For our third stop in our Seoul adventure, we went to the Namsangol Hanok Village. It’s a village composed of traditional Korean houses. The entire complex was located within the city. It was a cultural gem hidden amidst commercial establishments and busy roads. Seoul is simply full of surprises!We arrived there just when they were about to close so there were only very few tourists around. I consider myself lucky. We didn’t need to fight through thick crowds of people just to get nice shots and a better view of the place. The houses were perfect examples of Korean architecture. They were simple yet beautiful. Being that there were no longer a lot of people there while we were exploring, it truly felt as if we were transported to the Old Korea. I couldn’t help but picture how it must’ve been like to live here. Can you imagine how Winter here is like? Freezing!
The entire place was lit with these beautiful lamps. They totally completed the Old Korea atmosphere! It was like being in Sungkyunkwan Scandal!This was how their kitchens looked like. It felt so rustic and homey. Sometimes I envy those who got to live during their time. No iPhones, no iPads, no television sets… Socializing was a totally different experience.
Even the bedrooms were simple yet hauntingly so. I’ve always loved minimalist design and this exemplified that. I imagined myself being trapped here during a storm. Very Fushigi Yuugi! (Although that was set in China, but you get the point).
That’s it for our Namsangol trip! If ever you visit the place, make sure to go at an earlier time. We went here around 5PM so we were not able to try on their Hanboks. But if you prefer less crowd, I suggest you go the same time we did. I’m sure the place offers a totally different experience during the day and night. Have fun!