Gyeongju Yangdong Village
Gyeongju Yangdong Village
The Gyeongju Yangdong Village is Korea’s largest and best preserved folk village, and easily one of the most fascinating attractions in Gyeongju. The folk village contains over 160 traditional houses and 54 of these are over 200 years old. The village is an excellent window into the lifestyles of historic Korea, and offers an incredibly rare opportunity to experience the history outside of a textbook. There are a lot of folk villages out there, some more convenient than others, but the Gyeongju Yangdong Village is something completely different that you just must experience for yourself.
Gyeongju Yangdong Village History
The Gyeongju Yangdong Village is a folk village that has been incredibly well maintained for centuries. The about a third of the houses are over 200 years old, and there are even thatched roof cottages that are over 500 years old. In 2010 the village was recognized along with Hahoe Folk Village as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has become one of Gyeongju’s most visited tourist attractions.
Gyeongju Yangdong Village Attractions
As mentioned earlier, the Gyeongju Yangdong Village holds over 160 traditional styled houses (54 of these are over 200 years old), 500 year old thatched roof cottages, and numerous cultural assets and treasures. Walking down the narrow streets of this folk village is like taking a stroll through back in time.
There are numerous hikes that take you through various areas that highlight different aspects of the town and culture. These hikes include shrines, historical houses, ancient schools, the ever popular Mulbong Peak, and much more. If you happen to be adventurous enough to tackle all of the different hikes, including a quick trek up a rather large hill, you could easily spend an entire day here.
The Gyeongju Yangdong Village also holds a Confucian Culture Class which includes lessons and demonstrations on general etiquette, traditional weddings, ancestral rituals, and a multitude of other lessons on the Korean heritage. There are even businesses that offer traditional Hanok stays where visitors can really learn how it was like to live in one of the traditional Korean houses.
The Gyeongju Yangdong Village experience is a truly unique experience that should not be missed if you are visiting Gyeongju city. The village offers a detailed glimpse into the life of the people who lived in Gyeongju Yangdong Village centuries ago which will prove to be a valuable memory from your time in Korea. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
- Admission: Free
- Hours: 9:30 – 17:30
- Directions: Bus numbers 200 – 208, 212, and 217 from Gyeongju Bus Terminal will all take you to Yangdong Village. The bus ride will take about 40 minutes, and buses leave every 7 minutes. From the bus stop it is another 1.2 km walk.
Gyeongju Yangdong Village Photos