Korean Traditional Culture Experience
If you travel in Seoul, Korea, you should experience the Korean Traditional Culture Experiences. There are a lot of Spots to visit to experience or learn Korean Traditional Culture. Here, i let you know the BEST TOP 6 Korean Traditional Culture Experiences Spot in Seoul.
Seoul is divided two parts by Han river, North side of Han river area, called “Gangbuk” and Lower side of Han river area, called “Gangnam”. It is easy to understand that Gangbuk is Old Town where all the traditional building and culture existed and Gangnam is New Town where all the New, Fancy, modernized Plan city located.
We will focus on the North side of Han river, Gangbuk. Let’s see about TOP 6 Traditional Culture Experiences spots in Gangbuk area.
Top 6 Destinations
- K-Style Hub
- Seochon Village & Cheongwadae Sarangchae
- Bukchon Hanok Village
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1. K-Style Hub
It is a complex experience space where visitors can see and experience K-Food, hallyu and Korean tradition through lots of exhibits.
In particular, Hallyu Experience Labs can use augmented reality technology to experience and take pictures of interactions with stars representing Korea such as BTS and Psy.
The highlight of the K-style hub is the Korean Food Exhibition Center, where visitors can explore and experience Korean food ingredients and food culture, and make reservations for various Korean dishes.
[2F] Tourist Information Center
[3F] Korean Culinary Culture Exhibition Hall
[4F] Korean Cuisine Culture Center
[5F] Regional Tourism Experience Hall
Admission / Participation Fees
Cooking class: Advanced reservations required (paid program)
Reservation required for guided tours and experience programs
www.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Russian)
2. Seochon Village & Cheongwadae Sarangchae
Seochon Village, meaning “west Village”, is located west of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Compared to the Bukchon Hanok Village, it has a more ordinary people friendly village. It is more simpler and comfortable mood.
Cheongwadae Sarangchae is the space exhibits Korea’s traditional culture and held various exhibitions. Additionally, Cheongwadae Sarangchae displays portrait of former Korean Presidents and the history of modern politics.
Samcheongdong Street is located near Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. Visitors can feel a lot of cultural mood at every corner of the street, such as the art galleries, museums, antique shops.
4. Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village where you can see the beautiful Hanok Buildings is residences of the high rank people during Joseon Dynasty. Today, some have been re-constructed into guesthouse, offering guest a unique and traditional experience.
Bukchon was named Bukchon because it was located between Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace and the upper part of Jongno and Cheonggyecheon Stream, which was the center of Hanyang(capital) during the Joseon Dynasty.
It is one of the most popular attractions in Seoul. Walking along the street, the traditional craft shop selling brushes, fans, old books and ceramics and the fun of wandering around cute props are joys that can only be enjoyed in Insa-dong.
The highlight of the Insa-dong is the Ssamziegil. It is a complex cultural space that you can meet in Insa-dong, where you can experience the taste of Korea’s handmades and small design products.
From the first floor to the fourth floor, it leads to an open “gil(road)” outside, not a staircase, and various events such as exhibitions and performances will also be held.
Unlike the hanok in Bukchon and Seocheon, where the rich people lived, you can meet the small hanok and simple common people.
Although it is the center of Seoul, it has not been noticed due to its outdated residential environment, but it has gained popularity as young artists gather to renovate hanoks and open cafes, restaurants and cultural complexes.