Namsangol Hanok Village brings to life the Joseon dynasty through five restored traditional Korean houses (called hanoks) that were relocated to the village from other parts of the city. Each house reflects a different stratum of society, from working-class to nobility. The site also hosts demonstrations, workshops, and live performances.The Basics
A stroll through Namsangol Hanok Village is an excellent way to get a feel for what it was like to live in Joseon-era Korea, both for peasants and aristocrats. Some city sightseeing tours of the South Korean capital include a visit to the village, as well as other essential attractions such as Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbok Palace, Namsan Tower, and the Myeongdong shopping district. If you’re flying through Incheon International Airport with a long layover, you can visit the village as part of a guided layover tour. It also features as a stop on the Seoul hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Things to Know Before You Go
- Namsangol Hanok Village is a popular spot for families and history buffs.
- Admission to the village is free.
- The site is wheelchair-accessible, and wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent.
How to Get There
To get to the Namsangol Hanok Village, take the Seoul Subway (line 3 or 4) to Chungmuro Station and leave through exit 3 or 4. From here it’s about a 5-minute walk. Several public buses stop at the Toegyero 3-ga Hanok Village Korea House station.When to Get There
This living-history village is open Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year. Come on the weekend to watch a traditional Korean wedding ceremony.Hands-On Activities at Namsangol Hanok Village
Travelers looking for a deeper experience of Korean culture can get hands-on at Namsangol Hanok Village by attending one of the center’s many interactive workshops. Topics range from Korean calligraphy and traditional paper folding (hanji
) to archery and hanbok
(traditional Korean dress) wearing.