Category Archives: Hanok/Folk Village

Namsangol: A Preserved Slice of Seoul’s Joseon Heritage

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 … Continue reading

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Overnighting in a Hanok at Doo Guesthouse

I had spent a few nights at a hostel in a hanok-inspired building, but that wasn’t quite the same thing as staying in a real. I figured staying in a real hanok is something I ought to do once, so … Continue reading

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Bukchon Hanok Village

The most famous hanok village / neighborhood in all of South Korea is almost certainly Bukchon, simply by virtue of the fact that it is in Seoul. Bukchon had been an elite yangban neighborhood in Joseon times (that is why … Continue reading

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Pansori Performance at Jeonju’s Sori Festival

I didn’t plan it – I just happened to be in Jeonju, the capital of Jeollabuk Province, when the Jeonju International Sori Festival was happening in the hanok maeul. The Jeonju International Sori Festival is a music festival with a … Continue reading

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Gyeonggijeon: The House of the Official Portrait of King Taejo

Here, along one of the main streets of the hanok maeul in Jeonju, capital of Jeollabuk Province, is the wall of Gyeonggijeon, which was built to hold an official royal portrait of King Taejo, the first king of the Joseon … Continue reading

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A Joseon-era Neighborhood in the City: Jeonju’s Hanok Maeul

The most famous thing about Jeonju, the capital of Jeollabuk Province, is that it’s the origin of bibimbap, now an iconic Korean food. For tourists, by far the most popular destination is the Jeonju hanok maeul – a neighborhood of … Continue reading

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Nagan Castle Folk Village, Part 2: An Open-Air Museum of Joseon-era Life

In the previous part, I introduced a well-preserved castle village from the Joseon dynasty in the western part of Suncheon. In this part, I will focus on the village’s history and museum-like exhibits. Some of the preserved historic buildings, such … Continue reading

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