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Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site


This Just In~ UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee decided today to add Korea’s Hahoe and Yangdong folk villages to its World Heritage List. The traditional villages described as reflecting “the distinctive aristocratic Confucian culture and architectural style” of the early Joseon Dynasty. The special designation had been held up due to committee concerns about the lack of an integrated management system for the villages. In response, the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea formed a traditional village preservation council in April.

From Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village (양동민속미을)

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While we’ve previously covered two other Korean folk villages - Andong Hahoe Folk Village (안동하회마을), and Nagan Fortress Folk Village (낙안읍성민속마을) – this seems like a good time to profile Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village (경주양동민속마을), which I visited this past January. The 500-year-old village is located within the massive Gyeongju National Park, and is said to be the most valuable of Korea’s six folk villages in terms of its size, preservation and many cultural assets. Located along the Hyeongsangang river on the foothills of Seolchangsan mountain (설창산), it’s said that the village follows the area’s auspicious topography.


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As was typical among Joseon-era banchon (반촌), or villages that show the aristocratic lifestyle, Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village obeys a Neo-Confucian layout – Members of the yangban (양반) fancy class live on the higher ground in tile-roofed giwajip houses, while others lived on lower ground in chogajip. Unlike Korea’s brightly painted palaces and temples, these homes feature the cream, tan and almost pink shades of clay with weathered wood beams and slate gray roof tiles. Many of the homes are in the square “meeum” letter shape common in southeastern Korea during the mid-Joseon period.

From Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village (양동민속미을)

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Today, some 500 people still live in Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village in 160 tile and thatched-roof houses. Some 54 of the houses are over 200 years old. Since the 15th century, the village has been home to the Wolseong Son (of Gyeongju) and Yeogang Yi (of Yeoju) clans. This happened when the daughter of Son So married Yi Beon. At the time it was typical for husbands to relocated to the wife’s hometown.

From Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village (양동민속미을)

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Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village includes many notable buildings, including Seobaekodang (서백당), the primary house of the Wolseong Son family; Mucheomdang (무청당), the simple yet refined primary house of the Yeogang Yi family. The L-shaped gatehouse was used for entertainment, reading and relaxation and is open to the public; Hyangdan (향단) was commissioned in 1543 by King Jungjong for Yi Eon-jeok, a scholar and governor of the province who needed to care for his sick mother. Fifty of the original 99 rooms of this all-wood structure remain; The Simsujeong (심수정) pavilion features a beautiful wraparound deck with a graceful railing and octagonal lattices; Gwangajeong (관가정) was built ca. 1500 by Son Jung-don and offers a spectacular view of the plain and river. An ancestral shrine dedicated to the village’s first resident, Son so, is located at the back of the compound. The village also includes 12 important folk materials and seven cultural properties.

From Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village (양동민속미을)

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I heard that the village is well-known for its kalguksu knife-cut noodle soups, its homegrown tojong chicken, and its clear Korean rice wine, called cheongjuUhyangdaok is a restaurant located inside an old yangban house. For overnighters to Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village, there are a few minbak-style guesthouses where you can stay in either a giwajip or chogajip-style house. Your best bet is to call the Village Information Center: +82 (0)54-779-6105. The village is about 40 minutes from popular Gyeongju sites.

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For your information…

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09:30-17:30Free Admission070-7098-3569
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Gyeongju-si Gangdong-myeon Yangdong Maeul-gil 134From Gyeongju Station, take a local bus to Yangdong Village (40 mins.). From there it is a 1.2 km. walkwebsite
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5 Comments

12 September 2010 14:36

VB

Hello DK

I stumbled upon yr blog while trying to find information for my forthcoming visit to Busan & GyeongJu (7-10days). Thank You so much, it is very useful!

It would mean alot to me if I could tie my visit with the glorious colours of autumn. According to what I know, the best time for this in Busan & Gyeongju would be from late Oct to early Nov. But with global warming and what-not and the other unpredictable factors, I am not sure when is really a good time. Could u pls help me? Do u think the week starting 24 Oct 2010 is better or do u think it would be better to arrive around 28 Oct? I really really appreciate your advice. Tks so much!

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27 September 2012 08:09

Lin

Hi Matt,
Thank you for your informative website!
I had just visited Yangdong Village 2 days ago. Love it!
Just like to share that Bus 203 stopped right in front of the village and it costs 1,500 won for the bus ride. The same bus stop you alight would be the same bus stop you board the bus to get back to Gyeongju too.

October 06 2012 00:02 am

Matt

Thanks for the helpful and updated info, Lin!

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