Finally, crisp fall weather is here. A nice way to spend your Chuseok holidays is to visit Korean Folk Village in Yongin, the top traditional culture theme park of Korea.
The admission fee is reduced by half if you are wearing hanbok (traditional Korean clothes). The village is a must-visit place for dating or family get-together. Foreigners can have a first-hand experience of the traditional life style and culture of Korea here.
You can rent hanbok in different colors, pendants, hair ribbons, and men’s traditional hats at “Idere Hanbok Rental Shop” near the entrance to Korean Folk Village in Yongin. Women who rent hanbok can have their hair braided in traditional Korean style.
At the entrance, they hand out pamphlets in different languages. The pamphlets provide information on special events including performances held on the day. You can check the relevant information at the homepage, which is provided in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
At the entrance, you will feel as if you have traveled back in time. Those disguised as beggars, village administrators, or gisaeng (female entertainer) pose for photos. The overall atmosphere is cheery and friendly. There are crops and cattle that help you get a glimpse of the country’s past. Displayed are sculpture works made by well-known local artists and master-made decorative swords. Traditional local foods including makgeolli (rice wine) sold here and there add a more pleasant atmosphere to the place.
A variety of performances including mock traditional Korean wedding ceremonies can be enjoyed by visitors.
Young people can have a good time in a small-sized theme park. Ferry boats are provided during weekends to add more fun.
In addition to places for serving foods inside the village, there is a restaurant named Janggun that serves Korean-style sashimi. The lunch set menu served here is popular among foreign visitors as well as locals. It serves a set menu with Korean-style sashimi at an affordable price (KRW 10,000 per person) as well as a set menu with abalone and ginseng chicken soup and a set menu with hot-pot bulgogi and spicy seafood stew. Its employees speak Chinese and Japanese. You can ask them to pick you up at the subway station.
The place serves patbingsu (shaved ice with sweet red beans, green tea, or mango) as dessert.
Korean Folk Village
Address: 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
For information on transportation, please visit the homepage.
Address: 98-41, Dongbaekjukjeon-daero 527beon-gil, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do