Namsan Hanok Village opened on April 18, 1998 and was constructed to be a part of the Namsan Restoration Project in 1989. Namsan Hanok Village was developed on the site of the Capital Defense Command, consisting of 5 hanok houses designated as folklore resources by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, as well as a Traditional Craft Museum, Cheonugak Pavilion, Traditional Garden, Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater, and New Millennium Time Capsule Plaza.
Namsan Mountain has been famous for centuries for its beautiful landscapes and had been visited by many vacationing aristocrats. Sitting on the pavilion and listening to the sound of water and wind in Namsan Hanok Village, you can feel the arts that were loved by our ancestors. In Hanok Village, situated at the northern foot of Namsan Mountain, experience the beauty of hanok and enjoy traditional culture of Korea.
Entering the village, you will see Cheonghakji Pond and Cheonugak Pavilion. Many visitors naturally take a rest here for a while before looking around the village. Some people draw pictures and some read books. They are just like our ancestors enjoying nature and arts.
There are five hanok (Korean traditional houses) in Namsan Hanok Village: House of the Yun Clan in Ogin-dong where Empress Sunjeong lived when she was young, Shrine to Yun Taek-yeong, House of the Min Clan who in Gwanhun-dong was the son-in-law of King Cheoljong, House of Kim Chun-yeong who protected the kings in the late Joseon Dynasty, and House of Yi Seung-eop who protected Gyeongbokgung Palace in the Joseon Dynasty. You can view the different living conditions of the Joseon Dynasty, ranging from commoners to aristocrats.
House of the Yun Clan, which was constructed in 1910 in Ogin-dong of Jongno-gu, couldn't be moved to Hanok Village due to its outdated conditions, but restored as it was. The house is known as the house of Yun Deok-yeong, an uncle of Empress Sunjeong who was the last emperor of the Joseon Dynasty. It is a good example of noblemen's houses with a spacious main building, living room, and beautiful columns and doors.
Shrine to Yun Taek-yeong in Jegi-dong was the house of Yun Taek-yeong (honorary title: Haepungbuwongun), who was the father-in-law of King Sunjong. The house is one of the rare examples of Korean buildings constructed after the Chinese character yuán (元), with the ancestral shrine on the upper side and the main building on the lower side. High-quality wood, rectangular stone columns and square cornerstones add a luxurious atmosphere.
During the Joseon Dynasty, the House of the Min Clan in Gwanhun-dong was considered to be one of the largest houses in Seoul. The house is very spacious and its guest house and main building are completely separated. The house also has a terraced garden. The size of the kitchen attached to the main building is six-kan (a unit of measurement referring to the distance between two columns).
The House of Kim Chun-yeong was built in Samcheong-dong, during the late Joseon Dynasty. At that time, many rich noblemen were living in Samcheong-dong. Therefore, many houses were efficiently constructed in a small space, using a staple-shaped main building and an I-shaped guest house. It is considered to be a type of hanok in an urban setting.
This house was built by master builder Yi Seung-eup who constructed Gyeongbokgung Palace in the 1860s. Only the main building and the guest house remain now, but the gate rooms and servants' rooms were known to have surrounded the main building and the guest house. The house features roofs with different heights and lengths.
As its name, Hanok Village provides a variety of traditional experience programs. A Taekwondo performance is held regularly and visitors can participate in the tea ceremony program. In addition, you can enjoy a high standard of traditional performances at the Namsan Traditional Theater of Namsan Hanok Village.
Namsan Hanok Village looks even more beautiful because it is harmonized with nature. The traditional garden of Namsan Hanok Village is in harmony with the valleys, pavilions, rocks, and trees of Namsan Mountain.
Walking through the traditional garden, you will find New Millennium Time Capsule Plaza. The time capsules were buried under the ground in commemoration of the 600th anniversary of Seoul. They will be opened at the 1000th anniversary, in 2394. In the future, Seoul will greatly change, but Namsan Hanok Village will still remain the same, just like the Joseon Dynasty.