When we moved to South Korea last year, one thing on my bucket list was to see a traditional Korean folk village. We saw one last May in Seoul, but it didn’t impress me. It was hot so we didn’t stay long and it really reminded me of the palace we had seen the day before.
On the way home from our most recent trip to Seoul, we tried to see the folk village at Andong. That one seemed to be more of what I was looking for. But it started sleeting and we didn’t stay.
In March, we tried Jeonju. But that was more traditional buildings as businesses and not what I really wanted.
This time, I got exactly what I was looking for!
After looking at our restaurant choices, we decided to split a mungbean pancake and wild vegetable bibimbap. The pancake honestly reminded me of hashbrowns. The bibimbap was great as always.
We then decided to get ice cream. Tim and I each got a cone. I planned to share with Clarissa. She wouldn’t have it. She ran back to the counter to get her own ice cream cone and refused to eat any of mine until I assured her that I was finished and it was now her ice cream. She was pleased to eat her ice cream after that. She had quite the audience while eating. Several Koreans asked to take her picture. Some Koreans even asked us to take their picture with Clarissa as well.
After having our fill, we started to wander through the folk village. It reminded me of Jamestown with the straw rooves and hanging corn. They had several different areas. There was a settlement for a farmer, a peasant, an upper class home, and even a government building. There was also a Buddhist Temple.
There were several performances to see as well. There was a horse show and a farmer dance show. The one I was most interested in was called a Bboy Fusion Dance. It was so cool! They did all kinds of flips and tricks to traditional Korean music. Clarissa enjoyed it as well. I started to think that it would be the coolest job ever. But then I realized that it was already 85 degrees in mid-May and would be getting much hotter. And, they do all of these awesome tricks in the dirt. That blew my mind. I wonder how much more they can really do? And they were already pretty awesome.
Then we continued on to see the mansion where they show traditional wedding ceremonies. On one of the signs it said that the groom was supposed to find a wild goose for the bride’s family during the ceremony! Apparently one of the mansions is also the location of a popular Korean drama set 100 years ago.
There was also a traditional marketplace set up, a scholar’s home, a Confucian school, and homes from various islands in Korea. The Folk Village also includes an amusement park, but we didn’t go there.
One our way out, we stopped at one of the shops. Clarissa picked a Lani bus that she could pull around. Tim chose a bookmark and a dragon shirt, and I chose a wooden calendar with traditional Korean background.
Then we headed to our hotel, which ended up being an even better location than we thought! It was a block from the subway and nextdoor to a Lotte Mart, across the street from a Home Plus, and near Outback and Pizza Hut as well. They even had a free breakfast buffet in the morning.