Korean Folk Village

by - June 14, 2017

Hi there! It's been a while since my last post. We had my in-laws visiting for about 6 weeks and I didn't realize how busy I was while they were here. Summer is busy a season for travelers and Korea is no exception. Many expats are leaving to visit their home and many travelers are coming for a visit. We are looking forward to catching up and hanging out with 3 families that are coming this summer. Let us know if you want to come visit us! Since we will be staying here all summer, we welcome all visitors! 😁

Today, I would like to introduce a perfect place for you to take visiting friends or if you are coming, I would put this place as one of your top priority list. It's called Korean Folk Village (ν•œκ΅­λ―Όμ†μ΄Œ). It's located in Suwon about an hour and a half down from Seoul. I highly recommend this place because aside from it's beautiful scenery and architecture, you can see and experience Korea as it was during the Joseon Dynasty. One of the highlights is experiencing Korea's traditional performances such as Jultagi (tightrope walking), farm music and dance, and equestrian fest, and traditional wedding. You really have to schedule and manage your time there if you want to see everything. Please check the performance time on their website provided below for your reference. While we were there, we got to see two performances, tightrope walking and equestrian fest and both were pretty entertaining and impressive. My kids who are 5, 4, and 2 really enjoyed them especially equestrian fest. They couldn't take their eyes off all the horses and acrobatic performances. And then we passed the traditional wedding to the market place and had lunch. There are many traditional Korean foods at the market place and I thought the price and quality was reasonable. After having lunch outside, we walked around and enjoyed the beautiful landscape, had traditional tea and snacks, and played some games before heading home in time for the kid's nap. I really wish we spent more time here. There are so much do see and do, but we had to call it a day.

Before heading over to the Korean Folk Village, here are some helpful tips:

1. Check their website and decide what you want to do and see especially if you have kids.
2. Avoid going to the market place for lunch at 12pm since people flock during that time. The line for the food was long and it was hard to find a table. At least when we were there, the lines started getting short around 12:30pm. I would recommend eating a little early or later. Again, plan out your schedule before going so that you can maximize your time there if watching performances is important to you.
3. It's getting hot here, so sunscreen, hat, water bottle, and even portable fan are all a must! I also recommend going to see the performances about 10 minutes early to get a shaded spot. The performance areas are in open space, so unless you are shaded by the trees, you will be directly under the sun.
4. If you wear hanbok, I believe entrance is free. I don't recommend doing this if you are trying to save money since I think it costs more to rent hanbok for a day, but it's a fun experience and looks great in pictures! πŸ˜‰ We didn't get to do it, but loved seeing people walking around in hanboks. It made me appreciate beautiful hanboks and felt as if I traveled back in time to Joseon Dynasty.

People walking around in Hanbok is a common scene.

Now here are some pictures from our visit.

Jacob photo-bombing a group picture. πŸ˜†

Love this picture of Miles and my father in law, for this was their first time meeting and they really bonded while my in-laws were visiting.

With grandpa!

Tightrope Walking and Equestrian Fest Performances

Some games we played

Just playing with good old dirt. πŸ˜† She is actually planting trees. 

He is flying something πŸ‘†

 Shops that make goods the traditional way

He was so curious...glad he is not shy to ask questions.

And our attempt to take some family photos before leaving...πŸ˜’

Ok, maybe next time~ 

Here is the official website: 

Overall I loved it here. Everyone had a great time and it was also educational. We are definitely going back! I think it would be beautiful in the fall. 

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