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Hanguk Minsokchon (The Korean Folk Village)

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A September 2005 trip to Seoul by E. B.

Traditional Folk Performers at Minsokchon Photo, Seoul, South Korea More Photos
Quote: A lot has changed since I last visited the Korean Folk Village, known to native Koreans as Minsokchon. Twenty years ago, I remember a quaint town of yesteryear. Today, it resembled a miniature Disneyworld. American culture has pervaded the world, even in a folk town meant to be authentic.

Hanguk Minsokchon (The Korean Folk Village)

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Minsokchon is divided into four parts: 1. The Facilities Zone, which is a commercial area with restaurants and souvenir gifts shops 2. The Folk Village Tour Zone, which is where you can see performers, museums, and traditional houses and buildings that illustrate the old-fashioned way of life 3. The Bazaar, where you buy merchandise and eat in a country-style food court 4. The Family Park, where you can ride amusement-park rides with children and adults who are kids-at-heart You should definitely check out the performers. You can see an elderly man walk a tightrope and perform tricks. The traditional folk band is something you sh...Read More

Korean Folk Village

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In the Korean Folk Village, you can relive Korea before urbanization changed this beautiful country. People perform folk art, play cultural games, and sell handcrafted merchandise. Minsokchon was a quaint town like the Danish town Solvang in California. In order to compete with the amusement parks in Seoul, they had to add urban attractions like thrill rides. This brings in more families, and with more families, there is more revenue, so I can’t blame the idea of detouring from the authenticity of a old-fashioned country town. The first place we visited was the ...Read More

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Korean Folk Village
107 Bora-dong
Yongin, Gyeonggi 449-900
031 288-0000

Traditional Folk Performers at Minsokchon

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Attraction

Traditional Folk Performers at Minsokchon Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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The live performers of Minsokchon are really something to behold. In one arena, you have the folk band, which consists of percussive instruments such as pans and hourglass drums. The men wear headdresses, which can very long feathers or even long ribbons that they throw around like rhythmic gymnasts, except all the tricks are done by flicking their heads around. For the finale, one performer comes out with a very long headdress ribbon. He dances—and even break dances a bit, which spoils the idea of traditional folk dancing—all while keeping the ribbon in motion with his head. It’s pretty darn amazing. Then you move to another arena, where you watch two women jump into the air with th...Read More

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Traditional Folk Performers at Minsokchon
107, Bora-ri, Kiheung-eup
Seoul, South Korea

World Folklore Museum

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Attraction | "The World Folklore Museum"

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The World Folklore Museum has eight buildings with different countries represented in each one. It’s a Korean mini-Epcot Center. In each hall, you can see examples of the country’s traditional clothing, food, and housing. Unfortunately, the food was sometimes inaccurate. In Exhibition Hall 1 are Afghanistan, Turkey, and Pakistan. I was amazed at how the Afghani house called a yurt looks very similar to the roundhouses of Native American tribes. In Exhibition Hall 2 were Mongolia and China. The Mongolian house called the gher also resembled the roundhouse. There were little models of native towns of each country. In Exhibition Hall 3 was Japan. There wer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2005

World Folklore Museum
107, Bora-ri, Giheung-eup
Seoul, South Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

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Attraction | "The Folk Museum"

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The Folk Museum had many dioramas with traditional village settings. You saw examples of food and clothing as well as annual holiday customs. There were dioramas of women weaving clothing and making soybean paste called deng-jahng and the pickled cabbage kimchee. There were displays of different holidays such as the Korean Thanksgiving day Chuseok and Dano, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. There were diagrams of the Korean floor heating system called ondol. Instead of heating air and circulating it out from a Western-style air duct, Koreans heat up water to steam the underside of the floor. Since heat rises, the heated floor warms the air in the room...Read More

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National Folk Museum of Korea
1-1 Sejongro Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea 110-050
+82 (0)2 3704 3114