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January 31, 2006
From journal Visit to Motherland-S. Korea
by E. B.
September 16, 2005
The first place we visited was the World Folklore Museum. Then we went directly to the performance area. There was a folk band, a tightrope walker, women jumping on a seesaw, and men riding horses. Afterwards we went to watch the traditional wedding ceremony. My sister was bored, so we walked to the Korean Paper Workshop station. You can pick out handmade paper banners with calligraphy on them. My sister picked out one that said the Buddhist equivalent of, "Patience is a virtue."
Then we visited the Haunted House. It wasn’t very scary, but a little girl did cry. On our way to the Korean food court, we bought yut, Korean taffy candy. My sister bought a handmade traditional pipe for her friend. At the food court we drank dongdongjoo (rice wine). We also ate jun (a spicy pancake). After finishing the wine and pancake, my cousins decided to buy soondae, a sausage made by stuffing rice and noodles inside pig intestines.
After we ate, we walked through the traditional houses in Jeju Island. There were chickens and pheasants in coops. Huge black pigs resided in a pen. There was a playground area where you can swing on stand-up swings. Those were popular, so you had to stand in line. There was also a seesaw where you could try to jump in the air. My cousins and I tried, but we had difficulty. We also threw long bamboo sticks into a metal target. Although my sister and my cousins attempted to hit their marks, I was the only one to hit the target twice. We then visited the Korean Folk Museum and the Historical Drama Exhibition.
Minsokchon was getting near closing time, so we quickly hopped aboard two rides before getting kicked out of the park. The first ride was the Viking, a huge boat that swings high in the air. It’s fun but not scary, definitely appropriate for small kids. The last ride was the 3D Theatre called The Simulator. It is a car that has a movie screen showing different roller coasters in Europe. The car moves and shakes with the twists and turns that you see onscreen.
We were tired and out of time. Next time we visit, we’ll have to get an early start in order to see everything. Minsokchon is open 9am to 5pm (winter) and 9am to 6:30pm (summer). The park closes 30 minutes later on Sundays and holidays.
From journal Hanguk Minsokchon (The Korean Folk Village)
by globe trotter
Manchester, United Kingdom
April 10, 2001
It is exactly what it says it is - a reconstruction of an old Korean Village and it is VERY well done. You can see potters and carpenters at work (and of course buy their wares if you wish). The buildings are very well done - from the peasant's cottage up to the judge's grand house and jail.
There are also folk dances, see-saw displays and tight rope walking shows to watch.
I went on an organized tour with an English speaking guide (City Tours: Brenda)but you can do it independently if you wish.
It's located about 40km outside Seoul.
From journal A weekend in Seoul
March 28, 2001
From journal Seoul - A Cultural Immersion