Namsangol Hanok Village is located at the northern foot of Namsan Mountain. During the Joseon Dynasty, there were valleys making this an ideal place to visit as a summer resort. In order to gain a glimpse into the lives of traditional Korean, five houses were moved here or rebuilt to create Namsangol Hanok Village. The houses represent houses from different social classes, ranking from peasants to the king. The houses display various types of furniture and household goods that would have been found in the Joseon Dynasty. Also at Hanok village you can find a pond, a time capsule, pavillion, Namsangol traditional garden and many areas to relax or have a picnic.
After you enter through the main gate you will find a very nice view of Cheonu-gak building to the left and Seoul Tower and mountains in the background. To the left of Cheonu-gak building you will find the five Hanok houses. Heading north of the houses you will walk through some wooded areas / ponds and reach the pavilion and time capsule. The time capsule is made of stainless steel, fibreglass, silica gel among other materials. 600 items were placed inside the capsule and the capsule was sealed air tight on November 29th, 1994 by then mayor of Seoul, Byun Yul Choe. November 29th, 1994 marked the 600 year anniversary of Seoul being designated as the capital city. The capsule will be opened again on November 24th, 2394 celebrating 1,000 years of Seoul.
The main attraction is the Taekwondo performance in front of the Cheonu-gak building. The performance is held every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm from April to October (excluding July and August). It consists of many fighters on the stage performing moves and punching pieces of wood and bricks. They also have a special Taekwondo experience for foreigners. They teach you easy, fun and the basics of Taekwondo. This is held April to October (excluding July/ August) on Wed and Sat at 11:00, 14:00, 17:00. Reservations are needed and can be made at www.taekwonseoul.org . A one time fee of 20,000 won is required to join. See picture below for more details.
A short video of the Taekwondo performance at Namsangol Hanok Village
Admission / Opening hours:
Admission is FREE
April – October, 09:00 ~ 21:00
November – March, 09:00 ~ 20:00
How to get t0 Namsangol Hanok Village:
Take subway line 3 or 4 to Chungmuro Station. Leave exit 3 or 4 and Hanok Village will be right in front of you.
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