Tradition & Culture

Namsangol Hanok Village

남산골 한옥마을


Namsangol Hanok Village is a collection of five hanoks (traditional Korean houses) from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), recovered from different parts of the city and relocated to the northern foot of Namsan mountain. The interiors of each of these five houses reflect owners from different walks of life, from the middle class to the yangban (who were mainly high government officials, noblemen and aristocrats).

Five hanoks and five important residents from the Joseon era

At Namsangol Hanok Village, visitors can see the hanoks of important figures from the Joseon era including the house of Queen Yun's parents, who was the Queen Consort to King Sunjong, the 27th king of the Joseon Dynasty; the jaesil (study) of Yun Taekyeong, King Sunjong's father-in-law; the house of Park Yeonghyo, the son-in-law of King Cheoljong, the 25th king; the house of Lee Seungeop, who was in charge of constructing Gyeongbokgung (Palace) and the house of Kim Chunyeong, a military official of the Joseon Dynasty.

  • Former home of Queen Yun's parents
    Former home of Queen Yun's parents

  • Study room of Yun Taekyeong
    Study room of Yun Taekyeong, Queen Yun's father

Experience a day in the life of the yangban class

The best representation of a hanok style house would be the house of Queen Yun's parents. Most hanoks, including this one, are built in the rectangular shape of the Korean letter "ㅁ" with an outdoor courtyard centered in the middle. On each side of the "ㅁ" is a different area of the house. The main areas of a hanok house include a sarangchae for greeting guests, an anchae where the lady of the house resided and a daemunganchae which is just inside the main gate of the house.

Hanok houses also feature special doors which are designed to partition areas of the house into separate rooms. These doors allow for rooms such as the sitting room and master bedroom to be joined into a single large room or to widen a room whenever necessary.

  • Village entrance
    Village entrance

  • Traditional furniture in a hanok
    Traditional furniture in a hanok

Your chance to experience Korean culture

At the hanok village, international visitors can participate in traditional Korean activities such as archery and enjoy traditional Korean performances as well. Anyone who is curious about Korean wedding culture should visit the village on the weekend when the wedding ceremony reenactments take place.

In addition, the Taekwondo experience program for foreigners is held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday every week at Namsangol Hanok Village. Foreigners wishing to experience taekwondo rather than simply watch can participate in taekwondo practice sessions by making a reservation via the website
( or e-mail (

  • Traditional music performance
    Traditional music performance

  • Archery
    Archery, a traditional Korean activity

  • Jangdokdae crock pots
    Jangdokdae crock pots at the house of Park Yeonghyo, son-in-law of King Cheoljong

  • Cheonugak
    Cheonugak, once a summer resort during the Joseon Dynasty

  • A beautiful path
    A beautiful path between the stone walls of the village

Movie < Hwang Jini >

  • Release date: June 6, 2007
  • Summary: The life story of Hwang Jini, one of the most famous gisaeng (courtesan) during the Joseon Dynasty.
  • Scene: A feast held for Hwang Jini
  • Actress Song Hye-gyo:
    Actress Song Hye-gyo reaches Hallyu stardom through her roles in < Autumn in My Heart >, < Full House >, < The World That They Lived In >
    *Hit roles: < Autumn in My Heart >, < Full House >, < All In >, < The World That They Lived In >
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