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[Korea] Hanok Village to Extend the Opening Hours
It started with libraries, art galleries and museums, and now tourists from home and abroad can enjoy evening access to the traditional Korean village located at the foot of Namsan, the mountain in central Seoul, starting from this week.

The city government decided to extend the opening hours of Namsangol Hanok Village to 10 p.m. in the summer and hold culture experience programs each evening. From November to February, winter closing time will be 8 p.m. previously, the village closed at 8 p.m. in the summer and 6 p.m. in the winter.

Namsangol Hanok Village holds replicas of a variety of traditional architecture In addition; traditional dance and samulnori will take place at its Cheonwoogak Square from 7-8 p.m. nightly. Traditional games of “yunnori” (a board game with four sticks for dice), “nulttuigi” (seesawing), and “tuho” (throwing arrows into a narrow barrel) will also be on hand. "pungryu-bang" (room of style) will be opened for tourists out to experience a taste of Korea's tea culture.

In the pungryo-bang, guests can hear traditional music called kukak, enjoy the fragrance of ancient tea and learn a thing or two about the origin of Korean musical instruments, including a performance.

The village's seodang (traditional school) will teach beginner's courses on how to write Korean letters (Hangeul) and Chinese characters. Tourists will also experience the daily life of commoners in the old days of Korea, ironing clothes, making embroidery, spinning a weaving wheel and so forth. People will also see how the noble class spent their dinnertime.

Day programs will continue as before: Tourists can try on various traditional garments from those of commoners to soldiers, nobles and royal family members. Instructors will teach foreigners, dance, etiquette, samulnori, the tea ceremony and other aspects of old Korea.

The village will also help foreign visitors select Korean names for themselves and teach them to write them in Hangeul.

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Date 03/23/2007