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At the northern side of Namsan Mountain, Namsangol Hanok Village opened in 1998 in the middle of the capital. This village has five restored hanok, which are traditional Korean houses. It also has a pavilion, a traditional garden, a performance art stage, and a time capsule plaza. Namsangol Hanok Village is an old village from the Joseon period (1392–1910). It is on the northern side of Namsan Mountain.

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Why you should go to Namsangol Hanok Village?

Namsangol Hanok Village is often skipped, especially by foreign tourists who prefer Bukchon Hanok Village or even Insadong, which is more popular. But a trip to Namsangol Hanok Village, just a short walk from Myeongdong Station, will be worth it because of its beautiful scenery and cultural history.

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During the Joseon Dynasty, it was a popular summer vacation place. It was called Cheonghak-dong, or the place where the gods live, because the scenery was so beautiful.

Hanok Homes of Joseon Dynasty’s Important People

Namsangol Hanok Village is known for its five traditional Korean houses from the Joseon Dynasty. Before the City of Seoul moved and fixed them up, they were in different parts of the city.

The hanoks were built by people with different backgrounds, such as the carpenter who built Gyeongbokgung Palace, a military general, the son-in-law of King Cheoljong, the parents of Empress Sunjeonghyo, and the uncle of Empress Sunjeonghyo.

Namsangol Hanok Village has five traditional hanoks, a cafe, a souvenir shop, a traditional garden, pavilions, a pond, a performance arts stage (Gukakdang), and a time capsule plaza.

Visitors to Namsangol Hanok Village can take part in many traditional programs and activities, such as trying on hanbok (traditional Korean clothes), falcon experience, hanji (traditional Korean paper), yutnori (traditional board game), Korean writing, traditional tea ceremony, traditional etiquette school, and herbal medicine experience. In the village, there are also taekwondo shows and other kinds of shows.

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Namsangol Hanok Village has fruit trees, plants, and flowers

At the Namsangol Traditional Garden, local plants and grasses were planted, and the land was shaped so that water could flow naturally. This recreated the beautiful landscape of Namsan in ancient times.

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During the Joseon Dynasty, it was a popular place to go on vacation in the summer. It was called Cheonghak-dong, or the place where the gods live, because the scenery was so beautiful.

Visitors will get a taste of traditional Korean life while getting away from the busy city. Before the forested Namsan Mountain, the traditional garden with its pavilion and old houses makes for a peaceful place to be. In 1994, a time capsule was buried at the village’s highest point to mark Seoul’s 600th anniversary. It will be opened again 400 years later, in 2394.

The Joseon aristocrats and government officials who lived in the five hanoks at Namsangol Hanok Village used to live there. Each house used to be in a different neighborhood, but they were all moved to this area and fixed up to look like they did when they were first built. The original materials were used to rebuild the houses, except for one house where the materials were too old and worn to be used again.

The buildings were carefully fixed up and made to look like they did when they were first built. This did this to show how wealthy and interesting the owners were.

The buildings are now used as an exhibit to show how people lived during the Joseon dynasty. Aside from that, it is also a place for kids and tourists to learn and enjoy cultural programs.

You can do things like wear hanbok, fold hanji (traditional Korean paper), write in Korean, and take part as well in a traditional tea ceremony. You will also go to a traditional etiquette school, and learn about herbal medicine. Around the village, there are also taekwondo shows and other kinds of performances. Visitors can also play traditional games, such as yunnori, or go on a guided tour to learn more about the area.

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Namsangol Hanok Village

Address: 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 퇴계로34길 28 (필동2가)
Type Old Houses/ Birth houses/Folk Villages
Inquiries • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
• For more info: +82-2-2261-0500,
+82-2-2266-6928, +82-2-2263-0854,
+82-2-2261-0513, +82-2-2266-6923
Website: hanokmaeul.or.kr
Operating Hours: 09:00-18:00

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Jacque is a travel, food and lifestyle blogger. At the age of 20, she started exploring instagrammable places, discovering fascinating cultures, trying various cuisines, and taking amazing photos from local and international travel destinations. Alongside her adventures, she passionately creates Hallyu content.

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