No visit to Korea is complete without a trip to the Folk Village, easily
reached on a day trip from Seoul. A collection of buildings brought
together from different regions and time periods, people clad in period
clothing, plus artisans, fortunetellers, a tea shop and brewery, folk
performances and a traditional wedding ceremony all make for a place
that can't be beat. If you want to pack a lot of Korean culture into
a one-day excursion the Folk Village is the place to do it.
- The Folk Village is a place where people actually live and work so the
hours can be a bit flexible, though 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (4 p.m. in the
winter) seems to be the norm.
- The Farmers Dance is at noon and 3:30 on weekdays and not to be missed
- if you're not too proud you can go out and join in. Probably won't
look too cool but it's quite fun.
- The wedding ceremony takes place at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on national holidays
and at other times depending on the day and season.
The easiest (and most expensive) way is to buy a tour from Seoul. Check
our travel specials page for details on pricing and hotel pick-up.
- Subway/National Rail: take the 'subway' (it becomes a train once you leave the city) to Suwon
Station. Outside the station you'll see a ticket office and bus stop
for the folk village. Buses leave for the short ride to the village
every hour on weekdays and every half-hour on weekends.
- Bus: Buses direct to the village leave from Seoul's Nambu Bus Terminal (near
the orange line's Nambu Bus Terminal Station) every 20 minutes (very
approximately) from 10:20 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. You can also take bus number
100-2 from Seoul's Chamsil Intersection directly to the village.