Joseon Period Village
Consisting of 270 carefully selected and preserved traditional Korean houses from different regions of the country, the village is an open-air historical exhibition in itself. The perfect location, with “a mountain at the back, a river at the front", adds peaceful harmony and an extra authentic feel to the already fairy tale-like village. Leisurely walking through its streets, observing hundred-year-old customs and daily routines of the professional "villagers", it becomes easy to get lost in time and feel like you have traveled back a couple centuries.
Korean Folk Museum
The museum offers a collection of items from the culture and daily life of the late Joseon period. Presenting a sweeping view of life in a rural community and rustic art during the late Joseon period, this exhibition hall is the perfect place to easily learn and experience the traditional culture of Korea.
World Folk Museum
Opened on Sep. 22, 2001, the World Folk Museum is an ambitious museum complex with nine permanent exhibition buildings presenting over 3,000 items of cultural heritage collected from all over the world. The Museum gives a comprehensive insight into clothing, food, housing, technology, culture and arts of numerous cultures from around the world.
Mask Dance Exhibition Hall
Offering a meticulously prepared collection of masks used for traditional dance performances, the museum tells a captivating story of raw emotion, laughter, and humor. Intricate routines of Bongsan Masked Dance and Bukcheong Lion Dance Drama, among many others, are lovingly explained in colorful dioramas. At the entrance of the exhibition hall, visitors can also see an artisan making various masks.
Pottery Exhibition Hall
The Earthenware (Pottery) Exhibition Hall boasts a vast collection of earthenware that showcases the craftsmanship of Joseon-era Korea. As an integral part of daily life, pottery serves as a mirror to the art, customs, and beauty of folk tradition. Earthenware Experience Hall provides an opportunity to try your own hand at pottery - whatever the outcome, it is a memorable and pleasant experience for everyone.
Farmer’s Music and Dance
10:30 / 14:00 at the Performance Area
The Farmer’s Music and Dance is an exciting performance with roots in the old tradition of wishing for a good harvest. All viewers are encouraged to join in on the fun and dance their daily stress away!
11:00 / 14:30 at the Acrobatics Performance Area
Acrobatics on a tightrope is a performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat as the acrobats not only keep their balance on a precarious rope and do tricks, but also keep up witty banter to entertain the audience. The performance was even designated a National Intangible Asset No. 58 of the country and listed in 2011 as a UNESCO Intangible Human Heritage.
Equestrian Feats (Horseback Martial Arts Performance)
11:30 / 15:00 at Equestrian Feats Performance Area
Equestrian Feats is also known as "equestrian art" because it combines superb horse-riding techniques with top-notch martial arts, including two sword wielding riders on horseback, horseback archery, and horseback tumbling.
Traditional Wedding Ceremony
12:30 / 16:00 at Noble Man’s Mansion (No.22)
Traditional Wedding Ceremony, which proceeds against the quiet backdrop of a nobleman’s mansion, is loved by both locals and international visitors alike. Through a pious matrimony, experience this beautiful tradition. The Traditional Wedding Ceremony is not held from December through February.
The Games From Those Old Days (February – March)
Enjoy old-fashioned games and snacks from the 70’s and 80’s. Taste Dalgona (shapes made from melted sugar) and sweet potatoes and chestnuts roasted on a traditional stove. Traditional practices in daily life and games, such as hanging out in an ondol room in a thatched-roof house, making traditional kites and wooden tops, and riding a sled on ice awaits you. Look forward to a journey into nostalgia, enjoyable for both parents and children.
Fortune Party Celebrating Seollal
Seollal, the first day of the lunar year, is the biggest annual holiday in Korea. Since old times, people have performed ancestral rites on this day, while families and relatives get together to share well-wishes and play joyful games together. On Seollal, Korean Folk Village presents a series of events that promote neighborly warmth, such as gosa (well-wishing shamanistic rites), jisin balbki (stepping on earth spirits), making fortune-wishing charms and rice cakes, and fortune telling.
Full Moon Festival
The first full moon of the lunar calendar is the day for predicting both good and bad fortune for the rest of the year, serving as an important traditional holiday throughout the country. On this day, with the moon shining at its brightest, people used to pray to the moon, the symbol of energy that banishes darkness, diseases, and disasters, allowing for a happy and affluent year. Experience traditions such as house burning, rites for jangseung (a traditional totem pole at the village entrance), dongje (village rites), erecting sheaves of rice, and a full moon feast.
Welcome to Joseon (April – May)
“Welcome to Joseon!” Characters that are distinctively Joseon-like roam the streets of Korean Folk Village. The mysterious and exciting cultural festival unfolds almost like a time travel experience and is full of performances with plenty of audience participation. This is a specially prepared experience of daily life in the Joseon period.
End of Spring Festival (May)
Dano - 5th of May according to the lunar calendar - is said to be the day of the year with maximum ‘yang (sun)’ energy, which was believed to fend off evil. On this day, people of Korea held various well-wishing events. At the Korean Folk Village, several special Dano events are performed, such as changpo shampooing, sharing of rice cake flavored with mugwort, and making a special Dano fan. Experience the traditional customs of Dano and fend off evil spirits for the coming summer.
Rice Planting (End of May – June)
Villagers get together and move along the line of the paddy field to prepare the seedbed for planting rice.
Barley and Wheat Cutting (June)
Barley and wheat are planted in winter and harvested in summer. Witness and experience how barley and wheat are harvested in summer.
Grandfather’s Home in Summer (July – August)
How did the ancestors of Joseon spend their summers? This is a traditional entertainment program that includes various atelier experiences (earthenware, wooden utensils, dyeing, and musical instrument ateliers), bamboo water gun making, traditional fan making, and garden balsam dyeing.
