Namsangol Hanok Village opened in 1998 on the north side of Namsan Mountain in the very center of the capital. This village has five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a traditional garden, a performance stage and a time capsule plaza, making it a perfect spot for both locals and tourists to take a leisurely walk. A step over the entrance door will transport you straight from the bustle of modern megapolis to the slow-paced traditional lifestyle of a village. The traditional garden with its pavilion and the traditional houses create a peaceful ambiance at the foot of the forested Namsan Mountain. A time capsule commemorating Seoul’s 600 Year Anniversary was buried in 1994 at the highest point of the village and is scheduled to be reopened four hundred years later in 2394.
The five hanok houses were remodeled after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty and over a range of social classes, from peasants to aristocrats. The furniture in the houses is arranged to help guests understand the daily lives of the past, and the clean, traditional houses, as well as their antique items, provide a great photo spot. To protect this fragile heritage, only one of the hanok houses is open to the public. The house of Yoon-ssi of Okin-dong has been transformed into Yoon's Tearoom, where guests can enjoy traditional tea and refreshments.
Namsangol Hanok VIllage offers many traditional programs and activities to participate in. Traditional programs such as wearing hanbok, folding hanji (traditional Korean paper), writing in Korean, traditional tea ceremony, traditional etiquette school and herbal medicine experience, are provided for the visitors. During summer season (every Wed-Sat, July-Aug) guests are welcome to spend the hot afternoon participating in the Nap Experience (오수 체험), where for 3000 won people can enjoy some quiet sleep in the traditional setting.
The village also hosts various performances and festivals throughout the year and encourages tourists to try traditional games such as yutnori (traditional board game). A tour guide available for those who want additional information about the village.
Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 28 Toegye-ro 34-gil