Sunday, July 5, 2009

081109 – Namsangol Winter Retreat Festival Event

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The 2008 Namsangol Winter Retreat Festival will be held for two days, from November 8 to November 9, at the Namsangol Hanok Village, a popular tourist attraction in Seoul displaying traditional Korean houses. There will be a variety of performances and events to celebrate the Korean tradition of “Woldong (wintering)”, where Korean ancestors would specially prepare and store away Kimchi, and would carry out other winter preparations, before the weather became too cold.

During the Namsangol Winter Retreat Festival visitors will be able to enjoy traditional Korean dances, Samullori (traditional Korean percussion quartet), folk concerts, and musicals at the performance stage, as well as exhibitions of dolls and flower arrangements under the theme of ‘Woldong’. Visitors will also be able to sample traditional Korean winter food. The festival will offer other unique experiences that visitors can participate in, on a first-come first-serve basis, such as preparing Kimchi, a Kimchi buffet, traditional arts, and folk games.

Thanks to this link that enable me to experience and enjoy this memorable event.

Amazing view of autumn tree with a large pavilion near the entrance

Traditional farm machine

Female farmers at work

Products made from straw at the exhibition booths. Straw is an agricultural by-product, the dry stalk of a cereal plant, after the grain or seed has been removed.

Straw arts exhibition

Cute wulo (in Chinese) or bottle gourd at the exhibition booth

Paper dolls made by the visitors and sold at the exhibition booth

Cute paper dolls exhibition that really caught my attentions and it were done nicely.

Pottery making that will be a unique experience for the kids.

These are the ingredients required to prepare the Kimchi

A type of Anthurium flower

Traditional lamp inside the Hanok

Viewing through the wooden window

Windows blind


A kind of flowers, not sure what it called.

View of N Seoul Tower from the Namsangol Hanok Village

Traditional liquor jar

Ancient street lights

One of the Hanoks

Roof of Hanok

Room wooden handles with N Seoul Tower in the background

After a short shower

Stone wall overlooking the jar

Trees during autumn

Walkway while overlooking the Seoul city

Overcast over N Seoul Tower

Traditional hut for resting purposes, what a nice ambient to stay chill

One of the steps making fermented soybeans

After experiencing this amazing event, I headed to N Seoul Tower.


  1. i like your pics too leh! nice!! :) you shld be the one teaching me.

  2. Mine is just basic shooting, not playing with many techniques

  3. Discovered by chance your site! I really liked!

  4. Nice post with excellent pictures. The pictures alone would make me want to go there, because they show how much character the place has!

  5. Hey what's up?! Listen, I tried to access to your entries through the links at the left side of the screen but I was not able, instead, I was sent to a blank page... does any one know what kind of trouble is that and how to solve it?