South Korea has several cultural heritage sites, including Yongin Folk Village (one of the three Korean Folk Village), which is considered a living museum. It is located at Yongin-si, Gyeonggi, South Korea near Everland Amusement Park. Yongin Folk Village opened in October 1974 as an open-air folk museum to show traditional Korean life and culture.
The village spans 243 acres (approximately 98.34 hectare) in a natural environment and there are several houses that show replicas of traditional houses of different social classes from the Joseon Dynasty.
Let's explore the village
Yongin Folk Village is open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM in the summer (June to August) and 9 AM to 5 PM in the winter (December to February). The entrance fee is 15,000 KRW (approximately 13.13 USD) for adults, 12,000 KRW (approximately 10.5 USD) for youths and 10,000 KRW (approximately 8.75 USD) for children.
Before entering the village, you will see Korean totem, which is considered the village’s guardian as people previously believed that these totems can scare away demons. Following the entrance gate, you will also be able to see a restaurant housed in a traditional building, a traditional market and various workshops selling Korean handicrafts such as woodwork, fans and musical instruments.
There are several attractions inside the village
Inside the village, there is a Folk Museum, an Art Museum, performance of traditional dances, horse riding performances, mock marriage ceremonies and recreational activities.
As a living museum, visitors can see traditional houses with farming equipment that you can touch. You can go inside the house’s yard and touch all the things around the house and take pictures to save as a memory.
Historically, peasants and landowners had different style houses. The house for a peasant was usually simple and ordinary with a thatched roof and also there are dried crops on display that are neatly lined up. The house for a landowner was larger with a more solid structure with a tiled roof and a spacious yard.
Wear a Hanbok and become Korean
One of the workshops inside the village offers visitors a photo session wearing a Hanbok, the traditional Korean national costume. The workshop has a studio with Korean wallpaper as the perfect backdrop for photos. The photographer will take pictures of you for about 15 minutes and you will have to wait about 20 minutes for your photos to be printed. While you wait for your photos to be processed and printed, you can continue taking photos with your personal camera in the studio.
Visit Everland theme park at the end of your journey
Everland theme park is located in Yongin Folk Village and is open daily from 10 AM to 9 PM. The play area in Everland is divided into four adventures, Global Fair, which provides a live hologram adventure, Magic Land, which has several rides such as Lily Dance and Helicycle, European Adventure that has mystery mansion, American adventure, which has Rolling X train, and Zootopia has lost valley and many more.
Plan your visit wisely
If you want to enjoy your visit at Yongin Folk Village and see all the attractions, it is better to contact their official number +82 31-288-0000 first. Not all parts of the park are open during the main opening hours, and performance times vary, so planning ahead is recommended.
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