Namsangol Hanok Village 남산골한옥마을

There are so many places that are beautiful in Seoul but Namsangol Hanok Village is within walking distance of my place so it makes it that much better. This peaceful little village is located on the north side of Namsan Mountain. It has five traditional Korean houses that have been restored as well as a pavilion, a traditional garden, performance stage and a time capsule that was buried in honor of Seoul’s 600 year anniversary. I can’t say that anyone I know will be around for the opening of this time capsule because it isn’t scheduled until the year 2394. It’s so amazing to me that you can have a traditional Korean village smack dab in the center of a city. I mean, if you just look straight ahead you would never know you were in the middle of Seoul, but if you look up you see high-rises all around you. Namsangol Hanok VIllage also has many traditional programs and activities to participate in such as, wearing a traditional hanbok, folding hanji (traditional Korean paper), writing in Korean, traditional tea ceremony, traditional etiquette school and an herbal medicine experience. On Saturdays in the Summer they also have a night market where vendors sell crafts and food in the courtyard.


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