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Wolseong Yangdong Village
Wolseong Yangdong Village is a unique site preserving the traditional culture of the Joseon era even in the 21st century, where the term ‘past progressive’ fits perfectly. As if time stood still, one can experience a village filled with both straw-thatched and tile-roofed houses. At Wolseong Yangdong Village, visitors can travel back into the past, listening to the sounds of birds and cicadas, and the barking of village dogs. While the Korean Folk Village is an artificial reproduction of the architecture and lifestyle of the Joseon era, Wolseong Yangdong Village has been the home of Koreans through the ages, and is still inhabited today, embracing a simple, unadorned natural beauty. Here, visitors can see the everyday lives of villagers even at the entrance of each household. There, each doorpost displays an amulet with this verse: ‘Ipchundaegil ’ (Praying for good fortune in the beginning of spring). Also, at each dwelling, a watchdog lies under the foundation of the house and lettuce, peppers, and other vegetables grow in the front garden, to be picked for family meals.

About Wolseong Yangdong Village

Wolseong Yangdong Village is located along the ridge and spreads down into the valleys of Mt. Seolchangsan, which divides into three branches in the shape of the Chinese character ‘勿.’ A village of noblemen, it was formed by the families of Yeogang Lee and Wolseong Son during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Here, 150 well-preserved traditional houses of various sizes and shapes still stand. Most of the tile-roofed houses are situated in a higher area, and the straw-thatched houses are on the flat land. The village is home to many historical figures including Eon-jeok Lee (1491-1553), a noted Confucian scholar of the Joseon Dynasty. Preserved there are three Cultural Treasures, twelve Important Folk Materials, three Tangible Cultural Properties designated by Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, and many other historic items. Of the six folk villages in Korea, Yangdong is recognized as most valuable in terms of village size, degree of preservation, and its numerous cultural assets. On December 24, 1984, the entire village was designated as Important Folk Material No.189.
[ Major Houses ]


With its imposing roof, Hyangdan house is the most conspicuous in Yangdong. It was built by King Jungjong and bestowed upon Eon-jeok Lee, then governor of Gyeongsang-do province, so that he could tend his sick mother. It is said to have had 99 ‘ kans,’ or rooms, originally, but after a fire destroyed part of the structure, only 50 exist today. Hyangdan sits on a prominent hill, commanding a fine view of the entire village. Designated Treasure #412.


Mucheomdang is the ancestral home of the Yeogang Lee family. It is notable for its simplicity, yet possesses a refined architectural style. The portion of the estate open to visitors is called ‘byeoldang,, or guesthouse, which was used for guest entertainment, reading, and relaxation. The L-shaped house is composed of a room heated with ondol, or floor heating, the daecheong, or main hall, and the maru, or open-air room with railings. One of its characteristics is the use of both cylindrical and four-sided columns. Designated Treasure #411.


Gwangajeong was the dwelling of Jung-don Son (1506-1529), a respected government official of the mid-Joseon dynasty. Built according to a simple, yet formal plan, the house is rectangular-shaped with the sarangchae, or outer quarters where the men of the family spent their time and entertained guests, and the anchae, or inner quarters where the women of the family resided, surrounding a courtyard at the center. The name of the house, Gwangajeong, means ‘watching children grow, like watching the crops grow.’ Designated Treasure #442.


Built in 1870, Ganghakdang was a traditional private school that functioned much like today’s schools. With simplicity dictating the overall design of the building, the L-shaped structure consists of a daecheongmaru, or open-air living room, inner room, and a room opposite the living room. The building has no main gate or outer walls. Above the door of the daecheongmaru is a plaque reading Ganghakdang, which means School of Learning. From this building, one can catch a prominent view of Hyangdan on the hillside.

Simsujong Pavilion

The pavilion was built around 1560 in memory of Eon-gwal Lee, the younger brother of Eon-jeok Lee. It is said to have been reconstructed in 1917 after being destroyed in a disastrous fire during the reign of King Cheoljong. This is the biggest pavilion in Yangdong.
[ Don’t Miss these Fascinating Attractions ]
1. Every Household Has These
While touring the village, visitors will notice important aspects of every household. Look for them for they express the everyday lives of the residents, and they add more interest to the tour.
‘Ipchundaegil’ amulet for good fortune Watchdog Kitchen garden supplying vegetables for the family
2. Modernity Mingles with Tradition
Take a look at ‘future-oriented items’ used in a ‘past-oriented village.’
Satellite TV dish Mailbox Car
[ Things to Remember when Sightseeing ]
Greet the Residents
The residents of Yangdong Village are generous and warm-hearted, unlike most city dwellers. Even though tourists visit the village every day, the residents will not fail to greet you with a bashful smile when you say, ‘Annyeonghaseyo.’ Don’t just pass by the residents, but exchange simple greetings with them.

Look for the Signs that indicate the Major Houses
As you walk around the village, you will find stone plaques in front of the major houses of interest. The names of the houses are written in Korean, English, and Chinese characters, and they also provide directions. So look for those signs and for useful information.

Return to Gyeongju for a Homestay

While homestays are available in other villages, this is not the case in Wolseong Yangdong Village. You’ll have to return to the neighboring city of Gyeongju for a homestay.

Enjoy Internet Access
At the Village Information Center, located in the center of Wolseong Yangdong Village, residents receive training in computer skills. When the center is open and there are no computer classes in session, visitors can ask permission to use computers.
[ Tojong Chicken Dish ]
As you stroll around, you will see many signs reading ‘토종 닭 합니다, ’ meaning ‘We sell Tojong chicken (home-grown chickens).’ Here, you can treat yourself to excellent cuisine made with chickens raised by local residents. Also, enjoy some hand- made yeot, or Korean taffy.
6 Yangdong-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk- do Province
[ Detailed Info ]
Opening hours: 24 hours
Website: (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
Inquiries: Travel Phone +82-32-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Yangdong Folk Village 82-54-762-4541 (Korean)
How to get there: At the bus station located to the right of Gyeongju Station, take bus 200, 201~208, 212, or 217 and get off in front of Wolseong Yangdong Village. The bus ride takes about 30 to 40 minutes.
Date 01/21/2008

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