Minsokchon – A Living Museum

For day 6 in Korea, we left Seoul to visit a living museum/ park called Minsok Village. It basically replicates Korean living from about 5,000 years ago up to about 100 years ago in some parts of Korea. They re-create and re-enact things from food, games, music, entertainment and just way of life.

What I love the most about it though, it’s all REAL. All the houses are built exactly the same way with the same materials. None of that Disneyland plastic-y stuff. They actually have mini farms with REAL harvests to represent the farmers’ plot of land and houses. They have live animals to show what they were used for. They wash your hair the same way they used to back in the days before shampoo. They play the same games, wear the same clothes… it’s pretty awesome.

And again, they film Korean dramas here as well.

Totem poles at the entrance of every village to ward off evil spirits.

Totem poles at the entrance of every village to ward off evil spirits.


Those ribbons are always tied to the oldest tree in the village... for reasons I don't know.

Those ribbons are always tied to the oldest tree in the village… for reasons I don’t know.

 

A wealthier house.

A house of the wealthy.

 

Indoors of the wealthy. No sofas in Asia!

Indoors of the wealthy. No sofas in Asia!

 

What is that thing? It's called a Bamboo Wife! A cool body pillow in the heat!

What is that thing? It’s called a Bamboo Wife! A cool body pillow in the heat!

 

How the rich got transported. On the shoulders of 4 people.

How the rich got transported. On the shoulders of 4 people.

 

Outdoor shaded hangout spots, still specked all over Korea. I love it. You can see the farmer's house in the back with straw roofs.

Outdoor shaded hangout spots, still specked all over Korea. I love it. You can see the farmer’s house in the back with straw roofs.

 

They actually have people on the premises farming!

They actually have people on the premises farming!

 

The layers of straw roofing.

The layers of straw roofing.

 

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Like I said, it’s all real!

 

... with REAL berries on real trees.

… with REAL berries on real trees.

 

This dirt was supposed to be good for you.... somehow... if you walked on it barefoot. So we did.

This dirt was supposed to be good for you…. somehow… if you walked on it barefoot. So we did.

 

What is this one called?!

What is this one called?!

 

It was in front of the palm readers house.

It was in front of the palm readers house.

 

Some amazing how-tos.

Old school Kimchee fridge! The mega jars are buried underground in the shade.

Old school Kimchee fridge! The mega jars are buried underground in the shade.

 

Dwenjang jars, full of REAL dwenjang! Trust me, I smelled it.

Dwenjang jars, full of REAL dwenjang. Trust me, I smelled it.

 

A ginormous hammer mill.

A ginormous hammer mill.

 

Simple water mill. The weight of the water lifts the sledgehammer until the water tips out and releases it.

Simple water mill. The weight of the water lifts the sledgehammer until the water tips out and releases it.

 

How they washed hair. They boil these fragrant grass branches and wash your hair with the water. They do it for you there too.

How they washed hair. They boil these fragrant grass branches and wash your hair with the water. They do it for you there too.

 

A real blacksmith making spoons.

A real blacksmith making spoons.

 

Jailers weren't handcuffed, they were headcuffed.

Jailers weren’t handcuffed, they were headcuffed.

 

How they made rice cakes!

How they made rice cakes

 

... with rice! of course!

… with rice! of course!

 

Let’s get down to the entertainment and games! It ain’t no PS3 or 4 or whatever is out now, but still fun!

This guy was AMAZING! So simple. No gimicks, just pure awesomeness. He did everything short of a cartwheel on that rope.

This guy was AMAZING! So simple. No gimicks, just pure awesomeness. He did everything short of a cartwheel on that rope.

 

He bounced from this back to his feet repeatedly the whole way down, for example.

He bounced from this back to his feet repeatedly the whole way down, for example.

 

Acrobatics on horses!

Acrobatics on horses!

 

Shosh was amazed along with all the Koreans.

Shosh was amazed along with all the Koreans.

 

That little girl had nothing on me. I got THREE in! (I won't say out of how many tries though.)

That little girl had nothing on me. I got THREE in! (I won’t say out of how many tries though.)

 

Who doesn't love jumprope?

Who doesn’t love jumprope?

 

Let’s pause here for a bit. DID YOU KNOW that Americans, Koreans, and Japanese do archery differently? They shoot differently and their stances are different too.

Americans stand with feet parallel to the bow and pull the arrow with their middle finger. Koreans stand perpendicular to the bow and balance the arrow above their thumb to shoot. Japanese hold their stance about 45 degrees and I forget how they shoot…

Showing us how to shoot Korean style.

Showing us how to shoot Korean style.

 

Showing how to pull the bow.

Showing how to pull the bow.

 

Guess who was BOSS at shooting Korean style?

Guess who was BOSS at shooting Korean style?

 

Boo-yah!! That dead bulls eye is mine!!

Boo-yah!! That dead bulls eye is mine!!

 

And to finish this post:

Dah! #asianbabiesarethecutest!

Dah! #asianbabiesarethecutest!

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