I had the chance to visit Namsangol Hanok Village during the Lunar New Year holiday a few weeks ago. It is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul, very close to Mount Namsan (that’s where its name comes from) and only a walking distance from Myeongdong, one of the most visited areas in the city.
It was built around the 1300’s while the Joseon Dynasty ruled the peninsula. These 5 traditional houses, spread in a large and auspicious area, served as residences of high officials and important persons in the society back in those days.
There is something special about this site. I was transported back in time the moment I went through the main gate.
As I entered, I looked to my left and there was a beautiful but frozen pond!
I moved on since the cold air was really getting to me. So I went and looked for a map.
I had no idea it was that big. So I decided to just follow my instincts and see where they would take me. Little did I know about the nice surprise that was waiting for me a few steps ahead!
I came across a traditional tea house and since the cold was winning the battle, I immediately went in!
I was led inside and as soon as the waiter opened the door, I stopped breathing for a second 😉
Isn’t just gorgeous or what? So colorful, so peaceful & warm!
I ordered some fresh green tea (some of you know by now that I’ve a slight addiction to it). There is nothing better to warm your heart & soul. Look at this.
That felt so good! I recharged my batteries and was ready to wander around the traditional houses (Hanoks). I wanted to learn more about the lifestyle back in the 14th century.
Entrance to a traditional house.
Newlyweds master bedroom
View of Mount Namsan in the background
Traditional lanterns and houses
I was completely lost in time. I can only image how life must have been back then. If those walls could talk!
It was getting dark and colder. I knew it was time to go back to my nice hotel and get ready for a night on the town!
I really enjoyed my visit and I hope you did too!
I will be back for more with another adventure soon 😉
Til then take care!
Lots of ♥,
P.S: To see the entire photo album, go to my FB page!