Winter in a Different Folk Village
Trip Start Dec 02, 2011
50Trip End Dec 02, 2012
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We went in the winter because my friend will be leaving Korea in a couple of weeks (boo), so it was now or never if she wanted to see it. Today was actually a much better time to visit than I'd expected. It was a degree or two above freezing, making it by far the warmest trip out of my last three weekends, although the cold did start to seep in when we stopped strolling and sat down to watch some shows
The village wasn't out in the country, but it wasn't overwhelmed by it's settings. It consisted of traditional houses and other buildings relocated from around the country. A fairly wide, but calm, river ran through the center of the village. For added amusement, there were several different types of (I assume) traditional bridges connecting the two sides.
Of the three Korean folk villages I've been to so far, this one was definitely the most enjoyable. The Jeju Folk Village Museum was setup like a museum and was certainly more educational. The Oeam Folk Village near Asan was cool because it was a real living village with many actual residents, but the downside was the presence of many cars, electrical wires, and other obvious markers of the modern age. What today's folk village had was an abundance of atmosphere, as long as you avoided the attached kiddy theme park.
There were only two negatives. One was the price: 15,000 won, which isn't a lot and I thought the village was worth it, but 15,0000 won was pricey for Korea
Anyway, despite the pushy salespeople and chilly weather, I had a great time. Although there weren't many people walking around in costume, it was easy to get the feeling you were in an actual village in the past. The lack of crowds due to the winter season no doubt helped on that count, fewer tourists with cameras and cell phones walking through the scene. The performances of folk traditions were very well done, if not always as enthusiastic as the performances I'd seen at actual Korean festivals. I think I would put Korean Folk Village on my Top Things to See in Korea list, certainly if someone was here as a tourist and wouldn't have time for a more authentic experience.