Just south of Seoul, in the city of Suwon, is a really interesting place that is very uninterestingly titled "Korean Folk Village." Despite the bland name, this place turned out to be a treasure-trove of historical and cultural experiences.
My traveling companions with an on-duty sentry.
In an area of almost 250 acres and spread through woods and on either side of a natural stream, the Korean Folk Village boasts over 260 houses from around Korea that date back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897).
There is also a bazaar where you can eat traditional foods (and rice wine) and buy traditional crafts (as well as souvenirs). This place is pretty interactive. A visitor can: ride horses, make pottery, tie knots, dye fabric, wear old-timey clothing, play traditional games, and watch a traditional wedding and other performances like acrobats on a tightrope, equestrian feats and farmers' music and dance.
Making traditional fans.
A traditional wedding. The bride is decked out in the red with the long cloth in front. The groom is in blue with the long braid. Looks uncomfortable.
What Korean Folk Village would be complete without an Amusement Park?
We rode a little roller coaster, viking ship, and even an American West shoot-em-up ride. Odd.
It's a shame that I don't have any more visitors coming to South Korea, because this would be a great place to take them!