Performing Arts Centers - Korea House
Korea House was built in the typical style of an upper-class house from the Joseon Dynasty and
offers international visitors an excellent introduction to traditional Korean culture and lifestyle. The
shop sells traditional Korean cultural items made by master craftsmen including china, hanji
(handmade paper) and wooden craft items. There is also the chance to sample a Hanjeongsik
(Korean table d'hôte) offering a selection of rare royal cuisine of the highest quality. Korea House is
ideal for those who want hands-on experience of traditional Korean culture and the nearby
Namsangol Hanok Village is also well worth a visit.
A place for traditional culture
At Korea House, visitors can experience traditional Korean culture set in the beauty of a hanok
(traditional Korean house). Entering the courtyard from the main gate, you will find the Haeringwan
(Hall) which once served as the servants’ quarters and whose name means “a house where people
around the world enjoy a close friendship.” Haeringwan comprises Sohwadang which is a
sarangchae (the men’s part of a hanok) and Hwanbyeokru (Pavilion).
Traditional royal cuisine at Sohwadang
At Sohwadang, delicious traditional food is served based on the royal cuisine of the Joseon Dynasty
and is produced by carefully-researched traditional cooking techniques using period utensils. Even
the table settings and names of dishes are drawn from the past. Situated next to Sohwadang,
Hwanbyeokru is ideal for enjoying a meal surrounded by beautiful views. Korea House also has
some hidden treasures, for instance, the unexpected beauty of groups of ceramic pots and jars in
the backyard where kimchi is stored.
A place to enjoy traditional Korean music
A variety of pots for storing kimchi
Beyond Haeringwan is Garakdang which is anchae (the main building of a hanok). Garakdang has
three dining rooms, all of them named after legendary mountains: Bongraesil with a wooden-floor as
well as Bangjangsil and Youngjusil in a “ㄱ”-shaped building to the north. This choice of names
reflects the idea of food here as the elixir of eternal life.
A performance on the gayageum
(traditional Korean zither-like 12-stringed instrument)
An outdoor performance