year.
There is also a play area. It is a mini amusement park and the haunted house is famous here. To get into this area is with additional charges. So, if you want to go into this area too, when you get your tickets, tell them you want the one inclusive of the play area admission.
I would greatly recommend coming here if you would like to know and see more about the culture and traditions of the people here. Everyone have their own interesting and unique culture and traditions and I really like learning about them. It makes me understand them better. Here are more photos to convince you to make a trip here…hehehehe….
The Korean Folk Village (한국민속촌)
Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 용인시 기흥구 민속촌로 90 (보라동)
Subway Station I stopped at: Suwon Station
How I got there:
- I was from Jungno-3(sam)ga Station where I got a direct train to Suwon Station by using Line 1.
- From Suwon Station, go out by Exit 4 and look out for the tourist information centre.
- There is a free shuttle bus to get there but I missed it. Instead of waiting, I took the local bus from the bus stop just in front of the tourist information centre. Bus number 37 goes all the way to The Korean Folk Village. Its the last stop, so don’t worry about where to stop and just enjoy the bus ride.
For the shuttle bus information or other means of transportation to get there, click here.
- 9.30am to 6.00pm (February to April)
- 9.30am to 6.30pm (May to September)
- 9.30am to 6.00pm (October)
- 9.30am to 5.30pm (November to January)
- 15,000 Won for Individual Adult or 12,000 Won for Adults in a Group
- 12,000 Won for Individual Adolescent or 10,000 Won for Adolescent in a Group
- 10,000 Won for Individual Child or 8,000 Won for Child in a Group.
- There must be a minimum of 20 persons to be eligible for Group rate.
- All visitors are eligible for the group rate with an hour or less remaining to the closing hour.
- For entering the Play zone area, there are additional charges.
Next up, Gyeongbokgung Palace. Come back to read about it.