Namsangol Hanok Village

Out of the two hanok villages I’ve been to now, Namsangol’s main advantage is that you can’t get lost getting to it. And you don’t have to wonder if you’re there yet or not. Just head out of Chungmuro Station, exit 4. Walk straight for a little bit, look for signs, and you’ll soon see the gates to the hanok village on the left.

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The hanok village was put together to teach people about the traditional Korean culture and way of life. Many of the hanok homes in the village were moved and placed here for that purpose.

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There must have been an ice carving competition here a few weeks ago when it was still cold. Many of the ice sculptures were melted and broken.

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In preparation for the New Year is this wish burning stalk of paper. Visitors can write their goals and wishes for the New Year and it would have been burned, in hopes that these will be attained.

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A little ways into the hanok village is a time capsule that was buried in 1994, in commemoration of Seoul’s 600th year of being Korea’s capital. It is meant to be opened in the year 2394 during the 1000th year of Seoul’s capital status.

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There is a small traditional performance hall in the hanok village that also has a tea shop. We decided to rest and enjoy a nice cup of 유자차. It was such a beautiful little interior for a tea shop and something that I had imagined to be everywhere around Korea. It seems strange that it took almost a year for this sort of Korean tea experience.

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It was a lovely afternoon to walk around and learn a little more and enjoy Korean culture. This visit has reignited my desire to do a hanok stay during my time in Korea. Definitely going to try to set something up soon.

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