Introducing Gyeongju's Yangdong Village

출처 한성민커뮤니티 |  posting by Han Seong Min

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Introducing Gyeongju's Yangdong Village

When you hear the word ‘folk village,’ what kind of place do you picture?
The Korean Folk Village in Suwon is a place where Korea’s traditional way of life is recreated by costumed players.
But Andong’s Hahoe Village and Gyeongju’s Yangdong Village are places where our ancestors’ past traditions and hanok (traditional Korean houses) are authentically and vibrantly intact.

Of the two, it has been quite a while since Yangdong Village, where a historic millennium lives and breathes, first became a tourist attraction of Gyeongju.
In Gyeongju, Bulguksa Temple has always been renowned as a popular destination for school field trips. But nowadays, ever since Yangdong Village was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is receiving more and more visitors.

Yangdong Village is …

On Dec. 20, 1984, the entirety of Yangdong Village of Gyeongju was designated as cultural property (Important Folk Material No. 189) by the Korean government. Encircled by Mount Seolchang north of the city of Gyeongju, it is a venerable historic village where yangban aristocracy dwelled, and where the head families of the Gyeongju [Wolseong] Son clan and Yeogang Yi clan have carried on a rich tradition for about 500 years.

A representative banchon village, or community of Joseon-era aristocrats known as yangban, Yangdong Village is the largest of Korea’s traditional folk villages, and possesses the longest history. With traditions and cultural sights that have been preserved through an unbroken period of over 500 years, thanks to a unique cooperative relationship nurtured between the Son () and Yi () clans, it is a village of the greatest value.
The outstanding merit of its Korean cultural properties is internationally recognized, drawing a visit from Prince Charles of Great Britain’s Royal Family in 1992.

Besides the village itself, it is worth a trip to Gyeongju’s Yangdong Village to experience the beautiful natural setting, with centuries-old tile-roofed houses and low mud walls nestled in the wooded hills and fertile valleys. A number of national treasures and other designated cultural properties are preserved in the village, including Tonggamsokpyeon [通鑑續編] (Treasure No. 283, an early book printed using movable metal type), Mucheomdang House (Treasure No. 411), Hyangdan House (Treasure No. 412), Gwan-gajeong House (Treasure No. 422), a portrait of Son So (Treasure No. 1216), as well as twelve Important Folk Materials including Seobaekdang House (Important Folk Material No. 23), and seven provincial-level cultural properties including Son So’s will, or property distribution document (Gyeongsangbuk-do Tangible Cultural Property No. 14).

The essence of traditional Korea unfolds like a watercolor painting, dotted with picturesque details like waga (houses with tile roofs) and choga (houses with straw thatched roofs) and Walking along the road in the midst of beautiful scenery and rustic low mud walls, visitors can also gain a visual sense and intellectual appreciation of Korean history. 

Many visitor experience programs are being introduced in the Korean tourism sector.
At Gyeongju’s Yangdong Village, too, programs are being devised to allow visitors to get a firsthand experience of Korea’s Confucianist traditions and the beautiful etiquette and courteous practices of Korean ancestors. 

How do I get there?

By car
Take Joongang Expressway to Geumho IC → Take Gyeongbu Expressway to Dodong IC → Go to Daegu → Take Daegu-Pohang Expressway to Daeryeon IC → Take National Highway No. 28 towards Gangdong → Arrive Yangdong Village

- Board city bus at Gyeongju Station → Get off at entrance to Yangdong Village → Walk 1.2 km from the village entrance to reach the village by foot
- Bus numbers: 200, 201~208, 212, 217 (bus departs every 7 min.; 40 min. trip)
- Bus company: Millennium Smile Bus [Cheon-nyeon miso] (054)742-2690 

- If coming from downtown Gyeongju: Take the national highway towards Pohang. After crossing the 1st Gangdong bridge [1강동대교], exit to the right and continue about 1 km until you see the sign on the right for Yangdong Village [양동마을].
- If coming from Pohang: Take the national highway towards Yeongcheon. Go past Gangdong-myeon and exit to the right. Continue about 8 km until you see the sign on the right for Yangdong Village [양동마을].
- If coming from Yeongcheon: Take the national highway towards Pohang. Continue 8 km past Oksan Seowon until you see the sign on the left for 양동마을 (Yangdong Village). (Cross the 2nd Gangdong bridge [ 2 강동교] and turn left.)

Driving: From Gyeongju Station - 22.2 km (30 min. drive)

By air
Nearest airports are Pohang Airport (19 km) and Ulsan Airport (52 km) – Airlines include Korean Air (1588-2001) and Asiana (1588-8000)

So what do you think?
Don’t you agree that Yangdong Village is worthy of the designation of national treasure-level cultural heritage in Korea?

Korea’s present and past traditions are still alive right here in Yangdong Village.

I hope you’ll take a trip see to Gyeongju’s Yangdong Village, to gather beautiful memories and teach your children about the sage wisdom of our ancestors. 

Source for content and image:  Gyeongju Yangdong Village homepage
Address: Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si, Gangdong-myeon, Yangdong-ri 94
Tel.: (070) 7098-3569
Experience program information: (054) 762-2633

Come to Yangdong Village in Gyeongju and experience a historic millennium that never ended


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