There are many reasons why people love to travel to South Korea aside from its famous pop culture. One of them is to experience the traditional side of the country. Check out what InClover did when visiting the country.
Get transported into the past at Korean Folk Village
Showcasing traditional Korean culture, Korean Folk Village in Gyeonggi-do is filled with thatched and tiled traditional houses and buildings from around Korea. Stroll through the village and you’ll encounter various unique performances, programs and workshops related to traditional culture, such as handmade paper, pots, rope acrobatics, historical drama shooting locations and folk games.
Dress like a royalty
A trip to Korea will not be complete unless you have tried putting on the traditional clothes. Hanbok is the traditional attire of the Korean people. Worn daily up until just 100 years ago, these days it is only worn on festive occasions or special anniversaries. Lately, the hanbok and palace experience has become popular with women, both Koreans and foreign tourists. Men can also wear clothes of kings, soldiers and government officials. Afterwards, head to Seoul’s palaces in your attire for a unique experience and a lasting memory.
Ancient Korean history at Hwaseong Fortress
Located in Gyeonggi-do, Hwaseong Fortress is a large fortress that surrounds the central area of Suwon. One of Korea’s best known cultural assets of 18th century, the fortress was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997. Suwon’s main feature is the fortress itself, and you can hike the entire 5.74km wall which surrounds it. There are guard posts, defensive turrets, “secret” doors and the Fortress’ four main gates to explore. Don’t miss out on the traditional Korean archery experience at Yeonmudae where King Jeongjo’s army practiced martial arts centuries ago.
Korean herbal tea experience at Solgaheon Healing Cafe
Solgaheon is a healing cafe where you can break away from the bustling life and take care of your health. Located in Bukcheon, Seoul, the cafe specializes in immune system rejuvenation through medicinal herbal teas. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing foot bath while having their tea and healthy snacks.
Create your very own Songpyeon
Usually prepared for special days such as Chuseok, Songpyeon is a half-moon shaped rice cake made by kneading rice flour using hot water and mung beans. Green soybeans and sesame are normally used as ingredients for the filling. Songpyeon is steamed with pine needles to allow it to last longer and have an appetizing scent. You can create Songpyeon at Jeonggangwon Traditional Korean Food Experience Hall at PyeongChang.