Tradition & Culture
Namsangol Hanok Village
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
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.
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
(http://www.taekwonseoul.org/) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Traditional music performance
Archery, a traditional Korean activity
Jangdokdae crock pots at the house of Park Yeonghyo, son-in-law of King Cheoljong
Cheonugak, once a summer resort during the Joseon Dynasty
A beautiful path between the stone walls of the village