Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)
I went to the Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을) right after I went to the Namsan Seoul Tower (남산서울타워). There were a lot of people when I was there, like A. LOT. Think it was because of a festival or event that was taking place in the Namsangol Hanok Village.
If you can read Hangeul, you probably will know the event's name. I can't read Hangeul, hence I had no idea about the event's name.
One of the hanok houses at the Namsangol Hanok Village.
I was expecting that Namsangol Hanok Village would be similar to the Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) but I was wrong. Namsangol Hanok Village is not a residential area. It was more like open museum? Also, there was only about five hanok houses at the Namsangol Hanok Village. These houses were remodeled after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty.
Few performances were performed at the stage; taekwando and other martial arts.
Tip: They offer interpretation tour services, however advance booking is required. Go to the website for more details. I would suggest you to go with the interpretation tour so that you can learn more about the history and stuff.
Thanks to 2 Days 1 Night that I learned quite a lot of Korean games. This one is jegichagi (제기차기).
I didn't spend too much time here because it was so hot and I was quite overwhelmed with the number of people. I only took brief peek here and there before I decided to leave. My favorite area at the Namsangol Hanok Village was the area where visitors can experience traditional games. So many families. So much happiness that my heart felt so full <3
I don't really remember the name of the game. I think it's Yut (윷). I could be wrong though.
On a totally irrelevant note, I had a good chat with this one ahjussi (아저 시) when I was at the Namsangol Hanok Village. I was sitting under the shade near to the entrance, sipping my banana uyu when this one ahjussi suddenly approached me. I was surprised because most of the times, people in South Korea treated me as either an alien or invisible.
Good luck trying to squeeze for a spot at the pavilion :p
Apparently this ahjussi used to live in Malaysia and he really loved his time in Malaysia. He also proceeded saying that he missed interacting with other Malaysians which is why he approached me. We talked for about 20 minutes, if I remembered it correctly. Our topics were basically everything under the sun. Hahaha. Had to excuse myself first for I planned to go to another place. Otherwise, we might talk for another hour or so :)