Happy Full-Moon Festival (Chuseok)
Chuseok is the biggest holiday in all of Korea, sort of like Thanksgiving Day in North America. The Korean Folk Village presents all sorts of Chuseok-themed events, such as traditional art performances, seongju gosa (ancestral rites), harvesting and threshing, and making and sharing traditional rice cakes.
Harvest (End of September – October)
While harvest time varies with crops, major crops like rice, beans, millet, corns, oats, and buckwheat are harvested in fall, thus making the season the time for wrapping up a year’s farming and giving thanks for the resulting affluence. Harvest at the Korean Folk Village is done by reaping with a scythe and then threshing with a traditional thresher.
Historical Drama Festival (October - November)
Korean Folk Village presents a world of historical drama to its visitors during the fall season. Vividly experience historical dramas shot at Korean Folk Village, one of the most popular filming locations for historical dramas and films. During the festival, Korean Folk Village sets up fun-filled events, such as special autograph sessions, tours of film sets, and special drama exhibitions. Meet celebrities and and get a peek at the scenes of numerous historical K-Dramas during this exciting event!
Winter Solstice Night
Dongji, better known as Winter Solstice, is the day with the shortest period of daylight on the calendar and the longest night of the year. Korean Folk Village presents all sorts of reenactments of various Donji traditions, such as the making of patjuk (red-bean porridge), sharing of next year’s almanac, as well as fortune telling.
Tying Straw Thatches for a Thatched Roof (End of November - early December)
Wintering preparations at Korean Folk Village begin with the tying of straw thatches for a new house roof. Tying straw thatches is about dismantling the old layer of thatches and replacing them with new ones and is done every year.
Cold Winter Rural Home Tales (December – January)
Experience the old-fashioned way of life in the winter countryside of Korea! The event provides vivid experiences in making traditional toys (square kite, jegi, and wooden top) in a warm ondol room, sharing sweet potatoes roasted in a clay-made traditional stove, and riding the traditional ice sled that runs on the frozen paddy field. Create fun, lasting winter memories with your family.
Visitors can experience everyday life in a traditional farmhouse by operating a horse or ox-pulled millstone or a treadmill, spinning silk yarn, pounding clothes ("ironing" of sort), and using a traveler's knapsack.
The best experience for true aristocrats! You can try out punishment tools (on your friends - for "fun pictures") and prison cells.
Creating daily necessities from straw - interesting, but very tricky (and prickly).
Tour the river with a merry ferryman.
Horseback Riding Experience [Paid]
This horse riding experience is a real treat for those who love romantic stories or just cannot get enough of these fantastic creatures.
Korean Archery Experience [Paid]
Try shooting a bow in the woods - and learn the secret of gold-medal winning Korean archery techniques while your at it.
Traditional Dyeing Experience [Paid]
Learn the traditional way of dyeing clothes using natural ingredients.
Bamboo Ware Workshop
See bamboo wares made with the skill of an experienced artisan. Daily life bamboo ware ranges from sewing boxes and baskets to furniture, stationery and toys.
Wooden Craft Experience
Demonstrating the beauty and style of wood, the wooden utensils workshop allows visitors to witness the making of items such as a honghukae (wooden cloth roller), soban (small portable dining table), and laundry bats.
Witness and experience the making of pottery! The products from the earthenware workshop are all made using a traditional method of glazing and carefully firing.
Hand Fan Workshop
Try making traditional Korean fans called “Buchae”. These round shaped hand fans made from wood and hanji paper are perfect for the hot summers.
Brass Ware Workshop
Manufacturing high-quality brass tableware, the bronze workshop is the pride of Korean Folk Village. The bronze spoon set from the workshop produced by a highly-experienced artisan is popular with visiting tourists.
Korean Folk Village’s blacksmith workshop manufactures farming tools and other appliances used in daily life using traditional methods. You can watch how pig iron is wrought into iron tools and even buy them.
At the pyrography workshop, visitors can appreciate the process of drawing or writing on wood or paper with hot instruments and witness various pyrography techniques.
Traditional Mask Workshop
This workshop provides visitors with an inside look into the creation of traditional masks, which are made by carving into paulownia and alder with a knife. Touch the masks and feel the work of an experienced artisan who subtly craves a human face into these slabs of wood, giving them new life.
Musical Instrument Workshop
Visitors can learn how to make and play danso (short bamboo flute) and how to play mulpiri (water flute) from the head of the workshop, who is a master player of daegeum (large flute).
Tobacco Pipe Workshop
The Korean Folk Village tobacco pipe workshop uses nickel plated brass and solders it to bamboo. The artisan comes from Namwon, famous for tobacco pipes, and has manufactured tobacco pipes for over sixty years.
A haunted Joseon-era mansion infested with ghosts, ghouls and monsters from Korean legends. It is time to test your courage and knowledge of Korean folklore!
Home of the Legend
Korea's first and scariest dark ride, presents numerous unimaginable horrors from old Korean legends. From vampires and ghosts to the 9-tailed fox Gumiho, this ride will leave you trembling with fear.
A favorite classic for both adults and kids - drive your car, bump into each other, and yell with excitement and joy!
A full-body experience that will take your kids on an unforgettable digital adventure.
Boat Ride / Family Coaster / Railroad Express
Explore the scenery of the village with the whole family on these relaxing, smooth rides.
One of the most popular attractions of the Play Village, this train brings excitement to kids and a sense of nostalgia to adults.
Old but gold: This small Viking attraction is a miniature of the bigger adult one also present in the village.
Another miniature classic: Prepare your kids for the biggest of thrills.
Loved by families and couples alike, the carousel is an undying hit, bringing a sense of magic, adventure, and romance.
Crazy Raft / Bounce Spin
Shaking, twisting, and bouncing - what can be a more exciting attraction for children?