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Korean Folk Village In Gyeonggi


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Want to travel back to the past and see how the Koreans lived their lives in the olden days? Then you will need to visit the Korean Folk Village. With houses built in about 243 acres, the natural environment atmosphere let visitors experience over 260 traditional houses built during the late Joseon Dynasty. All these beautiful buildings are restored to provide visitors with a broad understanding of Korean’s food, fashion, housing designs between the poor and the wealthy and traditional customs of the past.

The address of the Korean Folk Village is as follows:
90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 용인시 기흥구 민속촌로 90 (보라동)

I did some research in the internet and managed to get the directions for my blog readers.

Directions
[Subway + Bus]
1) Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 10.
Take bus 5001-1 to Korean Folk Village.

2) Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 6.
Take bus 7007-1 to Korean Folk Village 3-way Junction.

3) Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4.
Take bus 10-5 or 37 to Korean Folk Village.

[Shuttle Bus]
– From Folk Village Office in front of Suwon Station to Korean Folk Village
– Schedule: runs 5 times a day/ 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 (30min-ride)

For more up to date information, this is the weblink from the official website: www.koreanfolk.co.kr

My Korean friends drove me to the Folk Village in the morning after my visit to Samsung. I reached there at 11:00am and the weather is about 2 degrees and sunny. This is my last day in South Korea so they decided to bring me to the Folk Village. Even though i am wearing winter clothings, the weather was still freezing cold especially when the wind blows. When I got my entrance ticket, I was surprised that Koreans enter the Folk Village for free! Perhaps Singapore can implement free entrance for our theme parks too?

 

This displays the time schedule of the performances in the Folk Village.
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A paranoma photography for the entrance of the Folk Village. Here is where the entrance tickets are purchased
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Another paranoma photography after the entrance. I love the balding trees as they make the winter season more beautiful. A quiet morning.
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These are burning logs to keep the visitors warm from the cold season.
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Like a wishing well, visitors write their wishes on a small piece of paper and tie it onto this rock. Those white papers you see in this photograph are their wishes. Hope their wishes will come true.
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There was a foul smell and I thought is the “smell effect” which was intentionally created in the Folk Village. I was wrong! There was a real cow staying in the house! With that, I really felt like I am staying in a village.
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These are real dried crops. I guess corn was one of Koreans staple food in the past.
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A typical house lived by Koreans in the olden days.
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This is how the toilet looked like in the past. We are fortunate now to have comfortable toilet bowl and washing basin.
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No microwave. No electricity. This is how the Koreans cooked their food in the past.
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Can anyone tell me which drama this is?
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I took photograph with the Korean stars. :)
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Shoes weaving anyone?
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This is a spectacular performance. The performer walked on the rope and performed a lot of stuns. I have prepared a video for my readers at the end of this post. Hope my readers will enjoy it.
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The governor’s office. The governor will sit there and watched those wrong doers who offended the laws being punished.
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A photograph of a palanquin.
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A palanquin for the ladies. That cabin is very small!
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A palanquin for man.
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A house that belongs to a wealthy family.
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A house architectural design of a wealthy family. There is a huge difference in the material used and design between the house of the poor and the rich.
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A shelter for visitors to rest during their exploration in the Folk Village.

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This is the first half of my post on my visit to the Korean Folk Village. Unlike theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios, this park gave me a total different experience for myself. All the buildings and surroundings are reconstructed and replicated like the Korean old days. With the rural layout of this village, I felt much relaxed. Urban lifestyle is always about time and money. No sweaty and humid feelings because of the winter season. Somehow, this village makes me feel like I am travelling back to the past and learn about the historical building design by the forefathers in Korea. A beautiful place and must visit attraction if you are going to Korea.

 

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