Namsangol Hanok Village

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Five differing yangban (upper class) houses from the Joseon era have been moved to this park at the foot of Namsan from different parts of Seoul. The architecture and furniture are austere and plain, and conjure up the lost world of Confucian gentlemen scholars, who wielded calligraphy brushes rather than swords.

Also in the village you’ll find Seoul Namsan Gugakdang where traditional music and dance concerts are staged most evenings and you can also dress up in hanbok (traditional costumes). It costs ₩10,000 or ₩15,000 with drink at teahouse . Displays of the traditional Korean martial art tae-kwondo are staged in the village at 11am, 2pm and 5pm Wednesday and Saturday; to take part make a reservation via www.taekwonseoul.org.

On the right of the entrance gate is an office that provides free tour guides around the village and where you can also find out about various cultural programs including calligraphy, making traditional paper (hanji ), kites and masks.