Namsangol Hanok Village
Lonely Planet review for Namsangol Hanok Village
Five differing yangban stone, wood and tile houses from the Joseon era have been moved here 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. Scenes from the movie Untold Scandal, a 2003 Korean take on Dangerous Liaisons, were filmed here. Weavers, cooks, calligraphers and kite-makers can be spotted at the weekend, while rice-wine brewing and traditional music take place some evenings. At Chuseok (Harvest Festival) half of Seoul squashes in here for the traditional performances and festival atmosphere. At the time of writing, a new hanok -style theatre named Namsan Gugakdang was being built here. On the right of the entrance gate is an office that provides English-speaking tour guides (10am to 5pm) on most days. The guides can tell you all about the yangban lifestyle and the different types of hanok they used to live in.