Korean Folk Village
Entering the gate of Korean Folk Village is like going to a time machine. It made me feel that I was in a different world where the historical Korean dramas were filmed.
It’s not my first time to see some folk villages. I’ve been to Bukchon Hanok Village, Namsangol Hanok Village, and Bucheon Hanok Village (don’t go here, go to Aiins World instead). I can say that you can forget all of these and go to Korean Folk Village.
One of the reasons, why I love Korean Folk Village (KFV) is because I enjoy trying out new things. Unlike museums, the things inside the KFV are interactive. The things there really made me experience the ancient lifestyle.
Another reason why I enjoyed there is because of the performances. I was able to witness two out of four performances. They have Farmer’s Music & Dance, Equestrian Feats, Fusion B-boy Dance, and Traditional Wedding Ceremony.
I got excited when I saw the standees all over the place! Dae Jang Geum (Jewel in the Palace) was the first historical drama I’ve seen. I just realized that I saw it a decade ago! They also have standees for other dramas like Sungkyunkwan scandal, and Arang and the Magistrate drama. There are more standees there for photo ops!
I’ve seen many people wearing hanbok roaming around the hanok villages and palaces in Seoul. Some visitors here are also wearing hanbok but the village’s staff are all wearing hanbok. They even have some Joseon characters who looks as if they rose from the Joseon dynasty. You can notice them because they randomly make a scene and act as if they are in the old times.
I’m a sucker for museums. Last Chuseok, I went to War Memorial of Korea, National Museum of Korea, and National Hangeul Museum. I was surprised that this village offers free admission to three museums/exhibition halls inside. They have Korean Folk Museum, World Folk Museum, Pottery Exhibition Hall, and Mask Dance Exhibition Hall.
They have several workshops offered there. They have life & culture experience which includes horse back riding, ferry boat riding, and archery. Moreover, they also have 12 craft workshop experience. It includes bamboo ware workshop, wooden craft experience, hand fan workshop, brass ware workshop, traditional mask workshop, pottery workshop, and many more. Most of them needs extra payment.
I decided not to pay extra for the Play Village admission. I honestly think that this part of the Korean Folk Village is misplaced. They have around 13 rides in the play village like bumper car, Ferris wheel, vikings, and carousel. Kids might enjoy this part but I went here for nature and culture experience. I skipped the rides part, and went to the World Folk Museum.
The place as a whole is perfect for photo shoots. If you have a hanbok, the pictures would look even better. Bring extra battery or a power bank to capture these awesome moments.
- Go there early! I arrived there at lunch time. I felt that I didn’t have enough time even if I stayed there until 5:30 pm.
- If you wanna try the horse riding, boat riding, or archery, make sure to go there before 5pm.
- If you wanna watch the performances, go there 15 mins before the schedule so you can have a seat.
- Check the schedule of the KFV shuttle if you are coming from Suwon Station.
- It’s better to ride the bus from Gangnam Station than Jonggak Station. Click this to see the transportation options.
- If you want to skip the Play Village, you don’t have to pay 24,oo0 won. The admission fee is only 15,000 won.