Visiting the popular shopping centers or the grand palaces in Seoul are an essential part of experiencing life in Korea. However, to truly appreciate the country, you might want to consider visiting one of the most interesting tradition Korean villages in this city, Namsangol Hanok Village.

Located in the northern foot of Namsan mountain, Namsangol Hanok Village has five restored traditional Korean houses from the Joseon Dynastyallowing you to immerse yourself in Korean life during that era. Also, even though this village is just miles away from Myeongdong, one of the busiest area in the city, circling around the beautiful garden and the houses area will make you forget that you are actually in the middle of Seoul.

The village boasts a wide variety of attractions and cultural experiences; you could watch the artisans practicing traditional craft on side (like baskets, bags, and jipshin shoes that are made from woven straw), writing a wish letter and hang it on a string, playing some traditional Korean games, learning how to make traditional paper (Hanji) kites or masks, seeing the fortune teller for a tarot reading, or just simply strolling around the garden for some fresh air.

Also in the village, there are daily traditional music and dance performances every evening lasting around 20-30 minutes. You could also dress up in a Hanbok for about $10 including a drink at the tea house.

Another great reason to visit Namsangol is because entrance is free of charge, really great for those who travel with a tight budget. It is fairly easy to get to Namsangol Hanok Village. You can either stop in Chungmuro station or Anguk station and simply use Exit 4 and walk a few meters to the entrance of Namsangol Hanok Village.

Photo by: Shuvra Mondal

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