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Seoul - Korean Folk Village 「한국민속촌」

Korean Folk Village, Seoul
Surrounded by stone statues, extremely relevant both in the Silla (BC 57 - AD935) and Joseon (1392-1910) Eras, they carried different wishes for Korean people during 2000 years. The belief was so strong and spread that during the Joseon period, women would not only pray at child stone statues for the arrival of a son, they would take parts of the sculpture, ground them and eat them with water! Unfortunately, this would cause death by apendicities, one of the major causes for women mortality during that period.

Localizado al Este del Palacio Gyeongbokgung, Korean Folk Village [WEB] ofrece un paseo por las tradiciones Koreanas, desde el chamanismo hasta la postguerra, pasando por diferentes clases sociales. Muy recomendable, aseguraos de entrar cuando visitéis el palacio! La entrada es gratuita presentando el combo-ticket que os recomiendo si pretendéis ver todos los palacios y templos principales en la ciudad.

Located on the East side of Gyeongbokgung palace, Korean Folk Village [WEB] offers an unexpected lovely walk across centuries of Korean Folk history, where surrounded by buildings recreating daily live, you can explore different cultural classes, shaman faith and a post-war street. Make sure to not miss this when you visit Gyeongbokgung. Entrance is free with the combo-ticket that gives entrance to all main palaces and temples in town.

Korean Folk Village, Seoul
The first thing to see are these statues representing Chinese Horoscope.
Korean Folk Village, Seoul
There's also a museum, coronated by an impressive pagoda.
Korean Folk Village, Seoul
These wooden totems remind of those we saw in Hawaii. Koreans call them jangseung장승」, which were traditionally placed at the edges of villages, both to mark for boundaries and to frighten away demons.
Korean Folk Village, Seoul
This street recreates post-war Korea. It has that nostalgic Shanghai 1950s vibe, with the atomic boy and cinema posters, asian style cafeteria - open for visit, bikes and small businesses decorated as they were.
Korean Folk Village, Seoul

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