One of the best cultural experiences I have ever had in Korea is the traditional Korean Folk Village in Yongin. Just a small stop away from Seoul, transport yourself into the Joseon Era and experience daily life as it was during that time. You will love this traditional village because Korea is such a beautiful country with a very rich culture. Step into this time warp and enjoy the Joseon Dynasty.
Watch a B-boy Dance
This fusion of Korean traditional Gukak music with modern dance is a must see. The performers will come out in masks paying homage to tradition. As the performance progresses watch them strip off their masks and break dance. If you stay throughout the show, you may even see them Gangnam Style.
View a traditional Korean wedding ceremony
Watch the bride and groom come out in full attire and prepare to do a marriage ceremony together. You’ll first see the groom in his traditional deep blue hanbok and then you’ll watch as the lovely bride, completely dressed in stunning red joins him. Pay attention as they exchange drinks and ducks to become one as husband and wife. After the wedding, follow the procession to the marketplace for photos.
Check out the filming location for Historical Dramas and Movies
Are you a fan of The Moon that Embraces the Sun, Masquerade, You Who Came from the Star, or Flying Six Dragons? If the answer to this is yes, you absolutely NEED to go here. This Folk Village has been the filming location for all these dramas and you too can wear hanbok and take photos where your favorite stars walked!
Observe a blacksmith, a tobacco pipe maker, and bamboo fan maker
Observe how people of the past made the goods we take for granted today. My favorite was the tobacco pipe maker because you could purchase his awesome handmade pipes. If that’s not cool, I don’t know what is.
Take awesome photos
I recommend you dress up in hanbok (not in the summer or winter) and get down with your bad self. Even if you don’t dress up, the pictures will still be phenomenal. It’ll blow you away to watch many people enjoying a couple date (wearing hanbok) or hiring photographers to take awesome photos.
I can’t recommend this place enough. This is for people of all ages and places. A little culture goes a long way and you’ll love seeing people in traditional clothes. Asian cultures are so unique so you should never miss an opportunity to watch how they celebrate their culture and traditions. For more information on the traditional Korean Folk Village, check out their website here.
Cost: For a regular adult ticket, it costs 15,000 won. For the full upgraded ticket to include the amusement park, it will be 23,000 won.
How to get there: Go to Suwon Station (Line 1) and take bus 37 or 10-5 from Jukjeon station. It takes about an hour by bus.