At the northern foot of Namsan is a set of beautifully preserved yangban (elite) Joseon homes. These homes weren’t originally together, but in order to preserve them, they were all moved here, Namsangol.
As I’ve said before, I like Joseon architecture, and it is in a convenient location, so of course I wanted to see it.
In addition to showcasing beautiful examples of Joseon homes, there is also a center near the premises which has regular performances of gugak (classical Korean music). I never found time to attend a concert.
One thing I like about Namsangol, which I did not see so much of at other Joseon-era yangban homes, is that they tried to furnish the homes just as they would have been during the Joseon dynasty. It allowed me to immerse my imagination deeper in that era.
Just like in Bukchon, a lot of people like to play historical dress-up here.
There is also a nice little pond just outside the complex of hanok homes.
However, I think the best thing about Namsangol is that it becomes very atmospheric after sundown.
I could see N Seoul Tower looming over the little ‘village’.
I think the colored lanterns definitely add something (and they look better in real life than in these photos taken with a cheap digital camera).
I think the interiors of the home also look more ‘atmospheric’ at night.
So that’s Namsangol – a particularly beautiful example of Joseon architecture. In fact, if your time in limited, and you are more interested in admiring buildings than people-watching, I would definitely recommend going to Namsangol instead of Bukchon, especially if you can visit Namsangol in the evening (and maybe catch one of those concerts I missed).